Carlos Huertas leads Silverstone British Formula 3 practice

Carlos Huertas set the fastest time of the day in a pair of rain-affected pre-race practice sessions ahead of the final round of the British Formula 3 championship at Silverstone

Carlos Huertas leads Silverstone British Formula 3 practice

The Colombian, who is about to complete his third season of racing at this level, lapped the 3.7-mile grand prix circuit in a 1m53.703s best in the second of two sessions, moments before a brief but heavy shower slowed the circuit.

"The weather was kind to me," said Huertas. "But the car feels good in the dry. It was useful to get some wet running also, and I am happy whatever the conditions are tomorrow. Today counts for nothing really, but I hope it is a good omen for my final F3 races."

Huertas finished up just over two tenths of a second clear of new champion Felipe Nasr, and over sixth tenths up on Rupert Svendsen-Cook in a Carlin 1-2-3.

Nasr topped the times in the slower morning session, ahead of Carlin team-mates Kevin Magnussen, Jack Harvey and Jazeman Jaafar, with Fortec's Fahmi Ilyas and series returnee Alexander Sims (Motopark) rounding out the top six.

GP3 frontrunner Mitch Evans (Double R Racing) was only 17th quickest in the morning session, but ended the day fastest of the Mercedes-powered runners in fourth, ahead of team-mate Scott Pye and Harvey.

Fortec duo Will Buller and Lucas Foresti were next, with Magnussen and Hitech's Pietro Fantin rounding out the top 10, ahead of Jaafar and Sims.

Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Carlos Huertas Carlin Dallara-VW 1m53.703s 2. Felipe Nasr Carlin Dallara-VW 1m53.922s + 0.219s 3. Rupert Svendsen-Cook Carlin Dallara-VW 1m54.388s + 0.685s 4. Mitch Evans Double R Dallara-Merc 1m54.449s + 0.746s 5. Scott Pye Double R Dallara-Merc 1m54.578s + 0.875s 6. Jack Harvey Carlin Dallara-VW 1m54.891s + 1.188s 7. William Buller Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m54.942s + 1.239s 8. Lucas Foresti Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m55.061s + 1.358s 9. Kevin Magnussen Carlin Dallara-VW 1m55.085s + 1.382s 10. Pietro Fantin Hitech Dallara-VW 1m55.112s + 1.409s 11. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin Dallara-VW 1m55.125s + 1.422s 12. Alexander Sims Motopark Dallara-VW 1m55.544s + 1.841s 13. Harry Tincknell Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m55.807s + 2.104s 14. Pipo Derani Double R Dallara-Merc 1m55.874s + 2.171s 15. Hywel Lloyd Sino Vision Dallara-Merc 1m56.197s + 2.494s 16. Max Snegirev Hitech Dallara-VW 1m56.207s + 2.504s 17. Fahmi Ilyas Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m56.637s + 2.934s 18. Menasheh Idafar T-Sport Dallara-VW 1m56.756s + 3.053s 19. Yann Cunha T-Sport Dallara-VW 1m56.856s + 3.153s 20. Guilherme Silva Hitech Dallara-VW 1m57.367s + 3.664s 21. Adderly Fong Sino Vision Dallara-Merc 1m57.087s + 3.384s 22. Bart Hylkema T-Sport Volkswagen 1m57.586s + 3.883s 23. Kotaro Sakurai Hitech Dallara-Mugen 1m59.779s + 6.076s 
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