Jack Harvey has topped the official Cooper Tyres British Formula Three International Series pre-event Donington test this morning with the Carlin man being the one to beat for almost the entirety of the 3.5 hour test. Championship leader Jazeman Jaafar was also quick from the off however finished the session in fifth position. Red Bull Junior Carlos Sainz Jnr rounded off the top three while team mates Pietro Fantin and Harry Tincknell finished sixth and seventh respectively.

The 2.5 mile Donington Park circuit will play host to the Series showdown in two weeks’ time and with the 2012 title up for grabs championship protagonists Harvey and Jaafar both had agendas to prove during this morning’s running.

Following a weekend which saw him take control of the championship Jaafar was the quickest man on track in the opening stages of testing this morning, just behind him though Harvey was putting up a fight and came through to take the position away from the Malaysian in the first hour.

Despite looking fast in the early stages a red flag mid-session halted his new tyre run which cost him the set. However the Championship leader was pleased with finishing the pre-event test in fifth position. ‘It was a shame that the red flag came when it did because we could have been higher in the standings but I’m pleased with how the test went. We worked a few things, as you normally would when testing, so I’m feeling good heading into the next round.’

Harvey however remained at the top with his fastest lap being a 1:22.987. ‘The car felt great today,’ he said, ‘but then it also felt great at Silverstone even though the results don’t show it because of the penalties applied to me. Topping the test today was definitely my way of showing that I will be going into the final round pushing extremely hard to get the best results. The set-up was good and I’m happy with what we achieved today. Donington really will be full attack.’

Meanwhile Sainz began to move up the board in the final hour of running. Lying in ninth place during the opening stages the Spaniard moved up to fifth position before clinching third place just eighth hundreds off of Harvey’s best time.

Fantin and Tincknell were trading places throughout the session and were both regular runners in the top five. Fantin moved up to third position at the mid-point of the session however as the chequered flag fell he finished in sixth while team mate Tincknell was seventh. Both drivers used the session to gain as much experience around the track during today’s pre-event test session before heading to final round in two weeks’ time at the very same track.