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Kucharczyk ends GB3’s Silverstone test on top, Mills leads GB4 again

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Tymek Kucharczyk set the fastest time of the week on the second day of GB3’s pre-event test on Silverstone’s Grand Prix layout.

The Douglas Motorsport driver knocked more than a second off Thursday’s benchmark, recording a 1m52.693s in the morning, while Elite Motorsport’s McKenzy Cresswell topped the timesheets in the afternoon.

Kucharczyk posted an early effort of 1m54.403s to head JHR Developments’ Matthew Rees by 0.6 seconds initially in the opening session.

Thursday’s pacesetter Cresswell soon reduced the Polish driver’s advantage to 0.3s, but Kucharczyk then improved to 1m53.040s.

Having made a low-key start to the day, the championship’s top three leapt up the order in the closing stages. Points leader Alex Dunne was first to improve, climbing from 16th to second with a lap 0.2s shy of Kurcharczyk’s. Joseph Loake soon took second away from Dunne, while Callum Voisin moved up to fourth.

Kucharczyk was the only driver with a sub-1m53s lap, his late 1m52.693s effort putting him 0.396s clear of Loake, while Cresswell was pipped to fifth by Chris Dittmann Racing’s Zak Taylor.

Warmer conditions and oil at Brooklands led to a slower afternoon session, with nobody improving their pace. Cresswell led initially with a 1m54.355s ahead of Waberski, before David Morales moved to the top in the final 10 minutes once drivers fitted brand new tyres.

Kucharczyk soon edged Morales by 0.038s, but Dunne then posted a 1m54.000s to take over at the top. A 1m53.777s put Kucharczyk ahead once more, before Cresswell recorded a 1m53.690s to end the session quickest. Loake improved to be second again, 0.072s behind Cresswell.

“It’s been a good two days,” said Kucharczyk. “It’s good to be back in the car after the long break. The second session the balance of the car was not the best, but we’re getting there.”

“It’s been a bit up and down,” Cresswell said of his day. “We struggled in the morning, we missed the window, it was quite a bit colder in the morning session, but by the end of day we were really quick. We’ve got the setup for the hot conditions.”

Tom Mills continued his GB4 domination on Friday to be quickest overall across the two days. The Kevin Mills Racing driver improved his pace from Thursday by over 0.2s in session one, a 2m01.197s lap putting him 0.6s clear of Liam McNeilly and Colin Queen.

Mills then set the test’s fastest lap in session two with a 2m00.968s, and Queen was 0.368s behind. The Fortec Motorsports driver also improved in session two to end the day in second.

McNeilly, one of six drivers not to improve in the afternoon, was third ahead of KMR’s Jack Clifford, while Evans GP’s Cooper Webster was over a second off the pace in fifth.

Testing results


Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Tymek Kucharczyk Douglas Motorsport 1m52.693s 23
2 Joseph Loake JHR Developments 1m53.089s +0.396s 22
3 Alex Dunne Hitech GP 1m53.239s +0.546s 22
4 Callum Voisin Carlin 1m53.321s +0.628s 23
5 Zak Taylor Chris Dittmann Racing 1m53.337s +0.644s 22
6 McKenzy Cresswell Elite Motorsport 1m53.399s +0.706s 21
7 Matthew Rees JHR Developments 1m53.506s +0.813s 22
8 Jarrod Waberski Fortec Motorsports 1m53.841s +1.148s 24
9 John Bennett Carlin 1m53.897s +1.204s 24
10 Souta Arao Hitech GP 1m53.925s +1.232s 22
11 Costa Toparis Carlin 1m53.955s +1.262s 23
12 David Morales JHR Developments 1m54.022s +1.329s 22
13 Nico Christodoulou Arden 1m54.080s +1.387s 22
14 Noah Ping Arden 1m54.081s +1.388s 23
15 Lucas Staico Douglas Motorsport 1m54.122s +1.429s 23
16 Max Esterson Fortec Motorsports 1m54.186s +1.493s 8 *
17 Arthur Rogeon Chris Dittmann Racing 1m54.199s +1.506s 21
18 Gerrard Xie Hillspeed 1m54.375s +1.682s 24
19 Oliver Stewart Elite Motorsport 1m54.384s +1.691s 23
20 Daniel Mavlyutov Hillspeed 1m54.662s +1.969s 24
21 James Hedley Arden 1m54.737s +2.044s 23
22 Edward Pearson Fortec Motorsports 1m54.883s +2.190s 23
23 Shawn Rashid Douglas Motorsport 1m55.107s +2.414s 20
1 Tom Mills Kevin Mills Racing 2m00.968s 18
2 Colin Queen Fortec Motorsports 2m01.336s +0.368s 20
3 Liam McNeilly Fox Motorsport 2m01.821s +0.853s 19
4 Jack Clifford Kevin Mills Racing 2m01.973s +1.005s 18
5 Cooper Webster Evans GP 2m02.077s +1.109s 19
6 Ruhaan Alva Fortec Motorsports 2m02.137s +1.169s 21
7 Erik Evans VRD 2m02.647s +1.679s 19
8 Lucas Blakeley Kevin Mills Racing 2m02.915s +1.947s 19
9 Aditya Kulkarni Fortec Motorsports 2m02.967s +1.999s 21
10 Harry Burgoyne Jr Graham Brunton Racing 2m03.075s +2.107s 21
11 Zack Ping VRD 2m03.207s +2.239s 19
12 Sid Smith Fox Motorsport 2m03.371s +2.403s 17
13 Rowan Campbell-Pilling Elite Motorsport 2m04.096s +3.128s 20
14 Dan Hickey Fortec Motorsports 2m04.615s +3.647s 21
15 Thomas Lee Evans GP 2m06.613s +5.645s 19
16 Dylan Hotchin 2m07.140s +6.172s 16

* laps recorded by transponder