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02/27/13
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Tom Dillmann still on top in Jerez
Once again, Tom Dillmann put newcomers Hilmer Motorsport on top in Jerez as the GP2 Series teams prepare for the 2013 season. On the second day of the first pre-season test session at Circuito de Jerez, the Frenchman set the quickest lap time in the morning with a 1:24.400. Stéphane Richelmi at DAMS was fastest in the afternoon.

The morning session kicked off under blue skies but in cold temperatures. James Calado was the early pace setter whilst Felipe Nasr was the first driver to dip under 1m25s. The proceedings were briefly halted after Marcus Ericsson lost control of his DAMS car and got stuck into the gravel bed at Turn 10. Following the restart, a second red flag occurred for a short period, courtesy of Nathanael Berthon who spun and stopped on track. The session was disrupted again for a few moments after the pitlane reopened as Nasr had a bit of a scare at Turn 3.

As proceedings resumed, Dillmann claimed the top spot, but an incident between Daniel Abt and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs sent everyone back into the pits to wait for the green light. The remainder of the session was trouble-free, and Calado went top, two tenths quicker than Dillmann, but the Frenchman found some extra pace and set a lap time of 1:24.400 that would never be bettered until the checkered flag. Stefano Coletti finished a hair’s breadth off Dillmann’s best lap time (0.01s) followed by Calado, Fabio Leimer, Nasr, Ericsson, Richelmi, Sergio Canamasas, Kevin Giovesi and Rene Binder.

The afternoon session opened in cooler temperatures as grey clouds gathered above the Spanish track. Dillmann was the early pace setter and remained at the top of the timesheet for most of the incident-free session as drivers concentrated mainly on long runs. With one hour left on the clock, Richelmi set a lap time of 1:24.604 – three tenths better than Dillmann’s. In the dying minutes, Coletti ran wide at Turn 1. After a brief red flag period, the track was live again. Although Johnny Cecotto and Abt improved their afternoon’s best lap time, Richelmi retained top spot ahead of Dillmann. In fifth, Robin Frijns was the best rookie ahead of Ericsson, Pal Varhaug, Canamasas, Jake Rosenzweig and Simon Trummer. 

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

Morning results
Pos Driver Team Lap time Laps
1. Tom Dillmann Hilmer Motorsport 1:24.400 19
2. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:24.418 26
3. James Calado ART Grand Prix 1:24.525 33
4. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:24.534 28
5. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:24.691 25
6. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:24.712 23
7. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:24.776 34
8. Sergio Canamasas Caterham Racing 1:24.963 33
9. Kevin Giovesi Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:24.967 23
10. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:24.976 24
11. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:25.023 19
12. Nathanael Berthon Trident Racing 1:25.059 18
13. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:25.243 27
14. Mitch Evans Arden International 1:25.258 27
15. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:25.310 31
16. Robin Frijns Trident Racing 1:25.345 25
17. Pal Varhaug Hilmer Motorsport 1:25.402 28
18. Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1:25.486 32
19. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP Motorsport 1:25.604 28
20. Johnny Cecotto Arden International 1:25.607 28
21. Ma Qing Hua Caterham Racing 1:25.800 26
22. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:25.858 25
23. Daniel Abt ART Grand Prix 1:25.893 8
24. Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 1:26.610 30

Afternoon results

Pos Driver Team Lap time Laps
1. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:24.604 37
2. Tom Dillmann Hilmer Motorsport 1:24.932 18
3. Johnny Cecotto Arden International 1:25.292 22
4. Daniel Abt ART Grand Prix 1:25.312 30
5. Robin Frijns Trident Racing 1:25.335 22
6. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:25.388 32
7. Pal Varhaug Hilmer Motorsport 1:25.391 42
8. Sergio Canamasas Caterham Racing 1:25.618 31
9. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:25.677 33
10. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:25.685 49
11. Nathanael Berthon Trident Racing 1:25.725 16
12. Kevin Giovesi Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:25.920 33
13. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP Motorsport 1:25.925 18
14. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:26.022 29
15. Ma Qing Hua Caterham Racing 1:26.096 37
16. James Calado ART Grand Prix 1:26.116 21
17. Mitch Evans Arden International 1:26.374 38
18. Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 1:26.462 41
19. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:27.075 22
20. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:28.039 29
21. Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1:28.793 43
22. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:29.189 38
23. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:29.596 27
24. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:29.749 33

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