Jaafar finishes Silverstone test on top
9 March 2011 – Carlin's Jazeman Jaafar moved ahead on Wednesday as the second and final day of this week’s British Formula 3 test session was staged. However, the Tuesday lap time of team-mate Carlos Huertas remains the quickest of the meeting.
Rupert Svendsen-Cook was again the leading British driver, the 20-year-old from Ipswich recording a best of 1:53.108 in his Carlin. The top Mercedes-powered driver was Brazilian youngster Pipo Derani for the Double R team, in eighth, just ahead of his team-mate Scott Pye.
There was encouragement today for several teams chasing the six-strong Carlin squad; Fortec’s Lucas Foresti topped the damp first morning session while Menasheh Idafar, the reigning National Class Champion, bettered his Tuesday mark by nearly a second in the first afternoon session today to top the timesheet.
Sixteen-year-old Japanese driver Kotaru Sakurai took his maiden laps in a British Formula 3 car, sampling a Hitech-run Rookie class Dallara. Despite single-seater experience limited to Formula BMW Asia outings last year and winter races in New Zealand in the Toyota Racing Series, the Tokyo-based driver quickly worked down to a time within 2.7s of his class rival Bart Hylkema (T-Sport).