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Cresswell sets blistering pace in GB3 pre-season testing at Silverstone

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

McKenzy Cresswell was fastest in GB3’s final two-day pre-season test on Silverstone’s Grand Prix layout, topping four out of eight sessions.

The Elite Motorsport driver’s best laptime came on day one, his 1m52.489s inside GB3’s lap record by 0.3 seconds, and was also 0.6s faster than last year’s pole time.

Rodin Motorsport’s Louis Sharp led an unrepresentative opening session on Tuesday with a 1m57.352s, fastest by two seconds over team-mate Arthur Rogeon.

Hitech GP’s Gerrard Xie immediately beat Sharp’s benchmark at the start of session two and laptimes continued to tumble from there. Cresswell moved to the top approaching the 10-minute mark with a 1m54.141s and, after his team-mate Jarrod Waberski edged ahead by 0.002s, he improved on his next lap to 1m53.816s.

Tymek Kucharczyk went quickest for Hitech with seven minutes remaining, but Cresswell responded with a 1m52.542s, a lap which would not be bettered. Waberski moved up to second late on, 0.491s slower than Cresswell, and Kurcharcyzk improved but slipped to sixth behind Rodin’s Ugo Ugochukwo, JHR Developments’ John Bennett and VRD by Arden’s Nikita Johnson.

Waberski topped session three by 0.159s with a late 1m52.957s effort, with Bennett, Ugochuwku and Sharp separated by 0.01s behind him. Cresswell set a 1m52.823s to top session four ahead of JHR’s Patrick Heuzenroeder, Waberski, Sharp and Bennett – all four setting their best laps of the day to finish in the same positions in the overall classification.

Overnight rain left the circuit slippery for Wednesday morning’s two sessions. Sharp was quickest in the first of those and Fortec Motorsports’ Edward Pearson was quickest in the second, which was heavily disrupted by two red flag stoppages.

Cresswell led most of session seven, and despite briefly being outpaced he improved in the final minutes to a 1m52.732s, finishing 0.195s ahead of Ping who was the only driver to set a personal best.

VRD ran a fourth car on Wednesday for James Hedley, who set his best lap in the final session. He lea with a 1m53.095s, before Cresswell lapped 0.3s faster to once again be fastest. Hitech’s William Macintyre and JHR’s Josh Irfan also set personal best laptimes to end the test in 10th and 12th overall.

Heuzenroeder’s day one pace left him second, 0.354s behind Cresswell, with Ping’s session seven time putting him third ahead of Waberski and Sharp, with one second separating the top 12.

Linus Granfors joined Fortec for GB4’s testing on Tuesday, and he completely dominated all four sessions to end the first day quickest. The 16-year-old brother of 2022 GB3 runner-up Joel Granfors was over 0.7s clear of Elite duo Alisha Palmowski and Finn Harrison, all three setting their best laps in session three. Brandon McCaughan completed his first test for KMR Sport, posting his best lap in session four to end 1.261s shy of the pace in fourth.

With Granfors not taking part on day two, Harrison and Harry Burgoyne Jr topped a session each in the morning’s greasy and slower conditions. Burgoyne was quickest again in session seven, 0.247s clear of Graham Brunton Racing’s Callum Baxter. Harrison led the final session with his best lap of the test to be fourth fastest overall behind Granfors, Palmowski and Burgoyne.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 McKenzy Cresswell Elite Motorsport 1m52.489s 88
2 Patrick Heuzenroeder JHR Developments 1m52.843s +0.354s 86
3 Noah Ping VRD by Arden 1m52.927s +0.438s 91
4 Jarrod Waberski Elite Motorsport 1m52.955s +0.466s 92
5 Louis Sharp Rodin Motorsport 1m53.041s +0.552s 95
6 James Hedley VRD by Arden 1m53.095s +0.606s 43
7 John Bennett JHR Developments 1m53.104s +0.615s 92
8 Ugo Ugochukwu Rodin Motorsport 1m53.117s +0.628s 92
9 Nikita Johnson VRD by Arden 1m53.226s +0.737s 97
10 William Macintyre Hitech GP 1m53.232s +0.743s 91
11 Tymek Kucharczyk Hitech GP 1m53.429s +0.940s 93
12 Josh Irfan JHR Developments 1m53.489s +1.000s 81
13 Shawn Rashid VRD by Arden 1m53.611s +1.122s 99
14 Edward Pearson Fortec Motorsports 1m53.667s +1.178s 90
15 Arthur Rogeon Rodin Motorsport 1m53.695s +1.206s 93
16 Hugo Schwarze Elite Motorsport 1m53.706s +1.217s 89
17 Gerrard Xie Hitech GP 1m53.800s +1.311s 94
18 Colin Queen Fortec Motorsports 1m53.857s +1.368s 93
19 Flynn Jackes Chris Dittmann Racing 1m54.063s +1.574s 86
20 Seb Murray Chris Dittmann Racing 1m54.118s +1.629s 89
21 Daniel Guinchard Hillspeed 1m54.383s +1.894s 51
22 Rishab Jain Chris Dittmann Racing 1m55.511s +3.022s 94
1 FORTEC 3 Fortec Motorsports 2m00.730s 51
2 Alisha Palmowski Elite Motorsport 2m01.448s +0.718s 103
3 Harry Burgoyne Jr KMR Sport 2m01.569s +0.839s 101
4 Finn Harrison Elite Motorsport 2m01.747s +1.017s 103
5 Brandon McCaughan KMR Sport 2m01.991s +1.261s 51
6 Callum Baxter Graham Brunton Racing 2m02.143s +1.413s 101
7 Leon Wilson Arden 2m02.568s +1.838s 102
8 Brandon Templeton Fox Motorsport 2m02.707s +1.977s 105
9 Megan Bruce Fox Motorsport 2m02.727s +1.997s 104
10 Dan Hickey Fortec Motorsports 2m02.915s +2.185s 108
11 Jack Taylor Fortec Motorsports 2m03.328s +2.598s 90
12 Flame Airikkala Preptech UK 2m03.374s +2.644s 65