Carlin’s Sauber junior Roberto Faria was fastest on GB3’s in-season test day at Brands Hatch, with teams taking to the circuit’s Grand Prix loop.
The circuit will host round seven of the season in September, in addition to new Formula 4 series GB4 which was also testing.
Early championship leader Luke Browning topped the first GB3 session of Wednesday, setting a 1m19.361s lap to go fastest by 0.213 seconds over Faria. There were 17 cars on track, with four other drivers appearing later in the day.
JHR Developments’ reigning British F4 champion Matthew Rees lowered the pace to 1m18.692s in session two, edging Arden’s Alex Connor by 0.089s, while Browning and Faria were third and fourth.
Joel Granfors recorded his only lap of the day in this session, although the Fortec Motorsports driver took 5m28.854s to navigate the circuit.
In session three it was a Carlin 1-2-3, with Javier Sagrera heading Faria and Callum Voisin. Browning was 0.188s back in fourth, and with nine laps on the board did fewer miles than all but Fortec’s drivers, Chris Dittmann Racing’s McKenzy Cresswell and Elite Motorsport’s absent John Bennett who returned to track for session four.
With the combined rubber of the GB3 and GB4 sessions having gripped up the track, the final session was the fastest for everyone bar Browning.
Faria topped the test with a 1m18.052s lap, putting him 0.051s ahead of Rees and a third of a second ahead of Elite’s Tom Lebbon and Connor.
Browning only set eight laps and ended up 12th fastest, but with his session two time putting him ninth overall for the day.
Kevin Mills Racing’s Tom Mills topped the first two of GB4’s sessions, with only four cars present fitted with transponders to record laptimes, and Elite’s Alex Walker topped the other two sessions.
Walker’s session three time was his best, bettering his session four benchmark by 0.009s, and put him half a second clear of team-mate Jack Sherwood. Mills was 0.995s slower in third. KMR plans to add a third car for the next GB4 round.
|2||Matthew Rees||JHR Developments||1m18.103s||+0.051s||47|
|3||Tom Lebbon||Elite Motorsport||1m18.390s||+0.338s||40|
|5||James Hedley||Elite Motorsport||1m18.508s||+0.456s||56|
|7||Marcos Flack||Douglas Motorsport||1m18.750s||+0.698s||65|
|9||Luke Browning||Hitech GP||1m18.853s||+0.801s||54|
|10||Branden Lee Oxley||Chris Dittmann Racing||1m18.941s||+0.889s||62|
|11||McKenzy Cresswell||Chris Dittmann Racing||1m18.989s||+0.937s||20|
|12||Max Esterson||Douglas Motorsport||1m19.082s||+1.030s||53|
|13||Bryce Aron||Hitech GP||1m19.253s||+1.201s||56|
|14||David Morales||Arden Motorsport||1m19.408s||+1.356s||65|
|15||Mikkel Grundtvig||Fortec Motorsports||1m19.435s||+1.383s||19|
|16||Cian Shields||Hitech GP||1m19.534s||+1.482s||62|
|17||Zak Taylor||Fortec Motorsports||1m19.750s||+1.698s||52|
|18||Tommy Smith||Douglas Motorsport||1m20.192s||+2.140s||67|
|20||John Bennett||Elite Motorsport||1m20.723s||+2.671s||37|
|21||Joel Granfors||Fortec Motorsports||no time||1|
|1||Alex Walker||Elite Motorsport||1m25.471s||62|
|2||Jack Sherwood||Elite Motorsport||1m25.973s||+0.502s||64|
|3||Tom Mills||Kevin Mills Racing||1m26.466s||+0.995s||61|
|4||Jessica Edgar||Fortec Motorsports||1m30.375s||+4.904s||66|