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Ericsson on top in free GP2 practice
Marcus Ericcson
Marcus Ericsson has got his weekend off to a great start by setting the pace in this morning's free practice session in Valencia, claiming the top spot in the closing minutes to squeeze past Davide Valsecchi, Giedo van der Garde and teammate Jolyon Palmer at the top of the timesheets.

The Swede's best lap of 1: 48.088 was set with just over a minute remaining in the session to take P1 by less than two tenths in a red flag affected session, with the overcast conditions bringing yesterday's extreme temperatures down but with high winds causing additional problems for the field.

Stefano Coletti, Max Chilton and Davide Valsecchi set the early pace, with the Italian on top as the session approached the halfway mark, when Rodolfo Gonzalez lost his rear at the chicane at the end of the main straight and went backwards into the wall, causing the red flags to be brought out to allow the marshals to remove the stricken vehicle. 

The session restarted with nine minutes remaining, handing all of the teams a big job to get through their programs in a shortened period, and causing more traffic than usual as everyone rushed to get through their workloads.

But Ericsson took full advantage of a hole in the traffic to set the pace against improving times throughout the field. Behind the top four Johnny Cecotto, Chilton, Fabio Leimer, James Calado, Felipe Nasr and Coletti were all within a second of the top time, and will be looking for more in a hopefully unabridged qualifying session this afternoon.
Valencia – Free Practice

Pos Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:48.088 12
2. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 1:48.251 11
3. Giedo Van der Garde Caterham Racing 1:48.264 10
4. Jolyon Palmer iSport International 1:48.266 10
5. Johnny Cecotto Barwa Addax Team 1:48.472 10
6. Max Chilton Carlin 1:48.534 10
7. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:48.627 7
8. James Calado Lotus GP 1:48.862 10
9. Felipe Nasr DAMS 1:48.939 12
10. Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 1:49.044 11
11. Stephane Richelmi Trident Racing 1:49.178 12
12. Josef Kral Barwa Addax Team 1:49.303 11
13. Luiz Razia Arden International 1:49.382 6
14. Rio Haryanto Carlin 1:49.461 12
15. Simon Trummer Arden International 1:49.603 6
16. Fabiano Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:49.605 12
17. Tom Dillman Rapax 1:49.693 13
18. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus GP 1:49.798 10
19 Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 1:49.994 9
20. Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering 1:50.126 8
21. Julian Leal Trident Racing 1:50.343 13
22. Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology 1:50.467 10
23. Victor Guerin Ocean Racing Technology 1:51.408 12
24. Daniel De Jong Rapax 1:51.480 14
25. Giancarlo Serenelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:53.161 10
26. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham Racing 2:03.746 5
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