Ryan Lewis completed another successful Formula Three test at Oulton Park at the end of last week, driving a T-Sport Scholarship Class car around the Island circuit in preparation for a move to the series next season.

The 19-year old Formula Palmer Audi champion, who recently won the Gorsline HPI Scholarship, adapted quickly to the new car despite bad weather cutting short the sessions, and wound up just a second off the pace set by 2004 title favourite Nelson Piquet Jr. Lewis has previously tested with Team SYR and former series champions Manor Motorsport, but accepted an offer to run with T-Sport after watching it come close to winning this year's Scholarship title with Steven Kane and Karun Chandhok.

"It was a good couple of days," Lewis revealed, "It was my first time on the Island circuit, so I had to get used to that, and the first time in a Scholarship car, which is slightly different from the others I've driven. I knew I was losing time at Cascades on the first day but, after a good debrief in the evening, I was able to put that right for the second day.

"We had some problems with foggy weather on Tuesday, which meant we missed half the day but, after that, I was able to build up the speed and post some reasonably good times. The team were really good to work with too and I was very happy with their approach to things."

Team boss Russell Eacott was pleased with the youngster's performance and impressed with what he called 'raw talent and undoubted speed'.

"I was very impressed with Ryan, particularly when you consider what he's done in his short career," Eacott admitted, "He has a lot of potential and we were all very impressed with the way he adjusted to things after the first day. He really took it all on board and was able to improve steadily throughout the two days. His high-speed driving was quite remarkable and, through the fast corners, he was really amazing.

"I'm sure Ryan will be a frontrunner and race winner next year, and he has a good chance to win the Scholarship class. He understands there's a lot of hard work involved - and some work is required on the finesse that's needed to drive these cars - but he's certainly got a future and we'd be happy to run him next season."



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