This week saw the iSport team return to Jerez de la Frontera, for the first of the two pre-season tests. After a long Winter break, the team was eager to get testing underway and start working with new duo, Marcus Ericsson and Jolyon Palmer.
It was an encouraging start on Day 1, with both iSport drivers finishing the morning session in the top five, and Ericsson topping the time chart in the afternoon giving the team its first P1.
The introduction of the medium compound tyres on Day 2, significantly continued to improve lap times, and resulted in Ericsson becoming the first driver to break the 1:26 mark. Palmer however, proved to be the faster of the two and ended up ahead of his team mate in P5. Race simulations and pit stop practice were the focus for the team during the afternoon session, resulting in slower lap times for both drivers.
Day 3 proved to be an eventful test session for the team, with a 45 minute stoppage time early on, due to track damage. With the session restarted, Ericsson quickly made a move on Valsecchi for the top spot, however this was soon halted by a red flag by Gutierrez and then another by Leimer. After another restart, the team focused again on race simulations and pit stop practice, and with yet another red flag, the day ended with Ericsson claiming P6 and Palmer P10.
Next week iSport will return to Barcelona for the final pre-season test before the opening round of the 2012 season in Malaysia on 23-25 March 2012.