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Asia: Qatar: Series practice report

Vitaly Petrov quickest in Qatar night The Russian from Barwa International Campos Team set the pace today during the Free Practice at the Losail International Circuit The fourth round of the 08-09 GP2 Asia Series season opened...

Vitaly Petrov quickest in Qatar night

The Russian from Barwa International Campos Team set the pace today during the Free Practice at the Losail International Circuit

The fourth round of the 08-09 GP2 Asia Series season opened on a windy and extremely dirty track tonight after twenty-four hours of sandstorms over Qatar. The tricky conditions, added to a challenging first taste at driving at night-time, saw Russian Vitaly Petrov set the fastest laptime in a 1:38.812. His teammate and Bahrain sprint race winner Sergio Perez clocked in a good laptime as well and finished 6th in the session.

Also in good form, Marco Bonanomi at Meritus.Mahara was second quickest in a 1:39.012 ahead of Durango's Davide Valsecchi. The young Italian is aiming at a strong performance in Qatar in order to reduce the gap between him and championship leader Kobayashi in the drivers' championship.

The surprise of the session came from DPR's Michael Herck who topped the time sheet for most of the session until Petrov signed his best laptime with only seven minutes to go on the clock. The Romanian eventually finished fourth ahead of iSport's Giedo van der Garde.

Championship leaders Dams seemed to have a tougher time on the track as boththeir men Kamui Kobayashi and Jerome d'Ambrosio finished respectively fifteenth and nineteenth, two clear seconds away from the fastest man on track.

The qualifying session will start at 8:30pm today, local time.

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Series GP2
Drivers Giedo van der Garde , Marco Bonanomi , Michael Herck , Kamui Kobayashi , Jérôme d'Ambrosio , Davide Valsecchi , Vitaly Petrov , Sergio Perez