James Calado finishes on top in Jerez

ART Grand Prix driver ends final pre-season test day at the top of the timesheets

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28 February 2013 - 16:36
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James Calado concluded his week’s work in the best possible way. Lasts season’s best rookie was quickest today at Circuito de Jerez with a laptime of 1:24.659 set this afternoon. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs set the best laptime in the morning for newcomers MP Motorsport.

The final day of GP2 Series testing in Jerez started in a different setting as overnight rain dampened the circuit. When the pitlane opened, most drivers opted to feed to the track on wet weather tyres. The sun was quick to make a welcome appearance though. Johnny Cecotto set the early pace, but as the track dried up and drivers switched to hard or medium compounds, the laptimes improved slowly. It was a trouble free session bar a short red flag, courtesy of Cecotto who stopped on track. Stéphane Richelmi was the first man to dip under 1m28s, but his teammate Marcus Ericsson claimed the top spot as the session entered into its final hour.

In the closing minutes, the proceedings were briefly halted after Jolyon Palmer stopped his Carlin car on track. At the restart, Quaife-Hobbs snatched the top spot from Ericsson. Richelmi also improved on his teammate’s best laptime to finish P2. Behind the DAMS duo, the top ten was completed by Daniel de Jong, Felipe Nasr, Robin Frijns, Simon Trummer, Stefano Coletti, Nathanaël Berthon and Mitch Evans.

After a short one hour lunch break, everyone took advantage of a dry track to do more race simulations and pit stop practices. The session ran smoothly with James Calado taking control of the timesheets towards mid-session, breaking the 1m25s barrier. His laptime of 1:24.659 was enough to have him sit pretty on top until the chequered flag. Behind the Brit, Trummer, Fabio Leimer, Coletti, Richelmi, Ericsson, Palmer, Evans, Julian Leal and Kevin Giovesi completed the top ten. The session was briefly red flagged with ten minutes left on the clock as Evans stopped on the track.

The teams will now make their way to Barcelona and set up camp at Circuit de Catalunya where the second and final pre-season test session will take place next week on March 5th, 6th and 7th.

Morning results

PosDriverTeam LaptimeLaps
1. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP Motorsport 1:26.442 28
2. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:26.884 21
3. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:26.904 22
4. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:27.025 32
5. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:27.121 17
6. Robin Frijns Trident Racing 1:27.156 12
7. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:27.208 24
8. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:27.239 6
9. Nathanaël Berthon Trident Racing 1:27.514 10
10. Mitch Evans Arden International 1:27.560 18
11. Kevin Giovesi Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:27.846 16
12. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:28.299 25
13. Johnny Cecotto Arden International 1:28.379 21
14. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:28.489 15
15. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:29.147 13
16. Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 1:29.303 23
17. Sergio Canamasas Caterham Racing 1:29.303 23
18. Ma Qing Hua Caterham Racing 1:30.372 23
19. James Calado ART Grand Prix 1:48.064 12
20. Daniel Abt ART Grand Prix 1:56.592 12
21. Tom Dillmann Hilmer Motorsport 2:04.851 1
22. Julian Leal Racing Engineering -:—.--- 6
23. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering -:—.--- 1

Afternoon results

PosDriverTeam LaptimeLaps
1. James Calado ART Grand Prix 1:24.659 54
2. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:25.045 26
3. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:25.133 27
4. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:25.138 35
5. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:25.148 38
6. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:25.269 39
7. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:25.276 38
8. Mitch Evans Arden International 1:25.309 41
9. Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1:25.318 44
10. Kevin Giovesi Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:25.497 40
11. Robin Frijns Trident Racing 1:25.572 23
12. Daniel Abt ART Grand Prix 1:25.695 56
13. Johnny Cecotto Arden International 1:25.829 37
14. Sergio Canamasas Caterham Racing 1:25.833 47
15. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:25.862 17
16. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:25.883 33
17. Ma Qing Hua Caterham Racing 1:25.896 43
18. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:25.959 31
19. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP Motorsport 1:26.031 39
20. Nathanaël Berthon Trident Racing 1:26.049 21
21. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:26.133 43
22. Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 1:26.767 38

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