Beckmann and Norris fastest in wet Formula 3 European test at Spa

David Beckmann topped a wet Formula 3 European Championship test at Spa, with Lando Norris heading the second session as the field prepares for this weekend's 24 Hours support round

Beckmann and Norris fastest in wet Formula 3 European test at Spa

Beckmann stamped his time in early in the day before heavier rain wiped out any chance of improvement for much of the morning session.

The German's Motopark Dallara-Volkswagen set three laps quicker than the best anyone else could manage, and finished the opening three hours of running 1.111 seconds clear.

Team-mate and title contender Joel Eriksson was one of the few to improve as the track became less wet in the closing stages, his time lifting him to second position ahead of Carlin-run McLaren-Honda protege Norris.

Next up were Van Amersfoort Racing pairing Joey Mawson and Pedro Piquet, with Callum Ilott rounding out the top six in the leading Prema Powerteam entry.

The two-hour lunchtime session again featured most of the quick times being set relatively early on, and Norris's best was never beaten, the 2016 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner lapping just 0.132s short of Beckmann's morning effort.

Again there was a minor flurry of late improvements, with Beckmann leapfrogging Ilott on his final lap as the chequered flag flew to lift himself to second place, although he remained 0.342s adrift of Norris's session topper.

Eriksson was fourth this time, ahead of Prema's championship leader Maximilian Gunther, who bounced back from a crash in the morning session.

Force India protege Jehan Daruvala was another to improve on his final lap, lifting his Carlin car to sixth in the session.

MORNING SESSION TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 David Beckmann Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m31.404s - 30
2 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m32.515s 1.111s 36
3 Lando Norris Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m32.566s 1.162s 30
4 Joey Mawson Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m32.692s 1.288s 20
5 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m32.828s 1.424s 28
6 Callum Ilott Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m32.970s 1.566s 26
7 Guanyu Zhou Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m33.045s 1.641s 34
8 Jake Hughes Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m33.079s 1.675s 29
9 Ralf Aron Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m33.106s 1.702s 36
10 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m33.152s 1.748s 29
11 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m33.297s 1.893s 33
12 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m33.425s 2.021s 28
13 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m33.427s 2.023s 11
14 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m33.468s 2.064s 28
15 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m33.720s 2.316s 34
16 Max Defourny Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m33.915s 2.511s 31
17 Keyvan Andres Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m33.957s 2.553s 30
18 Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m34.255s 2.851s 31
19 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m37.270s 5.866s 28

LUNCHTIME SESSION TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lando Norris Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m31.536s - 21
2 David Beckmann Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m31.878s 0.342s 18
3 Callum Ilott Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m31.943s 0.407s 22
4 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m32.435s 0.899s 16
5 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m32.596s 1.060s 25
6 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m32.621s 1.085s 21
7 Ralf Aron Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m32.669s 1.133s 25
8 Guanyu Zhou Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m32.727s 1.191s 23
9 Jake Hughes Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m32.807s 1.271s 24
10 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m32.919s 1.383s 20
11 Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m32.958s 1.422s 24
12 Max Defourny Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m33.303s 1.767s 23
13 Keyvan Andres Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m33.335s 1.799s 22
14 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m33.409s 1.873s 23
15 Joey Mawson Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m33.665s 2.129s 22
16 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m33.778s 2.242s 21
17 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m33.936s 2.400s 19
18 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m34.322s 2.786s 6
19 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m34.511s 2.975s 21

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