Jose-Maria Lopez has set the best lap time of the last test organised on the Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track before the qualifying session which will determine race numbers for the teams for the 2005 season. Fairuz Fauzy did not have a chance to drive for a quick lap time as his car had electronic problems and spent most of the day in the garage.

Jean-Paul Driot, Team Principal : "I am very happy to see that after so many efforts done by the team we finally found a car set up that helped Jose Maria to set the fastest time today. Fairuz had a lot of problems with his car, he did not more than 15 laps today and could not make a real run or try to set a fast time. Hopefully the reliability problem will stop in the next sessions and everybody here is highly motivated after today's performance and the way we are going for the future."

For tomorrow's GP2 Media Launch the organisers of the series have invented an original qualifying session which will be used to attribute race numbers to the teams. In 2 separate sessions Fairuz Fauzy and Jose Maria Lopez will push in a team effort to place DAMS in the best position and get low numbers. Even if there is no sporting consequence all the teams and drivers are enjoying this session and will play the game.

<pre> GP2 Paul Ricard Test - Day 2 (afternoon session)

Driver Team Time Laps 1. LOPEZ DAMS 1:19.546 21 2. BRUNI COLONI 1:19.627 27 3. JANI RACING ENGINEERING 1:19.637 24 4. PIQUET HITECH 1:19.638 21 5. KOVALAINEN ARDEN 1:19.711 24 6. PANTANO SUPER NOVA 1:19.750 36 7. SHARP DPR 1:19.877 42 8. PLA DPR 1:19.972 40 - FAUZY DAMS 1:21.000 8

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