TEAM NEWS 3 AUGUST 2012: Carlin were on the pace during today’s pre-event test around the Snetterton 300 following a mixture of dry running in the morning and a damp, but drying, track in the afternoon. Jack Harvey was the man to beat in this morning’s session however in the afternoon it was team mate Jazeman Jaafar who set the second quickest time with Harvey just behind him. Carlin men Pietro Fantin, Carlos Sainz Jnr and Harry Tincknell also had strong afternoons rounding off the top six respectively.
This morning’s first free practice session saw Harvey instantly become the pace setter around the Norfolk circuit. Having topped the time sheets early on the Lincolnshire native was quick out of the blocks and stayed at the top for the majority of running. Team mate Tincknell was the only man who threatened to steal his position as he put in a great lap just 0.009 behind Harvey.
Having run near the top of the timings almost the whole session, Jaafar was relegated from his third fastest time after a flying lap from Alex Lynn separated the Carlin men. Jaafar would finish the session in fourth with Sainz just behind him fifth. Fantin was also on the pace in the morning practice session to finish seventh overall.
In between sessions the Great British weather had once again played its hand with the drivers taking to a slightly damp track. However soon enough the times began to fall with the early pace-setter being Petronas-backed Jaafar who set the time to aim for. This time placed him at the very sharp end for the first half of the session before he began battling with Lynn for position. Taking second by the time the session came to a close.
Two red flags disrupted the afternoon’s running however the Carlin men locked out positions two through to six in a very strong showing around the Snetterton 300 circuit.
With the overall combined times Harvey had set the second fastest time – just 0.047 off first placed Lynn. Tincknell was close behind his team mate in third with Jaafar, Sainz and Fantin in fourth, fifth and seventh respectively.
Reflecting on the day’s running Trevor Carlin said, ‘It was a very positive test day all round for all of our Carlin drivers. Over the course of both the morning and afternoon sessions we managed to work our way through our test plan well and we’re now looking forward to tomorrow’s qualifying.’Article Written By AN Other on 3rd Aug 2012