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Sauber junior Faria fastest in GB3 test at Brands Hatch

by Ida Wood

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

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.

Test Results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Roberto Faria Carlin 1m18.052s 65
2 Matthew Rees JHR Developments 1m18.103s +0.051s 47
3 Tom Lebbon Elite Motorsport 1m18.390s +0.338s 40
4 Alex Connor Arden 1m18.430s +0.378s 62
5 James Hedley Elite Motorsport 1m18.508s +0.456s 56
6 Javier Sagrera Carlin 1m18.609s +0.557s 64
7 Marcos Flack Douglas Motorsport 1m18.750s +0.698s 65
8 Callum Voisin Carlin 1m18.813s +0.761s 58
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
19 Nick Gilkes Hillspeed 1m20.262s +2.210s 63
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