Michael Herck sets the pace
DPR driver quickest in GP2 Series first day of last winter test session in Le Castellet
For the last three-day test session of the year, the GP2 paddock flew to Paul Ricard this week. American Jake Rosenzweig at Super Nova Racing was the only newcomer on the track today.
On a 3D configuration and under the sunshine, DPR Michael Herck signed the best laptime this morning one tenth quicker than rookie Oliver Turvey at iSport International. GP2 Asia race winner Christian Vietoris confirmed his good form: at the wheel of the Fat Burner Racing Engineer car, the German completed this morning's Top 3, only five thousands slower than Turvey. Thirteen drivers posted times within one second and five rookies finished in the top 10.
In the afternoon session, Romanian Herck claimed again the top spot, improving his laptime by seven tenths. Already quick in GP2 Asia third season opening event in Abu Dhabi Fabio Leimer at Fat Burner Racing Engineering and Sam Bird at ART Grand Prix completed the Top 3, the Swiss ace finishing best rookie of the day. In fourth, Turvey kept on making a good impression while GP2 Asia Series leader Davide Valsecchi finished with the fifth quickest laptime of the day at the wheel of the second iSport car.
This test session will continue tomorrow at 9am local time and on a similar track configuration. Roldan Rodriguez (Racing Engineering), Jules Bianchi (ART), Marcus Ericsson (Arden), Josef Kral (Super Nova), Kazimeras Vasiliauskas (Trident), Andrea Caldarelli (Party Poker) and Antonio Felix da Costa (Ocean Racing) will join the session.