The rain put an early stop Friday on day two of the final test session of the year that the GP2 series ran at the Paul Ricard circuit with Lewis Hamilton taking the fastest lap time in the car of the champion team ART Grand Prix.

Hamilton, Euroseries Formula 3 champion, set a time of 1m28.173 after 37 laps on the southern circuit in France. The English driver set the pace in the morning session over Nelson A. Piquet, but a sudden deluge of rain and the onset of thick fog called for an early end to proceedings due to safety.

Piquet, who took top spot in yesterday test, proved that no matter if a sunny or rainy day, he is always there. The Brazilean completed 55 laps and marked 1m28.489 on his best lap.

Olivier Pla was third fastest this morning, as Lucas di Grassi maintained his current good form with another strong showing in fourth place for Super Nova International. The Venezuelan Ernesto Viso was fifth for iSport International, with Andreas Zuber sixth for BCN Competicion.

GP2 series now takes a break from the rigours of testing until January when the category will return to activity with the new Trident Racing team on track and the new slick tyres configuration.

The teams to watch in January include Piquet Sports with the racer who led the way in the final testing of 2005. Piquet looks to be one of the top contendors for the 2006 title.

Timo Glock, who secured the Champ Car World Series Rookie of the Year award this year placed the ART Grand Prix car second quickest out of the two day test with his fast time yesterday.