Arden’s David Morales was the pace-setter in Friday’s GB3 test on Brands Hatch’s Indy layout.
Morales set a best time of 42.351 seconds in the third of four sessions held across the day to finish ahead of Carlin duo Roberto Faria and Callum Voisin. Tomorrow the series will switch to the circuit’s Grand Prix layout for the penultimate round of the season.
Luke Browning led the early stages of the opening 25-minute session with a time of 45.875s before a brief red flag period. He driver improved to 43.018s following the resumption, but title rival Joel Granfors edged him to top spot by 0.003 seconds moments before the session was halted for a second time. JHR Developments’ Matthew Rees was 0.067s off the pace in third.
Roberto Faria lowered the pace to 42.887s in session two, 0.001s clear of JHR’s James Hedley, before another stoppage. Voisin set a series of quick laps to lead the way once action resumed, but Hedley finished on top by 0.022s with a 42.683s. Browning and Arden’s Nico Christodolou were less than a tenth behind in third and fourth.
Times improved further in an uninterrupted session three, with Granfors getting down to 42.597s. He was not able to improve from there, with Voisin moving ahead with a 42.480s. Morales then lapped 0.082s faster before Faria put Carlin back on top once more with a 42.373s. But Morales responded in the final two minutes with what proved to be the day’s quickest lap, as rain arrived before session four.
Alex Connor completed a strong day for Arden as the fourth fastest, and Carlin’s Javier Sagrera set an identical pace. Voisin and Rees were both caught out in the final session’s wet conditions and slid into the gravel, with Douglas Motorsport’s Max Esterson leading Browning by 0.203s.
Kevin Mills Racing’s Jarrod Waberski was fastest in GB4’s test, setting a 44.949s in the series’ final session. His team-mate Tom Mills led session one by over 0.4s from points leader Nikolas Taylor with a 46.553s. Hillspeed’s Max Marzorati led session two with a 45.479s, and Taylor responded in session three with a 45.307s, edging Elite Motorsport’s Jack Sherwood by 0.006s.
Waberski went even faster in the final minutes of session four before a late rain shower. Taylor also improved to get within 0.155s, as did Mills who ended the day third. Marzorati was the only driver to not improve in the final session. Fortec ran an unnamed third driver in the test.
|1||David Morales||Arden Motorsport||42.351s||71|
|4||Alex Connor||Arden Motorsport||42.510s||+0.159s||71|
|6||Luke Browning||Hitech GP||42.533s||+0.193s||74|
|7||Joel Granfors||Fortec Motorsports||42.597s||+0.246s||73|
|8||Nico Christodoulou||Arden Motorsport||42.623s||+0.272s||70|
|9||James Hedley||JHR Developments||42.683s||+0.332s||62|
|10||Max Esterson||Douglas Motorsport||42.746s||+0.395s||71|
|11||Tom Lebbon||Elite Motorsport||42.758s||+0.407s||65|
|12||John Bennett||Elite Motorsport||42.819s||+0.468s||69|
|13||Zak Taylor||Chris Dittmann Racing||42.825s||+0.474s||68|
|14||Cian Shields||Hitech GP||42.848s||+0.497s||60|
|15||Mikkel Grundtvig||Fortec Motorsports||42.875s||+0.524s||66|
|16||Bryce Aron||Hitech GP||42.885s||+0.534s||56|
|17||Matthew Rees||JHR Developments||42.900s||+0.549s||60|
|18||McKenzy Cresswell||Chris Dittmann Racing||42.925s||+0.574s||28|
|19||Tommy Smith||Douglas Motorsport||42.965s||+0.614s||68|
|20||Branden Lee Oxley||Chris Dittmann Racing||43.008s||+0.657s||59|
|22||Marcos Flack||Douglas Motorsport||43.416s||+1.065s||31|
|1||Jarrod Waberski||Kevin Mills Racing||44.949s||78|
|2||Nikolas Taylor||Fortec Motorsports||45.104s||+0.155s||82|
|3||Tom Mills||Kevin Mills Racing||45.171s||+0.222s||80|
|4||Jack Sherwood||Elite Motorsport||45.211s||+0.262s||76|
|6||Jessica Edgar||Fortec Motorsports||46.010s||+1.061s||78|
|7||Chloe Grant||Graham Brunton Racing||46.063s||+1.114s||62|