Paul Ricard ELMS test: GP2's Nathanael Berthon on top for Murphy
|By Gary Watkins||Wednesday, April 2nd 2014, 08:26 GMT|
GP2 race winner Nathanael Berthon ended up quickest on the first day of the official European Le Mans Series test at Paul Ricard.
The sportscar newcomer, who is looking at a short sportscar programme alongside another season in GP2 in 2014, topped the Tuesday times by seven tenths in the Murphy Prototypes ORECA-Nissan 03 from ex-Formula 1 driver Christian Klien's Morand Morgan-Judd/BMW LMP2.
Third fastest was former World Endurance Championship racer Keiko Ihara, who was driving Larbre Competition's Morgan-Judd/BMW, with a time just two hundredths behind Klien.
She was sixth tenths ahead of fourth-placed Nelson Panciatici in the Alpine-backed Signatech ORECA-Nissan.
Ferrari factory driver Andrea Bertolini was quickest in the GTE class at the wheel of a 458 Italia fielded by the Franco-Russian SMP Racing squad.
The GTC class for GT3 machinery was headed by sometime IndyCar driver Franck Perera in an Almeras Porsche 911 GT3-R.
A total of 37 cars are taking part in the mandatory test ahead of the opening round of the ELMS at Silverstone on April 19.