HITECH BACK ON FORM IN ROCKINGHAM TEST Hitech Racing bounced back to form with a dominating performance in testing at Rockingham today which saw the championship leaders quickest in both three-hour sessions at the Northamptonshire track. ...
HITECH BACK ON FORM IN ROCKINGHAM TEST
Hitech Racing bounced back to form with a dominating performance in testing at Rockingham today which saw the championship leaders quickest in both three-hour sessions at the Northamptonshire track. With Marko Asmer at the wheel, the Silverstone-based team posted a time of 1:12.272 seconds to wind up 0.278sec quicker than Jonathan Kennard.
Asmer's only series rival Maro Engel wound up fifth quickest, more than half a second shy of the Estonian.
Marko's young team-mate Walter Grubmuller narrowly missed out on a top four slot after a red flag ended his hopes on his quick run on new tyres. Team principal David Hayle was delighted with the performance of both drivers and was quick to praise Grubmuller who set his quickest time on old rubber.
"We only had one set of new tyres so spent much of the day on old rubber trying various different set-ups after completely starting from scratch after Thruxton. It was a learning day really and I have to say it was a great performance by both Marko and Walter. Sadly Walter was not able to capitalise on the new tyres we bolted on at the end of the session as the red flag came out ending his run.
"He'd set some very respectable times on old rubber and with the times indicating a one second improvement, we could very well have seen a third or fourth quickest time from him. After the weekend, we completely checked and rechecked everything and found nothing wrong so to wind up quickest today is a great result and one which has given the whole team a boost."
The Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series will conclude at the Northamptonshire track on September 29/30 but before that final event, the team heads to Croft in North Yorkshire next weekend hoping for a double win which will secure them the title. <pre> Top times from Rockingham
1. Marko Asmer 1:12.272 2. Jonathan Kennard 1:12.550 3. Sebastian Hohenthal 1:12.649 4. Niall Breen 1:12.775 5. Maro Engel 1:12.787 6. Greg Mansell 1:12.979 7. Michael Devaney 1:13.015 8. Alberto Valerio 1:13.037 9. Esteban Guerrieri 1:13.040 10. Rodolfo Gonzalez 1:13.083 12. Walter Grubmuller 1:13.315