Racing Engineering ace quickest in final day at Jerez de la Frontera
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 results
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Norman Nato
Racing Engineering
1:24.518
31
2.
Arthur Pic
Rapax
1:24.592
23
3.
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:24.617
28
4.
Pierre Gasly
PREMA Racing
1:24.652
42
5.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:24.677
24
6.
Sergey Sirotkin
ART Grand Prix
1:24.682
32
7.
Antonio Giovinazzi
PREMA Racing
1:24.688
37
8.
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:24.689
19
9.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:24.747
24
10.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:24.937
28
11.
Gustav Malja
Rapax
1:24.948
30
12.
Mitch Evans
Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing
1:25.072
21
13.
Oliver Rowland
MP Motorsport
1:25.120
22
14.
Daniël De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:25.134
16
15.
Raffaele Marciello
RUSSIAN TIME
1:25.318
14
16.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:25.339
34
17.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
Carlin
1:25.404
28
18.
Philo Paz Armand
Trident
1:25.698
22
19.
Jimmy Eriksson
Arden International
1:25.819
29
20.
Sean Gelael
Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing
1:26.053
30
21.
Nabil Jeffri
Arden International
1:26.074
27
Afternoon results
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Arthur Pic
Rapax
1:25.583
42
2.
Gustav Malja
Rapax
1:25.820
38
3.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:26.140
39
4.
Raffaele Marciello
RUSSIAN TIME
1:26.435
8
5.
Jimmy Eriksson
Arden International
1:26.629
48
6.
Nabil Jeffri
Arden International
1:27.235
38
7.
Mitch Evans
Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing
1:27.410
44
8.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
Carlin
1:28.620
44
9.
Oliver Rowland
MP Motorsport
1:28.761
37
10.
Daniël De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:28.857
33
11.
Sean Gelael
Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing
1:29.988
52
12.
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:30.115
34
13.
Sergey Sirotkin
ART Grand Prix
1:30.227
55
14.
Philo Paz Armand
Trident
1:30.459
46
15.
Pierre Gasly
PREMA Racing
1:30.570
32
16.
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:30.580
50
17.
Antonio Giovinazzi
PREMA Racing
1:30.626
48
18.
Norman Nato
Racing Engineering
1:30.716
51
19.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:30.840
33
20.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:30.854
42
21.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:31.096
49