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Joel Granfors fastest as Fortec top GB3 and GB4 pre-event testing

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Joel Granfors was fastest on the opening day of GB3’s pre-event testing for this weekend’s Oulton Park season opener.

The Swede edged JHR Developments’ Matthew Rees by 0.073 seconds in the closing stages of the final session, the pair having been quick throughout the day. Fellow Fortec driver Nikolas Taylor was fastest in GB4 testing, topping two of the three sessions.

Elite Motorsport’s Tom Lebbon led GB3’s morning running during the first 25 minutes. Granfors knocked 0.053s off his benchmark, with James Hedley then putting Elite back on top with the first sub-1m30s lap. Lebbon responded with two quick laps to go fastest again before Granfors moved ahead once more.

Douglas Motorsport’s Marcos Flack then set a 1m29.089s to top the times, but Rees beat his effort by 0.002s with three minutes remaining.

Rees went fastest early in session two, albeit 0.6s off his morning effort. As several drivers improved, Hitech GP’s Luke Browning went quickest with a 1m29.441s before Granfors posted the best lap so far to beat Browning by 0.614s.

Rees set his personal best lap in session three, but was denied top spot by Granfors who set a 1m28.729s in the final 10 minutes. Lebbon also improved to end up third ahead of Flack, the only driver to not improve on his morning best. Carlin’s single-seater rookie Callum Voisin was fifth quickest ahead of Hedley.

Having not recorded a time in the first two sessions, Carlin’s Roberto Faria finally made it to track in the afternoon, and was seventh fastest overall.

Points leader Alex Walker headed most of the morning’s GB4 running for Elite, with Kevin Mills Racing’s Tom Mills having a brief spell at the top approaching the halfway mark. Walker responded with a best effort of 1m36.070s to finish 0.191s ahead of Taylor.

Mills improved to go fastest early on in session two with a 1m36.581s, but Taylor registered two quick laps two-thirds of the way through, setting a new benchmark. He was fastest again in session three with an effort 0.4s shy of his session two best. Walker remained in second overall despite not bettering his session one-topping lap.

Max Marzorati and Megan Gilkes, who have been retained as Hillspeed’s line-up after starring in round one, made improvements in session three to end up third and fourth quickest overall. Mills was fifth ahead of Fortec’s Elias Edestam, who recorded the most laps of the GB4 field. 

Elite’s Jack Sherwood was the only other driver to improve in the final session, his effort leaving him eighth. Graham Brunton Racing did not take part, but is expected to appear on Friday with an expanded line-up of three cars.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Joel Granfors Fortec Motorsports 1m28.729s 53
2 Matthew Rees JHR Developments 1m28.802s +0.073s 49
3 Tom Lebbon Elite Motorsport 1m29.013s +0.284s 53
4 Marcos Flack Douglas Motorsport 1m29.089s +0.360s 45
5 Callum Voisin Carlin 1m29.207s +0.478s 58
6 James Hedley Elite Motorsport 1m29.266s +0.537s 54
7 Roberto Faria Carlin 1m29.328s +0.599s 22
8 Luke Browning Hitech GP 1m29.396s +0.667s 57
9 McKenzy Cresswell Chris Dittmann Racing 1m29.482s +0.733s 53
10 Bryce Aron Hitech GP 1m29.542s +0.813s 49
11 John Bennett Elite Motorsport 1m29.547s +0.818s 55
12 Max Esterson Douglas Motorsport 1m29.595s +0.866s 48
13 Javier Sagrera Carlin 1m29.609s +0.880s 55
14 Branden Lee Oxley Chris Dittmann Racing 1m29.739s +1.010s 55
15 Alex Connor Arden Motorsport 1m29.899s +1.170s 52
16 David Morales Arden Motorsport 1m29.935s +1.206s 57
17 Zak Taylor Fortec Motorsports 1m29.963s +1.234s 30
18 Cian Shields Hitech GP 1m30.095s +1.366s 59
19 Tommy Smith Douglas Motorsport 1m30.437s +1.708s 51
20 Nick Gilkes Hillspeed 1m30.593s +1.864s 55
21 Mikkel Grundtvig Fortec Motorsports 1m30.658s +1.929s 45
1 Nikolas Taylor Fortec Motorsports 1m35.888s 56
2 Alex Walker Elite Motorsport 1m36.070s +0.182s 55
3 Max Marzorati Hillspeed 1m36.353s +0.465s 54
4 Megan Gilkes Hillspeed 1m36.552s +0.664s 55
5 Tom Mills Kevin Mills Racing 1m36.581s +0.693s 52
6 Elias Adestam Fortec Motorsports 1m36.647s +0.759s 59
7 Jarrod Waberski Kevin Mills Racing 1m36.836s +0.948s 55
8 Jack Sherwood Elite Motorsport 1m36.958s +1.070s 53
9 Jess Edgar Fortec Motorsports 1m37.331s +1.443s 54