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Masters: Hitech Racing Zolder qualifying report

HITECH TOP BRITISH RUNNERS AT MASTERS Hitech Racing topped the British runners in qualifying for the RTL GP Masters of F3 at Zolder today with Reigate's Max Chilton also finishing top Briton posting the sixth quickest time. Spaniard Roberto...

HITECH TOP BRITISH RUNNERS AT MASTERS

Hitech Racing topped the British runners in qualifying for the RTL GP Masters of F3 at Zolder today with Reigate's Max Chilton also finishing top Briton posting the sixth quickest time. Spaniard Roberto Merhi, on his first outing for the reigning British champions and his first time in an International class F3 car, also easily progressed through the pre-qualifiers and wound up 17th from 37 runners.

For both 17 year-olds the event marked the first time ever on Kumho tyres and for BRDC Superstar Max the first time ever at the Belgian circuit making their results even more impressive. Team Principal David Hayle was understandably delighted with the performance of both his young charges as they compete against the cream of Formula 3 drivers from across the continent.

"Both drivers have driven exceptionally well all weekend. It is their first time on the Kumho tyres and they adapted well to the changes. Max was on the pace right from the start and in the earlier wet free practice sessions was running P1 or P2 for most of the session. And in the dry he also underlined the same pace and performance and that ultimately netted him a strong third row start for the race tomorrow.

"Roberto has been particularly impressive considering it's his first time with us, the first time in an International-spec car and his first time on Kumho's. Just to get through the pre-qualifying when several of the top line drivers didn't is a remarkable achievement."

For Max, his results as top British driver and the quickest of the British Formula 3 International Series runners was a personal achievement. "It's been a great weekend so far and I'm delighted to finish as quickest of the British guys. The car has been mega all weekend and it's great to be so competitive against the very best in Europe. The British series is competitive enough but when you put all the Euroseries runners into the mix too that adds up to a lot of quick drivers. I'm confident of a podium finish tomorrow come rain or shine, but I love the wet so I'll be doing a rain dance tonight!"

Roberto was equally happy with the result and quick to praise the Hitech team: "I had a good day and I'm very happy. The team has done a great job and the car and engine are fantastic. I had a little problem in the Superpole and lost three tenths on my quickest lap or I think I could have been quicker than my P17. The new car is a lot different to the Class B car, it has a lot more grip and the Mercedes engine is great. Also the Kumho tyres are a lot different to what I'm used to but I have a good feeling with them now. It's hard to overtake at Zolder but I hope to be able to finish in the top ten in the race tomorrow."

The RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 will get underway at 2pm local time tomorrow.

-credit: hitechracing.net

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Series F3
Drivers Max Chilton , Roberto Merhi