David Price Racing has concluded its season after running no fewer than seven drivers during the four day GP2 series test session at Paul Ricard.

The team started the test with two strong performances from drivers Andy Soucek and Luca Filippi on the first day. Filippi ran second quickest after the two opening day sessions, running third fastest in the morning and second quickest in the afternoon session. Soucek was close behind his team mate with sixth fastest time in the morning and with a focus on development work in the afternoon finished the day in eleventh place.

On the second day Soucek was joined by young Brit, Oliver Jarvis. Both drivers showed strong form with Soucek fourth fastest in both sessions and Jarvis tenth quickest in the morning and eight fastest in the afternoon on what was his first outing in the car.

South African Adrian Zaugg and Indian driver Karun Chandhok were behind the wheel for both sessions on the third day and acquitted themselves well over the course of the day. Chandhok turned eleventh fastest lap and Zaugg 15th quickest in the morning session, and both drivers then improved in the afternoon with Chandhok finishing eighth fastest and Zaugg 14th of the 26 drivers testing at the French facility.

DPR completed the final day of GP2 testing at Paul Ricard with Nico Verdonck running in the morning in one car, before a return to the car for Jarvis in the afternoon. They were joined by young British driver, Ben Hanley.

A number of minor mechanical issues hampered his efforts to get the most from the car and set a competitive lap time, so he finished eleventh quickest in the morning and 23rd fastest in the afternoon.

"Overall, we were very pleased with the outcome of the test," team principal David Price said. "We've always known we had a front running car and once again, we proved that in the early part of the week.

"Our pace was very good on the first day, with both drivers being comfortable with the car and able to put in some quick times. Andy worked on developing the car for the Asian series in his two days of testing and we were pleased with the progress we made for this. Olly was very impressive. I think he has plenty of talent, as shown by his times in a new car at a new circuit for him. Karun and Adrian were both good to work with, and with their recent GP2 experience, settled in quickly.

"On the final day Ben ran well with us and we were very impressed with the feedback he gave us, it was just disappointing for both him and us that niggling mechanical problems meant that his times weren't a true reflection of his abilities. We were pleased to give Nico his first taste of the GP2 car. All in all, a very positive week for DPR."

 

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