Carlin’s Carlos Huertas dodged mid-session showers on Friday to post the fastest time of the day ahead of the final 2011 British Formula 3 weekend at Silverstone. 

Huertas was one of the final cars on track to set a flying lap before overcast skies opened over the Northamptonshire circuit, and the Columbian pipped team-mate and newly crowned British F3 champion Felipe Nasr to the top spot by 0.2s.

Huertas was the first to admit his luck, but still felt optimistic about his chances of claiming 2nd place in the overall championship. “The weather was kind to me,” said Carlos, “but the car feels good in the dry. It was useful to get some wet running also, and I am happy whatever the conditions are tomorrow. Today counts for nothing really, but I hope it is a good omen for my final F3 races.”

Nasr was fastest in the morning session, though the field concentrated on more general setup work rather than out-right pace. The Brazilian beat runner-up hopeful Kevin Magnussen in the cooler morning conditions, with Jack Harvey and Jazeman Jaafar following respectively.

In the afternoon, Rupert Svendsen-Cook climbed to 3rd overall ahead of guest driver and GP3 contender Mitch Evans, who also posted his quickest time during the dry window – the young Kiwi impressing on his F3 debut. Likewise Scott Pye drove his Double R Dallara into 5th behind his team-mate, with Harvey in 6th.

Fortec’s William Buller claimed 7th fastest ahead of team-mate Lucas Foresti, who pipped Magnussen by a few hundredths to claim 8th. Pietro Fantin rounded out the top 10 followed closely by Jaafar.

Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series

Official testing, Silverstone GP / 7/10/2011

Championship class

1  Carlos HUERTAS / COL,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  1m 57.373s / 1m 53.703s

2  Felipe NASR / BRA,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  1m 56.638s / 1m 53.922s

3  Rupert SVENDSEN-COOK / GBR,  Carlin Dallara-VW  1m 57.501s / 1m 54.388s

4  Mitch EVANS /NZL,  Double R Dallara-Mercedes  2m 00.516s / 1m 54.449s

5  Scott PYE / AUS,  Double R Dallara-Mercedes  2m 02.611s / 1m 54.578s

6  Jack HARVEY / GBR,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  1m 56.843s / 1m 54.891s

7  William BULLER /GBR,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  1m 57.415s/ 1m 54.942s

8  Lucas FORESTI / BRA,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  1m 57.996s / 1m 55.061s

9  Kevin MAGNUSSEN / DEN,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  1m 56.720s / 1m 55.085s

10  Pietro FANTIN / BRA,  Hitech Dallara-Volkswagen  2m 01.001s / 1m 55.112s

11  Jazeman JAAFAR / MAS,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  1m 57.033s / 1m 55.125s

12  Alexander SIMS / GBR,  Motopark Dallara-Volkswagen  1m 57.349s / 1m 55.544s

13  Harry TINCKNELL / GBR,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  1m 58.803s / 1m 55.807s

14  Pipo DERANI / BRA,  Double R Dallara-Mercedes  2m 00.338s / 1m 55.874s

15  Hywel LLOYD / GBR,  Sino Vision Dallara-Mercedes  1m 59.527s / 1m 56.197s

16  Max SNEGIREV / RUS,  Hitech Dallara-Volkswagen  2m 02.877s / 1m 56.207s

17  Fahmi ILYAS / MAS,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  1m 57.290s / 1m 56.637s

18  Menasheh IDAFAR / GBR,  T-Sport Dallara-Volkswagen  1m 59.200s / 1m 56.756s

19  Yann CUNHA / BRA,  T-Sport Dallara-Volkswagen  1m 59.821s / 1m 56.856s

20  Adderly FONG / CHN,  Sino Vision Dallara-Mercedes  1m 58.457s / 1m 57.087s

21  Bart HYLKEMA / NED,  T-Sport Volkswagen  2m 01.029s / 1m 57.586s

Invitation class

1  Guilherme SILVA / BRA,  Hitech Dallara-Volkswagen  2m 00.966s / 1m 57.367s

Rookie class

1  Kotaro SAKURAI / JPN,  Hitech Dallara-Mugen Honda  2m 03.097s / 1m 59.779s

Qualifying for the final weekend of the 2011 season begins at 11:25 on Saturday, with Race 1 (Rd 28) scheduled for 3:10.