Fortec’s Alex Lynn led the way in Cooper Tires British Formula 3 testing today at Rockingham, the Essex youngster swiftest of the challengers in two of the day’s four sessions.
Alex Lynn stole the show at Rockingham this afternoon in final Cooper Tires British Formula 3 testing ahead of the weekend’s championship races, the Fortec driver beating the field by a seven-tenth margin.
The Essex 18-year-old professed himself pleased with his and the team’s efforts at the damp and blustery Northamptonshire speedway, which echoed his session-topping performance in testing there in dry conditions last month.
“The car was working really well and I’m pretty happy,” said Alex. “But, as always, I just have to do it again tomorrow. We’ve put in quite a bit of preparation for this event. Today we were quick, hopefully we can do it again. Hopefully we can be quick if it’s dry, and we certainly seem quick enough in the wet. Whatever the weather throws at us I think we all feel pretty well prepared - not just me but the whole team.”
Alex turned on the pace in the third and final session of the day, and was the only man under the 97-second mark around the 2.05-mile ‘Sportscar Long’ circuit configuration. His closest rival was Carlin’s Brazilian pilot Pietro Fantin, who was 0.729s adrift of the Brit’s pace. Hannes van Asseldonk and Felix Serralles were third and fourth fastest overall to underline the pace of the Mercedes-powered Fortec squad.
Championship leader Carlos Sainz (Carlin) was quickest by a half-second margin in the first session of the day from Fortec’s Pipo Derani, but the Spaniard did not improve his pace thereafter and wound up fifth on the day. Dutch driver van Asseldonk topped session two, a tenth ahead of Sainz.
T-Sport’s Nissan-powered driver Nick McBride continued his progress, breaking into the top nine overall, just ahead of Malaysian Jazeman Jaafar for Carlin.
T-Sport’s National class runner, Australian Spike Goddard, was quicker than his class rival Duvashen Padayachee (Double R) throughout the day’s running.
Fri 8 June:
Sat 9 June:
10:45 - Qualifying
15:15 - Race 1 (30 mins)
Sun 10 June:
10:40 - Race 2 (20 mins)
13:50 - Race 3 (40 mins)
16 June - 07:05 Channel 4 & 17:20 Motors TV
Provisional Championship Standings after Round 8
1 Carlos Sainz (ESP/Carlin) 104 points
2 Jazeman Jaafar (MAS/Carlin) 101 points
3 Jack Harvey (GBR/Carlin) 83 points
4 Felix Serralles (PUR/Fortec) 73 points
5 Alex Lynn (GBR/Fortec) 64 points
6 Pipo Derani (BRA/Fortec) 61 points
1 Spike Goddard (AUS/T-Sport) 141 points
2 Duvashen Padayachee (AUS/Double R) 102 points
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