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GP2 Test Jerez
01/04/2016 - 9.30h Norman Nato ends day 3 on top...

Frenchman Norman Nato concluded this week’s second pre-season testing at the top of the timesheets: he lapped the Spanish track in a 1:24.518 ahead of Arthur Pic and Nobuharu Matsushita. Rapax driver Pic was quickest in the afternoon session.

Blue skies greeted the paddock once again for the third and final day of pre-season testing in Spain. When the pitlane turned green, Racing Engineering’s Jordan King was the first man to feed onto the track, but it was DAMS’ Alex Lynn who set the early pace with a laptime of 1:25.220. Twenty minutes into the session, Oliver Rowland caused a first red flag after he stopped on track between Turns 8 and 9.

After the restart, Nato found some extra pace to dip under 1m25s and topped the timesheet in a 1:24.518. One hour into the session, a second red flag period was caused by two cars: Arden International’s Nabil Jeffri spun and stopped in the gravel bed at Turn 2 whilst Raffaele Marciello stopped at Turn 8. The proceedings were halted again shortly after the restart due to Philo Paz Armand who also spun and stopped at Turn 2.

The remainder of the session was busy with most of the drivers completing longer runs and practice starts. At the chequered flag, Nato remained top ahead of Pic and Nobuharu Matsushita. Pierre Gasly, Lynn, Sergey Sirotkin, Antonio Giovinazzi, Nicholas Latifi, King and Luca Ghiotto completed the top ten. The first seventeen drivers lapped within one second.

In the afternoon, Swede Gustav Malja set the early pace in a 1:25.820 but Pic bettered his teammate’s laptime in a 1:25.583 to claim P1. At mid-session Raffaele Marciello caused a fourth red flag period after he stopped on track between Turns 5 and 6. As the clock ticked down, the teams and drivers were focused again on long runs, practice starts and pit stops. The proceedings were briefly halted in the closing stages after Matsushita stopped on track at Turn 1.

When the session ended, Pic headed Malja and Artem Markelov. Marciello, Jimmy Ericksson, Nabil Jeffri, Mitch Evans, Marvin Kirchhöfer, Oliver Rowland and Daniël De Jong completed the top 10.

This concludes the 2016 pre-season test session at Jerez de la Frontera. The GP2 paddock will gather next at Barcelona for Round 1 on May 13-14-15.

Morning session

1 - Norman Nato - Racing Engineering - 1'24"518 - 31 laps
2 - Arthur Pic - Rapax - 1'24"592 - 23 laps
3 - Nobuharu Matsushita - ART - 1'24"617 - 28 laps
4 - Pierre Gasly - Prema - 1'24"652 - 42 laps
5 - Alex Lynn - DAMS - 1'24"677 - 24 laps
6 - Sergey Sirotkin - ART - 1'24"682 - 32 laps
7 - Antonio Giovinazzi - Prema - 1'24"688 - 37 laps
8 - Nicholas Latifi - DAMS - 1’24"689 - 19 laps
9 - Jordan King - Racing Engineering - 1'24"747 - 24 laps
10 - Luca Ghiotto - Trident - 1'24"937 - 28 laps
11 - Gustav Malja - Rapax - 1'24"948 - 30 laps
12 - Mitch Evans - Campos - 1'25"072 - 21 laps
13 - Oliver Rowland - MP Motorsport - 1'25"120 - 22 laps
14 - Danïel de Jong - MP Motorsport - 1'25"134 - 16 laps
15 - Raffaele Marciello - Russian Time - 1'25"318 - 14 laps
16 - Artem Markelov - Russian Time - 1'25"339 - 34 laps
17 - Marvin Kirchhöfer - Carlin - 1'25"404 - 28 laps
18 - Philo Paz Armand - Trident - 1'25"698 - 22 laps
19 - Jimmy Eriksson - Arden - 1'25"819 - 29 laps
20 - Sean Gelael - Campos - 1'26"053 - 30 laps
21 - Nabil Jeffri - Arden - 1'26"074 - 27 laps

Afternoon session

1 - Arthur Pic - Rapax - 1'25"583 - 42 laps
2 - Gustav Malja - Rapax - 1'25"820 - 38 laps
3 - Artem Markelov - Russian Time - 1'26"140 - 39 laps
4 - Raffaele Marciello - Russian Time - 1'26"435 - 8 laps
5 - Jimmy Eriksson - Arden - 1'26"629 - 48 laps
6 - Nabil Jeffri - Arden - 1'27"235 - 38 laps
7 - Mitch Evans - Campos - 1'27"410 - 44 laps
8 - Marvin Kirchhofer - Carlin - 1'28"620 - 44 laps
9 - Oliver Rowland - MP Motorsport - 1'28"761 - 37 laps
10 - Daniel De Jong - MP Motorsport - 1'28"857 - 33 laps
11 - Sean Gelael - Campos - 1'29"988 - 52 laps
12 - Nicholas Latifi - DAMS - 1'30"115 - 34 laps
13 - Sergey Sirotkin - ART - 1'30"227 - 55 laps
14 - Philo Paz Armand - Trident - 1'30"459 - 46 laps
15 - Pierre Gasly - Prema - 1'30"570 - 32 laps
16 - Nobuharu Matsushita - ART - 1'30"580 - 50 laps
17 - Antonio Giovinazzi - Prema - 1'30"626 - 48 laps
18 - Norman Nato - Racing Engineering - 1'30"716 - 51 laps
19 - Alex Lynn - DAMS - 1'30"840 - 33 laps
20 - Luca Ghiotto - Trident - 1'30"854 - 42 laps
21 - Jordan King - Racing Engineering - 1'31"096 - 49 laps

Info: GP2 Series
 
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