Van der Zande tops Snetterton test

Renger van der Zande reinforced Hitech Racing's position as the team with the fastest car in British Formula 3 at the moment by topping the times during pre-race testing at Snetterton today

Van der Zande tops Snetterton test

The Dutch former F3 Euro Series ace lapped the Norfolk track in a 1m01.726s best during the fastest and coolest final session, in which running was extended by 20 minutes after a midday downpour washed out the second of three sessions.

Van der Zande found 0.148s between the first session of the day, which he also topped, and the final one and ended up more than two tenths clear of the rest of the field.

"It's been a good day, but it's just testing," said van der Zande. "I found some time in myself with my braking at the Esses and I've improved a lot at the last chicane, where I was so s**t in the [official] test [10 days ago], but now I'm super quick.

"It's just a matter of working hard and I think we can still gain a bit at the second corner."

Fortec's Victor Garcia, confidence buoyed by a decent showing in the official test here two weeks ago, finished an impressive second fastest as one of only four drivers to break the 62-second barrier.

The Spaniard was fastest of all in the first part of the lap and shaded Daisuke Nakajima (Double R) and van der Zande's Hitech team-mate Walter Grubmuller by 0.008s and 0.031s respectively.

Max Chilton finished fastest of Carlin's four drivers with fifth best time, just 0.021s clear of T-Sport's Wayne Boyd, who rounded out the top six.

Championship leader Daniel Ricciardo (Carlin) went fourth fastest in the hotter morning session, but was one of only two drivers to lose time as conditions cooled after the downpour and he ended up eighth fastest, over half a second adrift of the pace.

Daniel McKenzie (Fortec) was comfortably the quickest of the National Class runners, 11th fastest overall.

Pos Driver Team Car Time 1. Renger van der Zande Hitech D/M 1m01.726s 2. Victor Garcia Fortec D/M 1m01.945s 3. Daisuke Nakajima Double R D/M 1m01.953s 4. Walter Grubmuller Hitech D/M 1m01.976s 5. Max Chilton Carlin D/V 1m02.012s 6. Wayne Boyd T-Sport D/V 1m02.033s 7. Riki Christodoulou Fortec D/M 1m02.055s 8. Daniel Ricciardo Carlin D/V 1m02.178s 9. Henry Arundel Carlin D/V 1m02.317s 10. Jay Bridger Bridger/Litespeed M/H 1m02.436s 11. Daniel McKenzie Fortec D/H 1m02.477s 12. Carlos Huertas Double R D/M 1m02.584s 13. Nick Tandy JTR M/M 1m02.633s 14. Adriano Buzaid T-Sport D/V 1m02.643s 15. Gabriel Dias T-Sport D/H 1m02.677s 16. Phillip Major Carlin D/V 1m02.740s 17. Stephane Richelmi Barazi Epsilon D/M 1m03.074s 18. Hywel Lloyd CF Racing D/H 1m03.107s 19. Victor Correa Litespeed S/H 1m03.346s 20. Max Snegirev West-Tec D/H 1m04.052s 21. Aaron Steele Litespeed S/H 1m05.559s 
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