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DATE News (chronologically)
02/06/11
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Michael Herck tops Sunday GP2 test times  A second two-day testing session began this Sunday at the Yas Marina Circuit but on a shortened track configuration of 4.730 kms that will also be the configuration for the fourth GP2 Asia Series season’s opening round next Thursday. And with the opening round just around the corner, today’s focus for most of the field was on race simulations and finding the right set up for this new layout. 

Lotus ART’s Jules Bianchi set the early pace this morning, and by the hour mark Josef Kral at Arden went top in a 1:37.804 ahead of last session’s quickest man Giedo van der Garde at Addax. The Czech dominated the rest of the field for most of the session which was briefly interrupted by three red flags -  courtesy of Julian Leal, Mikhail Aleshin and Oliver Turvey. But with less than an hour left on the clock, Carlin’s Max Chilton briefly moved to P1 until Bianchi clocked in a best laptime of 1:37.365. He then improved his time by two tenths with Max Chilton at Carlin and Kral in tow. Michael Herck at Scuderia Coloni slipped into P2, a shy tenth away from the Frenchman, but in the dying minutes of the session iSport’s Marcus Ericsson went under the 1m37s barrier in a 1:36.912 while Dani Clos at Racing Engineering moved to P2. Things seemed to be over for the morning, but Kral put his head down one last time and clocked in a best lap time of 1:36.609, three tenths clear of Ericsson.  

When the afternoon session opened, it was Davide Valsecchi who was the first one to go under the 1m37s barrier at the wheel of his Team AirAsia car, but soon after, Kral bettered the Italian’s lap time by one tenth to top the timing sheet again. On the two-hour mark Bianchi proved once more that he is in top form by going quickest in a 1:36.592 while his rookie teammate Esteban Gutierrez moved up to P3, just three tenths behind. The order at the top remained the same for most of the session until Coloni’s Herck improved his personal best lap time and moved up to P2 ahead of Gutierrez and Kral. The afternoon session was red flagged three times, the last interruption happening with just fifteen minutes left on the clock. In the dying moments, Valsecchi improved once more and went top with a lap time of a 1:36.477, but was ultimately edged out from the top spot by Herck – the Romanian just one hundredth of a second quicker.

This two-day test session will conclude tomorrow on the same track configuration.
Morning session

Pos
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Josef Kral
Arden International
1:36.609
26
2.
Marcus Ericsson
iSport International
1:36.912
21
3.
Dani Clos
Rcaing Engineering
1:37.000
32
4.
Jules Bianchi
Lotus ART
1:37.114
23
5.
Michael Herck
Scuderia Coloni
1:37.240
25
6.
Jolyon Palmer
Arden International
1:37.389
29
7.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Trident Racing
1:37.484
22
8.
Max Chilton
Carlin
1:37.495
18
9.
Charles Pic
Barwa Addax Team
1:37.503
30
10.
Giedo van der Garde
Barwa Addax Team
1:37.592
21
11.
Esteban Gutierrez
Lotus ART
1:37.715
21
12.
Sam Bird
iSport International
1:37.725
17
13.
Stefano Coletti
Trident Racing
1:37.809
27
14.
Julian Leal
Rapax
1:37.814
24
15.
Andrea Caldarelli
Ocean Racing Technology
1:37.822
36
16.
Davide Valsecchi
Team AirAsia
1:37.846
21
17.
Nathanael Berthon
Racing Engineering
1:37.876
32
18.
Oliver Turvey
Ocean Racing Technology
1:37.961
40
19.
Fabio Leimer
Rapax
1:38.077
20
20.
Luiz Razia
Team AirAsia
1:38.095
24
21.
Mikhail Aleshin
Carlin
1:38.098
24
22.
Fairuz Fauzy
Super Nova Racing
1:38.226
11
23.
Romain Grosjean
Dams
1:38.421
24
24.
James Jakes
Scuderia Coloni
1:38.622
14
25.
Pål Varhaug
Dams
1:39.438
30
26.
Johnny Cecotto
Super Nova Racing
1:40.006
6

Afternoon Session

Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Michael Herck
Scuderia Coloni
1:36.467
27
2.
Davide Valsecchi
Team AirAsia
1:36.477
27
3.
Marcus Ericsson
iSport International
1:36.477
22
4.
Jules Bianchi
Lotus ART
1:36.592
28
5.
Dani Clos
Racing Engineering
1:36.655
24
6.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Trident Racing
1:36.826
19
7.
Josef Kral
Arden International
1:36.834
28
8.
Esteban Gutierrez
Lotus ART
1:36.907
35
9.
Max Chilton
Carlin
1:36.908
16
10.
James Jakes
Scuderia Coloni
1:37.022
22
11.
Sam Bird
iSport International
1:37.030
32
12.
Romain Grosjean
Dams
1:37.076
36
13.
Luiz Razia
Team AirAsia
1:37.147
27
14.
Andrea Caldarelli
Ocean Racing Technology
1:37.155
21
15.
Johnny Cecotto
Super Nova Racing
1:37.226
27
16.
Fairuz Fauzy
Super Nova Racing
1:37.231
28
17.
Fabio Leimer
Rapax
1:37.304
32
18.
Oliver Turvey
Ocean Racing Technology
1:37.305
16
19.
Stefano Coletti
Trident Racing
1:37. 331
26
20.
Mikhail Aleshin
Carlin
1:37.419
24
21.
Pål Varhaug
Dams
1:37.734
36
22.
Jolyon Palmer
Arden International
1:37.912
9
23.
Julian Leal
Rapax
1:38.059
23
24.
Nathanael Berthon
Racing Engineering
1:38.523
24
25.
Giedo van der Garde
Barwa Addax Team
1:39.176
31
26.
Charles Pic
Barwa Addax Team
1:39.495
36

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