Breen Tops the Times in morning test session at Thruxton

Ireland’s Niall Breen (#21 Carlin Motorsport) set the early pace at Thruxton finishing the opening 55-minute session twenty-two hundredths of a second ahead of team mate Sam Bird (#3 Carlin Motorsport). Third fastest was Stephen Jelley (#1 Raikkonen Robertson Racing) just ahead of championship leader Marko Asmer (#7 Hitech Racing).

The Irish driver’s time of 1m06.612 was also well inside the current British F3 lap record for Thruxton held by Charlie Kimball (1m06.921) but it doesn’t constitute a new lap record because that has to set during one of the two races on Sunday.

In the National Class Frankie Cheng (#39 Performance Racing) was top of the list, 0.045 seconds ahead of championship leader Sergio Perez (#31 T Sport).

The second test session of the day is due to get underway at 13:00 this afternoon and will last a total of 115 minutes.

TEST SESSION 1 – 55 minutes

1 – 21 – C – Niall BREEN – IRL – 1m06.612

2 – 3 – C – Sam BIRD – GBR – +0.022s

3 – 1 – C – Stephen JELLEY – GBR – +0.121s

4 – 7 – C – Marko ASMER – EST – +0.152s

5 – 23 – C – Maro ENGEL – GER – +0.321s

6 – 5 – C – Sebastian HOHETHAL – SWE – +0.421s

7 – 50 – C – Greg MANSELL – GBR – +0.459s

8 – 22 – C – Alberto VALERIO – BRA – +0.481s

9 – 39 – N – CHENG Cong Fu – CHN – +0.503s

10 – 2 – C – Jonathan KENNARD – GBR – +0.525s

11 – 31 – N – Sergio PEREZ – MEX – +0.548s

12 – 26 – C – Atte MUSTONEN – FIN – +0.604s

13 – 9- C – Rodolfo GONZALEZ – VEN – +0.654s

14 – 4 – C – Mario MORAES – BRA – +0.939s

15 – 6 – C – Walter GRUBMULLER – AUT – +1.236s

16 – 44 – C – Leo MANSELL – GBR – +1.249s

17 – 77 – N – Salman AL KHALIFA – BHR – +1.395s

18 – 24 – C – John MARTIN – AUS – +1.470s

19 – 15 – C – Michael DEVANEY – IRL – +1.476s

20 – 10 – C – Ricardo TEIXEIRA – ANG – +1.509s

21 – 8 – C – Francesco CASTELLACCI – ITA – +1.520s

22 – 27 – C – Alistair JACKSON – GBR – +1.726s

23 – 38 – N – Hamad AL FARDAN – BHR – +1.766s

24 – 37 – N – Viktor JENSEN – ISL – +2.135s

25 – 55 – N – Michael MEADOWS – GBR – +2.207s

26 – 33- N – Juan Pablo GARCIA SAMANO – MEX – +2.250s

27 – 16 – C – Max CHILTON – GBR – +2.255s

28 – 14 – C – Esteban GUERRIERI – ARG – +4.066s