TEAM NEWS: Carlin drivers Brendon Hartley and Andy Meyrick topped the time sheets for the second day running today, at the final day of testing at the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk. The duo led the six strong Carlin squad as the team completed another successful day of development and testing at the second official test of the season.
Red Bull racer Brendon Hartley continued the good pace he showed in yesterday’s running to again set the quickest time of the day. The 18 year-old set his fastest time of the afternoon on old tyres which bettered his quickest time on Wednesday by over two tenths of a second.
Fellow Red Bull driver Jaime Alguersuari continued his impressive form, to set the sixth fastest time of the day, despite being new to the Norfolk track.
Having set the second quickest time in the morning, Racing Steps Foundation driver Oliver Turvey was blighted by technical problems later in the day and was forced to sit out the second session. Having been at the top of the time sheets at last week’s test at Pembrey and quick at Snetterton, the 20 year-old racer is marking himself out as one to watch in the 2008 season.
Australian Sam Abay, who also enters his first season of F3 this year, continued to make good progress at the Snetterton test, and spent the majority of the second day working on development of the F308 and testing new parts for the Carlin team.
Carlin’s national class runners were also on good form. Chester born racer Andy Meyrick continued his stunning form at the top of the national class, without using new rubber. The former Formula Renault racer has been the quickest national car in every official test session so far. Team mate Kristjan Einar suffered some frustration today; the Icelandic rookie was running second quickest in the national class before technical problems hampered his progress.
Team Principal Trevor Carlin commented, “We made good progress with our test and development programme today. Brendon and Andy were very impressive once again to set the fastest times in the championship and national class. Both Jaime and Sam continued to make good progress and worked on their test programmes. It was a little disappointing for Oliver and Kristjan who both suffered from technical problems which cut into their track time. Nevertheless, it’s always better to have such problems in testing rather than a race weekend, and all drivers are showing great signs of promise for the season ahead.”
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