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Frank Bird joins Fortec for BRDC British F3 test at Donington Park

by Elliot Wood

Photo: Renault Sport Series

BRDC British Formula 3 points leader Kush Maini set the pace on the first day of the series’ pre-event test at Donington Park, as Fortec Motorsports made its return.

Fortec missed the first three rounds of the season after its driver Christian Olsen was unable to commit, but has promoted Roberto Faria from its British Formula 4 line-up as of this coming weekend and also had Frank Bird driving at Donington.

Bird, son of British rally driver Paul, raced for Fortec in British F4 in 2016 and then moved on to the Formula Renault Eurocup. In his 65 races in the series he claimed a best finish of sixth, before moving on to sportscar racing for this year.

Once again the field was closely spread in the British F3 test, and while Bird was slowest on his first time back in a single-seater since 2019, he was only 1.133 seconds off series veteran Maini’s pace. It is understood the 21-year-old is evaluating whether to race in British F3 in the future.

Joining Bird at the bottom was debuting team-mate Faria and Chris Dittmann Racing’s Alex Fores. The latter currently leads the F3 Cup with CDR and like Faria is making his British F3 debut at Donington. In session three of the day, Faria brought out a red flag with a crash that broke one of his front wheels.

Maini meanwhile set the pace in three of the four Thursday sessions, with Carlin’s Kaylen Frederick starting the day on top but slipping down to sixth place.

 

Test day one results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Kush Maini Hitech GP 1m24.769s 47
2 Ulysse De Pauw Douglas Motorsport 1m24.844s +0.075s 55
3 Benjamin Pedersen Double R Racing 1m24.945s +0.176s 66
4 Louis Foster Double R Racing 1m25.158s +0.389s 57
5 Piers Prior Lanan Racing 1m25.214s +0.445s 66
6 Kaylen Frederick Carlin 1m25.234s +0.465s 72
7 Bart Horsten Lanan Racing 1m25.258s +0.489s 53
8 Sasakorn Chaimongkol Hillspeed 1m25.268s +0.499s 69
9 Manaf Hijjawi Douglas Motorsport 1m25.285s +0.516s 43
10 Kiern Jewiss Douglas Motorsport 1m25.315s +0.546s 61
11 Joshua Mason Lanan Racing 1m25.374s +0.605s 62
12 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP 1m25.445s +0.676s 54
13 Josh Skelton Chris Dittmann Racing 1m25.552s +0.783s 63
14 Nazim Azman Carlin 1m25.614s +0.845s 66
15 Max Marzorati JHR Developments 1m25.722s +0.953s 67
16 Roberto Faria Fortec Motorsports 1m25.890s +1.121s 65
17 Alex Fores Chris Dittmann Racing 1m25.893s +1.124s 64
18 Frank Bird Fortec Motorsports 1m25.902s +1.133s 64