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O’Sullivan still GB3 champion in waiting as 23 drivers test at Donington

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Bart Horsten set a blistering pace at Donington Park to top a 23-driver field that turned up for day one of GB3 testing ahead of the season finale.

Horsten led a Hitech GP 1-2-3 with a 1m24.281s lap set in the morning, bettering the qualifying lap record set by Johnathan Hoggard in 2019.

Reece Ushijima and Sebastian Alvarez were second and third, ahead of Fortec Motorsports’ Roberto Faria and Elite Motorsport’s Javier Sagrera, the top five all setting their best times in session two of four.

Champion-elect Zak O’Sullivan only took part in the afternoon running and was sixth fastest, just under half a second shy of Horsten.

The Carlin driver will officially be crowned simply by finishing race one on Saturday but, with 21 cars confirmed on the entry list for the weekend, his 112-point lead is already likely to be unassailable.

If two more drivers join the grid at late notice, the title fight will continue to Saturday’s race rather than be decided pre-event.

Elite’s Tom Lebbon was fastest in session one, beating Faria by 0.032s on his final lap. Lebbon was the only driver not to improve in the later three sessions, and ended up 10th overall.

Carlin’s Christian Mansell bettered Lebbon’s benchmark by 0.009s halfway through session two. Horsten then traded fastest laps with Ushijima and then set his best with three minutes to go.

Horsten again led the way in both of the afternoon sessions, but was a few tenths shy of his morning effort.

Roman Bilinski was the fastest Arden driver in seventh, ahead of Chris Dittmann Racing’s Ayrton Simmons, as both set their best laps in session four.

Of the weekend debutants, British Formula 4 race-winner James Hedley was 17th for Elite, Eduardo Coseteng was 19th for Fortec and Flynn Jackes 21st for Hillspeed, despite an off which caused session two to end early.

Douglas Motorsport has Tommy Smith return to its line-up, and ran F4 racer Marcos Flack in the test. He was 11th fastest. 

Carlin fielded a fourth car for its F4 driver Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak, who was testing as he evaluates his future career options. Both drivers could potentially join the weekend grid.

Test results

Pos Name Team Time Gap Laps
1 Bart Horsten Hitech GP 1m24.281s 47
2 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP 1m24.431s +0.150s 69
3 Sebastian Alvarez Hitech GP 1m24.488s +0.207s 75
4 Roberto Faria Fortec Motorsports 1m24.495s +0.214s 62
5 Javier Sagrera Elite Motorsport 1m24.557s +0.276s 70
6 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin 1m24.753s +0.472s 31
7 Roman Bilinski Arden 1m24.778s +0.497s 72
8 Ayrton Simmons Chris Dittmann Racing 1m24.830s +0.549s 68
9 Christian Mansell Carlin 1m24.929s +0.648s 64
10 Tom Lebbon Elite Motorsport 1m24.949s +0.668s 59
11 Marcos Flack Douglas Motorsport 1m25.067s +0.786s 68
12 Jonathan Browne Hillspeed 1m25.110s +0.829s 70
13 Bryce Aron Carlin 1m25.153s +0.872s 69
14 Branden Lee Oxley Chris Dittmann Racing 1m25.244s +0.963s 66
15 Frederick Lubin Arden 1m25.320s +1.039s 69
16 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak Carlin 1m25.362s +1.081s 68
17 James Hedley Elite Motorsport 1m25.374s +1.093s 68
18 Reema Juffali Douglas Motorsport 1m25.470s +1.189s 69
19 Eduardo Coseteng Fortec Motorsports 1m25.619s +1.338s 72
20 Alex Fores Chris Dittmann Racing 1m25.702s +1.421s 72
21 Flynn Jackes Hillspeed 1m25.792s +1.511s 66
22 Mikkel Grundtvig Fortec Motorsports 1m25.961s +1.680s 70
23 Tommy Smith Douglas Motorsport 1m26.114s +1.833s 67