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03/06/13
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James Calado quickest on Day 2 in Barcelona
The 2012 GP2 Series best rookie James Calado was the quickest man today on a damp Circuit de Catalunya in this morning’s session with a lap time of 1:50.218. Johnny Cecotto topped the timesheet in the afternoon a shy nine hundredth away from Calado.

The second day of GP2 Series pre-season testing opened this morning in cold temperatures as the rain poured down. The drivers put their wet weather Pirelli tires to good use as soon as the green light flashed in the pitlane. Daniel Abt was the early pace setter for ART Grand Prix, but it was his teammate Calado who set the record straight and put in a lap time of 1:50.218 ahead of Felipe Nasr whose best efforts put him sixth tenths away from the Brit. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs ended another seven tenths behind the Brazilian. Behind the top three, Rene Binder, Abt, Mitch Evans, Tom Dillmann, Marcus Ericsson, Cecotto and Kevin Giovesi rounded up the top ten. The session was briefly red flagged twice, first when Abt went off track and clipped the barrier at turn 4 putting a premature end to his morning’s endeavors. The second red flag was issued when Cecotto also went wide at Turn 4 in the closing minutes of the session.

The rain held off during the lunch break and hopes were high that we would see a dry afternoon session just as we did yesterday. Simon Trummer set the early pace for Rapax, but his time was bettered by one tenth by Quaife-Hobbs in the opening hour. Unfortunately, the weather gods had decided that today would not be a dry one and the rain picked up again. A first red flag halted the proceedings as Riccardo Agostini stopped at turn 4. The session resumed and Quaife-Hobbs remained top. Two more red flags appeared when Julian Leal first went wide and into the gravel bed, and when Rene Binder ran off at turn 7.

Cecotto found some extra pace in the final hour to claim the top spot in a 1:52.781. No one could better that time. In the dying minutes and after a late red flag courtesy of Abt again who stopped at turn 4, Calado and Nasr put their head down to claim P2 and P3 respectively. Giovesi, Quaife-Hobbs, Trummer, Daniel De Jong, Stefano Coletti and Dillmann rounded up to the top ten.

The final day of testing will start tomorrow at 9am local time. The weather forecast expects a dry day.

Morning results

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. James Calado ART Grand Prix 1:50.218 30
2. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:50.902 14
3. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP Motorsport 1:51.642 29
4. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:51.689 17
5. Daniel Abt ART Grand Prix 1:52.034 24
6. Mitch Evans Arden International 1:52.176 24
7. Tom Dillmann RUSSIAN TIME 1:52.233 23
8. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:52.266 23
9. Johnny Cecotto Arden International 1:52.296 17
10. Kevin Giovesi Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:52.457 19
11. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:52.594 26
12. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:52.685 29
13. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:52.692 30
14. Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1:52.946 26
15. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:53.100 25
16. Sergio Canamasas Caterham Racing 1:53.160 21
17. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:53.216 25
18. Robin Frijns Trident Racing 1:53.649 2
19. Christopher Zanella RUSSIAN TIME 1:53.772 23
20. Conor Daly Hilmer Motorsport 1:53.912 17
21. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:53.994 12
22. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:54.075 18
23. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:54.547 20
24. Ma Qing Hua Caterham Racing 1:54.857 22
25. Riccardo Agostini Hilmer Motorsport 1:55.077 16
26. Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 1:55.366 30

Afternoon Results

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Johnny Cecotto Arden International 1:52.781 18
2. James Calado ART Grand Prix 1:52.878 28
3. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:52.892 24
4. Kevin Giovesi Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:53.081 21
5. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP Motorsport 1:53.243 30
6. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:53.414 32
7. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:53.515 26
8. Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1:53.524 37
9. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:53.818 14
10. Tom Dillmann RUSSIAN TIME 1:53.819 23
11. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:53.920 22
12. Conor Daly Hilmer Motorsport 1:53.983 22
13. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:54.137 29
14. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:54.161 36
15. Sergio Canamasas Caterham Racing 1:54.240 18
16. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:54.349 14
17. Robin Frijns Trident Racing 1:54.360 18
18. Ma Qing Hua Caterham Racing 1:54.494 33
19. Mitch Evans Arden International 1:54.513 17
20. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:54.563 27
21. Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 1:54.662 35
22. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:54.845 23
23. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:54.940 23
24. Riccardo Agostini Hilmer Motorsport 1:55.359 26
25. Christopher Zanella RUSSIAN TIME 1:55.425 12
26. Daniel Abt ART Grand Prix 1:55.770 26

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