Honda's Matsushita fastest on opening day of GP2 Abu Dhabi test

Honda protege Nobuharu Matsushita topped the first day of GP2 post-season testing in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday

Honda's Matsushita fastest on opening day of GP2 Abu Dhabi test

The Japanese racer, staying with his 2015 team ART, topped both the morning and evening sessions at Yas Marina, ending the day more than half a second clear of his nearest challenger.

After leading the morning session with a lap set early on, Matsushita then moved again to the top of the standings when the evening running began.

While his lap was beaten by Richie Stanaway's Carlin entry soon after, Matsushita then moved back to the head of the times, before lowering the benchmark even further with a quarter of an hour to go.

Nicholas Latifi led the chase with DAMS, while 2015 DAMS driver Pierre Gasly put GP2 newcomer Prema Racing third on its first day of testing.

Formula Renault 3.5 champion Oliver Rowland was fourth quickest in the second ART entry, while Artem Markelov, Nick Yelloly and Norman Nato all managed to shuffle early pacesetter Stanaway down to eighth.

DTM champion Pascal Wehrlein, pictured, had a quiet day with Prema, setting the 18th fastest time in both sessions and ending the day two seconds off the pace.

MORNING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m49.180s - 25
2 Alex Lynn DAMS 1m49.304s 0.124s 9
3 Norman Nato Arden International 1m49.479s 0.299s 17
4 Oliver Rowland ART Grand Prix 1m49.501s 0.321s 12
5 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 1m49.508s 0.328s 16
6 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m49.792s 0.612s 15
7 Tio Ellinas RUSSIAN TIME 1m49.816s 0.636s 27
8 Andre Negrao Rapax 1m49.821s 0.641s 18
9 Richie Stanaway Carlin 1m49.837s 0.657s 17
10 Nick Yelloly MP Motorsport 1m50.067s 0.887s 23
11 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1m50.078s 0.898s 20
12 Sergey Sirotkin Racing Engineering 1m50.200s 1.020s 15
13 Dean Stoneman Carlin 1m50.244s 1.064s 18
14 Felix Rosenqvist Status Grand Prix 1m50.264s 1.084s 21
15 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m50.429s 1.249s 21
16 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m50.543s 1.363s 23
17 Jimmy Eriksson Trident 1m50.739s 1.559s 20
18 Pascal Wehrlein Prema Racing 1m51.022s 1.842s 18
19 Gustav Malja Arden International 1m51.032s 1.852s 23
20 Konstantin Tereschenko Campos Racing 1m51.257s 2.077s 17
21 Alex Fontana Rapax 1m51.309s 2.129s 16
22 Richard Gonda MP Motorsport 1m51.745s 2.565s 25
23 Sean Gelael Campos Racing 1m52.340s 3.160s 7
24 Philo Paz Armand Status Grand Prix 1m54.167s 4.987s 20

AFTERNOON TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m47.903s - 29
2 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m48.418s 0.515s 35
3 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 1m48.437s 0.534s 23
4 Oliver Rowland ART Grand Prix 1m48.454s 0.551s 30
5 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m48.581s 0.678s 18
6 Nick Yelloly MP Motorsport 1m48.744s 0.841s 10
7 Norman Nato Arden International 1m48.780s 0.877s 27
8 Richie Stanaway Carlin 1m48.791s 0.888s 23
9 Dean Stoneman Carlin 1m48.865s 0.962s 25
10 Andre Negrao Rapax 1m48.875s 0.972s 25
11 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1m48.943s 1.040s 29
12 Tio Ellinas RUSSIAN TIME 1m48.997s 1.094s 35
13 Felix Rosenqvist Status Grand Prix 1m49.165s 1.262s 29
14 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m49.213s 1.310s 26
15 Sergey Sirotkin Racing Engineering 1m49.223s 1.320s 32
16 Gustav Malja Arden International 1m49.423s 1.520s 29
17 Alex Fontana Rapax 1m49.747s 1.844s 35
18 Pascal Wehrlein Prema Racing 1m50.030s 2.127s 17
19 Jimmy Eriksson Trident 1m50.110s 2.207s 32
20 Sean Gelael Campos Racing 1m50.491s 2.588s 34
21 Richard Gonda MP Motorsport 1m50.536s 2.633s 27
22 Philo Paz Armand Status Grand Prix 1m51.558s 3.655s 27
23 Konstantin Tereschenko Campos Racing 1m51.607s 3.704s 5
24 Alex Lynn DAMS 1m52.515s 4.612s 29

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