The 17-year-old MRM driver was just 0.116 of a second faster than the driver he pipped to victory during last November’s Clio Cup world final at Paul Ricard, Team HARD’s Max Coates.
Notably, Young’s fastest time, albeit unofficial, was beneath the Clio Cup’s existing race lap record around the Silverstone National circuit.
In addition to being fastest, Young had more to celebrate during the day as he received the key to a new Renault Mégane R.S. – his prize for winning the world final.
Meanwhile it was a late burst of speed from Coates that took him to second on the timesheets. Up until then Young’s MRM team-mate Brett Lidsey had held the position and despite sitting out the final three quarters of an hour still wound up third fastest.
MRM’s Ben Davis was next best of the championship contenders ahead of Team HARD pair Ethan Hammerton and Jade Edwards and Westbourne trio Aaron Thompson, Finlay Robinson and Ben Colburn.
However less than eight tenths of a second covered Young in P1 down to Colburn, so close were times overall.
Official Testing Times, Silverstone, 22 March 2019:
1. Jack Young (MRM), 1m04.220s
2. Max Coates (Team HARD), +0.116s
3. Brett Lidsey (MRM), +0.265s
4. Ben Davis (MRM), +0.369s
5. Ethan Hammerton (R-Tech Welding with MRM), +0.394s
6. Jade Edwards (Team HARD), +0.588s
7. Aaron Thompson (Westbourne Motorsport), +0.625s
8. Finlay Robinson (Westbourne Motorsport), +0.758s
9. Ben Colburn (Westbourne Motorsport), +0.778s