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Paul Ricard test summary 2005-03-10

Test session flies past 10,000km March 10, 2005 -- The second full GP2 series test saw our 12 teams complete more than 2500 laps of the Circuit Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track. Over the course of the three days, they instigated the first of...

Test session flies past 10,000km

March 10, 2005 -- The second full GP2 series test saw our 12 teams complete more than 2500 laps of the Circuit Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track. Over the course of the three days, they instigated the first of their dedicated pre-season test programs, concentrating on everything from heavy race runs to light qualifying sprints. The overall fastest lap time consistently fell as the sessions progressed. On the first day, our teams ran a total of 907 laps, and improved on this sum with a remarkable figure of 975 laps on day two. Day three saw the circuit layout change to a longer solution at the lunch break. In the afternoon the cars ran heavy, putting their first race simulations into effect. 983 laps were run on this final day, bringing the total number of laps for the test up to 2,865 : that's 11,892 kilometres.

Delivery of the teams' second car begins in mid-March. Testing resumes on the 4th of April, at Circuit Paul Ricard, with two cars per team.

Bruno Michel, GP2 series organiser : "I'm very pleased with the result of this second test session. The evolutions that we have made to the cars have resolved the teething problems that some teams had experienced in the initial shakedown. I have once again been impressed by the professionalism of all our teams : the consistently fast laptimes and the high mileage covered show how well they've all worked with their new car."

<pre> GP2 Testing - 8,10 March 2005 - Circuit Paul Ricard HTTT, France

Best lap times on circuit solution 2D: 4.150 km (0900CET 08.03.05 - 1200CET 10.03.05)

     Team Name                   Fastest lap        Day set        Total
 1   iSport International        1:18.811           Day 3          202 laps
 2   BCN Competicion             1:18.820           Day 2          135 laps
 3   Super Nova                  1:19.064           Day 2          208 laps
 4   ART Grand Prix              1:19.345           Day 3          199 laps
 5   Hitech Piquet Sports        1:19.386           Day 1          229 laps
 6   Coloni Motorsport           1:19.408           Day 3          183 laps
 7   DPR                         1:19.724           Day 3          189 laps
 8   Arden International         1:19.819           Day 2          176 laps
 9   Racing Engineering          1:19.853           Day 3          190 laps
10   Dams                        1:19.884           Day 3          201 laps
11   Durango                     1:20.175           Day 3          259 laps
12   Campos Racing               1:20.266           Day 2          180 laps

(Lap totals do not include Thursday afternoon on Track Solution 2DSC)

-www.gp2series.com

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