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Kevin Magnussen tops Snetterton British F3 test

Wednesday, April 06 2011

Carlin newcomer Kevin Magnussen set the pace on the opening day of the Cooper Tires British F3 Championship's official pre-season test at Snetterton on Tuesday.

20 cars took to the track to sample the new 300 configuration for the first time, ahead of the series' race meeting - the first major event to take place on the redeveloped 2.99-mile circuit - next month.

18-year-old Magnussen, son of former F1 driver and 1994 British F3 Champion Jan, led the field by a narrow margin of five tenths in the morning session, before improving his lap time by six tenths during the afternoon.

Magnussen's team-mates Carlos Huertas and Felipe Nasr finished the opening day second and third in the timesheets, whilst Double R's Pipo Derani was the quickest non-Carlin driver in fourth.

Briton Rupert Svendsen-Cook set the fifth fastest time ahead of Oulton Park pace-setter Scott Pye.

The damp but drying conditions suited Sino Vision's Adderly Fong, who steered his Mercedes-powered Dallara to seventh ahead of British Fortec duo William Buller and Harry Tincknell. Hitech's Pietro Fantin rounded out the top ten.

Cooper Tires British F3 Championship, Snetterton, official test day one:
1. Kevin Magnussen (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), 1m 40.115s
2. Carlos Huertas (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), 1m 40.155s
3. Felipe Nasr (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), 1m 40.264s
4. Pipo Derani (Double R Dallara-Mercedes), 1m 40.395s
5. Rupert Svendsen-Cook (Carlin Dallara-VolksWagen), 1m 40.437s
6. Scott Pye (Double R Dallara-Mercedes), 1m 40.539s
7. Adderly Fong (Sino Vision Dallara-Mercedes), 1m 40.694s
8. William Buller (Fortec Dallara-Mercedes), 1m 40.697s
9. Harry Tincknell (Fortec Dallara-Mercedes), 1m 40.719s
10. Pietro Fantin (Hitech Dallara-Volkswagen), 1m 40.747s

Discounted tickets are now on sale for the British F3 and GT Championships on the Snetterton 300 circuit on 14/15 May. Tickets cost £25 for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click on the link below.