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Barcelona - test times - April 20

20 April 2011

Spain once again delivered dry conditions for the second and final day of this last pre-season testing session for the GP2 main series contenders, ahead of the first event at the start of May.

Lotus ART's Jules Bianchi was quick to set a fast time, but was soon eclipsed by Team AirAsia taking over where they had left off the day before - although this time it was Luiz Razia who was applying the pressure rather than his team mate Davide Valsecchi, and he duly displaced Bianchi at the top by a slender 0.08s. Then it was Valsecchi's turn and he lowered the bar by 0.3s by the end of the first hour, whereupon proceedings were brought to a temporary halt by Rapax's Julian Leal having an off into the tyres are turn 12.

When the morning session resumed, Valsecchi's time remained top until Scuderia Coloni's Michael Herck put in a 1:26.608, which beat out the Italian by a mere 0.06s. As slender as that margin was, two drivers (iSport's Sam Bird and Dams' Romain Grosjean) managed to slip into that gap between Herck and Valsecchi before another red flag for Arden's Josef Kral stopped in turn 4 caused a slightly premature end to proceedings.

Racing Engineering's Christian Vietoris set the first fast time of the afternoon but was soon swept aside by iSport's Marcus Ericsson going 1.9s faster, setting a time that proved difficult to beat until Jules Bianchi rose to the challenge. It wasn't until the final hour that Davide Valsecchi was able to find the top by 0.2s, with Coloni's Davide Rigon proving that the tam's morning pace was no fluke by taking second before the track was red flagged for a spin by Dani Clos.

Another red flag followed soon after, this time for current GP3 champion Esteban Gutierrez who went off at turn 6 and found the tyre barrier; and a third red flag came out with six minutes of the afternoon session remaining, this time for a spin by Luiz Razia who stopped on track. That left only three and a half minutes of the session remaining once the green flag came out, and no one was able to improve their time and take the top spot from Valsecchi before the chequered flag came out to bring the afternoon session to an end.

The afternoon times were slower than the morning, no one getting below the 1:30 barrier where fully 12 drivers had managed to do so in the morning. Herck's morning time ended up the fastest of all for the entire two-day test, with Bird, Grosjean, Valsecchi and Filippi all close runners-up within one tenth of a second of the top time.

This was the last of two two-day pre-season tests at Barcelona for GP2. The first round of the 2011 GP2 main series will be held over the weekend of May 6-8 as one of the support races to the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey in Istanbul.

Morning session

1. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1m 29.608 (34 laps)
2. Sam Bird iSport International 1m 29.633 (20 laps)
3. Romain Grosjean Dams 1m 29.639 (31 laps)
4. Davide Valsecchi Team Air Asia 1m 29.669 (38 laps)
5. Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing 1m 29.697 (34 laps)
6. Davide Rigon Scuderia Coloni 1m 29.754 (32 laps)
7. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1m 29.805 (30 laps)
8. Oliver Turvey Carlin 1m 29.860 (31 laps)
9. Luiz Razia Team AirAsia 1m 29.970 (47 laps)
10. Max Chilton Carlin 1m 29.973 (32 laps)
11. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1m 29.983 (33 laps)
12. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1m 29.993 (24 laps)
13. Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1m 30.051 (26 laps)
14. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1m 30.052 (38 laps)
15. Josef Kral Arden International 1m 30.123 (29 laps)
16. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1m 30.264 (35 laps)
17. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1m 30.376 (24 laps)
18. Pal Varhaug Dams 1m 30.405 (28 laps)
19. Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1m 30.640 (28 laps)
20. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1m 30.649 (23 laps)
21. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1m 30.679 (34 laps)
22. Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1m 30.772 (22 laps)
23. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1m 30.847 (27 laps)
24. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1m 30.994 (32 laps)
25. Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1m 31.096 (22 laps)
26. Julian Leal Rapax 1m 32.743 (14 laps)

Afternoon session

1. Davide Valsecchi Team AirAsia 1m 30.316 (35 laps)
2. Davide Rigon Scuderia Coloni 1m 30.591 (26 laps)
3. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1m 30.675 (38 laps)
4. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1m 30.810 (35 laps)
5. Luiz Razia Team AirAsia 1m 31.179 (32 laps)
6. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1m 31.184 (38 laps)
7. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1m 31.243 (33 laps)
8. Julian Leal Rapax 1m 31.254 (31 laps)
9. Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1m 31.483 (32 laps)
10. Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing 1m 31.738 (23 laps)
11. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1m 31.786 (26 laps)
12. Max Chilton Carlin 1m 32.120 (41 laps)
13. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1m 32.750 (33 laps)
14. Romain Grosjean Dams 1m 33.478 (42 laps)
15. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1m 33.505 (28 laps)
16. Pal Varhaug Dams 1m 33.536 (36 laps)
17. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1m 33.673 (39 laps)
18. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1m 33.863 (31 laps)
19. Oliver Turvey Carlin 1m 33.868 (31 laps)
20. Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1m 33.905 (36 laps)
21. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1m 34.038 (40 laps)
22. Josef Kral Arden International 1m 34.097 (37 laps)
23. Sam Bird iSport International 1m 34.152 (43 laps)
24. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1m 34.195 (30 laps)
25. Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1m 34.296 (28 laps)
26. Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1m 34.314 (47 laps)


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