Davide Valsecchi strikes again

He sets the pace in Round 3 Free Practice in Bahrain

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By Franck D.

25 February 2010 - 09:43
Davide Valsecchi strikes again

The iSport Italian ace set the fastest laptime during this morning’s Free Practice at Sakhir in a 1:44.852, but with Jules Bianchi at ART and teammate Oliver Turvey in tow only two hundredths behind him.

The trouble-free Free Practice session opened on a dirty track and on the traditional layout. In the first stages, Alvaro Parente, Javier Villa, Michael Herck and Sergio Perez successively claim the top spot until ART duo Bianchi and Sam Bird join in the fight, closely followed by Giacomo Ricci, Christian Vietoris and Charles Pic.

A few seconds after Bianchi clocked in the best laptime, Davide Valsecchi showed his true colours ten minutes into the session and set camp at the top of the timing sheet and no man would dislodge him for the rest of the session. At mid-point, as most of the field returned to the pits, Turvey moved up to third, a spot later claimed by Luca Filippi, but the Brit fought back minutes later to better his time and recovered third place.

The twenty-four contestants will enjoy a short break with just enough time to find the perfect strategy this afternoon during qualifying to try and dethrone Valsecchi who up until now has dominated the Series.

Qualifying session will start at 3:50pm local time.

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
01. Valsecchi iSport 1:44.852 + 0.000
02. Bianchi ART Grand Prix 1:44.874 + 0.022
03. Turvey iSport 1:44.877 + 0.025
04. Filippi Meritus 1:45.046 + 0.194
05. Bird ART Grand Prix 1:45.229 + 0.377
06. Ricci DPR 1:45.249 + 0.397
07. Piscopo DAMS 1:45.324 + 0.472
08. Vietoris DAMS 1:45.402 + 0.550
09. Rossi Meritus 1:45.424 + 0.572
10. Parente Coloni 1:45.432 + 0.580
11. Villa Arden International 1:45.460 + 0.608
12. Pic Arden International 1:45.527 + 0.675
13. Perez Barwa Addax 1:45.547 + 0.695
14. Zampieri Rapax 1:45.725 + 0.873
15. Chilton Barwa Addax 1:45.785 + 0.933
16. Herck DPR 1:45.803 + 0.951
17. Bratt Coloni 1:45.852 + 1.000
18. Zaugg Trident 1:45.922 + 1.070
19. Kral Super Nova 1:46.146 + 1.294
20. Leimer Ocean Racing 1:46.271 + 1.419
21. Arabadzhiev Rapax 1:46.634 + 1.782
22. Buurman Ocean Racing 1:46.726 + 1.874
23. Rosenzweig Super Nova 1:47.499 + 2.647
24. Kralev Trident 1:55.803 + 10.951

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