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Bearman tops second day of GB3’s pre-event Snetterton test

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Jakob Ebery Photography

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.

Test results

Pos Name Team Time Gap Laps
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
5 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin 1m44.860s +0.438s 37
6 Roman Bilinski Arden 1m45.057s +0.635s 36
7 Ayrton Simmons Chris Dittmann Racing 1m45.107s +0.685s 39
8 Frederick Lubin Arden 1m45.409s +0.987s 36
9 Sebastian Alvarez Hitech GP 1m45.442s +1.020s 39
10 Christian Mansell Carlin 1m45.529s +1.107s 35
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
15 Bryce Aron Carlin 1m46.180s* +1.758s 34
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