Nasr tops first day of Rockingham test
7 June 2011 – Carlin's Felipe Nasr led the way as the British Formula 3 field swung back into action at Rockingham on Tuesday, with the Brazilian posting a time of 1:12.687 in the morning session to lead team-mate Kevin Magnussen by a margin of 0.143 seconds. Pietro Fantin claimed third for Hitech Racing, as consistent and heavy rain in the afternoon ensured no late changes on the timing screens.
A clear morning at the Northamptonshire venue gave all 19 drivers present the opportunity to complete lots of mileage in preparation for the next event at Brands Hatch, but there were two men missing from the line-up. Jack Harvey was forced to skip the opening day due to an A-level exam, while Riki Christodoulou - who is expected to drive tomorrow - gave his car to Formula Ford competitor Gary Findlay.
The remaining Carlin runners were bunched together behind the top three, with Rupert Svendsen-Cook leading Jazeman Jaafar and Carlos Huertas. Will Buller was next up in seventh, just ahead of Scott Pye and Fortec team-mate Lucas Foresti. Menasheh Idafaar grabbed tenth for T-Sport, while Harry Tincknell and Pipo Derani - the latter recovering from a virus - narrowly missed out on a place inside the top ten.
Testing continues tomorrow at 10am local time (BST)