Kamui Kobayashi signalled his intent by lapping quickest in both the morning and afternoon sessions for DAMS on day two of GP2 testing at Jerez in southern Spain - sending out a warning for the Asian campaign that he will be very much one of the leading contenders.

The Japanese ace was fastest by just over a tenth of a second in the dry and sunny morning running and by little over a hundredth in the afternoon, which conversely saw rain 20 minutes before the end and produced lap times generally around a second slower.

Day one morning pace-setter Davide Valsecchi posted the second-quickest time overall for Durango (third earlier on), with impressive rookie Koudai Tsukakoshi leaping eight positions up the order from eleventh place in the morning to end the day third for Piquet Sports.

Charles Pic finished both sessions fourth-quickest behind the wheel of the leading ART Grand Prix entry, narrowly ahead of the sister machine of F3 Euroseries Champion Nico H?lkenberg, the pair separated by just over two hundredths of a second at the close.

Experienced Shanghai feature race winner Roldan Rodriguez concluded sixth-fastest in the second Piquet car, just under six tenths away from the leading pace, with seasoned series veterans Luca Filippi (Racing Engineering) and Pastor Maldonado (iSport International) seventh and eighth respectively, and J?r?me d'Ambrosio (DAMS) and Diego Nunes (Campos) rounding out the top ten.

ART Grand Prix and DAMS were the only two teams to get both of their cars into the top ten in the afternoon, whilst another driver to show well was newcomer Edoardo Mortara for Arden (seventh in the morning).

Double GP2 Series race-winner Karun Chandhok set the 16th-quickest time of the 25 competitors despite completing just five laps for FMSI in the morning, before handing over to Dutch ace Carlo van Dam in the afternoon, whilst Bertrand Baguette similarly took over from Chris van der Drift at Trident.

The teams will gather again in two weeks' time at Le Castellet in France, for the final testing outing of the year on 11-12 November.

Leading performances - AM session:

1. Kamui KobayashiDAMS1m 24.262s32 laps
2. Davide ValsecchiDurango1m 24.367s30 laps
3. Koudai TsukakoshiPiquet1m 24.371s33 laps
4. Charles PicART GP1m 24.756s22 laps
5. Nico H?lkenbergART GP1m 24.781s40 laps
6. Roldan RodriguezPiquet1m 24.841s41 laps
7. Luca FilippiRacing Engineering1m 24.898s35 laps
8. Pastor MaldonadoiSport1m 24.925s42 laps
9. Jerome D'AmbrosioDAMS1m 25.136s31 laps
10. Diego NunesCampos1m 25.206s36 laps
11. Andreas ZuberSuper Nova1m 25.340s37 laps
12. Chris van der DriftTrident1m 25.425s30 laps
13. Carlos IaconelliDurango1m 25.440s34 laps
14. Christian EbbesvikFisichella1m 25.590s32 laps
15. James JakesSuper Nova1m 25.590s29 laps
16. Karun ChandhokFisichella1m 25.662s5 laps
17. Vitaly PetrovRacing Engineering1m 25.730s18 laps
18. Michael HerckDPR1m 25.790s39 laps
19. Edoardo MortaraArden1m 25.892s34 laps
20. Carlo van DamFisichella1m 26.025s23 laps
21. Sten PentusDPR1m 26.028s19 laps
22. Alberto ValerioTrident1m 26.137s30 laps
23. Luis RaziaArden1m 26.141s38 laps
24. Sergio PerezCampos1m 26.153s41 laps
25. Jaime AlguersuariiSport1m 26.710s35 laps

Leading performances - PM session:

1. Kamui KobayashiDAMS1m 25.071s30 laps
2. Nico H?lkenbergART GP1m 25.084s26 laps
3. Davide ValsecchiDurango1m 25.283s27 laps
4. Charles PicART GP1m 25.329s20 laps
5. Roldan RodriguezPiquet1m 25.637s28 laps
6. Jerome D'AmbrosioDAMS1m 25.640s32 laps
7. Edoardo MortaraArden1m 25.885s35 laps
8. Diego NunesCampos1m 25.895s31 laps
9. Luca FilippiRacing Engineering1m 25.897s30 laps
10. Andreas ZuberSuper Nova1m 26.016s39 laps
11. Koudai TsukakoshiPiquet1m 26.076s26 laps
12. Carlos IaconelliDurango1m 26.107s31 laps
13. Vitaly PetrovRacing Engineering1m 26.113s12 laps
14. Michael HerckDPR1m 26.155s27 laps
15. James JakesSuper Nova1m 26.266s31 laps
16. Alberto ValerioTrident1m 26.358s36 laps
17. Jaime AlguersuariiSport1m 26.491s27 laps
18. Sten PentusDPR1m 26.842s31 laps
19. Christian EbbesvikFisichella1m 26.893s25 laps
20. Carlo van DamFisichella1m 27.035s25 laps
21. Luis RaziaArden1m 27.736s27 laps
22. Pastor MaldonadoiSport1m 28.039s17 laps
23. Bertrand BaguetteTrident1m 28.434s10 laps

 

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