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DATE News (chronologically)
02/26/13
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Tom Dillmann tops GP2 testing Day 1 in Jerez  It was a perfect way for newcomers Hilmer Motorsport to start their GP2 career: on the opening day of the first pre-season test session, the German squad put Tom Dillmann at the top of the timesheets. The Frenchman who was testing for Hilmer today set a lap time of 1:25.059 in the final minutes of the afternoon session.

The day started under blue skies but in cold temperatures. As soon as the pitlane opened, the cars fed to the track but once their installation lap was done, the drivers opted to stay safely tucked away in their garages waiting for the temperatures to rise.

Rene Binder at Lazarus was the first man to set a lap time and as the track warmed up, more drivers ventured back on the circuit. A first red flag briefly halted the proceedings, courtesy of returnee Pal Varhaug at Hilmer who spun and stopped on track. At the restart, Dillmann went top, but his lap time was almost immediately bettered by Johnny Cecotto at Arden. As we entered the final hour of the morning session, Marcus Ericsson put his DAMS car at the top of the timesheets before Sergio Canamasas went off track at Turn 2 and saw his Caterham machine end in the tire barrier, prompting another red flag. When the session went live again, Carlin's Jolyon Palmer found some extra pace and nipped to the top spot, 0.09s quicker than Ericsson. There was one final interruption with three minutes left on the clock as Mitch Evans stopped his Arden car at Turn 13 following electrical issues which effectively put an end to everyone’s session. Palmer finished top ahead of Ericsson, Rene Binder, Cecotto, Stéphane Richelmi, Jake Rosenzweig, James Calado, Dillmann, Simon Trummer and Felipe Nasr.

The pitlane reopened after a two-hour lunch break, and Fabio Leimer set the early pace at the wheel of his Racing Engineering car. While the drivers mainly focused on covering race distance, Richelmi led the timesheet, but Calado improved and edged the Monegasque driver from the top spot. Just as Leimer reclaimed P1, Daniel De Jong stopped on track at Turn 7 causing a quick red flag. At the restart, Leimer was still sitting pretty at the top of the timesheet with Binder and Nasr in tow. With just twenty minutes left on the clock, Dillmann put his head down and claimed P1 ahead of Leimer, Nasr, Calado, Binder, Ericsson, De Jong, Richelmi, Robin Frijns and Cecotto.

Tomorrow’s session will start at 9am local time.

Morning results
Pos Driver Team Lap time Laps
1. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:25.330 19
2. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:25.426 11
3. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:25.541 23
4. Johnny Cecotto Arden International 1:25.574 20
5. Stephane Richelmi DAMS 1:25.574 15
6. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:25.842 25
7. James Calado ART Grand Prix 1:25.911 18
8. Tom Dillmann Hilmer Motorsport 1:25.922 12
9. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:25.998 17
10. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:26.019 22
11. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:26.066 8
12. Mitch Evans Arden International 1:26.070 14
13. Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1:26.209 17
14. Kevin Giovesi Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:26.244 16
15. Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 1:26.398 20
16. Robin Frijns Trident Racing 1:26.438 17
17. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:26.443 9
18. Daniel Abt ART Grand Prix 1:26.565 15
19. Nathanael Berthon Trident Racing 1:26.732 15
20. Ma Qing Hua Caterham Racing 1:26.990 11
21. Pal Varhaug Hilmer Motorsport 1:27.926 17
22. Sergio Canamasas Caterham Racing 1:31.642 5
23. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP Motorsport -- 1
24. Stefano Coletti Rapax -- 1

Afternoon results

Pos Driver Team Lap time Laps
1. Tom Dillmann Hilmer Motorsport 1:25.059 23
2. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:25.248 27
3. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:25.262 34
4. James Calado ART Grand Prix 1:25.403 31
5. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:25.405 16
6. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:25.480 33
7. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:25.506 30
8. Stephane Richelmi DAMS 1:25.585 28
9. Robin Frijns Trident Racing 1:25.602 24
10. Johnny Cecotto Arden International 1:25.656 29
11. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:25.718 40
12. Kevin Giovesi Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:25.819 35
13. Daniel Abt ART Grand Prix 1:25.933 34
14. Mitch Evans Arden International 1:26.116 32
15. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:26.200 31
16. Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1:26.222 33
17. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP Motorsport 1:26.405 39
18. Sergio Canamasas Caterham Racing 1:26.610 22
19. Nathanael Berthon Trident Racing 1:26.682 25
20. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:27.005 23
21. Pal Varhaug Hilmer Motorsport 1:27.595 22
22. Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 1:27.855 23
23. Ma Qing Hua Caterham Racing 1:28.002 31
24. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:29.492 25

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