Hartley tops testing at Donington Park

Brendon Hartley set the quickest time in yesterday's British Formula 3 testing at Donington Park, ahead of the season finale this weekend

Hartley tops testing at Donington Park

The New Zealander needs a miracle to take the title, going into the weekend 30 points behind championship leader Oliver Turvey with just 42 available. But he made the best possible start, posting a best lap nearly eight tenths of a second quicker than anyone else.

Turvey set the second quickest time of the day, ahead of fellow Carlin Motorsport drivers Sam Abay and Jaime Alguersuari.

Alguersuari is the only other driver with a chance of winning the championship, lying 12 points behind Turvey and was just half a tenth slower than his title rival.

Marcus Ericsson completed the top five for Fortec Motorsport with just 0.052s covering the second to fifth-placed cars.

Dean Smith was the best of the British F3 debutants, finishing ninth in the Fortec car vacated by Sebastian Hohenthal before the last round at Bucharest in August.

Formula Renault race winner Adriano Buzaid topped the National Class for Carlin on his first F3 outing in 12th place overall, with Henry Surtees 18th (fourth in class) in the second National Class Carlin car on his F3 debut.

Pos Driver Team Car Time 1. Brendon Hartley Carlin D/M 1:00.961 2. Oliver Turvey Carlin D/M 1:01.705 3. Sam Abay Carlin D/M 1:01.753 4. Jaime Alguersuari Carlin D/M 1:01.758 5. Marcus Ericsson Fortec D/M 1:01.767 6. Walter Grubmuller Hitech D/M 1:01.953 7. John Martin Double R D/M 1:02.017 8. Max Chilton Hitech D/M 1:02.060 9. Dean Smith Fortec D/M 1:02.123 10. Nick Tandy JTR M/M 1:02.203 11. Henry Arundel Double R D/M 1:02.433 12. Adriano Buzaid Carlin (N) D/H 1:02.563 13. Jay Bridger Fluid (N) D/H 1:02.533 14. Philip Major Fortec D/M 1:02.592 15. Atte Mustonen Double R D/M 1:02.661 16. Oliver Oakes Eurotek D/M 1:02.705 17. Steven Guerrero T-Sport (N) D/H 1:02.763 18. Henry Surtees Carlin (N) D/H 1:02.900 19. Hywel Lloyd CF (N) D/H 1:03.056 20. Clemente Faria Jr Cesario D/H 1:03.299 21. Stefan Wilson Fluid (N) D/H 1:03.452 22. Callum MacLeod T-Sport (N) D/H 1:03.478 23. Jonathan Legris Litespeed (N) S/H 1:04.415 D/M = Dallara Mercedes, M/M = Mygale Mercedes, D/H = Dallara Mugen-Honda, S/H = SLC Mugen-Honda 
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