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Sennan Fielding fastest on test day ahead of MSA Formula opener

by Peter Allen
Sennan Fielding

Photo: Paul Davies Photography

Sennan Fielding set the pace in the pre-event testing at Brands Hatch ahead of the first MSA Formula round.

Fielding has joined the series with new single-seater entrants JHR Developments after he finished fourth in BRDC F4 last year.

In the drier of two sessions on Friday, Fielding led by four hundredths of a second from Ginetta Junior graduate and world karting champion Lando Norris.

The running was brought to a premature end by a collision at Paddock Hill Bend between Alexandra Marinescu and Tarun Reddy after a spin for the former. Both were unhurt but Marinescu’s Falcon Motorsport-entered car was too badly damaged to take any further part in the weekend.

Norris had topped the earlier session on a wetter circuit, four seconds slower than he went in the afternoon.

Car racing rookie Dan Ticktum was second for Fortec followed by sole MBM entry Jack Barlow and lead JTR racer Dan Baybutt.

Norris’ Carlin team-mate Colton Herta was next followed by the Arden duo of Enaam Ahmed and Ricky Collard, Double R’s Matheus Leist and Fielding.

Completing the top ten was Louise Richardson in her first drive of the MSA Formula car, with the family team.

Leist claimed third in the afternoon session, just three thousandths of a second slower than Norris, with Collard and Herta also within a tenth of the pace.

Sandy Mitchell was sixth for Arden followed by Reddy, Ticktum, Ahmed and JTR’s second driver James Pull.

Combined results
Pos Driver Team Session 1 Session 2
1 Sennan Fielding JHR Developments 51.652 46.742
2 Lando Norris Carlin 50.624 46.782
3 Matheus Leist Double R Racing 51.349 46.785
4 Ricky Collard Arden 51.332 46.804
5 Colton Herta Carlin 51.308 46.812
6 Sandy Mitchell Arden 52.347 46.946
7 Tarun Reddy Double R Racing 52.623 47.179
8 Dan Ticktum Fortec Motorsports 50.665 47.321
9 Enaam Ahmed Arden 51.327 47.382
10 James Pull JTR 52.203 47.450
11 Daniel Baybutt JTR 51.009 47.508
12 Josh Smith Fortec Motorsports 52.623 47.870
13 Petru Florescu Carlin 52.147 47.956
14 Jack Barlow MBM Motorsport 50.990 47.970
15 Rafa Martins SWB Motorsport 52.015 48.420
16 Gustavo Myasava Double R Racing 52.944 49.510
17 Jack Butel SWB Motorsport 54.859 49.975
18 Darius Karbaley Falcon Motorsport 52.055 50.150
19 Louise Richardson Richardson Racing 51.904 No time
20 Alexandra Marinescu Falcon Motorsport 54.303 No time

Personal best time in bold
Best time of session in italics