Lando Norris has laid down a marker to his 2015 MSA Formula rivals by finishing the latest official timed test at Oulton Park a quarter of a second clear of field.
Norris, who has topped the morning sessions at both the Brands Hatch and Donington Park tests in recent weeks, led the way all day with the Carlin team ahead of the largest field of the pre-season running so far, with fifteen cars taking to the track in Cheshire.
Norris’ team-mate Colton Herta was just 0.048s adrift in the morning session, but by the end of the day the American had slipped to fifth as Norris’ best time of 1m 22.454s put him 0.284s clear of his closest rival.
That was Arden’s Ricky Collard, who just edged out his team-mate Sandy Mitchell to second. Daniel Ticktum and Herta were in close pursuit, the top five separated by less than six tenths of a second at the end of the day.
Gustavo Myasava put in an impressive performance on his first outing with Double R Racing to finish the day sixth with Daniel Baybutt, Enaam Ahmed, James Pull, and Josh Smith rounding out the top ten.
Falcon Motorsport and JHR Developments were in action for the first time, shaking down their cars with Connor Hall and Sennan Fielding behind the wheel respectively. Scorpio Motorsport shook their car down at Brands Hatch meanwhile.
Best Morning Times: Norris 1:24.182, Herta 1:24.230, Mitchell 1:24.885, Ticktum 1:25.174, Baybutt 1:25.335, Ahmed 1:25.582
Best Afternoon Times: Norris 1:22.454, Collard 1:22.738, Mitchell 1:22.817, Ticktum 1:22.974, Herta 1:23.036, Myasava 1:23.266
Full timing information from the Oulton Park test can be found by clicking here.