James Jakes on top spot

Super Nova driver quickest at Paul Ricard today in GP2 Series winter test

The second day of GP2 Series winter testing at Paul Ricard resumed today on a 3D configuration. Super Nova James Jakes clocked in the quickest laptime of the day during the morning session in a 1:12.346. Although fastest in the afternoon session, Brazilian Luiz Razia at Addax could not edge out the Brit from the top spot.

And Jakes confirmed his top form by signing the second best laptime of the afternoon session, two hundreds ahead of Frenchman Jules Bianchi. The ART ace finished best rookie of the day. Other rookies impressed today with Christian Vietoris (Addax), Sam Bird (Arden), Oliver Turvey (iSport), Alexander Rossi (Racing Engineering) finishing in the top 10 this morning imitated by William Bratt (Scuderia Coloni), Antonio Felix da Costa (Ocean Racing) and Kazimeras Vasiliauskas (Trident) in the afternoon, Turvey and Bird appearing again in the Top 10. This morning, the first sixteen drivers ran within the same second while eighteen drivers ran within one second in the afternoon.

Although third quickest this morning and untouchable yesterday, Michael Herck at DPR saw all his laptime of this afternoon session deleted due to the fact that his car was found underweight. The same misfortune happened to rookie Charles Pic at the wheel of the Fat Burner Racing Engineering machine.

The three-day test session will end tomorrow with British Jon Lancaster joining the GP2 field at the wheel of the DAMS car. The afternoon session will go from 1pm to 4pm.

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