With the BRDC British F3 Championship‘s two headline rounds now behind us, focus turns to the rest of the season and the battle for the crown. Chase Owen ended Thursday testing on top with a time of 43.367 on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.
Elsewhere, Double R Racing have brought in their fifth different driver for the season as Krishnaraaj Mahadik returns. The Indian was a regular for the Chris Dittmann Racing team during last season, but has remained away from the track until this weekend. He will fill the third car that was last raced by Linus Lundqvist at Spa.
Two days of testing greeted the field, though many chose not to take part on the Thursday. As a result, just eleven drivers, including the newly signed Mahadik made an appearance. The Indian was first out and would put in the most laps throughout the day.
As for Owen, an experienced racer at the circuit, he would remained virtually unchallenged, topping all four 45 minute sessions, with his final margin 0.056 ahead of front-runner James Pull.
Owen, the highest placed midfield runner, has failed to record a podium for the Hillspeed by Cliff Dempsey Racing outfit this year. Brands could be the American’s best opportunity to prove his capability in the final few rounds as he assess where he could move to next season.
Most notably, championship leader Enaam Ahmed, as well as major rivals, Toby Sowery and Ben Hingeley were all absent during the day, though are expected to be on track for Friday morning.
Jordan Cane ended the day in third, just eight thousandths of a second behind Pull in second, with teammate Callan O’Keeffe behind.
Omar Ismail would round out the top five after a strong performance from the eighteen year old saw him beat Cameron Das. The third Carlin driver has failed to record a podium since Snetterton and will need to turn his season around if he wishes to join his teammates in the top three.
Despite setting their best times early in the day, Guilherme Samaia and Mahadik remained in front of the third Double R driver Jamie Chadwick. Behind them, Jeremy Wahome and Nick Worm complete the list, though all drivers were within a second of Owen.