Series Jerez test notes 2009-10-07

Van der Garde quickest in Jerez The Dutch topped Day 2 with a laptime of 1:25.291 set this morning Morning session This morning's cooler temperatures improved both track conditions and laptimes in Jerez de la Frontera. The ...

Van der Garde quickest in Jerez

The Dutch topped Day 2 with a laptime of 1:25.291 set this morning

Morning session

This morning's cooler temperatures improved both track conditions and laptimes in Jerez de la Frontera. The second day of GP2 Series winter testing saw a shuffle on the grid as only nine drivers ran in the same car as they did yesterday, namely Oliver Turvey (iSport), Luiz Razia (Piquet GP), Rodolfo Gonzalez (Arden), Ricardo Teixeira and James Jakes (Super Nova), Sam Bird (DAMS), Francesco Castellacci (Durango), Philip Eng (Ocean Racing) and Michael Herck (DPR).

Ten new racers entered the entry list for today's session with some names well-known to the GP2 circus (Kamui Kobayashi, Dani Clos and Alberto Valerio) and some rookies (Marcus Ericsson, Sten Pentus, Jan Charouz, Filip Salaquarda, William Bratt, Fabio Leimer and Vladimir Arabadzhiev).

But it was the more experienced drivers who set the pace this morning, lead by Giedo van der Garde at Barwa Addax Team clocking in the best laptime of a 1:25.291 and over a tenth clear of Valerio driving for Party Poker Racing.com SC. Behind the pair, Kobayashi - freshly back from running with Toyota F1 in Suzuka last Friday during Formula One Practice sessions 1 and 2, at the wheel of Fat Burner Racing Engineering was also in good form and completed the Top three.

Afternoon session

Once again, the temperature rose in Spain in the afternoon and this morning's laptimes could not be improved. In a trouble free session, Kobayashi at Racing Engineering topped the times two

tenths ahead of Jerome d'Ambrosio who joined ART Grand Prix today and five tenths clear of this morning's quickest man on track van der Garde. The Dutch tops the combined times for the day.

With a laptime of a 1:25.575 set this morning, German Christian Vietoris at DAMS was the fastest rookie of the day.

The three-day test session will conclude tomorrow with five times Rallye World Champion Sebastien Loeb joining DPR.

-credit: gp2

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Sébastien Loeb , Michael Herck , Kamui Kobayashi , Jérôme d'Ambrosio , Jan Charouz , Christian Vietoris , Alberto Valerio , Fabio Leimer , Oliver Turvey , Luiz Razia , Filip Salaquarda , Francesco Castellacci , Dani Clos , Marcus Ericsson , Vladimir Arabadzhiev
Teams DAMS , ART Grand Prix , Racing Engineering