Valsecchi leads Istanbul practice

A last-gasp flying lap took iSport's Davide Valsecchi to the top of the timing screens in today's GP2 practice session at Istanbul

The reigning Asia Series champion crossed the line with a 1m36.021s effort just seconds before the session ended, putting him just 0.148 seconds ahead of Barwa Addax's Giedo van der Garde, who up to that point had held top spot for most of the morning.

DPR's Michael Herck was a surprise third-quickest, edging out ART rookie Sam Bird, Barwa Addax's Sergio Perez and Racing Engineering's Christian Vietoris.

In a largely uneventful session aside from the odd harmless spin, it was Herck's team-mate Giacomo Ricci who provided the only flash of mild drama by spinning and stalling at the chicane, prompting a brief spell under yellows while the Italian's car was pushed out of harm's way.

Pos  Driver                Team                Time       Gap
 1.  Davide Valsecchi      iSport              1m36.021s
 2.  Giedo van der Garde   Barwa Addax         1m36.079s  + 0.058s
 3.  Michael Herck         DPR                 1m36.166s  + 0.145s
 4.  Sam Bird              ART                 1m36.234s  + 0.213s
 5.  Sergio Perez          Barwa Addax         1m36.270s  + 0.249s
 6.  Dani Clos             Racing Engineering  1m36.277s  + 0.256s
 7.  Christian Vietoris    Racing Engineering  1m36.341s  + 0.320s
 8.  Adrian Zaugg          Trident             1m36.461s  + 0.440s
 9.  Luiz Razia            Rapax               1m36.467s  + 0.446s
10.  Giacomo Ricci         DPR                 1m36.484s  + 0.463s
11.  Marcus Ericsson       Super Nova          1m36.546s  + 0.525s
12.  Pastor Maldonado      Rapax               1m36.565s  + 0.544s
13.  Oliver Turvey         iSport              1m36.567s  + 0.546s
14.  Alberto Valerio       Coloni              1m36.780s  + 0.759s
15.  Jules Bianchi         ART                 1m36.781s  + 0.760s
16.  Charles Pic           Arden               1m36.912s  + 0.891s
17.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     DAMS                1m37.354s  + 1.333s
18.  Johnny Cecotto        Trident             1m37.467s  + 1.446s
19.  Ho-Pin Tung           DAMS                1m37.496s  + 1.475s
20.  Josef Kral            Super Nova          1m37.593s  + 1.572s
21.  Max Chilton           Ocean               1m37.603s  + 1.582s
22.  Vladimir Arabadzhiev  Coloni              1m37.695s  + 1.674s
23.  Fabio Leimer          Ocean               1m37.832s  + 1.811s
24.  Rodolfo Gonzalez      Arden               1m38.114s  + 2.093s
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