Roy Nissany was in high spirits after a dominant performance which saw him control the pace with Czech outfit Lotus throughout Friday Formula V8 3.5 practice from Silverstone.
The Israeli driver, now in his second season, transferred from Tech 1 Racing to Lotus at the start of this year and has been showing signs of strong one-lap pace ever since. It is this qualifying pace which has elevated the 21-year-old to three second place finishes this year, adding to his third from the Red Bull Ring last year.
“It was a great session,” said the former FIA Formula 3 competitor. “We were at the top of the chart for most of the time.”
Nissany's morning time, a 1m 41.843s, was surpassed only by the youngster and his Austrian team mate Rene Binder who completed a competitive 1-2 for the 2015 runners up. It was, according to Nissany himself, the track conditions – dry and cloudy – combined with the terrain which help propel the Lotus driver up the order.
“The track is pretty grippy, Formula one left us some good rubber a couple of weeks ago and I felt well. I hope we can keep leading”.
Nissany currently sits fifth in the championship behind Binder, Aurelien Panis, Louis Deletraz, and Tom Dillmann while Lotus are third, beating out current and reigning champions Fortec Motorsports. This weekend's fifth round of the FV8 3.5 championship marks fourth consecutive time at Silverstone in as many years.