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Local star sets pace in final British F3 pre-season test

Thursday, March 25 2010

Knutsford racer Oli Webb topped the times in the final pre-season test for the Cooper Tires British F3 Series, which kicks off at Oulton Park over Easter weekend (3/5 April).

The 19-year-old, who originally hails from Manchester, has run consistently in the top four in all winter test sessions - including posting the fourth quickest time at Oulton Park earlier this month. The final two-day testing opportunity took place this week at Silverstone, with Webb topping the timesheets on the second day in his Mercedes-powered Fortec Motorsport Dallara.

Hot on Webb's heels this week was young French hot shoe Jean-Eric Vergne in second position, although Vergne had the edge on his Cheshire rival at the Oulton Park test when he went quickest in his Carlin Motorsport Dallara.

A trio of home-grown drivers also made a strong showing at the final pre-season outing, with Carlin's Rupert Svendsen-Cook and James Calado finishing third and fifth respectively, surrounding Hitech Racing's William Buller in fourth position.

Brazilian Gabriel Dias steered his Hitech Dallara to sixth on the timesheets, whilst Colombian Carlos Huertas was the highest Raikkonen Robertson Racing runner in seventh position.

Webb's Fortec team-mate Daniel McKenzie rounded out the top eight.

Oulton Park will host the opening round of the 2010 British F3 Series next weekend, including the debut of the championship's brand new three race format - which features an exciting reverse grid for race two.

There will also be two hour-long endurance races from the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at the Oulton Park Easter bonanza, plus support races including the inaugural outing from the Zing Trofeo Abarth 500 GB Championship.

Cooper Tires British F3 Series, final pre-season test result:
1. Oli Webb (Fortec Motorsport Dallara Mercedes), 1m 40.395s
2. Jean-Eric Vergne (Carlin Motorsport Dallara Volkswagen), 1m 40.418s
3. Rupert Svendsen-Cook (Carlin Motorsport Dallara Volkswagen), 1m 40.439s
4. William Buller (Hitech Racing Dallara Volkswagen), 1m 40.553s
5. James Calado (Carlin Motorsport Dallara Volkswagen), 1m 41.121s
6. Gabriel Dias (Hitech Racing Dallara Volkswagen), 1m 41.361s
7. Carlos Huertas (Raikkonen Robertson Dallara Mercedes), 1m 41.471s
8. Daniel McKenzie (Fortec Motorsport Dallara Mercedes), 1m 41.627s

Tickets for the British F3 and GT Championships at Oulton Park this Easter weekend (3/5 April) are on sale now from £17 for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0870 950 9000 or click on the link below.