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GP2 Test Jerez
30/03/2016 - 9.00h Norman Nato tops day 1 session at Jerez...

The GP2 Series field is back on track this week for the second 2016 pre-season test session at Circuito de Jerez, Spain. The paddock was greeted by blue skies but cold temperatures. When the pitlane turned green, it was Alex Lynn who fed onto the track first but he was closely followed by his teammate Nicholas Latifi and the rest of the pack.

After all cars had completed their installation lap, it was a quiet morning with the proceedings halted due to foggy conditions. When the action picked up again, RUSSIAN TIME’s Raffaele Marciello set the early pace in a laptime of 1:26.762.

With half an hour left on the clock, Racing Engineering’s Jordan King went quickest in a 1:26.201 ahead of Lynn and Mitch Evans. But Norman Nato found some extra pace to dip under 1m26s and sit pretty at the top of the timesheets.

At the chequered flag, Nato headed Pierre Gasly by 0.1s with King in P3. Lynn, Antonio Giovinazzi, Evans, Sergey Sirotkin, Arthur Pic, Oliver Rowland and Gustav Malja completed the top ten. In the afternoon, the session started under blue skies and in warmer temperatures. Latifi ventured onto the track first but it was his teammate Lynn who set the early pace with a 1:26.442 - 0.1s quicker than Nato in P2. In the opening hour, Arden International’s Jimmy Eriksson caused a red flag after he clipped the barrier at Turn one.

The rest of the session was trouble-free and studious with most drivers completing long runs and practice starts. With one hour left on the clock, Gasly topped the timesheet in a 1:26.375 and took P1 from Lynn with Nato P3. At the chequered flag, the top three remained unchanged. Giovinazzi, King, Luca Ghiotto, Marvin Kirchhöfer, Marciello, Oliver Rowland and Pic rounded the top ten. Day 2 of this pre-season test will start tomorrow at 09.00, local time.

Morning session

1 - Norman Nato - Racing Engineering - 1'25"811 - 14 laps
2 - Pierre Gasly - Prema - 1'25"961 - 10 laps
3 - Jordan King - Racing Engineering - 1'26"124 - 15 laps
4 - Alex Lynn - DAMS - 1'26"280 - 8 laps
5 - Antonio Giovinazzi - Prema - 1'26"322 - 10 laps
6 - Mitch Evans - Campos - 1'26"350 - 18 laps
7 - Sergey Sirotkin - ART - 1'26"405 - 15 laps
8 - Arthur Pic - Rapax - 1'26"650 - 15 laps
9 - Oliver Rowland - MP Motorsport - 1'26"674 - 7 laps
10 - Gustav Malja - Rapax - 1'26"706 - 17 laps
11 - Raffaele Marciello - Russian Time - 1'26"762 - 12 laps
12 - Danïel de Jong - MP Motorsport - 1'26"805 - 9 laps
13 - Jimmy Eriksson - Arden - 1'26"888 - 15 laps
14 - Marvin Kirchhöfer - Carlin - 1'26"928 - 15 laps
15 - Artem Markelov - Russian Time - 1'27"065 - 13 laps
16 - Nobuharu Matsushita - ART - 1'27"273 - 18 laps
17 - Sean Gelael - Campos - 1'27"421 - 15 laps
18 - Luca Ghiotto - Trident - 1'27"657 - 13 laps
19 - Nabil Jeffri - Arden - 1'28"193 - 16 laps
20 - Philo Paz Armand - Trident - 1'28"744 - 15 laps
21 - Nicholas Latifi - DAMS (no time)

Afternoon session

1 - Pierre Gasly - Prema - 1'26"375 - 29 laps
2 - Alex Lynn - DAMS - 1'26"442 - 43 laps
3 - Norman Nato - Racing Engineering - 1'26"558 - 31 laps
4 - Antonio Giovinazzi - Prema - 1'26"566 - 19 laps
5 - Jordan King - Racing Engineering - 1'26"617 - 34 laps
6 - Luca Ghiotto - Trident - 1'26"855 - 18 laps
7 - Marvin Kirchhofer - Carlin - 1'26"883 - 29 laps
8 - Raffaele Marciello - Russian Time - 1'26"989 - 21 laps
9 - Oliver Rowland - MP Motorsport - 1'27"101 - 18 laps
10 - Arthur Pic - Rapax - 1'27"112 - 28 laps
11 - Gustav Malja - Rapax - 1'27"151 - 21 laps
12 - Nicholas Latifi - DAMS - 1'27"154 - 46 laps
13 - Mitch Evans - Campos - 1'27"222 - 34 laps
14 - Nobuharu Matsushita - ART - 1'27"224 - 41 laps
15 - Sergey Sirotkin - ART - 1'27"275 - 18 laps
16 - Artem Markelov - Russian Time - 1'27"487 - 24 laps
17 - Danïel De Jong - MP Motorsport - 1'27"734 - 13 laps
18 - Sean Gelael - Campos - 1'27"824 - 34 laps
19 - Philo Paz Armand - Trident - 1'27"838 - 28 laps
20 - Nabil Jeffri - Arden - 1'27"846 - 28 laps
21 - Jimmy Eriksson - Arden - 1'28"352 - 8 laps

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