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Double R doubles up in British F3 testing

Thursday, February 25 2010

Raikkonen Robertson Racing set the pace on day two of the Cooper Tires British F3 Series test at Snetterton today (Thursday), with drivers Daisuke Nakajima and Carlos Huertas topping the timesheets.

After two solid top ten finishes on the opening day of testing yesterday, the 'Double R' duo set the quickest times on a drying track during the final afternoon today.

Just eight thousandths of a second separated the pair, whilst Nakajima - younger brother of former F1 driver Kazuki - finished within four hundredths of a second of Renger van der Zande's 2009 pole position time.

Brazilian Adriano Buzaid led a trio of Carlin Motorsport drivers after steering his Volkswagen-powered Dallara to the third fastest time of the day, ahead of his team-mates Jean-Eric Vergne and James Calado - both of whom topped the timesheets in the wet morning session.

William Buller was the quickest of Hitech Racing's three pilots in sixth place, ahead of morning pace setter Fortec's Oli Webb, who endured a slight wheel-damaging incident during the afternoon, and fourth Carlin driver Jazeman Jaafar.

Nakajima and Huertas' Double R team-mate Felipe Nasr finished in ninth position, whilst second Fortec driver Daniel McKenzie - who graduates from National Class to the main championship in 2010 - completed the top ten.

Pre-season testing will continue at Oulton Park on 10 March, ahead of the Cheshire circuit's season opener this Easter weekend (3/5 April).

Cooper Tires British F3 Series, Snetterton test, day two:

1. Daisuke Nakajima (Raikkonen Robertson Racing Dallara Mercedes), 1m 02.109s
2. Carlos Huertas (Raikkonen Robertson Racing Dallara Mercedes), 1m 02.117s
3. Adriano Buzaid (Carlin Motorsport Dallara Volkswagen), 1m 02.120s
4. Jean-Eric Vergne (Carlin Motorsport Dallara Volkswagen), 1m 02.146s
5. James Calado (Carlin Motorsport Dallara Volkswagen), 1m 02.257s
6. William Buller (Hitech Racing Dallara Volkswagen), 1m 02.274s
7. Oli Webb (Fortec Motorsport Dallara Mercedes), 1m 02.370s
8. Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin Motorsport Dallara Volkswagen), 1m 02.587s
9. Felipe Nasr (Raikkonen Robertson Dallara Mercedes), 1m 02.588s
10. Daniel Mckenzie (Fortec Motorsport Dallara Mercedes), 1m 02.599

The Cooper Tires British F3 Series arrives at Snetterton on 29/30 August for a double headline meeting with the Avon Tyres British GT Championship. Tickets are on sale from £17 with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0870 950 9000 or click on the link below.