Asia: Series Shanghai test notes 2008-10-08

Kobayashi tops first day Kamui Kobayashi has topped the first day of GP2 Asia Series second season debut in Shanghai today. Next weekend marks the opening of the second GP2 Asia Series Championship in Shanghai. Prior to this event, the...

Kobayashi tops first day

Kamui Kobayashi has topped the first day of GP2 Asia Series second season debut in Shanghai today.

Next weekend marks the opening of the second GP2 Asia Series Championship in Shanghai. Prior to this event, the thirteen teams gathered on the Chinese track this week for a two-day test session.

It was a first for the drivers as they discovered the 5.451km splendid track. Kamui Kobayashi topped both the morning and the afternoon session setting the pace in a 1:45.963. His countryman Sakon Yamamoto followed in a 1:46.255 at the wheel of his ART Grand Prix car ahead of Spaniard Roldan Rodriguez on Piquet GP. The second Dams driver, Belgian Jerome d'Ambrosio, set the fourth fastest laptime. Giedo Van der Garde on GFH Team iSport was today's quickest rookie in a 1:46.599 ahead of FMS Andreas Zuber, Durango's Davide Valsecchi, rookie James Jakes at the wheel of Super Nova and sophomore Vitaly Petrov on Campos. Rookie Mika Maki completed the Top 10 on the second Super Nova Car.

This morning's session was interrupted by many red flags including one that lasted for almost 50 minutes after some oil was deposited on numerous parts of the track following a minor mechanical incident on Andreas Zuber's Piquet car. The session was then extended until 12:45pm.

-credit: gp2

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Series FIA F2
Drivers James Jakes , Kamui Kobayashi , Andreas Zuber , Sakon Yamamoto , Davide Valsecchi , Vitaly Petrov
Teams ART Grand Prix