Campos Racing drivers in top form for new FIA F3 season

The Campos Racing-entered Dallara cars regularly finished in the top-5 in Sakhir, which hosted the collective testing of FIA Formula 3

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The preseason testing of FIA Formula 3 is officially over and all is set for the season’s opener at Bahrain International Circuit in two weeks’ time. Oliver Goethe, Mari Boya and Sebas Montoya completed three positive days of testing in Sakhir, the same place which will host the first event of the 2024 season in early March. The drivers of Campos Racing managed to post competitive lap times in all kind of circumstances, both qualifying and race simulations and in dry and wet (in Bahrain!) conditions.

Sunday kicked off in rainy conditions in the morning, which slightly haltered the expected testing programme. But Goethe still managed to secure a 2nd place in the timesheets with a lap time of 1m59.337s. In the afternoon, all the drivers got the chance to run in dry conditions and Goethe stopped the clock in a lap time of 1m46.672s, which left him second once again, a mere 15 thousandths of a second away from the best lap time. Spaniard Boya set a best lap of 1m47.594s with Colombian Montoya putting together a best time of 1m48.214s.

Day 2 proved to be pretty useful for Campos Racing and their drivers. In the morning, Boya managed to break the 1m47s barrier and finished 2nd-fastest with a lap of 1m46.964s, a mere thousandth of a second slower than Charlie Wurz’s lap time. Goethe took 4th-place in the standings with a best lap time of 1m47.332s. Montoya could put only five laps under his belt and as a result his times weren’t too relevant. In the afternoon, Boya set a best lap time of 1m47.51s, which left 6th in the timesheets. Both Goethe and Montoya chose long runs and used rubber in the afternoon and showed pretty competitive pace under the circumstances. Goethe clocked a best lap of 1m48.217s with his teammate Montoya posting a personal best of 1m49.081s.

The final day of testing brought another positive outcome for Campos Racing. Goethe clocked a lap time of 1m47.474s, which was slightly quicker than Boya’s best attempt of 1m47.516s. In the afternoon, Boya made his way back to the top-ten with a best lap of 1m48.624s, which was 6th-fastest in the session. Goethe clocked a lap time of 1m48.794s and Montoya posted a time of 1m49.158s, which meant that all the Campos Racing drivers finished in the top-11.