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Gelael and Jones lead British F3 practice at Spa-Francorchamps

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: British F3 International Series

Photo: British F3 International Series

Carlin’s FIA F3 drivers Sean Gelael and Ed Jones topped the first and second British F3 practice sessions respectively ahead of the championship’s fourth round at Spa-Francorchamps.

The duo – who are racing FIA F3 machines?this weekend and are entered as guest drivers – were a second clear of the rest of the pack in the day’s overall timesheets.

Jones led much of the morning’s practice session, but it was Gelael who ultimately ended up comfortably taking the top spot.

John Bryant-Meisner, representing Performance Racing, ended up taking second with Jones settling for third. Fortec’s championship leader Martin Cao claimed fourth, narrowly ahead of main rival Sam MacLeod.

The fight for the top spot ended up being much closer in the afternoon, with Jones edging out Gelael by less than a tenth of a second. Double R’s Roberto Merhi was best of the rest in third, leading Bryant-Meisner and Team Lotus driver Indy Dontje.

Combined practice results
Pos. Driver Team FP1 FP2
1 Ed Jones Carlin 2:18.544 2:16.096
2 Sean Gelael Carlin 2:17.351 2:16.187
3 Roberto Merhi Double R 2:19.499 2:17.212
4 John Bryant-Meisner Performance Racing 2:18.106 2:17.556
5 Indy Dontje Motopark 2:20.158 2:18.318
6 Peter Li Zhi Cong Carlin 2:20.114 2:18.531
7 Sam MacLeod Carlin 2:19.171 2:18.581
8 Nabil Jeffri Motopark 2:19.583 2:18.731
9 Martin Cao Fortec Motorsport 2:19.068 2:19.108
10 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsport 2:19.619 2:19.069
11 Andy Chang Wing Chung Double R Racing 2:20.019 2:19.316
12 Camren Kaminsky Double R Racing 2:21.061 2:20.111
13 Nikita Zlobin ADM Motorsport 2:20.290 2:20.261
14 Kang Ling ADM Motorsport 2:21.130 2:20.879

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