Ricciardo lays down a marker

at Silverstone

Cooper Tires British F3 International Series points leader and double Oulton Park race victor Daniel Ricciardo proved his versatility today (Thurs) when he made the best of damp track conditions to top the times in testing at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.

Silverstone, venue for the next championship rounds on 3 May, saw Australian Ricciardo's Carlin-prepared Dallara-Volkswagen splash its way to a 2m 01.953s lap in this afternoon's fourth and final session - three-tenths inside the best time achieved by Ricciardo's closest rival on the day, and top British driver, Riki Christodoulou, in his Mercedes-powered Fortec Dallara.

Ulsterman Wayne Boyd bounced back from his Oulton Park crash to post sixth-best time, albeit 1.1s off the pace of his T-Sport team-mate Adriano Buzaid. Quickest of the three National Class runners in attendance was Team West-Tec's Russian racer Max Snegirev.

Testing times, Silverstone GP, 16/4/20091  INT  Daniel Ricciardo/AUS, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen, 2m 01.953s2  INT  Riki Christodoulou/GBR, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes, 2m 02.243s3  INT  Adriano Buzaid/BRA, T-Sport Dallara-Volkswagen, 2m 02.841s4  INT  Max Chilton/GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen, 2m 03.189s5  INT  Nick Tandy/GBR, JTR Mygale-Mercedes, 2m 03.513s6  INT  Wayne Boyd/GBR, T-Sport Dallara-Volkswagen, 2m 03.964s7  INT  Henry Arundel/GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen, 2m 04.273s8  INT  Oliver Oakes/GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen, 2m 05.081s9  INT  Stéphane Richelmi/MON, Barazi-Epsilon Dallara-Mercedes, 2m 05.618s10  INT  Victor Garcia/ESP, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes, 2m 05.700s11  INT  Hywel Lloyd/GBR, CF Racing Dallara-Mugen Honda, 2m 06.124s12  INT  Carlos Huertas/COL, RR Dallara-Mercedes, 2m 06.577s13  INT  Walter Grubmüller/AUT, Hitech Dallara-Mercedes, 2m 07.416s14  NAT  Max Snegirev/RUS, West-Tec Dallara-Mugen Honda, 2m 07.689s15  INT  Daisuke Nakajima/JPN, RR Dallara-Mercedes, 2m 07.989s16  NAT  Gabriel Dias/BRA, T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda, 2m 08.969s17  NAT  Victor Correa/BRA, Litespeed-Mugen Honda, 2m 11.032s

The Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series enjoys the backing of US tyre manufacturer Cooper Tire and is further supported by motorsport insurance specialist AON, by Sunoco Racing Fuels and by Anglo American Oil Company.

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