Nato completes Racing Engineering sweep of Jerez test

Racing Engineering's Norman Nato was the pacesetter on the final day of the GP2 pre-season test in Jerez, meaning that all three days of the event were headed by the Spanish team.

Nato had topped the proceedings on Day 1 before teammate Jordan King took over on Day 2.

And while the Frenchman would then go quickest on Day 3, he came up less than a tenth short of King's Wednesday time, which ended up the best lap of the test.

Nato's best lap on Thursday - a 1m24.518s - was set early on in the morning session, as he headed compatriot Arthur Pic (Rapax).

And only ART's Nobuharu Matsushita prevented a French 1-2-3 out front, placing third ahead of Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly, with Williams development driver Alex Lynn in fifth.

Six more drivers went below the 1m25s mark in the morning - Sergey Sirotkin, Antonio Giovinazzi and Nicholas Latifi were all within 0.017s of Lynn in sixth through eighth, ahead of Nicholas Latifi, King, Luca Ghiotto and Gustav Malja.

The afternoon session, concluding the GP2 pre-season, was headed by Pic, with only teammate Malja and the Russian Time duo of Artem Markelov and Raffaele Marciello within a second of the Frenchman.

Day 3 results

Pos. Driver Team AM PM
1 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 1:24.518 1:30.716
2 Arthur Pic Rapax 1:24.592 1:25.583
3 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:24.617 1:30.580
4 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 1:24.652 1:30.570
5 Alex Lynn DAMS 1:24.677 1:30.840
6 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 1:24.682 1:30.227
7 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing 1:24.688 1:30.628
8 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:24.689 1:30.115
9 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1:24.747 1:31.096
10 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1:24.937 1:30.854
11 Gustav Malja Rapax 1:24.948 1:25.820
12 Mitch Evans Jagonya Ayam Campos 1:25.072 1:27.410
13 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 1:25.120 1:28.761
14 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1:25.134 1:28.857
15 Raffaele Marciello Russian Time 1:25.318 1:26.435
16 Artem Markelov Russian Time 1:25.339 1:26.140
17 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 1:25.404 1:28.620
18 Philo Paz Armand Trident 1:25.698 1:30.459
19 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 1:25.819 1:26.629
20 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam Campos 1:26.053 1:29.988
21 Nabil Jeffri Arden International 1:26.074 1:27.235

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Series GP2
Event Jerez March testing
Track Circuito de Jerez
Drivers Arthur Pic , Norman Nato , Nobuharu Matsushita
Teams Racing Engineering
Article type Testing report