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Johnathan Hoggard returns to BRDC British F3 in Snetteron test

by Ida Wood

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Award winner Johnathan Hoggard returned to BRDC British Formula 3 for its pre-event test at Snetterton on Friday.

The 2019 title runner-up, who was due to step up to Euroformula this year prior to the coronavirus pandemic, returned to the Fortec Motorsports team he’s spent his junior single-seater career with and went fourth fastest in a day of mixed conditions.

He will not join the race weekend, leaving Fortec likely only running British Formula 4 graduate Roberto Faria.

As on Thursday, it was Double R Racing’s Benjamin Pedersen who made the most of the track when it was at its driest to go quickest. His fastest lap came in the final session of the day, and put him over a quarter of a second clear of Carlin’s Kaylen Frederick in second place.

Offs for Hitech GP’s Reece Ushijima and JHR Developments’ Max Marzorati shortened the day’s opening session, which Ushijima’s points-leading team-mate Kush Maini topped, and in a drizzly session two Hoggard just pipped Frederick to the fastest time.

Maini and Hillspeed’s Oliver Clarke were third and fourth in this session, with Clarke failing to improve on his session two time in the afternoon.

Frederick put in two late flying laps to be the driver who started the afternoon on top, by just 0.018 seconds over Pedersen, but the Formula Regional Americas star struck back in the final session of the day once the weather improved.

Maini was again third in session three, but slipped down to fifth at the end of the day as Chris Dittmann Racing’s Josh Skelton and Hoggard bettered him in the final session as well as Pedersen and Frederick.

Carlin’s Nazim Azman ended up sixth overall based off his session three time, ahead of Douglas Motorport’s Ulysse De Pauw and Faria – who also failed to improve in session four.

Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Benjamin Pedersen Double R Racing 1m44.121s 52
2 Kaylen Frederick Carlin 1m44.374s +0.253s 57
3 Josh Skelton Chris Dittmann Racing 1m44.428s +0.307s 53
4 Johnathan Hoggard Fortec Motorsports 1m44.498s +0.377s 55
5 Kush Maini Hitech GP 1m44.543s +0.422s 51
6 Nazim Azman Carlin 1m44.648s +0.527s 54
7 Ulysse De Pauw Douglas Motorsport 1m44.678s +0.557s 47
8 Roberto Faria Fortec Motorsports 1m44.848s +0.727s 53
9 Louis Foster Double R Racing 1m44.900s +0.779s 52
10 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP 1m45.079s +0.958s 51
11 Piers Prior Lanan Racing 1m45.102s +0.981s 54
12 Manaf Hijjawi Douglas Motorsport 1m45.104s +0.983s 52
13 Bart Horsten Lanan Racing 1m45.148s +1.027s 54
14 Sasakorn Chaimongkol Hillspeed 1m45.607s +1.486s 50
15 Alex Fores Chris Dittmann Racing 1m45.611s +1.490s 52
16 Oliver Clarke Hillspeed 1m45.616s +1.495s 56
17 Joshua Mason Lanan Racing 1m45.786s +1.665s 54
18 Max Marzorati JHR Developments 1m45.906s +1.785s 55
19 Carter Williams JHR Developments 1m46.254s +2.133s 55