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Second test round wraps up at Paul Ricard

Second test round wraps up at Paul Ricard

After the initial shakedown on February, the Formula GP 2 teams and drivers continued adding kilometres with the new cars during the last three days in the second full test session at Circuit Paul Ricard Hich Tech Test Track in Le Castellet, ...

After the initial shakedown on February, the Formula GP 2 teams and drivers continued adding kilometres with the new cars during the last three days in the second full test session at Circuit Paul Ricard Hich Tech Test Track in Le Castellet, France.

Rear wing of iSport International GP2 car.
Photo by GP2 Series Media Service.
In this opportunity, the 12 teams of the series, all together, completed after the three days more than 2800 laps around the French circuit, which means almost 12000 kilometres.

As the teams disputed these tests with one car, the lap times were delivered by team and not by driver. Under this condition, it was the iSport International who set the fastest lap on day three with 1:18.811, leaving behind the 1:20.137 marked by the BCN team with Ernesto Viso on the very first test session of February. The Second place belong to the BCN with 1:18.820 followed by Super Nova with 1:19.064, ART Grand Prix with 1:19.345 and Hitech Piquet Sports with 1:19.386 in the top five places.

At the first round of testing, the gearbox was the main problem in the reliability of the cars, an issue that seems to be fixed now. "Following the first test, we spoke to all the teams, and have come up with a number of upgrades for the car for this second session", commented Didier Perrin, GP2 series Technical Director before the session green light.

"First on the list is an upgrade on the gearbox in which Dallara and EM Motorsport have worked together very well to provide new fixings for the electronics. This should improve the cars' overall performance and reliability", concluded Perrin.

Alex Premat.
Photo by GP2 Series Media Service.
The reliability of the GP2 machines clearly improved and, despite some exceptions, allowed the different teams the chance to add important time on track, very needed for the new cars.

The teams worked in two different track configurations concentrating on changing setup from race runs to qualifying sprints.

The series organiser, Bruno Michel, made a balance of the job done: "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 lap times and the high mileage covered show how well they've all worked with their new car", finished Michel.

The test schedule for the Formula GP2 continues on April 4th., once again at Circuit Paul Ricard HTTT, now with the news of two cars per team.

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