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Frederick tops Donington BRDC British F3 test, Marzorati moves to CDR

by Ida Wood

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Carlin’s Kaylen Frederick went fastest in BRDC British Formula 3’s pre-event test on Donington Park’s National layout, as Max Marzorati switched teams to Chris Dittmann Racing.

Marzorati has driven for the debuting JHR Developments team in his two British F3 appearances so far, but will drive for CDR in the final two rounds.

“I am very excited about racing with Chris Dittmann and his team,” said Marzorati. “They are right towards the front in terms of pace and I see it as a logical next step to improve my performances.

“I’d also like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone at JHR for helping me graduate into British F3 in the first place – they are a great bunch of people and, although new to F3, they are learning fast. I wish them all the best for the future.”

The two-day Donington test began in sunny but damp conditions, with Thursday’s laptimes gradually getting quicker as more rubber was laid down.

Frederick waited until the final minute of on-track action to put in his test-topping time, putting him just 0.027 seconds ahead of Double R Racing’s Louis Foster.

A further 0.063s back in third was Douglas Motorsport’s Ulysse De Pauw, who had gone fastest in the two morning sessions.

Fastest in session three of four, and fourth fastest overall, was Hillspeed’s Oliver Clarke. Hitech GP’s points leader Kush Maini was fifth but began his day with a suspension-damaging incident at the chicane.

Drivers who caused red flag stoppages included Benjamin Pedersen (Double R), who went off at Coppice, and spinner Manaf Hijjawi (Douglas).

Friday’s action began in the wet, and it was Frederick who again set the pace albeit with a lap almost 10s slower than his Thursday best. De Pauw was second fastest in the early morning session and Maini in the latter of the two, with Nazim Azman (Carlin) completing the top three in both.

Foster pipped Frederick to top spot in the first session of the afternoon, where Azman was once again third fastest, while Maini topped the final session of the test.

Lanan Racing’s Piers Prior missed Thursday but was immediately running in the top 10 on Friday; his lack of dry mileage meaning he was guaranteed to be slowest in the combined classification though. He also joined Hijjawi in ending session three of the day in the gravel.

Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Kaylen Frederick Carlin 1m02.556s 168
2 Louis Foster Double R Racing 1m02.583s +0.027s 157
3 Ulysse De Pauw Douglas Motorsport 1m02.646s +0.090s 160
4 Oliver Clarke Hillspeed 1m02.758s +0.202s 176
5 Kush Maini Hitech GP 1m02.778s +0.222s 151
6 Josh Skelton Chris Dittmann Racing 1m02.827s +0.271s 156
7 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP 1m02.872s +0.316s 162
8 Benjamin Pedersen Double R Racing 1m02.882s +0.326s 146
9 Nazim Azman Carlin 1m02.892s +0.336s 159
10 Bart Horsten Lanan Racing 1m03.113s +0.557s 161
11 Roberto Faria Fortec Motorsports 1m03.183s +0.627s 174
12 Sasakorn Chaimongkol Hillspeed 1m03.266s +0.710s 157
13 Manaf Hijjawi Douglas Motorsport 1m03.288s +0.732s 132
14 Max Marzorati Chris Dittmann Racing 1m03.361s +0.805s 176
15 Joshua Mason Lanan Racing 1m03.421s +0.865s 152
16 Piers Prior Lanan Racing 1m13.500s +10.944s 80