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Alvarez ends GB3’s Silverstone test on top

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Jakob Ebery Photography

Sebastian Alvarez set the pace on day two of pre-event GB3 testing on Silverstone’s Grand Prix layout.

The Hitech GP driver, who took a maiden win last weekend at Snetterton, lowered Roman Bilinski’s benchmark from Thursday by over 0.2 seconds.

Arden’s Bilinski led the timesheets for most of the morning running, with Hitech’s Reece Ushijima and Elite Motorsport’s Tom Lebbon also enjoying brief spells at the top. A late flier ensured Bilinski ended the session fastest, just 0.030s shy of his pace-setting time on day one.

Faria moved into second in the closing minutes, ahead of Lebbon, Ushijima and Elite’s Jose Garfias.

Faria traded fastest times with Elite pair Garfias and Lebbon in the first of the afternoon sessions, before Bilinski again moved ahead.

Lebbon set a blistering lap with three minutes remaining, over 0.3s faster than Bilinski’s effort, before Alvarez went fractionally quicker as the chequered flag fell. Bilinski improved on his best time late on, but remained in third.

With their times remaining unbeaten in the third session, Alvarez and Lebbon ended the day first and second overall. 

Faria recorded his best lap of the test to top the final session by 0.075s from Bilinski, the pair ending the day third and fourth overall.

Ushijima was half a second behind team-mate Alvarez in fifth, having set his best lap in the morning session.

Ollie Bearman was sixth for Fortec, ahead of Jose Garfias (Elite), Bart Horsten (Hitech) and points leader Zak O’Sullivan (Carlin), all recording their best laps in session two.

Debutant Jonathan Browne was 16th for series returnees Hillspeed, the former FF1600 racer setting his best lap of the two days in the final session to end up within 1.2s of Alvarez.

CDR’s Ayrton Simmons and Fortec’s Mikkel Grundtvig were the only other two drivers not to improve on their morning efforts, ending the day in 15th and 17th.

CDR ran a third car on Friday for 20 year-old former karter Ceran Singh, who has tested with the team previously but isn’t competing this weekend.

Test results

Pos Name Team Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Alvarez Hitech GP 1m54.844s 55
2 Tom Lebbon Elite Motorsport 1m54.861s +0.017s 56
3 Roman Bilinski Arden 1m55.079s +0.235s 54
4 Roberto Faria Fortec Motorsports 1m55.106s +0.262s 46
5 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP 1m55.364s +0.520s 51
6 Ollie Bearman Fortec Motorsports 1m55.400s +0.556s 48
7 Jose Garfias Elite Motorsport 1m55.403s +0.559s 55
8 Bart Horsten Hitech GP 1m55.561s +0.717s 54
9 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin 1m55.598s +0.754s 53
10 Javier Sagrera Elite Motorsport 1m55.614s +0.770s 53
11 Branden Lee Oxley Chris Dittmann Racing 1m55.629s +0.785s 52
12 Frederick Lubin Arden 1m55.654s +0.810s 37
13 Christian Mansell Carlin 1m55.838s +0.994s 49
14 Bryce Aron Carlin 1m55.757s +0.913s 56
15 Ayrton Simmons Chris Dittmann Racing 1m55.984s +1.140s 51
16 Jonathan Browne Hillspeed 1m56.028s +1.184s 50
17 Mikkel Grundtvig Fortec Motorsports 1m56.670s +1.826s 48
18 Tommy Smith Douglas Motorsport 1m56.682s +1.838s 50
19 Ceran Singh Chris Dittmann Racing 2m02.353s +8.509s 50