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Frederick flies to fastest time on BRDC British F3 Media Day

Tuesday, March 03 2020

Carlin's Kaylen Frederick claimed the fastest time of the BRDC British F3 Media Day, with a lap time of 1m43.705s in the final session at Snetterton.

The American driver, returning to the championship for a second season with the reigning champions was just 0.016s ahead of Fortec's Christian Olsen, who in turn was just over a tenth of a second clear of Frederick's teammate, Brazilian Guilherme Peixoto. Olsen went fastest briefly with five minutes to go, only for Frederick to find a little extra pace and go top moments before a light rain shower denied the field a chance at further improvements. 

Louis Foster again had spells at the top of the times, and wound up fourth quickest for Double R Racing, just two tenths away from the overall best time. Douglas Motorsport's Kiern Jewiss was fifth, just 0.075s away from Foster and a tiny 0.011s clear of teammate Ulysse De Pauw. 

Nazim Azman, pace setter in session two, was seventh fastest in the final test, and 0.011s ahead of Lanan Racing's Bart Horsten, with Double R Racing's Benjamin Pedersen ninth and Lanan's Piers Prior completing a top-10 covered by less than half a second. 

Manaf Hijjawi improved his pace throughout the day and was 11th quickest for Douglas Motorsport, with Double R's Sebastian Alvarez 12th fastest and within a second of the overall best time. 

Chris Dittmann Racing's Josh Skelton was next up, just over a tenth clear of Hillspeed's Oliver Clarke. Jordan Dempsey continued his evaluation of the British F3 car with the 15th fastest time for Chris Dittmann Racing, with Lanan's Josh Mason completing the 16 cars competing in the test.

Each driver set their fastest lap of the day in the final session. The field will be back in action again at Oulton Park for the season opener on Easter Weekend (11-13 April).

Frederick commented: "We've been working quite hard in the off-season and getting things how we want them. Even though a lot of people in that last session put on new tyres, we still put in quite a good time. We're still looking for places to improve but it's a good way to start the season knowing that we're quite quick. 

"I had a disadvantage last year, everyone who came for their second year had quite a bit more experience, and a lot of people had done British F4 beforehand too, so they had a lot of experience on the tracks and with the teams. So having a year under my belt now is really useful and I'm feeling really comfortable. I'm in a great position with this team, I like working with everyone, so I feel confident heading into this year.

"I got some decent results last year with a couple of wins and a bunch of podiums but we're aiming for those consistent results this year as I had way too many mistakes last year!"

BRDC British F3 Championship, Snetterton Media Day Test Session Three result: 

1. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, 1m43.705s
2. Christian Olsen, Fortec Motorsports, +0.016s
3. Guilherme Peixoto, Carlin, +0.126s
4. Louis Foster, Double R Racing, +0.217s
5. Kiern Jewiss, Douglas Motorsport, +0.292s
6. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, +0.303s
7. Nazim Azman, Carlin, +0.336s
8. Bart Horsten, Lanan Racing, +0.347s
9. Benjamin Pedersen, Double R Racing, +0.387s
10. Piers Prior, Lanan Racing, +0.436s
11. Manaf Hijjawi, Douglas Motorsport, +0.841s
12. Sebastian Alvarez, Double R Racing +0.956s
13. Josh Skelton, Chris Dittmann Racing, +1.307s
14. Oliver Clarke, Hillspeed, +1.445s
15. Jordan Dempsey, Chris Dittmann Racing, +1.485s
16. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, +1.610s