Carlos Huertas set the pace in official testing at Oulton Park today, ahead of the second event of the 2011 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series. The Colombian racer was quickest in both the first and second sessions, while team mates Rupert Svendsen-Cook, Kevin Magnussen and Felipe Nasr also finished the afternoon in the top four.

The British F3 drivers were greeted with warm and sunny conditions at Oulton Park this morning as the second event of the season got underway. Having been quick here in official testing, Huertas was on the pace from the outset, and was soon amongst the quickest three drivers.

Jazeman Jaafar was also in the top four in the first half of the session, the PETRONAS backed driver is on good form following his two podiums at Monza last week. Unfortunately the 18 year-old Malaysian’s session came to an early halt though, when he spun at turn 2 and crashed heavily into the barriers. Jaafar’s accident brought out the red flag and ended the session early, by which time Huertas was P1, while Nasr was fourth quickest with Svendsen-Cook fifth and Jaafar still sixth despite his accident.

Temperatures were even higher for the second test session of the day, with the ambient temperature reaching 24 °C. Once again, Huertas led the way and was quick from the outset, while Jaafar also returned to the track following a strong effort by the Carlin team to repair his car.

Carlin’s F3 rookie Jack Harvey endured a troublesome session following a mechanical issue, but managed two laps at the end of the session which indicated the issue had been overcome. Meanwhile, Harvey’s team mates were taking advantage of the practice available, with Svendsen-Cook going second quickest, Magnussen third and Nasr fourth. Jaafar was 12th, having built up the pace following his earlier accident, while Harvey was 13th following his mechanical problem.

Reflecting on his practice session, Huertas said, “I like this track, I had a good test session here last month. I’m happy with the progress we made today, we made a few changes and the car was quick on old and new tyres which is a good sign for the rest of the weekend.”

Track action will recommence at 10.45 local time tomorrow, with race one of the weekend at 15.10.

TV coverage of Carlin’s race winning success in Monza last weekend can be seen at 0730 tomorrow morning on Channel 4 and on Motors TV at 1958.