Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix: Callum Ilott fastest in second practice

Callum Ilott set the quickest time of the weekend so far as he topped second free practice for the Macau Grand Prix

Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix: Callum Ilott fastest in second practice

The 18-year-old Briton was on superb form in his Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-Mercedes, setting no fewer than four laps quicker than anyone else's best and finally heading the field by half a second.

Ilott, who crashed four times on his rookie visit to Macau in 2015, said: "I've learnt from last year I guess - well, I hope...

"At the moment it's been consistently good - there were still some close calls but I've got control, although Q2 is when everyone goes for it.

"I used my tyres from FP1 and they seem to be working well - they started going off towards the end but I still got a good time in [Ilott's best was on his final lap].

"That lap was with a tow, but what I was really pleased about was doing four or five laps in a row within three tenths."

Formula 3 returnee Arjun Maini sprang into contention by taking the second fastest time in his Motopark Dallara-Volkswagen.

"We made another step," said the GP3-racing Indian, who had just one test day before Macau. "The car was really good in the beginning and I'm driving a lot better than yesterday.

"I just need to put together the final sector, but the more you do it the easier it gets."

Kenta Yamashita remained among the frontrunners by taking third in his Tomei-engined T-Sport car, setting his time on his final lap, as did Felix Rosenqvist, the two-time winner finishing up fourth in his Prema Powerteam machine.

Next came the four Carlin drivers, with Red Bull junior Sergio Sette Camara this time spearheading the team's effort and taking fifth from top Macau rookie Jake Hughes, 2012 winner Antonio Felix da Costa and Lando Norris.

Maximilian Gunther showed that he is making progress on his first visit to Macau by taking ninth on his final lap, with the German's Prema team-mate Nick Cassidy rounding out the top 10.

The session ran stoppage-free until it was terminated three minutes from the end due to a two-car crash at Police bend.

Ye Hong Li lost control and smacked the barriers on the exit, and the yellow flags were just being unfurled to warn of the incident when Guan Yu Zhou came round the narrow corner and smashed into the back of Ye's car.

Both drivers hopped out unscathed, laughing and joking about the crash as they eschewed the waiting ambulance to walk back along the reservoir to the paddock.

Dan Ticktum's session ended at the midway point when he hit the wall, although he managed to get his car back to the pits.

PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m10.703s - 13
2 Arjun Maini Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.203s 0.500s 13
3 Kenta Yamashita ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/Threebond 2m11.268s 0.565s 13
4 Felix Rosenqvist SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.361s 0.658s 14
5 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.374s 0.671s 11
6 Jake Hughes Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.379s 0.676s 13
7 Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.458s 0.755s 13
8 Lando Norris Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.661s 0.958s 13
9 Maximilian Guenther SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.692s 0.989s 12
10 Nick Cassidy SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.715s 1.012s 13
11 Sam MacLeod Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.732s 1.029s 15
12 David Beckmann KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.804s 1.101s 11
13 George Russell Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.926s 1.223s 13
14 Dan Ticktum Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.115s 1.412s 7
15 Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.215s 1.512s 14
16 Daniel Juncadella Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.321s 1.618s 13
17 Andy Chang ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 2m12.467s 1.764s 12
18 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.584s 1.881s 14
19 Guanyu Zhou Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.661s 1.958s 12
20 Alexander Sims Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.672s 1.969s 12
21 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.056s 2.353s 13
22 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.430s 2.727s 12
23 Keyvan Andres KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m14.108s 3.405s 13
24 Ferdinand Habsburg Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 2m14.229s 3.526s 15
25 Daiki Sasaki B-MAX Racing Team Dallara/Volkswagen 2m14.353s 3.650s 14
26 Hong Li Ye B-MAX Racing Team Dallara/Volkswagen 2m14.385s 3.682s 12
27 Jann Mardenborough B-MAX Racing Team Dallara/Volkswagen 2m14.636s 3.933s 12
28 Sho Tsuboi TOM'S Dallara/Toyota 2m15.088s 4.385s 9
29 Tadasuke Makino Toda Racing Dallara/Toda 2m15.365s 4.662s 13


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