Lewis Hamilton ensured that his morning performance at the Jerez GP2 Series group test was no fluke, by topping the times again after lunch.

In a performance that is sure to make the reigning F3 Euroseries champion a wanted man - if not already tied up by McLaren and ART Grand Prix - Hamilton stopped the clocks at 1min 28.657secs to easily claim the fastest time of the test - his first in a GP2 car - during the generally quicker morning session.

Hamilton, who has been a McLaren prot?g? since his karting days, was never headed in either session, with Nelson Piquet Jr providing the closest challenge of the day as he took his Piquet Sports Dallara under 1min 29secs - and to within three tenths of the pace - during the generally faster morning session. Another impressive newcomer - although one rather overshadowed by Hamilton's effort - Luca Filippi claimed second spot in the afternoon run, getting to within 1.2secs of the pace.

Hamilton's team-mate for the day, Andreas Zuber, completed a outing for ART with third fastest time in the afternoon, although he wound up only twelfth overall after a slower run in the morning. Jose Maria Lopez was impressive in the session for Racing Engineering in fourth, with Pastor Maldonado making his first appearance in the top five for Durango. Olivier Pla was sixth, ahead of Piquet, Alex Negrao and Felix Porteiro.

Those times were rendered largely meaningless in the overall scheme of things by the morning session, however, with Hamilton heading Piquet, Nicolas Lapierre, Clivio Piccione, Filippi and Porteiro in the outright top six. Adam Carroll, making his first test appearance of the winter was seventh fastest overall, ahead of Ernesto Viso, Adrian Valles and Hiroki Yoshimoto. For the record, Lopez was only 17th fastest overall, with Maldonado 19th.

Newcomer Stefano Gattuso made his GP2 debut in the afternoon session, replacing Viso in the lead Coloni car, but was unsurprisingly off the pace, clocking a 1min 34.573secs best to trail fellow rookie Alejandro Nunez by nearly three seconds.

Leading performances - Jerez (combined sessions):

Lewis Hamilton ART Grand Prix 1:28.657 1:29.113 26/25 Nelson Piquet Jr Piquet Sports 1:28.887 1:30.740 28/22Nicolas Lapierre Arden International 1:28.903 1:31.148 34/8Clivio Piccione iSport International 1:29.121 no time 22/0Luca Filippi Coloni Motorsport 1:29.786 1:29.232 16/24Felix Porteiro Campos Racing 1:29.259 1:31.017 21/14Adam Carroll Super Nova International 1:29.415 1:31.421 27/27Ernesto Viso Coloni Motorsport 1:29.473 no time 28/0Adrian Valles BCN Competicion 1:29.570 1:31.244 41/25Hiroki Yoshimoto iSport International 1:29.586 1:31.404 25/31Ferdinando Monfardini DAMS 1:29.611 1:32.075 25/19Andreas Zuber ART Grand Prix 1:29.721 1:30.200 23/30Michael Ammermuller Arden International 1:29.944 1:31.174 42/24Gianmaria Bruni Durango 1:29.996 1:32.477 22/16Olivier Pla DPR 1:30.023 1:30.637 28/33Alexandre Negrao Piquet Sports 1:30.045 1:30.897 38/24Jose Maria Lopez Racing Engineering 1:30.131 1:30.398 34/33James Rossiter DAMS 1:30.354 1:32.204 30/31Pastor Maldonado Durango 1:31.290 1:30.541 30/29Felix Porteiro Campos Racing 1:30.611 1:30.908 14/21*Maro Engel DPR 1:30.860 1:34.191 37/18Bruce Jouanny Super Nova International 1:32.119 1:31.442 16/26Alejandro Nunez Racing Engineering 1:31.767 1:31.7129 28/30Stefano Gattuso Coloni Motorsport no time 1:34.573 0/37

[* Felix Porteiro had use of both Campos Racing cars during day]

[times in bold are best across two sessions, shown AM and PM; laps in each session also shown AM/PM]


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