Jordan King ends Day 2 on top

Jordan King
Jordan King

It has been a fruitful day for Briton Jordan King who set the best laptime in a 1:24.449 in the morning session – one tenth quicker than rookie Antonio Giovinazzi and Nobuharu Matsushita. In the afternoon, Rapax Gustav Malja was quickest.

Cold temperatures and sunny conditions graced the paddock this morning on day 2 of the second pre-season test at Circuito de Jerez, Spain. When the track went green, the pair of DAMS drivers were first to feed onto the track, soon followed by the rest of the field. King set the early pace in 1:26.048 on Hard Pirelli tires but Sergey Sirotkin bettered the Briton’s laptime and topped the timesheets in a 1:25.710.

Thirty minutes into the session, all cars had completed at least one installation lap. Yesterday’s quickest driver Norman Nato was the first man to dip under 1m25s but Giovinazzi found some extra pace to lap the Spanish track in a 1:24.545. King reclaimed P1 after improving on the Italian’s best time by one tenth.

One hour into the session, Medium Pirelli tires made an appearance on several cars. There was a first short red flag period courtesy of Raffaele Marciello who ran wide at Turn 14 and clipped the barrier before returning to the pits. Soon after the restart, Sirotkin caused a second red flag period by clipping the barrier at Turn 15. The remaining two hours of the session saw the teams concentrate on their testing program.

In the closing stages, the proceedings were shortly halted for a third time after Luca Ghiotto stopped on track between turns 7 and 8. At the checkered flag, King remained top ahead of Giovinazzi and Matsushita. Pierre Gasly, Nato, Sirotkin, Alex Lynn, Arthur Pic, Gustav Malja and Ghiotto completed the top ten.

The afternoon session opened in warmer temperatures with Swede Gustav Malja setting the early pace in a 1:26.319. In the opening hour, Marciello caused a brief red flag period after he stopped on track between Turns 6 and 7. After the restart, teams and drivers focused mainly on long runs, practice starts and pit stops. The remainder of the day was trouble-free with Racing Engineering’s King completing the most laps (72).

When the session concluded, Malja headed Lynn and Giovinazzi. Artem Markelov, Daniel De Jong, Nicholas Latifi, Mitch Evans, Pic, Ghiotto and Oliver Rowland rounded the top ten.

Tomorrow Day 3 morning session will start at 09.00, local time. There will be a one-hour lunch break before the afternoon session which will run until 16.00.

Morning results

Pos

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Jordan King

Racing Engineering

1:24.429

22

2.

Antonio Giovinazzi

PREMA Racing

1:24.545

30

3.

Nobuharu Matsushita

ART Grand Prix

1:24.579

35

4.

Pierre Gasly

PREMA Racing

1:24.594

32

5.

Norman Nato

Racing Engineering

1:24.634

22

6.

Sergey Sirotkin

ART Grand Prix

1:24.689

25

7.

Alex Lynn

DAMS

1:24.696

25

8.

Arthur Pic

Rapax

1:25.049

31

9.

Gustav Malja

Rapax

1:25.088

30

10.

Luca Ghiotto

Trident

1:25.098

21

11.

Marvin Kirchhofer

Carlin

1:25.202

36

12.

Raffaele Marciello

RUSSIAN TIME

1:25.241

29

13.

Nicholas Latifi

DAMS

1:25.259

25

14.

Mitch Evans

Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing

1:25.398

31

15.

Oliver Rowland

MP Motorsport

1:25.671

25

16.

Daniel De Jong

MP Motorsport

1:25.763

24

17.

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:25.867

30

18.

Jimmy Eriksson

Arden International

1:26.081

29

19.

Sean Gelael

Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing

1:26.136

34

20.

Philo Paz Armand

Trident

1:26.301

31

21.

Nabil Jeffri

Arden International

1:26.493

31

Afternoon results

Pos

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Gustav Malja

Rapax

1:26.319

30

2.

Alex Lynn

DAMS

1:26.340

24

3.

Antonio Giovinazzi

PREMA Racing

1:26.750

24

4.

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:27.000

45

5.

Daniel De Jong

MP Motorsport

1:27.044

19

6.

Nicholas Latifi

DAMS

1:27.060

30

7.

Mitch Evans

Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing

1:27.328

29

8.

Arthur Pic

Rapax

1:27.341

20

9.

Luca Ghiotto

Trident

1:27.612

5

10.

Oliver Rowland

MP Motorsport

1:27.651

19

11.

Jimmy Eriksson

Arden International

1:27.662

42

12.

Nabil Jeffri

Arden International

1:28.228

27

13.

Sean Gelael

Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing

1:29.235

41

14.

Norman Nato

Racing Engineering

1:30.392

57

15.

Pierre Gasly

PREMA Racing

1:30.762

46

16.

Jordan King

Racing Engineering

1:31.010

72

17.

Nobuharu Matsushita

ART Grand Prix

1:31.094

56

18.

Sergey Sirotkin

ART Grand Prix

1:31.285

49

19.

Marvin Kirchhofer

Carlin

1:31.346

38

20.

Philo Paz Armand

Trident

1:31.668

36

21.

Raffaele Marciello

RUSSIAN TIME

1:31.840

15

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