A good day for Colton Herta sees him go into this weekend as the fastest driver after topping the overall practice times by 0.08 seconds and managing to finish as the fastest driver in all three practice sessions.
Herta would set his quickest time, towards the end of the final session, managing to set a 1:50.764 around the Snetterton 300 circuit. Behind him was his Carlin team mate, Lando Norris, who managed to keep within one hundredth of a second.
This will largely help Norris, who goes into the weekend with a 25 point gap to the championship leader, Ricky Collard, who failed to drop below the 1:51 barrier towards the end of the final session, putting him third. Testing wasn’t plain sailing for the nineteen year old who also suffered a brake problem in the opening session, hampering his running.
In fourth overall was Sandy Mitchell, who will want to perform well having not picked up a podium since his win at Thruxton at the start of May. Meanwhile, fifth placed Dan Ticktum was the only driver in the top ten, to achieve his best time outside of the final session, he’ll be hoping to get back on track after his disqualification in Croft.
Behind them in the overall standings were Tarun Reddy and Jack Barlow, who will both be hoping for strong weekends while, Matheus Leist rounds out the top eight with a 1:52.021. He returns to the series after competing in the FIA European Formula Three series, for his Double R Racing team.
Herta was pleased after topping the Friday sessions, as he looked towards qualifying, commenting;
“I’m happy with that and I think there is more time to come. I like this track but it’s going to be tough to pass in the races so pole is going to be important…”