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Barcelona GP2 testing: Stefano Coletti fastest on wet first day

Stefano Coletti, Rapax, Barcelona GP2 testing, March 2013Stefano Coletti put Rapax on top of a rain-hit first day of GP2 testing at Barcelona.

The Monegasque driver, who won twice for Trident in his 2011 campaign, took advantage of a drying afternoon track to set the overall best, a 1m29.868s, in the closing stages.

That was enough to edge out Felipe Nasr and 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 champion Robin Frijns, once again testing for Trident.

Frijns, who had been the first of the trio to break under the 1m30s barrier, was less than one tenth of a second back from Coletti.

James Calado finished fourth fastest overall for ART and also ended comfortably top of a wet morning session.

His best effort, while some 20s slower than the afternoon, still put him almost a second clear of a chasing pack led by Daniel de Jong and Simon Trummer.

Halfway through the morning Tom Dillmann had gone quickest for newcomer Russian Time, testing for the first time after acquiring iSport's GP2 entry.

The poor morning conditions led to three stoppages. Rio Haryanto clipped the Turn 2 barrier and Kevin Giovesi stopped at Turn 8 in the first hour of running, while simultaneous offs for Rodolfo Gonzalez and Ma Qing Hua brought the morning to a slightly premature close.

GP3 race-winner Conor Daly was in action for the new Hilmer team, with which Dillmann had set the pace at Jerez last week.

Morning session:

Pos  Driver                Team                Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  James Calado          ART                 1m50.928s            20
 2.  Daniel de Jong        MP                  1m51.858s  + 0.930s  34
 3.  Simon Trummer         Rapax               1m52.240s  + 1.312s  27
 4.  Fabio Leimer          Racing Engineering  1m52.316s  + 1.388s  21
 5.  Julian Leal           Racing Engineering  1m52.334s  + 1.406s  24
 6.  Tom Dillmann          Russian Time        1m52.355s  + 1.427s  15
 7.  Daniel Abt            ART                 1m52.416s  + 1.488s  19
 8.  Felipe Nasr           Carlin              1m52.630s  + 1.702s  19
 9.  Robin Frijns          Trident             1m52.716s  + 1.788s  15
10.  Rene Binder           Lazarus             1m53.097s  + 2.169s  28
11.  Stephane Richelmi     DAMS                1m53.252s  + 2.324s  25
12.  Ma Qing Hua           Caterham            1m53.307s  + 2.379s  37
13.  Johnny Cecotto        Arden               1m53.383s  + 2.455s  17
14.  Rodolfo Gonzalez      Trident             1m53.549s  + 2.621s  20
15.  Sergio Canamasas      Caterham            1m53.613s  + 2.685s  30
16.  Jake Rosenzweig       Addax               1m53.621s  + 2.693s  33
17.  Mitch Evans           Arden               1m53.690s  + 2.762s  28
18.  Marcus Ericsson       DAMS                1m53.822s  + 2.894s  25
19.  Adrian Quaife-Hobbs   MP                  1m53.957s  + 3.029s  17
20.  Conor Daly            Hilmer              1m54.099s  + 3.171s  28
21.  Jolyon Palmer         Carlin              1m54.641s  + 3.713s  14
22.  Luciano Bacheta       Russian Time        1m54.948s  + 4.020s  17
23.  Pal Varhaug           Hilmer              1m55.910s  + 4.982s  20
24.  Rio Haryanto          Addax               1m57.604s  + 6.676s  9
25.  Stefano Coletti       Rapax                                    2
26.  Kevin Giovesi         Lazarus                                  1

Afternoon session:

Pos  Driver                Team                Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Stefano Coletti       Rapax               1m29.868s            24
 2.  Felipe Nasr           Carlin              1m29.926s  + 0.058s  18
 3.  Robin Frijns          Trident             1m29.951s  + 0.083s  19
 4.  James Calado          ART                 1m30.239s  + 0.371s  24
 5.  Johnny Cecotto        Arden               1m30.323s  + 0.455s  25
 6.  Fabio Leimer          Racing Engineering  1m30.335s  + 0.467s  16
 7.  Stephane Richelmi     DAMS                1m30.350s  + 0.482s  22
 8.  Daniel de Jong        MP                  1m30.487s  + 0.619s  23
 9.  Jolyon Palmer         Carlin              1m30.505s  + 0.637s  23
10.  Daniel Abt            ART                 1m30.522s  + 0.654s  21
11.  Kevin Giovesi         Lazarus             1m30.551s  + 0.683s  16
12.  Mitch Evans           Arden               1m30.781s  + 0.913s  24
13.  Simon Trummer         Rapax               1m30.831s  + 0.963s  29
14.  Jake Rosenzweig       Addax               1m31.027s  + 1.159s  25
15.  Sergio Canamasas      Caterham            1m31.032s  + 1.164s  21
16.  Tom Dillmann          Russian Time        1m31.035s  + 1.167s  25
17.  Adrian Quaife-Hobbs   MP                  1m31.075s  + 1.207s  24
18.  Marcus Ericsson       DAMS                1m31.433s  + 1.565s  22
19.  Julian Leal           Racing Engineering  1m31.520s  + 1.652s  28
20.  Rio Haryanto          Addax               1m31.626s  + 1.758s  23
21.  Conor Daly            Hilmer              1m32.141s  + 2.273s  29
22.  Rodolfo Gonzalez      Trident             1m32.178s  + 2.310s  23
23.  Rene Binder           Lazarus             1m32.586s  + 2.718s  24
24.  Luciano Bacheta       Russian Time        1m32.712s  + 2.844s  32
25.  Ma Qing Hua           Caterham            1m33.360s  + 3.492s  26
26.  Pal Varhaug           Hilmer              1m34.357s  + 4.489s  17
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