Kevin Magnussen sets practice pace ahead of Spa British F3 round

Kevin Magnussen set the pace in free practice ahead of this weekend's British Formula 3 round at Spa

Kevin Magnussen sets practice pace ahead of Spa British F3 round

The Dane set a best lap time over 0.6 seconds faster than his Carlin team-mate and championship leader Felipe Nasr to lead the way in the morning, before the notoriously fickle Ardennes weather washed out Thursday afternoon's session.

"It's so hard to predict these things now," said Magnussen, who has been fast in free practice during the past two rounds but suffered problems in some of the races.

"This is a new weekend on a really good track - one of the best in Europe - so I'm really looking forward to it. It's good to be here with Carlin because they have such a good car."

Nasr edged F3 Euro Series points leader and wet weather pacesetter Roberto Merhi of Prema Powerteam into third by just 0.007s. The Spaniard, who also leads the inaugural FIA International Trophy contest of which this weekend's first and third races are a part, lapped a further 0.315s quicker than Carlin rookie Jack Harvey.

Italian F3 racer Raffaele Marciello, who tested at Spa recently with Prema ahead of an Italian F3 round in August, went fifth fastest, ahead of Carlin trio Jazeman Jaafar (who caused a red flag by crashing out at Pouhon towards the end of the later wet session), Carlos Huertas and Rupert Svendsen-Cook.

Some felt the later wet session should have been red flagged early owing to standing water on the track. Officials conceded a race would not have been run in the conditions, but decreed that the drivers' participation in free practice was at their own discretion.

Signature duo Laurens Vanthoor and Carlos Munoz rounded out the top 10, while series returnee and 2007 champion Marko Asmer (Double R) ended up 11th after setting an identical best time to Munoz.

Euro Series frontrunner Daniel Juncadella wound up 27th of the 28 runners after crashing his Prema-run Dallara heavily at Les Combes after just two laps of the morning session.

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap 1. Kevin Magnussen Carlin Dallara-VW 2m14.299s 2. Felipe Nasr Carlin Dallara-VW 2m14.942s + 0.643s 3. Roberto Merhi Prema Dallara-Merc 2m14.949s + 0.650s 4. Jack Harvey Carlin Dallara-VW 2m15.264s + 0.965s 5. Raffaelle Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 2m15.438s + 1.139s 6. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin Dallara-VW 2m15.443s + 1.144s 7. Carlos Huertas Carlin Dallara-VW 2m15.517s + 1.218s 8. Rupert Svendsen-Cook Carlin Dallara-VW 2m15.916s + 1.617s 9. Laurens Vanthoor Signature Dallara-VW 2m15.924s + 1.625s 10. Carlos Munoz Signature Dallara-VW 2m15.938s + 1.639s 11. Marko Asmer Double R Dallara-Merc 2m15.938s + 1.639s 12. Pietro Fantin Hitech Dallara-VW 2m16.016s + 1.717s 13. Marco Wittmann Signature Dallara-VW 2m16.184s + 1.885s 14. Hannes van Asseldonk Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 2m16.399s + 2.100s 15. Menasheh Idafar T-Sport Dallara-VW 2m16.431s + 2.132s 16. William Buller Fortec Dallara-Merc 2m16.442s + 2.143s 17. Scott Pye Double R Dallara-Merc 2m16.776s + 2.477s 18. Daniel Abt Signature Dallara-VW 2m16.915s + 2.616s 19. Harry Tincknell Fortec Dallara-Merc 2m16.992s + 2.693s 20. Hywel Lloyd Sino Vision Dallara-Merc 2m17.103s + 2.804s 21. Bart Hylkema T-Sport Dallara-VW 2m17.279s + 2.980s 22. Luis Derani Double R Dallara-Merc 2m17.339s + 3.040s 23. Lucas Foresti Fortec Dallara-Merc 2m17.595s + 3.296s 24. Yann Cunha T-Sport Dallara-VW 2m17.604s + 3.305s 25. Adderly Fong Sino Vision Dallara-Merc 2m17.946s + 3.647s 26. Fahmi Ilyas Forr Dallara-Merc 2m18.457s + 4.158s 27. Daniel Juncadella Prema Dallara-Merc 2m18.615s + 4.316s 28. Kotaro Sakurai Hitech Dallara-Mugen 2m19.358s + 5.059s 
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