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Benjamin Pedersen sublime at Snetterton in BRDC British F3 testing

by Elliot Wood

Photo: Jakob Ebery Photography

Double R Racing’s Benjamin Pedersen was fastest by over half a second in the opening day of BRDC British Formula 3’s pre-event test at Snetterton.

Wet weather interrupted the first and fourth sessions of the day, and it was Pedersen on top when the track was at its driest.

Josh Skelton had mastered the wet conditions best for Chris Dittmann Racing in the morning, as laptimes improved by over 10 seconds over the duration of the opening one-hour session.

The track was still drying in session two from the day’s early rain, and several drivers got caught out by the greasiness of the asphalt. This was the best it would be all day though, and Pedersen put in his fastest lap just a minute before the end of the session to go 0.539s clear of Douglas Motorsport’s Ulysse De Pauw.

Skelton, Carlin’s longtime session topper Kaylen Frederick and Hitech GP’s points leader Kush Maini were all within a tenth of De Pauw.

Nazim Azman (Carlin) and Sasakorn Chaimongkol were the only other two drivers within a second of Pedersen.

When the rain returned in the afternoon it was Douglas’s Kiern Jewiss who was quickest, with his 2m03.415s lap putting him 0.224s ahead of Frederick. Maini’s team-mate Reece Ushijima ended his session early with a crash.

Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Benjamin Pedersen Double R Racing 1m44.890s 80
2 Ulysse De Pauw Douglas Motorsport 1m45.429s +0.539s 73
3 Josh Skelton Chris Dittmann Racing 1m45.485s +0.595s 82
4 Kaylen Frederick Carlin 1m45.498s +0.608s 76
5 Kush Maini Hitech GP 1m45.725s +0.635s 82
6 Nazim Azman Carlin 1m45.743s +0.853s 80
7 Sasakorn Chaimongkol Hillspeed 1m45.817s +0.927s 94
8 Roberto Faria Fortec Motorsports 1m45.974s +1.084s 91
9 Oliver Clarke Hillspeed 1m45.983s +1.093s 89
10 Manaf Hijjawi Douglas Motorsport 1m46.072s +1.182s 87
11 Louis Foster Double R Racing 1m46.131s +1.241s 76
12 Kiern Jewiss Douglas Motorsport 1m46.300s +1.410s 61
13 Carter Williams JHR Developments 1m46.346s +1.456s 76
14 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP 1m46.594s +1.704s 67
15 Bart Horsten Lanan Racing 1m46.609s +1.719s 76
17 Max Marzorati JHR Developments 1m47.131s +2.241s 89
16 Alex Fores Chris Dittmann Racing 1m47.149s +2.259s 85
18 Joshua Mason Lanan Racing 1m47.616s +2.726s 84