Valsecchi fastest on third and final day of pre-season testing in Jerez
|Thursday, March 1st 2012, 16:01 GMT|
Davide Valsecchi completed a dominant start to GP2 pre-season testing by topping the third and final day at Jerez, having also gone fastest on days one and two.
The DAMS driver set his best time, a 1m25.567s, early on in day three, which was interrupted by a delaminating kerb and by several red flags.
Stefano Coletti kept up his own strong start to the GP2 pre-season by finishing second fastest for Scuderia Coloni, little more than one tenth of a second down on Valsecchi.
Esteban Gutierrez, who caused one of the red flags when he stopped in the Turn 1 gravel bed, ended the day third fastest for Lotus GP.
Giedo van der Garde (Caterham) was less than two hundredths of a second down the road in fourth, the Dutchman also completing 96 laps, the most of any driver.
Carlin's Max Chilton and iSport's Marcus Ericsson were the last drivers to dip under the 1m26s mark, ending the day fifth and sixth respectively.
GP2's second and final pre-season test takes place at Barcelona on 6-8 March.
Combined times Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 1m25.567s 69 2. Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 1m25.670s 73 3. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus GP 1m25.725s 81 4. Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing 1m25.742s 96 5. Max Chilton Carlin 1m25.801s 70 6. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1m25.940s 55 7. Tom Dillmann Rapax 1m26.003s 47 8. James Calado Lotus GP 1m26.046s 75 9. Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology 1m26.082s 79 10. Jolyon Palmer iSport International 1m26.126s 67 11. Felipe Nasr DAMS 1m26.127s 58 12. Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 1m26.148s 63 13. Johnny Cecotto Barwa Addax Team 1m26.148s 55 14. Stephane Richelmi Trident Racing 1m26.213s 51 15. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1m26.342s 56 16. Luiz Razia Arden International 1m26.350s 69 17. Josef Kral Barwa Addax Team 1m26.361s 66 18. Fabrizio Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus 1m26.369s 59 19. Dani Clos Rapax 1m26.453s 54 20. Simon Trummer Arden International 1m26.466s 70 21. Julian Leal Trident Racing 1m26.611s 70 22. Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering 1m26.747s 40 23. Rodolfo Gonzalez Catheram Racing 1m26.749s 74 24. Kevin Ceccon Ocean Racing Technology 1m26.761s 55 25. Rio Haryanto Carlin 1m26.958s 60 26. Vittorio Ghirelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 1m27.143s 57