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Rees leads JHR one-two at Oulton Park GB3 test, Mills quickest in GB4

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Matthew Rees edged his JHR Developments team-mate Joseph Loake to the fastest time of pre-event testing ahead of this weekend’s GB3 season opener at Oulton Park.

Rees beat Loake’s Thursday benchmark during Friday’s final session, his 1m27.906s lap almost 0.6 seconds faster than the outright lap record on Oulton’s International layout.

Douglas Motorsport’s Tymek Kucharcyzk topped Thursday’s opening session, a 1m29.162s putting him 0.188s ahead of Arden’s James Hedley. Jarrod Waberski  and Alex Dunne were also within 0.27s of the pace, with one second covering the top 15 drivers.

It was even closer in session two, with Rees lowering the benchmark to 1m28.524s to end up 0.018s faster than Loake, with Dunne less than 0.1s further behind. Loake ended the day quickest, setting a 1m28.094s in the final session and finishing 0.067s clear of Rees, with Red Bull junior Souta Arao third.

Douglas driver Lucas Staico and Elite Motorsport’s McKenzy Cresswell both had crashes on Thursday, with Staico missing session three having rolled his car.

Elite’s Ayato Iwasaki had a minor off in Friday’s opening session, with a delay in his car being recovered leaving very little green flag running and only 18 drivers recording a time. Rodin Carlin’s Callum Voisin ended at the top with a 1m28.815s.

The final session was interrupted twice, the first stoppage caused by a spin at Knickerbrook for Carlin’s John Bennett. Rees then set the fastest lap of the week before a second red flag with four minutes remaining. Loake was second ahead of Arao, with both slightly slower than their efforts from day one.

Dunne ended up fourth overall ahead of Hedley, Kucharcyzk and Voisin, all four setting their best times on Thursday. Waberski joined Rees in setting his best lap in Friday’s final session to finish eighth, with six other drivers also improving.

Despite suffering a few electronic gremlins, Tom Mills dominated GB4’s running in the rebranded KMR Sport team’s third car.  It means he has now topped all eight test sessions he has taken part in including those held at last month’s Donington Park media day.

He set a 1m34.815s in session one – putting him 0.627s clear of Fortec’s Colin Queen- before improving to 1m34.740s in session two, with team-mate Jeremy Fairbairn edging Evans GP’s Cooper Webster to third.

Mills matched his day one benchmark in Friday’s first session, with the impressive Webster just 0.004s behind, and again led the way in a disrupted final session with a slightly slower effort of 1m34.881s.

Webster and Queen also also didn’t improve but ended up second and third overall.  Elite’s Josh Irfan and Fairbairn improved to be fourth and fifth, with Harri Reynolds sixth and within 0.663s of the pace.

Sid Smith had an incident on Thursday which cracked the tub of his chassis – formerly raced by Formula 2 star Ollie Bearman – but returned to track on Friday for Fox Motorsport.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Matthew Rees JHR Developments 1m27.960s 57
2 Joseph Loake JHR Developments 1m28.094s +0.134s 63
3 Souta Arao Hitech GP 1m28.211s +0.251s 57
4 Alex Dunne Hitech GP 1m28.307s +0.347s 56
5 James Hedley Arden 1m28.363s +0.403s 63
6 Tymek Kucharczyk Douglas Motorsport 1m28.446s +0.486s 66
7 Callum Voisin Carlin 1m28.540s +0.580s 65
8 Jarrod Waberski Fortec Motorsports 1m28.561s +0.601s 56
9 Michael Shin Hitech GP 1m28.582s +0.622s 63
10 Max Esterson Fortec Motorsports 1m28.583s +0.623s 54
11 David Morales JHR Developments 1m28.678s +0.718s 55
12 John Bennett Carlin 1m28.783s +0.823s 64
13 Oliver Stewart Elite Motorsport 1m28.961s +1.001s 62
14 Costa Toparis Carlin 1m28.990s +1.030s 66
15 Gerrard Xie Hillspeed 1m29.011s +1.051s 60
16 McKenzy Cresswell Elite Motorsport 1m29.060s +1.100s 53
17 Arthur Rogeon Chris Dittmann Racing 1m29.096s +1.136s 61
18 Ayato Iwasaki Elite Motorsport 1m29.132s +1.172s 60
19 Lucas Staico Douglas Motorsport 1m29.179s +1.219s 46
20 Nico Christodoulou Arden 1m29.240s +1.280s 62
21 Edward Pearson Fortec Motorsports 1m29.324s +1.364s 51
22 Noah Ping Arden 1m29.363s +1.403s 62
23 Zak Taylor Chris Dittmann Racing 1m29.620s +1.660s 60
24 Shawn Rashid Douglas Motorsport 1m29.998s +2.038s 59
25 Daniel Mavlyutov Hillspeed 1m30.076s +2.116s 59
1 Tom Mills Kevin Mills Racing 1m34.740s 58
2 Cooper Webster Evans GP 1m34.744s +0.004s 61
3 Colin Queen Fortec Motorsports 1m35.045s +0.305s 58
4 Josh Irfan Elite Motorsport 1m35.154s +0.414s 56
5 Jeremy Fairbairn Kevin Mills Racing 1m35.202s +0.462s 60
6 Harri Reynolds Elite Motorsport 1m35.403s +0.663s 57
7 Liam McNeilly Fox Motorsport 1m35.872s +1.132s 50
8 Sid Smith Fox Motorsport 1m36.251s +1.511s 53
9 Jack Clifford Kevin Mills Racing 1m36.275s +1.535s 56
10 Jason Conzo Oldfield Motorsport 1m36.368s +1.628s 47
11 Harry Burgoyne Jr Graham Brunton Racing 1m36.447s +1.707s 50
12 Aditya Kulkarni Fortec Motorsports 1m36.598s +1.858s 34
13 Ruhaan Alva Fortec Motorsports 1m36.788s +2.048s 53
14 Thomas Lee Evans GP 1m42.467s +7.727s 31
15 Dylan Hotchin 1m43.081s +8.341s 18