Ollie Bearman ensured Fortec’s stranglehold on pre-event GB3 testing at Snetterton continued by heading both Friday sessions.
Ahead of his second appearance in the series, rebranded this week from BRDC British Formula 3, Bearman pipped Hitech GP’s Bart Horsten to the fastest time of the day in the closing minutes of the afternoon running.
Roberto Faria was third quickest overall for Fortec, though his benchmark lap time from Thursday remained unbeaten.
The second day of testing started in wet conditions but, with conditions improving rapidly, drivers were able to switch to slick tyres halfway through the morning session.
Laptimes tumbled in the final 20 minutes, with Bearman taking command in the closing stages with three quick laps.
Ayrton Simmons showed promise with the second fastest time for Chris Dittmann Racing ahead of Hitech’s Reece Ushijima, who was fractionally quicker than Faria, Roman Bilinksi (Arden) and Javier Sagrera (Elite Motorsport).
A completely dry track resulted in all drivers improving during the afternoon session.
Bearman went fastest just before the halfway stage, with a time fractionally slower than his morning effort.
Horsten and Faria were the first drivers of the day to record sub-1m45s laps, but Bearman reclaimed top spot by 0.3s in the final five minutes.
Horsten improved again late on, but his lap was 0.111s shy of Bearman’s time. Ushijima was just under 0.2s behind Faria in fourth, while points leader Zak O’Sullivan was close behind in fifth for Carlin.
Bilinski was seventh ahead of Simmons and Frederick Lubin, who is making his return for Arden after illness.
Branden Oxley (CDR) and Tommy Smith (Douglas Motorsport) were 13th and 17th respectively ahead of their series debuts.
|1||Ollie Bearman||Fortec Motorsports||1m44.422s||38|
|2||Bart Horsten||Hitech GP||1m44.533s||+0.111s||36|
|3||Roberto Faria||Fortec Motorsports||1m44.619s||+0.197s||36|
|4||Reece Ushijima||Hitech GP||1m44.794s||+0.372s||36|
|7||Ayrton Simmons||Chris Dittmann Racing||1m45.107s||+0.685s||39|
|9||Sebastian Alvarez||Hitech GP||1m45.442s||+1.020s||39|
|11||Tom Lebbon||Elite Motorsport||1m45.547s||+1.125s||37|
|12||Jose Garfias||Elite Motorsport||1m45.904s||+1.482s||31|
|13||Branden Lee Oxley||Chris Dittmann Racing||1m45.907s||+1.485s||37|
|14||Javier Sagrera||Elite Motorsport||1m45.946s||+1.524s||36|
|16||Mikkel Grundtvig||Fortec Motorsports||1m46.235s||+1.813s||39|
|17||Tommy Smith||Douglas Motorsport||1m46.403s||+1.981s||36|
|18||Reema Juffali||Douglas Motorsport||1m46.514s||+2.092s||32|