Norman Nato fastest as Racing Engineering sweeps GP2 test week

Norman Nato was back on top on the final day of GP2 Series pre-season testing at Jerez as Racing Engineering completed a clean sweep of the week

Norman Nato fastest as Racing Engineering sweeps GP2 test week

His quickest day three time was a 1m24.518s in the morning, which was eight hundredths faster than Arthur Pic and a tenth faster than Nobuharu Matsushita.

Alex Lynn and Nato's team-mate Jordan King both had spells on top early on, before ending up fifth and ninth.

With Nato having been quickest on the opening day as well and King fastest on Wednesday, Thursday's result meant Racing Engineering topped every day of the test.

In the afternoon Pic was fastest on a 1m25.583s from Rapax team-mate Gustav Malja and Artem Markelov.

The day was affected by a number of red flags, with Oliver Rowland prompting the first when he came to a halt between Turns 8 and 9.

Raffaele Marciello caused two of the stoppages, with spins for Nabil Jeffri and Philo Paz Armand plus a mechanical problem for Matsushita also interrupting proceedings.

Thursday's running concluded GP2 testing, with the season-opener taking place at Barcelona in mid-May.

MORNING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 1m24.518s - 31
2 Arthur Pic Rapax 1m24.592s 0.074s 23
3 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m24.617s 0.099s 28
4 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 1m24.652s 0.134s 42
5 Alex Lynn DAMS 1m24.677s 0.159s 24
6 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 1m24.682s 0.164s 32
7 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing 1m24.688s 0.170s 37
8 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m24.689s 0.171s 19
9 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1m24.747s 0.229s 24
10 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m24.937s 0.419s 28
11 Gustav Malja Rapax 1m24.948s 0.430s 30
12 Mitch Evans Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing 1m25.072s 0.554s 21
13 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 1m25.120s 0.602s 22
14 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1m25.134s 0.616s 16
15 Raffaele Marciello RUSSIAN TIME 1m25.318s 0.800s 14
16 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m25.339s 0.821s 34
17 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 1m25.404s 0.886s 28
18 Philo Paz Armand Trident 1m25.698s 1.180s 22
19 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 1m25.819s 1.301s 29
20 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing 1m26.053s 1.535s 30
21 Nabil Jeffri Arden International 1m26.074s 1.556s 27

AFTERNOON TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Arthur Pic Rapax 1m25.583s - 42
2 Gustav Malja Rapax 1m25.820s 0.237s 38
3 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m26.140s 0.557s 39
4 Raffaele Marciello RUSSIAN TIME 1m26.435s 0.852s 8
5 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 1m26.629s 1.046s 48
6 Nabil Jeffri Arden International 1m27.235s 1.652s 38
7 Mitch Evans Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing 1m27.410s 1.827s 44
8 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 1m28.620s 3.037s 44
9 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 1m28.761s 3.178s 37
10 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1m28.857s 3.274s 33
11 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing 1m29.988s 4.405s 52
12 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m30.115s 4.532s 34
13 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 1m30.227s 4.644s 55
14 Philo Paz Armand Trident 1m30.459s 4.876s 46
15 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 1m30.570s 4.987s 32
16 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m30.580s 4.997s 50
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing 1m30.626s 5.043s 48
18 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 1m30.716s 5.133s 51
19 Alex Lynn DAMS 1m30.840s 5.257s 33
20 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m30.854s 5.271s 42
21 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1m31.096s 5.513s 49

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