Herck tops final day of GP2 testing

Scuderia Coloni's Michael Herck led the way in GP2 testing at the Barcelona circuit, on the final day of preparations ahead of the start of the season next month

Herck tops final day of GP2 testing

The Belgian-Romanian driver posted a 1m29.608s, the quickest time of the two days of testing, to outpace Sam Bird by less then 0.030 seconds.

The morning session was incredibly close, with 12 drivers covered by less than four tenths and 18 finishing within the same second. The 16 fastest times of the day were set in the morning.

GP2 Asia champion Romain Grosjean was third quickest, with yesterday's pace-setter Davide Valsecchi in fourth and compatriot Luca Filippi in fifth.

Three red flags interrupted the session, which again took place under sunny conditions.

The GP2 Series kicks off in Turkey next month.

Morning times: Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1:29.608 34 2. Sam Bird iSport International 1:29.633 20 3. Romain Grosjean Dams 1:29.639 31 4. Davide Valsecchi Team Air Asia 1:29.669 38 5. Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing 1:29.697 34 6. Davide Rigon Scuderia Coloni 1:29.754 32 7. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1:29.805 30 8. Oliver Turvey Carlin 1:29.860 31 9. Luiz Razia Team AirAsia 1:29.970 47 10. Max Chilton Carlin 1:29.973 32 11. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:29.983 33 12. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1:29.993 24 13. Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1:30.051 26 14. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1:30.052 38 15. Josef Kral Arden International 1:30.123 29 16. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:30.264 35 17. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:30.376 24 18. Pal Varhaug Dams 1:30.405 28 19. Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1:30.640 28 20. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1:30.649 23 21. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:30.679 34 22. Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.772 22 23. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1:30.847 27 24. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1:30.994 32 25. Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1:31.096 22 26. Julian Leal Rapax 1:32.743 14 Afternoon times: Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Davide Valsecchi Team AirAsia 1:30.316 35 2. Davide Rigon Scuderia Coloni 1:30.591 26 3. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1:30.675 38 4. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:30.810 35 5. Luiz Razia Team AirAsia 1:31.179 32 6. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1:31.184 38 7. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1:31.243 33 8. Julian Leal Rapax 1:31.254 31 9. Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1:31.483 32 10. Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing 1:31.738 23 11. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1:31.786 26 12. Max Chilton Carlin 1:32.120 41 13. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1:32.750 33 14. Romain Grosjean Dams 1:33.478 42 15. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1:33.505 28 16. Pal Varhaug Dams 1:33.536 36 17. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1:33.673 39 18. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:33.863 31 19. Oliver Turvey Carlin 1:33.868 31 20. Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1:33.905 36 21. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:34.038 40 22. Josef Kral Arden International 1:34.097 37 23. Sam Bird iSport International 1:34.152 43 24. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:34.195 30 25. Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1:34.296 28 26. Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1:34.314 47 
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