Van der Garde tops Abu Dhabi test

Giedo van der Garde capped off GP2 Asia's first pre-season test by topping the second and final day at Abu Dhabi

Van der Garde tops Abu Dhabi test

The Addax driver was the first to duck under the 1m49s barrier with a 1m48.499s lap in the new third-generation GP2 car, beating the pole time set by Oliver Turvey in the older car 12 months ago by 0.1s.

iSport's Sam Bird finished the day just under 0.3s short of van der Garde's time, with his former team-mate Jules Bianchi (ART) just behind him. Bianchi had earlier gone quickest during the morning session.

The day's running was cut short at both ends. Heavy morning fog delayed the start by an hour, and the session was brought to an early end when Coloni's James Jakes crashed heavily with 15 minutes remaining and damaged a barrier, preventing his rivals from being able to make a final run on new tyres.

Session one:

Pos  Driver               Team                Time       Gap
 1.  Jules Bianchi        ART                 1m50.007s
 2.  Giedo van der Garde  Addax               1m50.066s  + 0.059s
 3.  Sam Bird             iSport              1m50.120s  + 0.113s
 4.  Charles Pic          Addax               1m50.166s  + 0.159s
 5.  Max Chilton          Carlin              1m50.276s  + 0.269s
 6.  Marcus Ericsson      iSport              1m50.343s  + 0.336s
 7.  Jolyon Palmer        Arden               1m50.539s  + 0.532s
 8.  Davide Valsecchi     AirAsia             1m50.544s  + 0.537s
 9.  Josef Kral           Arden               1m50.561s  + 0.554s
10.  Dani Clos            Racing Engineering  1m50.616s  + 0.609s
11.  Esteban Gutierrez    ART                 1m50.641s  + 0.634s
12.  Rodolfo Gonzalez     Trident             1m50.787s  + 0.780s
13.  Luiz Razia           AirAsia             1m50.894s  + 0.887s
14.  Nathanael Berthon    Racing Engineering  1m50.969s  + 0.962s
15.  Fabio Leimer         Rapax               1m51.122s  + 1.115s
16.  Johnny Cecotto       Super Nova          1m51.190s  + 1.183s
17.  Julian Leal          Rapax               1m51.198s  + 1.191s
18.  Romain Grosjean      DAMS                1m51.347s  + 1.340s
19.  James Jakes          Coloni              1m51.369s  + 1.362s
20.  Oliver Turvey        Ocean               1m51.456s  + 1.449s
21.  Mikhail Aleshin      Carlin              1m51.482s  + 1.475s
22.  Andrea Caldarelli    Ocean               1m51.571s  + 1.564s
23.  Michael Herck        Coloni              1m51.615s  + 1.608s
24.  Stefano Coletti      Trident             1m51.760s  + 1.753s
25.  Pal Varhaug          DAMS                1m51.802s  + 1.795s
26.  Fairuz Fauzy         Super Nova          1m52.141s  + 2.134s

Session two:

Pos  Driver               Team                Time       Gap
 1.  Giedo van der Garde  Addax               1m48.499s
 2.  Sam Bird             iSport              1m48.778s  + 0.279s
 3.  Jules Bianchi        ART                 1m48.868s  + 0.369s
 4.  Charles Pic          Addax               1m49.156s  + 0.657s
 5.  Davide Valsecchi     AirAsia             1m49.185s  + 0.686s
 6.  Josef Kral           Arden               1m49.220s  + 0.721s
 7.  Romain Grosjean      DAMS                1m49.340s  + 0.841s
 8.  Max Chilton          Carlin              1m49.413s  + 0.914s
 9.  Dani Clos            Racing Engineering  1m49.431s  + 0.932s
10.  Marcus Ericsson      iSport              1m49.474s  + 0.975s
11.  Luiz Razia           AirAsia             1m49.591s  + 1.092s
12.  Stefano Coletti      Trident             1m49.627s  + 1.128s
13.  Esteban Gutierrez    ART                 1m49.740s  + 1.241s
14.  Andrea Caldarelli    Ocean               1m49.888s  + 1.389s
15.  Johnny Cecotto       Super Nova          1m49.914s  + 1.415s
16.  Rodolfo Gonzalez     Trident             1m49.945s  + 1.446s
17.  Nathanael Berthon    Racing Engineering  1m49.956s  + 1.457s
18.  Oliver Turvey        Ocean               1m49.982s  + 1.483s
19.  James Jakes          Coloni              1m50.129s  + 1.630s
20.  Pal Varhaug          DAMS                1m50.207s  + 1.708s
21.  Julian Leal          Rapax               1m50.310s  + 1.811s
22.  Fairuz Fauzy         Super Nova          1m50.495s  + 1.996s
23.  Michael Herck        Coloni              1m50.566s  + 2.067s
24.  Fabio Leimer         Rapax               1m50.703s  + 2.204s
25.  Mikhail Aleshin      Carlin              1m50.727s  + 2.228s
26.  Jolyon Palmer        Arden               1m50.995s  + 2.496s
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