Brackley team test new engine at Silverstone

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The Brackley-based T-Sport team have been in action at Silverstone with a car powered by the new ThreeBond Formula 3 engine that they will use in the 2015 FIA F3 European Championship.

The team’s Dallara car was driven at Silverstone by Alexander Sims, the racer who secured three podium finishes for the team’s previous Nissan-based ThreeBond engine. The BMW contracted GT racer completed a distance of 120 miles during its shakedown run.

ThreeBond was one of the first engine manufacturers to commit to the FIA’s new F3 regulations back in 2012, and they started to build a unit for the new era.

T-Sport boss Russell Eacott said: “When we ran the new engine at Silverstone it was mostly in damp and greasy conditions, but it worked okay. We had a little fuel-pressure issue but no major problems. It’s mechanically fine – it just needs mapping to get it right. It’s showing good early promise.”

Eacott said T-Sport plan to run three cars in the FIA F3 European Championship in 2015, with at least one powered by the Neil Brown Engineering that took Nick Cassidy to third place in the Macau Grand Prix.

Eacott added: “Nick’s performance in Macau was the team’s highlight of the year and we hope we can build on that moving forward.”

T-Sport also ran Japan’s Ukyo Sasahara at Silverstone. Eacott said: “He was really good, just brilliant. He was very methodical and everything you said to him he put into practise in the car.”