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Connor drafted back into Arden’s British F3 line-up, joined by Bilinski

by Ida Wood

Arden is back up to two cars for this weekend’s BRDC British Formula 3 round at Donington Park, after starting Thursday with two drivers but then losing one.

Alex Connor and Frederick Lubin drove for the team in the opening two rounds of the season, with Connor initially set to miss round three on Donington’s Grand Prix layout and with British Formula 4 racer Roman Bilisnki lined up to replace him.

However on Thursday morning it was announced that Lubin would be unable to compete due to a health issue, and with Bilinski yet to be confirmed it provisionally left the team with two unfilled entries.

In the afternoon Bilinski was then announced, with Connor confirmed as driving the car Lubin was set to be racing in.

Bilinski raced for Arden last year in his rookie British F4 season and picked up three podiums with the team, then switched to Carlin for 2021.

“We’re not setting any expectations for the weekend, it’s all about going out, learning the circuit, the car and enjoying the experience,” the Polish teenager said during pre-event testing at Donington.

The four 30-minute test sessions of the day went largely without incident, and it was Elite Motorsport’s Javier Sagrera who put in the fastest lap in the final session with a 1m25.179s.

Fortec Motorsports’ Roberto Faria topped two of the sessions – the first and the third – while Connor took his turn at the top in the second morning session.

Sagrera was in the top three throughout all of the sessions, with times gradually getting quicker as the day went on, while Bilinski came on strongest in the final session by taking the second-fastest time after also finishing in the top three of the first session.

The one red flag throughout the day was caused by Elite’s Jose Garfias, who was beached at Coppice in the middle part of the first session and then missed the second.

As well as the addition of Bilinski, Carlin ran a fourth car for his British F4 team-mate Dougie Bolger, who was on the pace with the tail-end of the pack from the off. He is not set to take any part in the weekend’s racing.

Hitech GP’s Bart Horsten was the only driver not to set their personal best in the final session, and actually set identical laptimes in sessions two and three to place eighth for the day.

Written by Ida Wood and Craig Woollard

Test results
Pos Name Team Time Gap Laps
1 Javier Sagrera Elite Motorsport 1m25.179s 71
2 Roman Bilinski Arden 1m25.202s +0.023s 62
3 Roberto Faria Fortec Motorsports 1m25.261s +0.082s 72
4 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin 1m25.302s +0.123s 65
5 Tom Lebbon Elite Motorsport 1m25.343s +0.164s 63
6 Alex Connor Arden 1m25.360s +0.181s 66
7 Ayrton Simmons Chris Dittmann Racing 1m25.573s +0.394s 69
8 Bart Horsten Hitech GP 1m25.672s +0.493s 67
9 Dexter Patterson Douglas Motorsport 1m25.822s +0.643s 65
10 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP 1m25.878s +0.699s 65
11 Sebastian Alvarez Hitech GP 1m25.889s +0.710s 73
12 Max Marzorati Chris Dittmann Racing 1m25.906s +0.727s 70
13 Christian Mansell Carlin 1m25.979s +0.800s 65
14 Jose Garfias Elite Motorsport 1m26.112s +0.933s 39
15 Bryce Aron Carlin 1m26.280s +1.101s 68
16 Mikkel Grundtvig Fortec Motorsports 1m26.444s +1.265s 69
17 Reema Juffali Douglas Motorsport 1m26.611s +1.432s 64
18 Dougie Bolger Carlin 1m26.739s +1.560s 69