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Valsecchi fastest on third and final day of pre-season testing in Jerez

Davide ValsecchiDavide 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

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