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Faria continues to set the pace in GB3 test at Oulton Park

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Roberto Faria was fastest again on the second day of GB3’s pre-event testing at Oulton Park.

As with Thursday’s running, debutant Luke Browning was denied top spot late on, the reigning British Formula 4 champion ending up third overall behind Fortec team-mate Faria and Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan.

Elite Motorsport’s Tom Lebbon topped the morning session, which was held in damp conditions and was interrupted by two flags.

The first stoppage came in the opening couple of minutes after Jonathan Browne ground to a halt on his out-lap, though the Hillspeed driver was able to get back out on track once the action resumed.

Htech GP’s Bart Horsten was the first driver to dip under the 1m42s mark, with times some 10 seconds off Thursday’s dry pace, before Chris Dittmann Racing’s Ayrton Simmons and Carlin’s Christian Mansell went quicker.

Horsten moved back to the top with two quick laps in succession, before Faria moved into the 1m40s to lead the way.

The Brazilian stayed in front until late on, when a second stoppage to recover Christian Mansell’s stranded Carlin machine from Druids bend led to a flurry of activity in the last couple of minutes of green flag running.

Bilinski, Ushijima and then O’Sullivan all bettered Faria’s time as they took the chequered flag, before Lebbon found more than 0.3s on his final lap to end the session quickest.

Javier Sagrera took third on his final tour behind Elite team-mate Lebbon and O’Sullivan, while Hitech’s Sebastian Alvarez moved up to fourth.

Faria led most of the second session, which was held in dry conditions, lapping 0.1s quicker than his Thursday benchmark early on.

O’Sullivan and Chris Dittmann Racing’s Ayrton Simmons both lapped fractionally quicker with just under 10 minutes remaining, before Browning moved ahead..

But Faria responded to go quickest again by over 0.2s, his time of 1m31.742s good enough to top the day’s running.

O’Sullivan recorded a late lap to pip his former British F4 rival Browning to second by 0.011s, with Simmons a further 0.1s behind in fourth.

Mansell was fifth ahead of Alvarez, Ushijima and Lebbon. Branden Lee Oxley was ninth for CDR ahead of Horsten. All drivers recorded their best times in the second sessions, with the top 13 drivers separated by less than a second.

Test results

Pos Name Team Time Gap Laps
1 Roberto Faria Fortec Motorsports 1m31.742s 32
2 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin 1m31.923s +0.181s 33
3 Luke Browning Fortec Motorsports 1m31.934s +0.192s 33
4 Ayrton Simmons Chris Dittmann Racing 1m32.045s +0.303s 31
5 Christian Mansell Carlin 1m32.173s +0.431s 27
6 Sebastian Alvarez Hitech GP 1m32.188s +0.446s 33
7 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP 1m32.237s +0.495s 30
8 Tom Lebbon Elite Motorsport 1m32.309s +0.567s 31
9 Branden Lee Oxley Chris Dittmann Racing 1m32.382s +0.640s 33
10 Bart Horsten Hitech GP 1m32.500s +0.758s 27
11 Roman Bilinski Arden 1m32.582s +0.840s 33
12 Javier Sagrera Elite Motorsport 1m32.703s +0.961s 31
13 Frederick Lubin Arden 1m33.712s +0.970s 30
14 Jonathan Browne Hillspeed 1m32.878s +1.136s 28
15 Bryce Aron Carlin 1m33.043s +1.301s 31
16 Reema Juffali Douglas Motorsport 1m33.403s +1.661s 31
17 Mikkel Grundtvig Fortec Motorsports 1m33.478s +1.736s 20