Brands Hatch saw the first MSA Formula test of 2016 get underway on Wednesday. It was Arden’s Luis Leeds who took the top spot on the timing sheets, putting in his fastest time during the afternoon session.
Leeds will be hoping to repeat the performance at the same track during the season opener in April, but one thing the test did show was just how competitive the field will be. He won’t have an easy time.
Different drivers took the top spot throughout the day, but Leeds was the only one to break the 46 second barrier (his best time being a 45.974s). Double R Racing’s Zane Goddard was close behind him, his fastest lap time a 46.008s, whilst current Ginetta Junior champion Jamie Caroline finished the day in third on the time sheets, after leaving the track and damaging the car a couple of times.
Overtake Motorsports caught up with Ayrton Simmons, who finished the day seventh on the time sheets in only his 10th day in the car, and first time driving the track in the dry.
“I was against 15 talented and older drivers, but managed a 5th overall in the morning and 6th in the afternoon session,” he said. “With another set of new tyres, I know I could have gone even quicker. I’m pleased with how much I learnt and cannot wait to get in the car again soon.”
The young drivers still have just over a month to continue to prepare for the championship opener at Brands Hatch on April 2nd.
Testing times (am/pm)
1 – Luis Leeds – TRS Arden – 46.064s/45.974s
2 – Zane Goddard – Double R Racing – 46.040s/46.008s
3 – Jamie Caroline – Jamun Racing – 46.063s/54.064s
4 – Sennan Fielding – JHR Developments – 46.667s/46.131s
5 – Ross Martin – Fortec Motorsport – 46.197s/46.246s
6 – Billy Monger – JHR Developments – 47.147s/46.214s
7 – Ayrton Simmons – TRS Arden – 46.258s/46.225s
8 – Rafael Martins – TRS Arden – 46.819s/46.399s
9 – Jack Butel – JHR Developments – 46.700s/46.438s
10 – Patrik Matthiesen – JTR – 46.939s/46.485s