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.
Crucially Lynn was fastest in the cool of the early morning to post a best for the day of 1m 17.578s, a tenth quicker than his team-mate Hannes van Asseldonk. Alex was quickest also in the day’s final session, by a four-hundredth margin from Carlin’s Harry Tincknell, who was one of only four men to find any time in the afternoon.
Lynn was pleased with his day’s work: “It’s been a pretty good day. We expected the first session to be the quickest so we aimed for a good time in that and spent the rest of the day concentrating on set up for the next rounds. We are more than happy with the pace we’ve had today compared with the last time we were here. It’s given me lots of confidence and hopefully we can carry this forward into the Rockingham rounds.”
The day’s other session-toppers were Carlin’s Jazeman Jaafar, whose 1m 18.227s in the second test was third-best time of the day overall, and his team-mate Carlos Sainz, the championship leader, who was quickest in session three and who went on to find another hundredth in the final test.
T-Sport’s Spike Goddard outpaced his rival and Australian countryman, Double R’s Duvashen Padayachee, to claim the National class honours for the day.
The Rockingham rounds of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series take place over the weekend of 9/10 June.
Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International SeriesOfficial testing / Rockingham / 22 May 2012
Leading International class runners (am/pm - fastest time in bold)1 Alex LYNN / GBR, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes 1m 17.578s / 1m 18.238s2 Hannes VAN ASSELDONK / NED, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes 1m 17.668s / 1m 18.529s3 Jazeman JAAFAR / MAS, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 1m 18.227s / 1m 18.656s4 Harry TINCKNELL / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 1m 18.313s / 1m 18.281s5 Pipo DERANI / BRA, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes 1m 18.308s / 1m 19.081s6 Carlos SAINZ / ESP, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 1m 18.426s / 1m 18.367s7 Jack HARVEY / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 1m 18.386s / 1m 18.746s8 Pietro FANTIN / BRA, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 1m 19.233s / 1m 18.492s9 Felix SERRALLES / PUR, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes 1m 18.659s / 1m 18.702s10 Geoff UHRHANE / AUS, Double R Dallara-Mercedes 1m 18.867s / 1m 18.835s11 Nick McBRIDE / AUS, T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 1m 18.989s / 1m 19.751s12 Fahmi ILYAS / MAS, Double R Dallara-Mercedes 1m 19.161s / 1m 19.428s
National class1 Spike GODDARD / AUS, T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda 1m 20.454s / 1m 21.716s2 Duvashen PADAYACHEE / AUS, Double R Dallara-Mugen 1m 22.768s / 1m 22.772s