Japanese driver quickest on Day 3
Nobuharu Matsushita concluded his 2015 GP2 season top: the Japanese driver from ART Grand Prix set the fastest laptime overall on Day 3 of post-season testing with a laptime of 1:48.313. Nicholas Latifi (DAMS) and Sergey Sirotkin (PREMA Racing) completed the top three at Yas Marina Circuit.
The final day of post-season testing opened in slightly cooler conditions with all twenty-four drivers on Medium Pirelli tyres. Richie Stanaway, back at the wheel of the Carlin car set the early pace before a first red flag period caused by Sean Gelael (Campos) who span and stopped at Turn 18.
At the re-start, André Negrao (Rapax) went top, one tenth better than Stanaway. A second red flag period came after Artur Janosz (Trident) stopped on the back straight. Once the proceedings resumed, Negrao found some extra pace to lap the track in a 1:49.154.
On the one hour mark, the session was halted again after Stanaway stopped at Turn 16. When the action resumed, Rowland put his head down and dipped under 1m49s setting a laptime two tenths better than Negrao. A final red flag period came after Pierre Gasly (PREMA Racing) stopped at Turn 9. In the closing stages, Mitch Evans claimed the top spot and no one could match his time.
At the chequered flag, behind Evans: Oliver Rowland, Luca Ghiotto (Rapax), Negrao, Sergey Sirotkin (PREMA Racing), Nobuharu Matsushita (ART Grand Prix), Tio Ellinas (Trident), Nick Yelloly (MP Motorsport), Antonio Giovinazzi (Carlin) and Stanaway completed the top ten.
Once again, the evening session opened at night time but was quickly stopped when Salvatore Del Plano (MP Motorsport) stopped at the exit of Turn 1. At the re-start, Evans set the early pace, but his laptime was first bettered by Rowland and then by Matsushita who posted a laptime of 1:48.313 which was enough to stay at the top of the timings until the chequered flag.
The proceedings were briefly halted two more time in the final hour. Finally, Matsushita topped the session ahead of Latifi, Sirotkin, Rowland, Ghiotto, Negrao, Artem Markelov, Marlon Stockinger (ART Grand Prix) Stanaway and Yelloly.
Morning results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Mitch Evans
Campos Racing
1:48.922
24
2.
Oliver Rowland
DAMS
1:48.926
22
3.
Luca Ghiotto
Rapax
1:49.057
30
4.
André Negrao
Rapax
1:49.154
27
5.
Sergey Sirotkin
PREMA Racing
1:49.201
15
6.
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:49.243
34
7.
Tio Ellinas
Trident
1:49.246
35
8.
Nick Yelloly
MP Motorsport
1:49.331
24
9.
Antonio Giovinazzi
Carlin
1:49.361
23
10.
Richie Stanaway
Carlin
1:49.418
12
11.
Marlon Stockinger
ART Grand Prix
1:49.911
34
12.
Jimmy Eriksson
Arden International
1:50.000
28
13.
Norman Nato
Racing Engineering
1:50.085
25
14.
Gustav Malja
Status Grand Prix
1:50.152
20
15.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:50.237
24
16.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:50.396
32
17.
Sean Gelael
Campos Racing
1:50.968
24
18.
Andrea Caldarelli
RUSSIAN TIME
1:51.011
24
19.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:51.026
6
20.
Philo Armand
Stuatus Grand Prix
1:51.173
32
21.
Emil Bernstorff
Arden International
1:51.517
30
22.
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:53.588
21
23
Pierre Gasly
PREMA Racing
1:55.778
4
24.
Salvatore Del Plano
MP Motorsport
1:57.792
27
Afternoon results*
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:48.313
35
2.
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:48.432
37
3.
Sergey Sirotkin
PREMA Racing
1:48.465
24
4.
Oliver Rowland
DAMS
1:48.522
24
5.
Luca Ghiotto
Rapax
1:48.668
34
6.
André Negrao
Rapax
1:48.710
25
7.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:48.737
25
8.
Marlon Stockinger
ART Grand Prix
1:48.752
33
9.
Richie Stanaway
Carlin
1:49.046
32
10.
Nick Yelloly
MP Motorsport
1:49.068
17
11.
Norman Nato
Racing Engineering
1:49.109
32
12.
Antonio Giovinazzi
Carlin
1:49.192
36
13.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:49.249
29
14.
Gustav Malja
Status Grand Prix
1:49.357
30
15.
Tio Ellinas
Trident
1:49.433
34
16.
Jimmy Eriksson
Arden International
1:49.596
32
17.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:49.698
35
18.
Emil Bernstorff
Arden International
1:49.706
35
19.
Philo Armand
Status Grand Prix
1:50.395
30
20.
Sean Gelael
Campos Racing
1:50.436
40
21.
Andrea Caldarelli
RUSSIAN TIME
1:50.471
37
22.
Salvatore Del Plano
MP Motorsport
1:55.248
25
23.
Pierre Gasly
PREMA Powerteam
*Car #15 excluded from the results – car found under weight