Home Formula 3GB3 Hedley fastest in GB3’s pre-event testing at Silverstone

Hedley fastest in GB3’s pre-event testing at Silverstone

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Elite Motorsport’s James Hedley set the fastest time in pre-event testing ahead of this weekend’s second round of the GB3 Championship on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.

Hedley recorded a best lap of 1m52.304s in the first of two sessions on Friday to eclipse the best time from the previous day.

JHR Developments’ Matthew Rees led the first of four sessions on Thursday with a time of 1m54.169s, before Chris Dittmann Racing’s McKenzy Cresswell lapped fractionally quicker inside the final five minutes. But it was Fortec Motorsport’s Joel Granfors who finished on top thanks to a late effort of 1m53.360s.

Championship leader Luke Browning made his first appearance in session two, setting a best lap of 1m53.764s, but it was Granfors who led the way again after bettering his session one effort, before Cresswell set the best time of the morning so far.

But it was FIA Formula 3 regular Jak Crawford, taking part in a one-off test for Douglas Motorsport, who ended up quickest with a 1m53.179s. Believed to be sampling Silverstone for the first time ahead of F3’s visit in July, he went even quicker still to also top both afternoon sessions, ending the day with a best lap of 1m52.380s before leaving for Miami to attend this weekend’s grand prix with Red Bull. 

Granfors and Elite’s Tom Lebbon recorded their best laps in session four to end Thursday’s running in second and third overall, while Hedley’s time from session two put him fourth.

Hedley then set his test-topping time in session one on Friday, beating team-mate Lebbon by over half a second, with several drivers improving from the day before. Granfors then set his own personal best to top session four, ahead of Rees and Hedley, the Swede ending up third overall. Browning found 0.7s to end testing in sixth ahead of Carlin’s Javier Sagrera, who also improved.

Roberto Faria finished 13th overall for Carlin, having sat out Friday’s running to attend an exam. Arden’s Alex Connor did not take part on Thursday, but returned to the track on day two to record the 11th fastest time overall.

Connor’s team-mate David Morales sat out most of testing due to feeling unwell after taking part in Thursday’s opening session. Douglas Motorsport’s Marcos Flack is not at Silverstone this weekend due to clashing Italian Formula 4 commitments.

The GB4 field shared the track with the GB3 runners in Thursday’s four sessions, when it was Fortec’s Nikolas Taylor who was the driver to beat.

Taylor set a 2m02.976s to head session one ahead of points leader Alex Walker, and went 0.6s faster in session two to top the times again ahead of Hillspeed’s Megan Gilkes, who only ran in the morning.

Max Marzorati made his first appearance in the afternoon, and eclipsed team-mate Gilkes’ time to end the day 0.569s adrift of Taylor, who lowered his own benchmark to a 2m01.691s in the final session.

Gilkes was fastest in the first of two GB4-only sessions run on Friday morning, her time of 2m01.824s putting her third overall across the two days.

Taylor lowered his best time from Thursday in the second session, but Elite driver Walker recorded a 2m01.553s to end testing at the top by 0.133s. 

Lucas Romanek was on track both days for Oldfield Motorsport, but his transponder was only turned on in Friday’s final session. The debutant set a 2m03.059s in that session, which was good enough for seventh overall. Christian Lester also made a return for Rosserverde Racing, having appeared at the opening round, bringing the field up to 13 drivers for this weekend.

Testing results (Thursday & Friday combined)

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 James Hedley Elite Motorsport 1m52.304s 91
2 Jak Crawford Douglas Motorsport 1m52.380s +0.076s 52
3 Joel Granfors Fortec Motorsports 1m52.516s +0.212s 92
4 Tom Lebbon Elite Motorsport 1m52.857s +0.553s 90
5 Matthew Rees JHR Developments 1m52.877s +0.573s 73
6 Luke Browning Hitech GP 1m53.070s +0.766s 77
7 Javier Sagrera Carlin 1m53.169s +0.865s 94
8 McKenzy Cresswell Chris Dittmann Racing 1m53.263s +0.959s 96
9 Max Esterson Douglas Motorsport 1m53.291s +0.987s 65
10 Callum Voisin Carlin 1m53.356s +1.052s 95
11 Alex Connor Arden Motorsport 1m53.454s +1.150s 29
12 John Bennett Elite Motorsport 1m53.475s +1.171s 92
13 Roberto Faria Carlin 1m53.557s +1.253s 66
14 Branden Lee Oxley Chris Dittmann Racing 1m53.616s +1.312s 86
15 Bryce Aron Hitech GP 1m54.055s +1.751s 94
16 Mikkel Grundtvig Fortec Motorsports 1m54.079s +1.775s 95
17 Cian Shields Hitech GP 1m54.121s +1.817s 85
18 Zak Taylor Fortec Motorsports 1m54.125s +1.821s 90
19 Nick Gilkes Hillspeed 1m54.208s +1.904s 93
20 Tommy Smith Douglas Motorsport 1m54.346s +2.028s 92
21 David Morales Arden Motorsport 1m56.455s +4.151s 14
1 Alex Walker Elite Motorsport 2m01.553s 75
2 Nikolas Taylor Fortec Motorsports 2m01.686s +0.133s 96
3 Megan Gilkes Hillspeed 2m01.824s +0.271s 50
4 Jarrod Waberski Kevin Mills Racing 2m01.900s +0.347s 66
5 Elias Adestam Fortec Motorsports 2m02.243s +0.690s 98
6 Max Marzorati Hillspeed 2m02.260s +0.707s 51
7 Lucas Romanek Oldfield Motorsport 2m03.059s +1.506s >11
8 Jack Sherwood Elite Motorsport 2m03.209s +1.656s 78
9 Jessica Edgar Fortec Motorsports 2m03.226s +1.673s 102
10 Tom Mills Kevin Mills Racing 2m03.584s +2.031s 83
11 Chloe Grant Graham Brunton Racing 2m05.248s +3.695s 75
12 Logan Hannah Graham Brunton Racing 2m05.272s +3.719s 86
13 Christian Lester Rosserverde Racing 2m06.168s +4.615s 26