GP2: Norman Nato tops Day 1 session at Jerez

//GP2: Norman Nato tops Day 1 session at Jerez

GP2: Norman Nato tops Day 1 session at Jerez

Racing Engineering man leads the way in second pre-season test
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 results
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Norman Nato
Racing Engineering
1:25.811
14
2.
Pierre Gasly
PREMA Racing
1:25.961
10
3.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:26.124
15
4.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:26.280
8
5.
Antonio Giovinazzi
PREMA Racing
1:26.322
10
6.
Mitch Evans
Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing
1:26.350
18
7.
Sergey Sirotkin
ART Grand Prix
1:26.405
15
8.
Arthur Pic
Rapax
1:26.650
15
9.
Oliver Rowland
MP Motorsport
1:26.674
7
10.
Gustav Malja
Rapax
1:26.706
17
11.
Raffaele Marciello
RUSSIAN TIME
1:26.762
12
12.
Danïel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:26.805
9
13.
Jimmy Eriksson
Arden International
1:26.888
15
14.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
Carlin
1:26.928
15
15.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:27.065
13
16.
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:27.273
18
17.
Sean Gelael
Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing
1:27.421
15
18.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:27.657
13
19.
Nabil Jeffri
Arden International
1:28.193
16
20.
Philo Paz Armand
Trident
1:28.744
15
21.
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:35.360
4
Afternoon results
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Pierre Gasly
PREMA Racing
1:26.375
29
2.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:26.442
43
3.
Norman Nato
Racing Engineering
1:26.558
31
4.
Antonio Giovinazzi
PREMA Racing
1:26.566
19
5.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:26.617
34
6.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:26.855
18
7.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
Carlin
1:26.883
29
8.
Raffaele Marciello
RUSSIAN TIME
1:26.989
21
9.
Oliver Rowland
MP Motorsport
1:27.101
18
10.
Arthur Pic
Rapax
1:27.112
28
11.
Gustav Malja
Rapax
1:27.151
21
12.
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:27.154
46
13.
Mitch Evans
Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing
1:27.222
34
14.
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:27.224
41
15.
Sergey Sirotkin
ART Grand Prix
1:27.275
18
16.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:27.487
24
17.
Danïel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:27.734
13
18.
Sean Gelael
Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing
1:27.824
34
19.
Philo Paz Armand
Trident
1:27.838
28
20.
Nabil Jeffri
Arden International
1:27.846
28
21.
Jimmy Eriksson
Arden International
1:28.352
8
2018-07-17T23:08:30+00:00March 29th, 2016|GP 2 series|