Marko Asmer (#7 Hitech Dallara Mercedes) set the fastest times in both morning and afternoon sessions of Day 1 of the two day test at Croft. 'Frankie' Cheng (#38 Performance Racing Dallara Mugen Honda) was the quickest driver in the National Class in both sessions since announcing his participation in the 2007 series last week for Performance Racing.
With changable weather conditions prevailing at the Yorkshire circuit, Asmer sliced 1.4 seconds off his morning time with Greg Mansell (#50 Fortec Dallara Mercedes) keeping pace with the vastly more experienced Estonian to post a lap time just 0.081 seconds behind. Atte Mustonen (#26 Raikkonen Robertson Dallara Mercedes) was the quickest of the Raikkonen Robertson Racing runners, with reigning British F3 National Champion Rodolfo Gonzalez continuing his preparations to challenge for the overall title in his Mugen Honda powered T Sport Dallara.
In the National Class China's 'Frankie' Cheng put in two solid performances in during the day to post the 12th fastest time overall, 0.533 seconds ahead of nearest rival Michael Meadows (#55 Master Motorsport Dallara Mugen-Honda) and Sergio Perez (#31 T Sport Dallara Mugen-Honda).
A second day of further testing is in store for the teams and drivers as they all prepare for the start of the 2007 Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series on April 9th at Oulton Park in Cheshire.