19 Mar Hoggard & Maldonado set record pace at donington for media day
Fortec Motorsport’s Johnathan Hoggard claimed the fastest time of the BRDC British F3 Media Day at Donington Park this afternoon, with a blistering lap of 1m23.933s that was eight tenths quicker than the qualifying lap at the Donington Park round last year.
Hoggard’s effort was the quickest recorded by a BRDC British F3 car at Donington Park, and came despite limited running in the afternoon after suffering a damaged wheel in the second session of the day. The British driver was 0.324s clear of Fortec Motorsports team mate Manuel Maldonado in an extremely competitive final session in which the majority of contenders bolted on new tyres to attempt performance runs.
Pace-setter Hoggard commented: “I was a bit unfortunate with the second session but we were fast in the first session and faster in the third session. A bit of a messy day in the middle but I kept my head and I was able to produce the lap times.
“I get on really well with this car already and I’ve driven Donington plenty of times in F4 and got on well with the track well, and a combination of the two has produced today’s pace. I’m looking forward to the upcoming tests and we’re back in action again on Thursday here and then visits to Snetterton and Spa before the first round at Oulton.”
Second place man Maldonado said: “We wanted to make sure that if we came back, we’d be even stronger and here we’ve shown that we’ve improved together and here we are putting in some good performances. I have lots of experience now, I’m going to play that to my advantage and I’m looking forward to the start of the season and the title is what I am aiming for.”