Lynn laps it up at Rockingham

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

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