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Malaysia GP2: James Calado fastest in first practice of 2013

James Calado, ART, Sepang 2013James Calado lived up to his billing as GP2 championship favourite by setting the pace in the season's opening practice session in Malaysia.

Calado's early 1m45.403s lap put his ART entry a scant 0.019 seconds ahead of Rapax's Simon Trummer.

Newcomer team Russian Time got off to an encouraging start with Tom Dillmann going third quickest.

His team-mate Sam Bird was only 19th, but was driving a GP2 car for the first time since the end of 2011 and focusing on heavy-fuel runs.

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GP3 champion Mitch Evans was the quickest rookie in fourth place.

Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr completed the top six.

Most of the field kept things tidy through the half hour. Julian Leal took a trip through the Turn 7 gravel, while Kevin Ceccon resorted to the run-off area in a close call with Sergio Canamasas.

Pos  Driver               Team                Time       Gap
 1.  James Calado         ART                 1m45.403s
 2.  Simon Trummer        Rapax               1m45.422s  + 0.019s
 3.  Tom Dillmann         Russian Time        1m45.589s  + 0.186s
 4.  Mitch Evans          Arden               1m45.668s  + 0.265s
 5.  Marcus Ericsson      DAMS                1m45.750s  + 0.347s
 6.  Felipe Nasr          Carlin              1m45.784s  + 0.381s
 7.  Johnny Cecotto Jr    Arden               1m45.796s  + 0.393s
 8.  Stefano Coletti      Rapax               1m45.846s  + 0.443s
 9.  Rio Haryanto         Addax               1m45.850s  + 0.447s
10.  Stephane Richelmi    DAMS                1m45.865s  + 0.462s
11.  Daniel de Jong       MP                  1m46.000s  + 0.597s
12.  Fabio Leimer         Racing Engineering  1m46.140s  + 0.737s
13.  Julian Leal          Racing Engineering  1m46.193s  + 0.790s
14.  Jolyon Palmer        Carlin              1m46.357s  + 0.954s
15.  Rene Binder          Lazarus             1m46.374s  + 0.971s
16.  Kevin Giovesi        Lazarus             1m46.590s  + 1.187s
17.  Sergio Canamasas     Caterham            1m46.595s  + 1.192s
18.  Daniel Abt           ART                 1m46.635s  + 1.232s
19.  Sam Bird             Russian Time        1m46.694s  + 1.291s
20.  Nathanael Berthon    Trident             1m46.695s  + 1.292s
21.  Jake Rosenzweig      Addax               1m46.737s  + 1.334s
22.  Adrian Quaife-Hobbs  MP                  1m46.934s  + 1.531s
23.  Conor Daly           Hilmer              1m47.303s  + 1.900s
24.  Kevin Ceccon         Trident             1m47.355s  + 1.952s
25.  Pal Varhaug          Hilmer              1m48.550s  + 3.147s
26.  Ma Qing Hua          Caterham            1m48.829s  + 3.426s
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