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DAMS racer fastest on final test day in Jerez

Davide Valsecchi was quickest again today in Jerez in an eventful test session. The DAMS driver set his best laptime of 1:25.567 early in the day. His closest rival, Stefano Coletti, ended one tenth behind the Italian.

For the final day of testing it was James Calado at Lotus GP who set the early pace but his time was soon bettered by Giedo van der Garde who clocked 1:26.053, a mere two hundredths quicker than Tom Dillmann testing at Rapax today. The proceedings were stopped thirty minutes into the session after a piece of curb came away from the track. As it took approximately 45 minutes to repair, since the day’s schedule was to run from 9am to 12pm, with a one hour break and then run again from 1pm till 4pm, it was decided that the session would run without any break until 4pm.

At the restart, Davide Valsecchi quickly topped the timesheets and was the first driver to break the 1m26s. He was soon imitated by Max Chilton, van der Garde, Marcus Ericsson and Coletti. Another red flag interrupted proceedings after Esteban Gutierrez stopped in the gravel bed at Turn 1. Minutes after the track went live again, Fabrizio Crestani caused another halt after he lost control of his Venezuela GP Lazarus car.

The session was green flagged again and Coletti pushed to close the gap with Valsecchi and moved up to P2, one tenth behind the Italian. A fourth red flag brought caused the session to have another enforced break: Fabio Leimer stopped at Turn 1 in the gravel. When the track went live again, Gutiérrez was quickly on the pace and moved up to P3.

The remainder of the day ran smoothly as teams readjusted their programmes to the new schedule. Most drivers did race simulations along with pitstop practices. A final red flag stopped proceedings fifteen minutes before the end of the session after Kevin Ceccon lost control of his Ocean Racing car. Valsecchi retained P1 at the chequered flag ahead of Coletti, Gutiérrez, van der Garde (who with 96 laps covered the greatest distance today), Chilton, Ericsson, Dillmann, Calado, Nigel Melker and Jolyon Palmer.

This concluded the first three-day pre-season test. Next week, the GP2 paddock will set up camp in Barcelona for the last test session before the opening round of the 2012 season in Sepang, Malaysia. The twenty-six cars will run for three days at Circuit de Catalunya from Tuesday to Thursday.

 

Day 3 results

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 1:25.567

69

2. Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 1:25.670

73

3. Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP 1:25.725

81

4. Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing 1:25.742

96

5. Max Chilton Carlin 1:25.801

70

6. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:25.940

55

7. Tom Dillmann Rapax 1:26.003

47

8. James Calado Lotus GP 1:26.046

75

9. Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology 1:26.082

79

10. Jolyon Palmer iSport International 1:26.126

67

11. Felipe Nasr DAMS 1:26.127

58

12. Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 1:26.148

63

13. Johnny Cecotto Barwa Addax Team 1:26.148

55

14. Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 1:26.213

51

15. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:26.342

56

16. Luiz Razia Arden International 1:26.350

69

17. Josef Kral Barwa Addax Team 1:26.361

66

18. Fabrizio Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:26.369

59

19. Dani Clos Rapax 1:26.453

54

20. Simon Trummer Arden International 1:26.466

70

21. Julian Leal Trident Racing 1:26.611

70

22. Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering 1:26.747

40

23. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham Racing 1:26.749

74

24. Kevin Ceccon Ocean Racing Technology 1:26.761

55

25. Rio Haryanto Carlin 1:26.958

60

26. Vittorio Ghirelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:27.143

57