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DATE News (chronologically)
09/29/11
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Fabio Leimer dominates Jerez tests  
Fabio Leimer
The final session of a two-day 2011 post-season test took place today at Circuito de Jerez. Twenty-six drivers sat behind the wheel of the GP2/11 car. While Arden International, Scuderia Coloni and Super Nova Racing did not change their line-up for today, the other teams welcomed new faces, including newcomers Rupert Svendsen-Cook at Racing Engineering, GP3 graduate Tom Dillmann at Barwa Addax, Giovanni Venturini at Dams, and Yuki Shiraishi at Ocean Racing Technology.

The morning session opened in cooler temperatures than the day before. Javier Villa set the early pace but his best laptime was soon improved by the Coloni pair Fabio Onidi and Kevin Ceccon. At the half hour mark, it was yesterday’s fastest man Fabio Leimer at Racing Engineering who took advantage of better grip to claim again the top spot and his laptime of 1:26.701 remained unbeaten until the checkered flag, one tenth quicker than Onidi. GP3 graduate Nigel Melker finished a mere five hundredths from the Italian proving that he is adjusting well to his Arden machine on his second day of testing with the British team. Villa, Ceccon, rookie Felix Da Costa, Jules Bianchi, Sam Bird, Max Chilton and Julian Leal rounded out the top ten.

Jules Bianchi
After a one hour lunch break, the pitlane re-opened. The session was quickly red flagged after Ceccon spun and stopped in the gravel bed. At the re-start, rookie James Calado at Lotus ART was free to set the early pace ahead of Bianchi and Bird. But just before the one-hour mark, Bird at the wheel of his Trident car went top, half a second quicker than his countryman. It was then Bianchi’s turn to claim top spot going one tenth faster than Bird as Julian Leal also at Trident moved up to P3. The session was briefly red flagged three times again before the last hour of the session. At the checkered flag, Bianchi retained his top spot ahead of Bird, Leal, Arden’s rookie Simon Trummer, Calado, GP2 returnee Alexander Rossi at Caterham Team AirAsia, iSport’s Nathaniel Berthon, Chilton, Ceccon and Jolyon Palmer at Barwa Addax. Onidi ended this testing as best rookie.

Next 2011 post-season test session will take place in Barcelona on October 19-20 and will be the final stop before flying to Abu Dhabi for the 2011 GP2 Final on November 11-12-13.

Morning session
Pos Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:26.701 30
2. Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 1:26.843 29
3. Nigel Melker Arden International 1:26.899 36
4. Javier Villa Super Nova Racing 1:26.913 24
5. Kevin Ceccon Scuderia Coloni 1:26.954 23
6. Antonio Felix Da Costa Ocean Racing Technology 1:26.991 28
7. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1:27.125 28
8. Sam Bird Trident Racing 1:27.127 12
9. Max Chilton Carlin 1:27.158 32
10. Julian Leal Trident Racing 1:27.211 39
11. Stéphane Richelmi Rapax 1:27.272 37
12. Nathanael Berthon iSport International 1:27.410 18
13. Simon Trummer Arden International 1:27.421 40
14. Jolyon Palmer Barwa Addax Team 1:27.691 30
15. Tom Dillmann iSport International 1:27.697 25
16. Adam Carroll Super Nova Racing 1:27.752 24
17. Daniele Zampieri Rapax 1:27.771 35
18. Alexander Rossi Caterham Team AirAsia 1:27.897 37
19. James Calado Lotus ART 1:27.903 31
20. Rodolfo Gonzalez Dams 1:27.985 31
21. Nico Muller Carlin 1:28.359 31
22. Giovanni Venturini Dams 1:28.805 32
23. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:28.870 37
24. Rupert Svendsen-Cook Racing Engineering 1:29.106 37
25. Ricardo Teixeira Caterham Team AirAsia 1:29.788 29
26. Yuki Shiraishi Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.871 20


Afternoon Session
Pos Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1:27.651 31
2. Sam Bird Trident Racing 1:27.740 21
3. Julian Leal Trident Racing 1:27.924 23
4. Simon Trummer Arden International 1:28.016 22
5. James Calado Lotus ART 1:28.244 40
6. Alexander Rossi Caterham Team AirAsia 1:28.479 31
7. Nathanael Berthon iSport International 1:28.515 25
8. Max Chilton Carlin 1:28.515 23
9. Kevin Ceccon Scuderia Coloni 1:28.554 19
10. Jolyon Palmer Barwa Addax Team 1:28.728 27
11. Tom Dillmann iSport International 1:28.787 30
12. Adam Carroll Super Nova Racing 1:28.807 15
13. Rodolfo Gonzalez Dams 1:28.868 34
14. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:28.910 31
15. Rupert Svendsen-Cook Racing Engineering 1:29.110 28
16. Daniele Zampieri Rapax 1:29.227 18
17. Stéphane Richelmi Rapax 1:29.413 31
18. Giovanni Venturini Dams 1:29.437 31
19. Nico Muller Carlin 1:29.460 26
20. Nigel Melker Arden International 1:29.934 32
21. Ricardo Teixeira Caterham Team AirAsia 1:30.411 25
22. Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 1:30.554 30
23. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:30.885 24
24. Yuki Shiraishi Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.990 28
25. Antonio Felix Da Costa Ocean Racing Technology 1:32.065 18
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