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Huertas & Magnussen quick in final pre-season testing
The final pre-season test of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series saw Carlin’s Carlos Huertas and Kevin Magnussen set the pace, Colombian Huertas the quickest man on track this morning and Tuesday pacesetter Magnussen the fast man of the afternoon.

Though he went comfortably quicker than he did yesterday or this morning, Danish driver Magnussen’s afternoon best of 1m 39.671s was insufficient to unseat Huertas from the top of the timesheets. Carlos managed a 1m 39.521s in the more favorable, slightly cooler conditions of the morning session.

There was further encouragement for the Double R team and its 17-year-old Brazilian driver Pipo Derani, who followed up his good showing of yesterday with second-quickest time to Huertas this morning, third overall for the day as a whole.

The top British driver today was Racing Steps Foundation man Jack Harvey (Lincoln), who put behind him the trials of a Tuesday filled with technical issues to claim a top-six placing, just behind Hitech’s Brazilian driver Pietro Fantin.

There was only one runner in the Rookie class today: Bart Hylkema, who set 19th best time overall for T-Sport. His class rival, Hitech’s Japanese driver Kotaru Sakurai, had to sit out the test after damaging his chassis late yesterday.

The opening rounds of the championship, which is celebrating 60 years of Formula 3 in the UK, takes place not in Britain but at Monza, Italy, next weekend (16|17 April). A week after that the series rolls into Cheshire’s Oulton Park circuit for a weekend of Easter excitement.

Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series
Official testing, Snetterton, 6 April 2011

Leading runners am|pm

Pos. Driver Nat Car/Engine AM Time PM Time

1  Carlos HUERTAS

COL   Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  1m 39.521s 1m 40.304s
2  Kevin MAGNUSSEN DEN   Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  1m 39.842s 1m 39.671s
3  Pipo DERANI BRA   Double R Dallara-Mercedes  1m 39.674s 1m 42.047s
4  Felipe NASR BRA   Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  1m 39.834s 1m 39.988s
5  Pietro FANTIN BRA   Hitech Dallara-Volkswagen  1m 40.062s 1m 40.536s
6  Jack HARVEY GBR   Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  1m 40.750s 1m 40.076s
7  Scott PYE AUS   Double R Dallara-Mercedes  1m 40.161s 1m 41.946s
8  Jazeman JAAFAR MAS   Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  1m 40.301s 1m 40.536s
9  Lucas FORESTI BRA   Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  1m 40.313s 1m 41.219s
10  Rupert SVENDSEN-COOK GBR   Carlin Dallara-VW  1m 40.615s 1m 40.322s etc
1  Bart HYLKEMA NED   T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda  1m 42.451s 1m 42.802s

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