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Faria tops GB3 testing at Donington as 23 cars hit the track again

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Roberto Faria topped Friday’s running at Donington Park with the quickest time of the two-days pre-event GB3 test.

The Fortec Motorsports driver set a 1m24.148s in the last of four sessions held during the day, knocking over a tenth of a second off the benchmark set by Hitech GP’s Bart Horsten on Thursday.

Hitech continued its strong form into day two by filling the top three spots in session one, with Reece Ushijima just under a quarter of a second faster than Horsten, with Sebastian Alvarez third.

Champion-in-waiting Zak O’Sullivan topped session two for Carlin, shaving 0.013s off Ushijima’s earlier effort to end the morning running as the fastest. 

Marcos Flack showed promising pace for Douglas Motorsport with the second fastest time of session two, with Elite Motorsport’s Javier Sagrera third.

Faria topped session three with the fastest lap yet, ahead of Ushijima and Carlin’s Christian Mansell, and the Brazilian lapped quicker still to also top session four.

Alvarez lapped within 0.1s off Faria in session four to end the day second fastest, with Mansell also setting his best time then to go third.

O’Sullivan’s time from session two put him fourth, while Ushijima was fifth despite not improving on his session one effort. 

Chris Dittmann Racing’s Ayrton Simmons and Horsten were sixth and seventh, both recording their best laps in session four, while session two times from Flack and Sagrera left them in eighth and ninth.

Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak was again testing for Carlin, ending up 13th, with the top 15 drivers separated by less than a second. Whether Flack and Inthraphuvasak opt to join this weekend’s season finale will determine what day O’Sullivan can officially wrap up the title on.

James Hedley (Elite), Flynn Jackes (Hillspeed) and Eduardo Coseteng (Fortec) will be debuting this weekend, and they were 17th, 20th and 22nd on the day’s timesheet.

Test results

Pos Name Team Time Gap Laps
1 Roberto Faria Fortec Motorsports 1m24.148s 73
2 Sebastian Alvarez Hitech GP 1m24.211s +0.063s 63
3 Christian Mansell Carlin 1m24.307s +0.159s 73
4 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin 1m24.335s +0.187s 68
5 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP 1m24.348s +0.200s 68
6 Ayrton Simmons Chris Dittmann Racing 1m24.439s +0.291s 67
7 Bart Horsten Hitech GP 1m24.444s +0.296s 67
8 Marcos Flack Douglas Motorsport 1m24.515s +0.367s 66
9 Javier Sagrera Elite Motorsport 1m24.533s +0.385s 66
10 Tom Lebbon Elite Motorsport 1m24.590s +0.442s 71
11 Branden Lee Oxley Chris Dittmann Racing 1m24.700s +0.552s 68
12 Bryce Aron Carlin 1m24.849s +0.701s 70
13 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak Carlin 1m24.863s +0.715s 62
14 Frederick Lubin Arden 1m24.871s +0.723s 68
15 Roman Bilinski Arden 1m24.875s +0.727s 72
16 Jonathan Browne Hillspeed 1m25.169s +1.021s 69
17 James Hedley Elite Motorsport 1m25.185s +1.037s 72
18 Alex Fores Chris Dittmann Racing 1m25.307s +1.159s 72
19 Reema Juffali Douglas Motorsport 1m25.470s +1.322s 67
20 Flynn Jackes Hillspeed 1m25.510s +1.362s 69
21 Mikkel Grundtvig Fortec Motorsports 1m25.784s +1.636s 65
22 Eduardo Coseteng Fortec Motorsports 1m25.814s +1.666s 71
23 Tommy Smith Douglas Motorsport 1m25.969s +1.821s 68