Having admitted that his GP2 season would kick off at the Paul Ricard test after a difficult start to the 2008 campaign, Luca Filippi posted the quickest time on the second day of running at the French venue.

Filippi, who has seen his season so far beset by ill fortune, set the quickest time during the morning session of day two as he posted a fastest time of 1min 09.934secs at the wheel of his ART Grand Prix car.

With the teams using the day to prepare for the events at Spa-Francorchamps and Monza, the 23 drivers on track made the most of the opportunity to run on the 2A configuration of the test track, with Christian Bakkerud the only driver not to take to the track as the Super Nova man continued to suffer from recurring back pain - the Dane electing to watch from the sidelines instead to ensure he will be fully fit for the French race weekend.

Filippi ended the morning session little more than a tenth of a second clear of his fellow ART man Romain Grosjean, while Campos pairing Vitaly Petrov and Lucas di Grassi took third and fourth. Joint points leader Giorgio Pantano was seventh for Racing Engineering while the man he shares the lead with, Bruno Senna, could only manage the 22nd quickest time after suffering an oil leak on his iSport car. Indeed the morning session proved to be a tough one for the iSport crew as a whole, with Karun Chandhok suffering an accident that saw him make contact with Arden's Sebastien Buemi.

Senna bounced back from his disappointment however to set the quickest time during the afternoon, although his fastest lap of 1min 10.054secs wasn't quick enough to edge him to the top of the times overall.

Filippi maintained his good form to set the second quickest time for ART while Pantano was able to post the third fastest time - even though his afternoon laptime was slower than the time he set during the morning. Grosjean was fourth fastest, with Andy Zuber and Jerome D'Ambrosio completing the top six.

Showing the close nature of the times, the top 17 drivers in the afternoon were covered by less than a second, with a similar gap having covered the top 18 during the morning.

 

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