Matsushita quickest on day two of GP2 test

ART Grand Prix's Nobuharu Matsushita set the quickest time on the second day of GP2 testing in Bahrain.

The Honda-backed Japanese driver, the reigning Japanese Formula 3 champion, led the way with a time of 1:40.191, posted in the afternoon, when all the quickest times were set after difficult conditions in the morning.

The running was delayed by an hour at the start of the day after the track had to be cleaned following a sandstorm overnight.

Arthur Pic finished second for the Campos Racing team, with Italian Raffaele Marciello third for Trident.

The quickest times of the day were all set in the final 15 minutes of running, when most drivers switched to Pirelli's soft tyres for qualifying simulations.

Russian Sergey Sirotkin, who had led a morning session in which only 18 cars set a time, was fourth quickest for Rapax.

Marco Sorensen completed the top five in the quickest of the Carlin cars.

The test continues tomorrow.

Morning times

Pos   Driver   Team  Time  Gap  Laps 
Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1'41.797   10
Jordan King Racing Engineering 1'42.289 0.492 10
Alex Lynn DAMS 1'42.427 0.630 9
Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1'42.437 0.640 15
Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1'42.483 0.686 21
Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1'42.557 0.760 12
N.Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1'42.588 0.791 14
Julian Leal Carlin 1'42.736 0.939 5
Rene Binder Trident 1'43.104 1.307 16
10  Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1'43.390 1.593 15
11  Robert Visoiu Rapax 1'43.580 1.783 12
12  Raffaele Marciello Trident 1'43.749 1.952 4
13  N.Berthon Lazarus 1'43.868 2.071 8
14  Nick Yelloly Hilmer Motorsport 1'43.877 2.080 9
15  Pierre Gasly DAMS 1'43.963 2.166 4
16  Marco Sørensen Carlin 1'44.511 2.714 4
17  Sergio Canamasas MP Motorsport 1'44.954 3.157 6
18  Zoel Amberg Lazarus 1'45.070 3.273 8

Afternoon times 

 Pos  Driver  Team  Time   Gap  Laps 
N.Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1'40.191   31
Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1'40.350 0.159 27
R.Marciello Trident 1'40.446 0.255 16
Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1'40.561 0.370 24
Marco Sørensen Carlin 1'40.658 0.467 25
S.Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1'40.666 0.475 26
Daniël de Jong MP Motorsport 1'40.927 0.736 20
Sergio Canamasas MP Motorsport 1'40.958 0.767 33
Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1'40.981 0.790 29
10  Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1'41.034 0.843 24
11  Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1'41.086 0.895 21
12  Rene Binder Trident 1'41.097 0.906 25
13  Robert Visoiu Rapax 1'41.128 0.937 27
14  Norman Nato Arden International 1'41.183 0.992 32
15  Nick Yelloly Hilmer Motorsport 1'41.227 1.036 22
16  Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1'41.341 1.150 21
17  Alex Lynn DAMS 1'41.352 1.161 22
18  Mitchell Evans RUSSIAN TIME 1'41.372 1.181 16
19  Zoel Amberg Lazarus 1'41.440 1.249 35
20  Julián Leal Carlin 1'41.497 1.306 21
21  Pierre Gasly DAMS 1'41.606 1.415 31
22  M.Stöckinger Status Grand Prix 1'41.669 1.478 33
23  N.Berthon Lazarus 1'42.467 2.276 5
24  André Negrão Arden International 1'42.509 2.318 23
25  Nigel Melker Hilmer Motorsport 1'43.631 3.440 13
26  Jordan King Racing Engineering 1'44.181 3.990 34

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Series GP2
Event Bahrain April test
Sub-event Day 2
Track Bahrain International Circuit
Drivers Alexander Rossi , Marco Sorensen , Julian Leal , Rio Haryanto , Nigel Melker , Sergio Canamasas , Andre Negrao , Arthur Pic , Jordan King , Nick Yelloly , Richie Stanaway , Zoel Amberg , Robert Visoiu , Alex Lynn , Raffaele Marciello , Rene Binder , Sergey Sirotkin , Norman Nato , Pierre Gasly , Artem Markelov , Nobuharu Matsushita
Teams ART Grand Prix
Article type Testing report