1 January 1901
Bonanomi hits the front at Ricard.
Marco Bonanomi set the pace on the second day of World Series by Renault testing at Paul Ricard, with the GD Racing man posting the quickest time of the week so far on Wednesday.
With the day split into two sessions, the morning saw Bertrand Baguette post the fasted time for Draco Racing, making the most of fresh tyres to set a time of 1m 16.059s. Although a number of drivers tried to beat the Belgian drivers marker towards the end of the session, no-one could jump ahead to break the 1m 16s marker, with Julien Jousse finishing second – just a tenth further back.
"We are starting to have a good understanding with the team,” Baguette reflected. “We changed a lot of things on the car overnight."
Behind Jousse, Bonanomi was third quickest ahead of Michael Herck and Charles Pic, who had paced day one for Tech 1. Dani Clos rounded out the top six while further down the order, a number of drivers were making their debut in WS machinery – including Oliver Oakes with Comtec and British F3 National Class champion Sergio Perez with Interwetten.
In the afternoon, the times dropped still further, despite a number of red flags interrupting the session. Despite no fewer than six stoppages for a variety of reasons, Bonanomi managed to set a time of 1m 15.649s to edge out Jousse and Pic, while Aleix Alcaraz was fourth for Pons – having hit problems in the opening session that left him near the bottom of the times.
“As everyone knows, the team won't be taking part in the championship in 2008 and they wanted to show what they are capable of,” pace-setter Bonanomi said. “I've really enjoyed this day today. Tomorrow I'll be testing with Interwetten.com."
Marco Barba and Clos rounded out the top six, with Briton Pippa Mann a solid seventh.
World Series by Renault testing times: Day 2 – Paul Ricard:
1. Bertrand Baguette Draco Racing Team 1m 16.059s
2. Julien Jousse Tech 1 1m 16.136s
3. Marco Bonanoni GD Racing 1m 16.201s
4. Michael Herck PONS 1m 16.254
5. Charles Pic Tech 1 1m 16.335s
6. Dani Clos Epsilon Euskadi 1m 16.346s
7. Craig Dolby Fortec 1m 16.375s
8. Daniil Move Comtec 1m 16.376s
9. Carlos Iaconelli KTR 1m 16.420s
10. Marco Barba Draco Racing Team 1m 16.450s
11. Pasquale Di Sabatino GD Racing 1m 16.451s
12. Edoardo Piscopo Fortec 1m 16.496s
13. Robert Mehri Epsilon Euskadi 1m 16.566s
14. Johnny Cecotto RC MSport 1m 16.579s
15. Oliver Oakes Comtec 1m 16.644s
16. Pippa Mann Cram 1m 16.820s
17. Robert Wickens Carlin 1m 16.927s
18. Sergio Perez Interwetten 1m 17.114s
19. Simeon Ivanov Prema FRenault 1m 17.235s
20. Pablo Sanchez Interwetten 1m 17.380s
21. Alexandre Marsoin KTR 1m 17.718s
22. Marco Romancini Prema FRenault 1m 17.977s
23. Juan Polar Comtec 1m 18.364s
24. Aleix Alcaraz PONS 1m 19.097s
1. Marco Bonanoni GD Racing 1m 15.649s
2. Julien Jousse Tech 1 1m 15.774s
3. Charles Pic Tech 1 1m 15.915s
4. Aleix Alcaraz PONS 1m 16.007s
5. Marco Barba Draco Racing Team 1m 16.069s
6. Dani Clos Epsilon Euskadi 1m 16.135s
7. Pippa Mann Cram 1m 16.147s
8. Edoardo Piscopo Fortec 1m 16.172s
9. Michael Herck PONS 1m 16.192
10. Robert Mehri Epsilon Euskadi 1m 16.210s
11. Craig Dolby Fortec 1m 16.252s
12. Carlos Iaconelli KTR 1m 16.370s
13. Robert Wickens Carlin 1m 16.376s
14. Oliver Oakes Comtec 1m 16.452s
15. Pasquale Di Sabatino GD Racing 1m 16.543s
16. Daniil Move Comtec 1m 16.548s
17. Simeon Ivanov Prema FRenault 1m 16.657s
18. Sergio Perez Interwetten 1m 16.687s
19. Johnny Cecotto RC MSport 1m 16.845s
20. Alexandre Marsoin KTR 1m 16.907s
21. Marco Romancini Prema FRenault 1m 16.958s
22. Marcello Pugliesi Cram 1m 16.974s
23. Juan Polar Comtec 1m 17.150s
24. Pablo Sanchez Interwetten 1m 17.388s
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