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Ricciardo paces Oulton testing

10 April 2009

Daniel Ricciardo posted the quickest time for Carlin during the final test ahead of the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series at Oulton Park.

The Australian posted a time of 1min 28.166secs at the wheel of his Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen to end the day half a second clear of his closest challenger Nick Tandy, although mixed weather conditions at the Cheshire circuit meant he was unable to match the kind of pace shown during the recent two-day test session held at the circuit.

“The morning started well, we were quick to start with, and then in the second session we were able to really capitalise with the new tyres, which gave me a pretty healthy gap,” he said. “The car feels great; I'm pretty comfortable with it now.

“When we tested here I felt good, so if we can continue this form for qualifying tomorrow, we're in a fairly strong position. I haven't done a lot of wet driving in an F3 car, but I was able to build up to that today and by the end of the session I think I was quite fast. I think no matter what the conditions are tomorrow I'll be able to get in the car feeling pretty comfortable.”

Behind Tandy, Riki Christodoulou was third quickest for Fortec, despite an off at Druids which broke the suspension on his car, while Max Chilton and Oli Oakes were fourth and fifth for Carlin.

Double R pairing Carlos Huertas and Daisuke Nakajima were sixth and seventh, with the fourth Carlin driver – Henry Arundel – rounding out the top eight.

Daniel McKenzie was once again the quickest National Class entrant in 13th overall and was more than a second clear of his nearest challenger, T-Sport's Gabriel Dias.


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