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Lubin ruled out of BRDC British F3 at Spa, Mansell tops practice

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Christian Mansell was quickest in Friday’s BRDC British Formula 3 free practice at Spa-Francorchamps, as illness ruled out Arden’s Frederick Lubin from the weekend.

Carlin driver Mansell was fastest in the first of three sessions with a time of 2m18.047s, while Arden’s Roman Bilinski topped the other two sessions but was unable to match Mansell’s earlier effort.

Arden are only fielding one car after Lubin was ruled out for a second round in a row.

Lubin has revealed he is suffering from mycocarditis, a virus which causes inflammation of the heart muscle.

“My health isn’t one hundred percent yet,” Lubin revealed on Instagram.

“I have a mild case of myocarditis and even though it is only mild is still has to be treated with extreme care otherwise it can cause some serious damage.

“I would like to thank all the doctors at Royal Brompton and St Marie’s for helping me get back on track.

“I’m on the mend and I’ve made some huge steps forward so I’m hoping to be back for [the next] round at Snetterton”.

Mansell was 0.3s faster than Bilinski during free practice, with Elite Motorsport’s Javier Sagrera a further 0.3s behind third – all three setting their best times in the opening session.

Championship leader Zak O’Sullivan led the second session before being pipped late on by Bilinksi, though his time was good enough to end up fourth overall.  Title rival Reece Ushijima was another to set his best time in the second session, the Hitech GP driver finishing sixth overall behind Elite’s Tom Lebbon.

Ushijima led the first half of the final session, before Bilinksi again went fastest.  Elite’s Jose Garfias was the only driver to improve his time, but was only good enough for 15th overall.

Hunter Yeany was ninth fastest ahead of his British F3 debut, one place behind Fortec team-mate Roberto Faria.

Free practice results

Pos Name Team Time Gap Laps
1 Christian Mansell Carlin 2m18.047s 51
2 Roman Bilinski Arden 2m18.379s +0.332s 50
3 Javier Sagrera Elite Motorsport 2m18.653s +0.606s 44
4 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin 2m18.700s +0.653s 51
5 Tom Lebbon Elite Motorsport 2m18.835s +0.788s 50
6 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP 2m19.088s +1.041s 47
7 Bart Horsten Hitech GP 2m19.199s +1.152s 49
8 Roberto Faria Fortec Motorsports 2m19.258s +1.211s 47
9 Hunter Yeany Fortec Motorsports 2m19.272s +1.225s 45
10 Ayrton Simmons Chris Dittmann Racing 2m19.292s +1.245s 48
11 Bryce Aron Carlin 2m19.419s +1.372s 49
12 Sebastian Alvarez Hitech GP 2m19.529s +1.482s 49
13 Jose Garfias Elite Motorsport 2m20.322s +2.275s 43
14 Max Marzorati Chris Dittmann Racing 2m20.350s +2.303s 50
15 Mikkel Grundtvig Fortec Motorsports 2m20.488s +2.441s 45
16 Reema Juffali Douglas Motorsport 2m21.577s +3.530s 48