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Racing Engineering Paul Ricard test summary

FBRE COMPLETES POSITIVE TEST SESSION AT PAUL RICARD Circuit: Paul Ricard - Track Configuration 2D: 3.586 Km Driver: Lucas Di Grassi Dani Clos The three day test session at Paul Ricard finished today with Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers,...

FBRE COMPLETES POSITIVE TEST SESSION AT PAUL RICARD

Circuit: Paul Ricard - Track Configuration 2D: 3.586 Km Driver: Lucas Di Grassi Dani Clos

The three day test session at Paul Ricard finished today with Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers, Lucas Di Grassi and Dani Clos, on second and eight place respectively. Di Grassi, however, was the fastest driver of the day after registering the best time (1'09"536) during the morning session on the track configuration 2D.

The first test of the 2009 season could not have been better for Fat Burner Racing Engineering. The hard work carried out during the winter period paid off in France, where the team's drivers, Brazilian Lucas Di Grassi and Spanish Dani Clos, were constantly fast and competitive throughout the three days of testing.

The team started to prepare the upcoming season without any problems, partially due to the quick familiarization and adaptation of both drivers with the team. As a result, Lucas proved to be one of the contenders for the title this season, after finishing second the first test day, topping the times- sheet on Thursday, while setting a new GP2 record, and being second on Friday.

Lucas' team-mate, rookie Dani Clos, feeling already very comfortable at the wheel of the GP2 car, left a very good impression after surpassing everybody's expectations and managed to be in competitive positions during all these test days.

After this positive first GP2 test in 2009, Fat Burner Racing Engineering is returning to Spain in order to get ready for the second and last pre-season test, which will take place in Barcelona from the 23rd to the 25th of March.

Lucas Di Grassi: "This was a very productive day and everyone did a good job. We still have work todo in Barcelona and there is room for improvement. The tests here in Paul Ricard have been good and we have definitely started off on the right foot. I am sure we will have a very good season ahead of us".

Dani Clos: "Overall, these test days have gone very well. The team and car worked well, and I adapted to both quickly. Although we still have work that needs to be done, I feel comfortable and everything is really positive. Next session in Barcelona will be a good opportunity to see where we really are, as it is a track where we will be racing. I am convinced that things will be fine".

Alfonso de Orleans, president Racing Engineering: "The boys have done a really good job. Our intentions were not to top the times-sheets, but I guess everyone's effort has allowed this extra to take place. As usual, I am very happy with everyone's work. The entire team, engineers, mechanics and drivers have worked hard in preparation for this test and although things went well here, we still have an intense testing program to work on during the next session in Barcelona".

-credit: re

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Series GP2
Drivers Dani Clos
Teams Racing Engineering