Marcus Ericsson quickest on opening day of Jerez's GP2 test

GP2 veteran Marcus Ericsson topped the first day of the category's final post-season test at Jerez on Thursday

Marcus Ericsson quickest on opening day of Jerez's GP2 test

The Swede, driving for DAMS, pinched top spot from Carlin's Felipe Nasr in the afternoon.

Nasr's morning time was good enough to keep him in second for the remainder of the day, with former GP3 racer Alexander Sims third for Addax.

Stephane Richelmi and Stefano Coletti were next up for Trident and Rapax respectively, with Italian F3 race winner Kevin Giovesi sixth fastest for Lazarus.

The test had got off to a slow start in the morning, with poor visibility due to fog at Turns 6 and 7 leading to a red flag.

Many drivers opted to sit out the early running when the track was declared fit for purpose, leading to a flurry of activity just before lunch as Nasr set the pace.

A change in conditions at the end of the day as temperatures dropped led to a similar surge of activity at the top of the timesheets in the afternoon session.

 Morning times: Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1m26.810s 2. Stephane Richelmi Trident 1m26.898s + 0.088s 3. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1m26.926s + 0.116s 4. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1m26.934s + 0.124s 5. Johnny Cecotto Carlin 1m27.110s + 0.300s 6. Fabio Onidi Coloni 1m27.308s + 0.498s 7. Mitch Evans Arden 1m27.426s + 0.616s 8. Rio Haryanto DAMS 1m27.427s + 0.617s 9. Kevin Giovesi Lazarus 1m27.553s + 0.743s 10. Alexander Sims Addax 1m27.562s + 0.752s 11. Daniel De Jong Coloni 1m27.575s + 0.765s 12. Nigel Melker Racing Engineering 1m27.664s + 0.854s 13. Alexander Rossi Caterham 1m27.767s + 0.957s 14. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Arden 1m27.772s + 0.962s 15. Jolyon Palmer Lotus 1m27.791s + 0.981s 16. Daniel Juncadella Rapax 1m27.795s + 0.985s 17. Julian Leal Trident 1m27.801s + 0.991s 18. Sergio Canamasas iSport 1m27.827s + 1.017s 19. Daniel Abt Lotus 1m27.861s + 1.051s 20. Simon Trummer Caterham 1m27,962s + 1.152s 21. Rene Binder Racing Engineering 1m28.034s + 1.224s 22. Kevin Mirocha Lazarus 1m28.210s + 1.400s 23. Jake Rosenzweig Addax 1m28.682s + 1.872s 24. Jolyon Palmer iSport 25. Ramon Pinero Ocean Afternoon times: Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1m26.717s 2. Alexander Sims Addax 1m26.883s + 0.166s 3. Kevin Giovesi Lazarus 1m27.043s + 0.326s 4. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Arden 1m27.059s + 0.342s 5. Stephane Richelmi Trident 1m27.111s + 0.394s 6. Fabio Onidi Coloni 1m27.114s + 0.397s 7. Johnny Cecotto Carlin 1m27.135s + 0.418s 8. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1m27.162s + 0.445s 9. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1m27.166s + 0.449s 10. Rio Haryanto DAMS 1m27.188s + 0.471s 11. Alexander Rossi Caterham 1m27.257s + 0.540s 12. Kevin Mirocha Lazarus 1m27.293s + 0.576s 13. Jolyon Palmer Lotus 1m27.324s + 0.607s 14. Julian Leal Trident 1m27.343s + 0.626s 15. Daniel Juncadella Rapax 1m27.474s + 0.757s 16. Daniel De Jong Coloni 1m27.598s + 0.881s 17. Nigel Melker Racing Engineering 1m27.645s + 0.928s 18. Sergio Canamasas iSport 1m27.755s + 1.038s 19. Mitch Evans Arden 1m27.811s + 1.094s 20. Daniel Abt Lotus 1m27.874s + 1.157s 21. Rene Binder Racing Engineering 1m27.900s + 1.183s 22. Simon Trummer Caterham 1m27.920s + 1.203s 23. Jake Rosenzweig Addax 1m28.662s + 1.945s 
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