Pizzonia sets testing pace

Antonio Pizzonia set the pace in testing prior to this weekend's Donington Park double-header

Pizzonia sets testing pace

The series leader and double race-winner was only marginally quicker than Takuma Sato in the Carlin Motorsport entry however.

"The traffic was a bit difficult at times, but it is looking good for the weekend," said the Brazilian.

Sato felt he could have gone quicker had he been able to put in a proper run on new tyres, but the session was stopped after Scholarship Class privateer Phil Hopkins crashed.

Andy Priaulx underlined Promatecme's improved form by topping the morning times and finishing third overall.

"It's down to a lot of hard work from all the team," said boss Chris Weller. "Engineers, mechanics and drivers have all raised their game and the results mean that we are much more competitive."

Andrew Kirkaldy was 16th quickest on his return to the championship in the Team Avanti Dallara-Speiss Opel. Gary Paffett continued to set the Scholarship Class pace, but was again under pressure from the ever-improving Atsushi Katsumata.

Leading times from Donington Park:

1 A Pizzonia Manor Motorsport 1m03.667s
2 T Sato Carlin Motorsport 1m03.687s
3 A Priaulx Promatecme 1m03.722s
4 Tomas Scheckter Stewart Racing 1m03.864s
5 B Collins Carlin Motorsport 1m04.143s
6 M Davies Promatecme 1m04.169s
7 M Bentwood Fortec 1m04.259s
8 M Pavlovic RC Motorsport 1m04.275s
9 N Karthikeyan Stewart Racing 1m04.320s
10 N Kiesa RC Motorsport 1m04.500s

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