British F3 - Winter testing kicks off at Silverstone as GB3 interest soars

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Winter testing kicks off at Silverstone as GB3 interest soars

Winter testing kicks off at Silverstone as GB3 interest soars

Tuesday 9 November 2021

Seven GB3 partnered by the BRDC teams are in testing action at Silverstone this week, with many reporting significant levels of driver interest ahead of the introduction of the Tatuus MSV-022 car.

A mixture of new and returning drivers are involved in the test, with teams still able to gain useful mileage with their current cars as the core mechanical components will remain largely the same when the new chassis is introduced at the end of the month.

Branden Oxley and Javier Sagrera are in action for Chris Dittmann Racing, with the Tewkesbury-based team moving closer to announcing their first driver signing for 2022.

Team Principal Chris Dittmann commented: “It’s looking strong for next year, we’ve got a lot interest, especially after a good season this year. We’ve got a lot of testing planned over the next few weeks both with previous and new drivers into the team.

“I think we’re already pretty much sorted with one driver and close with a few others, so it’s the highest level of interest we’ve had and I think a lot of others are in a similar position. With the new car coming out, it’s a big boost for the championship and it’s going to be a very strong year coming up.”

Fresh from winning the Walter Hayes Trophy at the same venue, Formula Ford Festival runner-up Max Esterson is testing again with Douglas Motorsport. He is joined at the team by Eduardo Coseteng, who made his GB3 race debut at Donington Park three weekends ago.

Team Principal Wayne Douglas said: “We’re very busy, we’re testing every week now, currently in the old car but trying a few bits for the new car which is coming soon. We’ll be off to Spain when the new car comes, which has generated a lot of interest. Some of the guys we’re dealing with have done F4 but haven’t done the GP tracks or places like Spa, so it’s good to give them some track knowledge.”

Elite Motorsport is another squad with two cars in action, with Tom Lebbon at the wheel of his usual machine alongside the team’s Ginetta GT5 runner-up John Bennett.

Fortec Motorsports handed a test to British F4 race-winner Zak Taylor. The young Brit looks set to make the move into GB3 next year having tested on several occasions in recent weeks with a variety of teams.

Hillspeed are also running a pair of cars, one for karting champion Cian Shields and another for Formula Ford racer Nicholas Gilkes, another driver to have competed in both the Formula Ford Festival and the Walter Hayes Trophy in the past fortnight.

Team Principal Richard Ollerenshaw said: “Interest is exceptionally high in GB3, I think people have seen that there is an upgrade coming for the car. It’s significant in terms of its upgrade in safety and the external aesthetics of the car, but in terms of under the skin it still retains the Mountune power plants, Sadev gearbox, while the suspension and the brake package remains the same, so on that basis it’s understandable why drivers want to be out and testing the car.

“We’re testing every week now up until the first week in December and at that point we’ll start getting the cars stripped down for the winter rebuilds and the upgrade kits when they’re supplied by MSV.”

Hitech GP has two cars, one for Flynn Jackes who, like Coseteng, made his race debut at Donington Park, while 2020 British F4 champion Luke Browning has also been on track, following his GB3 debut at Oulton Park.

JHR Developments completes the testing line-up, running a pair of cars for newly crowned British F4 champion Matthew Rees, with McKenzy Cresswell, another of the squad’s British F4 drivers, in GB3 action.

Testing continues tomorrow, while most teams are planning overseas tests at Valencia and Barcelona in Spain, and at other UK circuits in the coming weeks.

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