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Scuderia Coloni Abu Dhabi test report day 1

ABU DHABI, TEST DAY 1: SCUDERIA COLONI TOPS THE SHEETS WITH JAKES Scuderia Coloni couldn't hope for a better start in the Abu Dhabi test days. The Italian team topped the sheets of Day 1, with James Jakes posting a 1'47"790 that was 4...

ABU DHABI, TEST DAY 1: SCUDERIA COLONI TOPS THE SHEETS WITH JAKES

Scuderia Coloni couldn't hope for a better start in the Abu Dhabi test days. The Italian team topped the sheets of Day 1, with James Jakes posting a 1'47"790 that was 4 tenths quicker than anyone else.

The brit, who showed some very good performances also in the GP2 Main Series races held on the Yas Marina Circuit 10 days ago, worked on the set-up with the team staff and immediately got a good feeling and quick laptimes: in the morning he was second quickest with 1'48"530, and in the afternoon his pace was simply amazing, ending with a lap that was 0.8 quicker than Turvey's pole from the race weekend. With this performance Jakes also showed that he's back in perfect shape after the wrist injury that forced him to rest for some weeks after Hockenheim.

It was a very good day also for Kevin Ceccon, who ended his first GP2 experience in P13. The Italian driver was at his debut on the GP2 car but he wasn't scared by the huge difference in power between the Dallara-Renault and the F3 he's used to (around 400 bhp). Also thanks to the good job done with the Scuderia Coloni simulator in the week preceeding the test Kevin was immediately quick: 15th in the morning, he upped his pace by more than 1" in the afternoon, stopping just 0.02 shy of Sam Bird.

After completing 43 laps today, Ceccon will continue his apprenticeship tomorrow. The other car will be driven by Luca Filippi.

James Jakes: "Jumping again in the Coloni car was a great feeling and we did a really good job today, making big steps forward from every point of view. This was my first full test day after breaking my wrist back in June so it was great for me to get a full day running again. I would like to thank all the team for there hard work, and wish them all the best in the remaining tests".

Kevin Ceccon: "My first day on a GP2 car was really amazing, incredibile to say the least. I'm really happy of the job we've done and of our result today. Now I have to work in the same direction and improve step by step together with the team, as I did today. I know that there's much more to come, it was just my first day so there's a lot of room for improvement".

-source: scuderia coloni

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