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Good first day

19.04.2011 The first test day in Barcelona was a good one for Pål Varhaug. The GP2 Series paddock gathered this week at Circuit de Catalunya for the final 2011 pre-season testing. The thirteen teams have two days to prepare before the opening round in Istanbul in three weeks time. Sunshine and a dry track welcomed the twenty-six cars this morning. The first half hour of the session was pretty quiet as drivers took to the track in order to complete installation laps. Julian Leal was the first one to set a laptime for Rapax, but it was Jolyon Palmer at Arden International who set the early pace. Carlin’s Max Chilton soon improved his countryman’s personal best and moved to the top of the timesheet. At the halfway mark, Davide Valsecchi at Team AirAsia broke the 1:30 barrier and went quickest, one tenth ahead of Romain Grosjean at Dams while GP3 Series Champion Esteban Gutierrez moved into P4. The Lotus ART driver improved further on his following lap and ended a shy 0.06s behind Valsecchi. The Italian’s domination of the timesheet was short-lived however as Barwa Addax’s Charles Pic put his head down and edged Valsecchi out of the top spot by 0.04s. The Frenchman’s laptime remained unbeaten until the chequered flag with Valsecchi and Gutierrez rounding out the top three. As the afternoon session started, it was Valsecchi who set the early pace. But just before the one hour mark, Lotus ART’s Jules Bianchi went top, improving the Italian’s laptime by 1.9s. From then on, the rest of the field’s mission was to close the gap with the Frenchman. It started with Sam Bird at iSport, but soon after that, rookie Kevin Mirocha at Ocean Racing improved and moved up to P2. In the following minutes, it was Chilton who got the nearest to Bianchi’s laptime – 0.6s closer. It was then Grosjean and Gutierrez’s turn to move up to P2 and P3 respectively, four tenths from Bianchi’s personal best. In the final hour, Luca Filippi at Super Nova found some extra pace to knock the Lotus ART driver off the top spot while Scuderia Coloni’s Michael Herck went P3. The Romanian lost a position to Valsecchi when the Team AirAsia man improved his laptime with thirty minutes left on the clock. On his following lap, the Italian went even quicker, which was enough to take control of the timesheet. As the drivers started a string of fast laps, a red flag briefly interrupted the proceedings. After the pitlane reopened, the top ten remained unchanged. A second red flag with five minutes left on the clock halted everyone’s last efforts. The session was green flagged one last time, but Valsecchi’s fastest laptime stayed unbeaten. The testing will resume tomorrow at 9am local time. Morning session Driver Team Laptime Laps 1. Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1:29.875 31 2. Davide Valsecchi Team AirAsia 1:29.915 23 3. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1:29.976 25 4. Romain Grosjean Dams 1:30.051 19 5. Sam Bird iSport International 1:30.059 23 6. Max Chilton Carlin 1:30.183 25 7. Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1:30.228 27 8. Davide Rigon Scuderia Coloni 1:30.347 21 9. Luiz Razia Team AirAsia 1:30.364 24 10. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:30.430 19 11. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1:30.450 29 12. Oliver Turvey Carlin 1:30.623 21 13. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1:30.671 19 14. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:30.760 24 15. Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.857 22 16. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1:30.866 26 17. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1:30.900 25 18. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1:30.924 19 19. Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing 1:30.959 18 20. Julian Leal Rapax 1:30.982 26 21. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:31.070 27 22. Josef Kral Arden International 1:31.263 17 23. Pal Varhaug Dams 1:31.322 20 24. Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1:31.531 21 25. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:31.854 21 26. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1:32.162 18 Afternoon Session Driver Team Laptime Laps 1. Davide Valsecchi Team AirAsia 1:29.718 23 2. Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing 1:29.743 19 3. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1:29.912 18 4. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1:30.262 28 5. Romain Grosjean Dams 1:30.371 25 6. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1:30.402 14 7. Luiz Razia Team AirAsia 1:30.544 28 8. Max Chilton Carlin 1:30.602 18 9. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:30.780 21 10. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1:30.807 19 11. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:30.825 23 12. Pal Varhaug Dams 1:30.956 28 13. Oliver Turvey Carlin 1:30.956 23 14. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1:30.964 19 15. Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1:30.982 25 16. Julian Leal Rapax 1:31.125 20 17. Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Engineering 1:31.248 20 18. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:31.252 20 19. Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Engineering 1:31.311 20 20. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:31.342 19 21. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1:31.639 19 22. Sam Bird iSport International 1:31.766 29 23. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1:31.921 31 24. Josef Kral Arden International 1:32.366 25 25. Davide Rigon Scuderia Coloni 1:32.900 13 26. Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1:33.747 35
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