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Asia: Qi-Meritus.Mahara fastest in morning test

QI-MERITUS.MAHARA testing resumes at Dubai Autodrome Luca Filippi topped today's morning session in Dubai in preparation of the opening of the 2008 GP2 Asia Series. The second of the two days test prior to the inaugural round of the newly born...

QI-MERITUS.MAHARA testing resumes at Dubai Autodrome

Luca Filippi topped today's morning session in Dubai in preparation of the opening of the 2008 GP2 Asia Series. The second of the two days test prior to the inaugural round of the newly born GP2 Asia series resumed on Sunday under bright sun at Dubai circuit for the 26 cars of the new series.

The newly appointed Qi-Meritus.Mahara -- drivers, Luca FILIPPI and Hiroki YOSHIMOTO continued working on the team's program to prepare for the first race week-end of the series (Jan 25 and Jan 26), and went through a second day of intensive work preparation with Team Qi-Meritus.Mahara engineers.

The Dubai track that had been fully cleaned after the rains and the grip go progressively better. As the morning went by, Luca FILIPPI completed 36 laps and was fastest of the group with 1.34.394. Team mate Hiroki YOSHIMOTO only covered 15 laps (with a time of 1.24.135). His engineers discovered a software problem causing a faulty throttle map to disrupt the working plan.

Luca FILIPPI: "I am happy with my times and the results, but there is still place for improvement. We are only starting to understand the new car and which directions we need to take to develop our working program so that the team can progress quicker. I would also like to be able to compare my times to Hiroki's when the electronics with the new safety system is finally sorted out."

Hiroki YOSHIMOTO: "I hope that after battling all morning we now have the electrics and various software problems under control and sorted out. My test weekend really only started towards the end of the morning. Luckily I have plenty of tires left for the rest of the test session and I can add more mileage on the new 2008 car that we had never ever touched before."

Peter THOMPSON, President and team founder, Qi-Meritus.Mahara: "It was an encouraging start of the day for Filippi. The team is working on matching the two cars so that the two drivers have the same tools. Considering that we have never run in this championship, this is a very good achievement in the week-end preparations. There are three more working sessions before the race."

-credit: qi-meritus.mahara/capp.ch

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Series GP2
Drivers Luca Filippi