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Browning heads day two of GB3 Snetterton test, Sherwood top in GB4

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Hitech GP’s Luke Browning pipped title rival Joel Granfors to the quickest time on the second day of GB3’s pre-event testing at Snetterton.

Browning set the quickest time of the week so far with a 1m42.123s inside the final two minutes of running on Friday to eclipse Fortec Motorsports’ Granfors by 0.129 seconds.

Rees continued his Thursday test-topping form in Friday’s opening 35-minute session, lapping within a tenth of his best time from the previous day to edge Browning by 0.025s, with Elite Motorsport’s Tom Lebbon third.

Browning set a 1m42.283s with under 10 minutes remaining in session two before Granfors responded with 1m42.252s. But Browning went quicker once more to end the day on top.

Rees did not improve on his session one time but ended up third, ahead of Carlin’s Javier Sagrera. Lebbon also did not better his morning effort and was fifth, with Carlin’s Roberto Faria sixth.

Douglas Motorsport’s Marcos Flack continued his form from Thursday by going seventh fastest, ahead of Chris Dittmann Racing’s Branden Lee Oxley. The top 17 runners were separated by less than a second.

Kevin Mills Racing duo Tom Mills and Waberski locked out the top two positions for most of GB4’s first Friday session, before Thursday’s pacesetter Nikolas Taylor regained top spot with 10 minutes remaining with a 1m49.975s.

Fortec’s Taylor continued to lap quicker, ending with a 1m49.419s. Elite’s Jack Sherwood, who missed Thursday due to sitting an exam, was 0.763s behind in second.

Mills eclipsed Tayor’s benchmark with 15 minutes remaining in session two, posting a 1m49.619s before finding a further 0.5s. But a late effort made Sherwood fastest, his 1m49.134s shading Mills by 0.016s. Taylor, the only driver not to improve in the afternoon, ended the day third quickest ahead of Waberski.

Megan Gilkes, who skipped Thursday’s running, was fifth ahead of Hillspeed team-mate Max Marzorati. Logan Hannah, another not in action on day one, was 0.1s quicker than Graham Brunton Racing team-mate Chloe Grant in seventh.

After racing for Elite in the first four rounds, championship contender Alex Walker is running as an independent and ended the day in ninth.

Test times

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Luke Browning Hitech GP 1m42.123s 33
2 Joel Granfors Fortec Motorsports 1m42.252s +0.129s 34
3 Javier Sagrera Carlin 1m42.317s +0.194s 28
3 Matthew Rees JHR Developments 1m42.438s +0.315s 29
5 Tom Lebbon Elite Motorsport 1m42.454s +0.331s 33
6 Roberto Faria Carlin 1m42.457s +0.334s 33
7 Marcos Flack Douglas Motorsport 1m42.578s +0.455s 30
8 Branden Lee Oxley Chris Dittmann Racing 1m42.619s +0.496s 32
9 Callum Voisin Carlin 1m42.692s +0.569s 34
10 Alex Connor Arden Motorsport 1m42.701s +0.578s 33
11 Max Esterson Douglas Motorsport 1m42.732s +0.609s 33
12 Nico Christodolou Arden Motorsport 1m42.771s +0.648s 31
13 John Bennett Elite Motorsport 1m42.812s +0.689s 33
14 McKenzy Cresswell Chris Dittmann Racing 1m42.858s +0.735s 34
15 David Morales Arden Motorsport 1m42.956s +0.833s 33
16 James Hedley Elite Motorsport 1m43.047s +0.924a 35
17 Nick Gilkes Hillspeed 1m43.070s +0.947s 35
18 Zak Taylor Fortec Motorsports 1m43.255s +1.132s 33
19 Tommy Smith Douglas Motorsport 1m43.284s +1.161s 36
20 Bryce Aron Hitech GP 1m43.532s +1.409s 35
21 Cian Shields Hitech GP 1m43.747s +1.624s 34
22 Mikkel Grundtvig Fortec Motorsports 1m44.217s +2.094s 35
1 Jack Sherwood Elite Motorsport 1m49.134s 30
2 Tom Mills Kevin Mills Racing 1m49.150s +0.016s 29
3 Nikolas Taylor Fortec Motorsports 1m49.419s +0.285s 34
4 Jarrod Waberski Kevin Mills Racing 1m49.509s +0.375s 31
5 Megan Gilkes Hillspeed 1m49.711s +0.577s 33
6 Max Marzorati Hillspeed 1m49.752s +0.618s 34
7 Logan Hannah Graham Brunton Racing 1m50.706s +1.572s 30
8 Chloe Grant Graham Brunton Racing 1m50.818s +1.684s 33
9 Alex Walker Alex Walker Racing 1m50.827s +1.693s 21
10 Jessica Edgar Fortec Motorsports 1m51.267s +2.133s 34