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Abu Dhabi GP2 test: Jolyon Palmer stays on top, Conor Daly rolls

Jolyon Palmer, DAMS, Abu Dhabi GP2 test, March 2014

Jolyon Palmer continued his strong start to his 2014 GP2 preparations by topping the second day of pre-season testing in Abu Dhabi.

The DAMS driver, who headed the timesheets on day one, hit the front late in the morning and was never dislodged.

His ultimate best, a 1m50.311s, left him more than half a second clear of the field at lunch.

Trident newboy Johnny Cecotto and ART's Formula Renault 3.5 convert Stoffel Vandoorne both ate into Palmer's advantage in the afternoon, but were still 0.4s adrift as the chequered flag came down.

Their progress meant Palmer's team-mate Stephane Richelmi, who had been second in the first session, had to settle for fourth overall.

Jon Lancaster, one of three drivers at the test without a full-time drive, was fifth fastest for the MP Motorsport squad.

Campos's Kimiya Sato and Russian Time's Mitch Evans rounded out the top seven, with both men setting their fastest times in the morning.

Red flags once again caused frequent interruptions, the worst of which came when Conor Daly, on a quick lap, collided with Facu Regalia in the final hour of the morning.

The American was flicked into a barrel roll and landed upside down. He was taken to the medical centre, and while he escaped serious injury did not return for the afternoon.

Combined Wednesday testing times:

Pos  Driver               Team                Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Jolyon Palmer        DAMS                1m50.311s           63
 2.  Johnny Cecotto Jr    Trident             1m50.760s  +0.449s  29
 3.  Stoffel Vandoorne    ART                 1m50.821s  +0.510s  44
 4.  Stephane Richelmi    DAMS                1m50.947s  +0.636s  63
 5.  Jon Lancaster        MP                  1m51.005s  +0.694s  50
 6.  Kimiya Sato          Campos              1m51.204s  +0.893s  51
 7.  Mitch Evans          Russian Time        1m51.231s  +0.920s  42
 8.  Andre Negrao         Arden               1m51.237s  +0.926s  49
 9.  Rio Haryanto         Caterham            1m51.445s  +1.134s  62
10.  Alexander Rossi      Caterham            1m51.484s  +1.173s  66
11.  Daniel de Jong       MP                  1m51.590s  +1.279s  32
12.  Facu Regalia         Hilmer              1m51.614s  +1.303s  29
13.  Daniel Abt           Hilmer              1m51.668s  +1.357s  35
14.  Arthur Pic           Campos              1m51.769s  +1.458s  58
15.  Felipe Nasr          Carlin              1m51.810s  +1.499s  47
16.  Conor Daly           Lazarus             1m51.846s  +1.535s  12
17.  Julian Leal          Carlin              1m51.893s  +1.582s  39
18.  Raffaele Marciello   Racing Engineering  1m52.024s  +1.713s  59
19.  Rene Binder          Arden               1m52.038s  +1.727s  36
20.  Artem Markelov       Russian Time        1m52.341s  +2.030s  56
21.  Stefano Coletti      Racing Engineering  1m52.404s  +2.093s  49
22.  Takuya Izawa         ART                 1m52.528s  +2.217s  49
23.  Nathanael Berthon    Lazarus             1m52.580s  +2.269s  28
24.  Adrian Quaife-Hobbs  Rapax               1m52.595s  +2.284s  36
25.  Simon Trummer        Rapax               1m52.640s  +2.329s  44
26.  Axcil Jefferies      Trident             1m52.944s  +2.633s  41
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