GP2 Dams on top form

 Kamui Kobayashi quickest again in Shanghai

One  week  before  the  opening  of  the  second  season  of  the  GP2  Asia  Series,  Toyota  ace  Kamui Kobayashi  is  definitely  putting  pressure  on  his  rivals setting once more the fastest laptime of the day  in  a  1:45.203. 

His  teammate  Jérôme  d’Ambrosio  finished  fourth  in  a  1:46.242  this  afternoon proving that the French team Dams might just be the team to beat. One man who could stop Kobayashi on his way to the win is Roldan Rodriguez on Piquet GP: he was the only man along with the Japanese to go under 1:46.

Sakon Yamamoto at the wheel of the ART  car  was  third  fastest  of  the  day  in  a  1:46.071  very  closely  followed  by  Durango’s  Valsecchi whose morning’s mechanical issues seemed to have been fully resolved. Belgian d’Ambrosio was fourth quickest while iSport’s rookie Van der Garde keeps on impressing ahead of Javier Villa on super  Nova,  Vitaly  Petrov  on  Campos  and  another  rookie  Luiz  Razia  -  who  missed  yesterday’s session - on the second Super Nova car.

The experienced Andreas Zuber on FMS rounds up the Top 10. This  marks  the  end  of  the  two-day  test  session. 

The  second  season  of  the  GP2  Asia  Series Championship will open on Friday, October 16th with Free Practice at 10am, local time.

Shanghai – Test session Day 2 – Morning session

Driver Team Time Laps

1. Kamui Kobayashi Dams 1 :45.871 19 2. Sakon Yamamoto ART Grand Prix 1 :46.071 36 3. Roldan Rodriguez Piquet GP 1 :46.447 33 4. Sergio Perez Barwa Int Campos Team 1 :46.715 24 5. Giedo Van der Garde GFH Team iSport 1 :46.719 8 6. Javier Villa Super Nova Racing 1 :46.878 8 7. Hamad AI Fardan GFH Team iSport 1 :46.958 26 8. Jerome D'Ambrosio Dams 1 :47.013 15 9. Vitaly Petrov Barwa Int. Campos Team 1 :47.042 19 10. Mika Maki Trust T eam Arden 1 :47.189 26 11. Nelson Philippe ART Grand Prix 1 :47.202 10 12. Andreas Zuber Fisichella Motor Sport Int. 1 :47.227 28 13. James Jakes Super Nova Racing 1 :47.263 10 14. Luiz Razia Trust T eam Arden 1 :47.484 39 15. Earl Bamber My Team Qi-Meritus Mahara 1 :47.697 16 16. Luca Filippi BCN Competicion 1 :47.844 8 17. Diego Nunes Piquet GP 1 :48.115 31 18. Michael Herck DPR 1 :48.555 7 19. Chris Van der Drift Trident Racing 1 :48.559 22 20 Alex Yoong My Team Qi-Meritus Mahara 1 :48.592 24 21 Hiroki Yoshimoto BCN Competicion 1 :48.858 17 22 Ma Qing Hua DPR 1 :49.259 27 23 Giacomo Ricci Trident Racing 1 :49.486 16 24 Hiroki Yoshimoto Durango 1 :50.148 3 25 Kevin Nai Chia Chen Fisichella Motor Sport Int. 1 :51.331 23 26 Davide Valsecchi Durango 2:38.699 3

Shanghai – Test session Day 2 – Afternoon session

Driver Team Time Laps

1. Kamui Kobayashi Dams 1 :45.203 15 2. Roldan Rodriguez Piquet GP 1:45.814 12 3. Davide Valsecchi Durango 1:46?081 29 4. Jérôme d’Ambrosio Dams 1:46.242 23 5. Giedo Van der Garde GFH Team iSport 1:46.373 31 6. Javier Villa Super Nova Racing 1:46.541 20 7. Vitaly Petrov Barwa Int. Campos Team 1:46.603 14 8. Luiz Razia Trust Team Arden 1:46.660 25 9. Andreas Zuber Fisichella Motor Sport Int. 1:46.669 9 10. Mika Maki Trust Team Arden 1:46.725 24 11. Sakon Yamamoto ART Grand Prix 1:46.801 6 12. James Jakes Super Nova Racing 1:46.851 24 13. Earl Bamber My Team Qi- Meritus.Mahara 1:47.031 14 14. Sergio Perez Barwa Int. Campos Team 1:47.034 19 15. Hamad Al Fardan GFH Team iSport 1:47.075 23 16. Diego Nunes Piquet GP 1:47.111 25 17. Luca Filippi BCN Competicion 1:47.131 6 18. Nelson Philippe ART Grand Prix 1:47.221 12 19. Michael Herck DPR 1:47.226 19 20 Chris Van der Drift Trident Racing 1:47.438 21 21 Giacomo Ricci Trident Racing 1:47.640 13 22 Alex Yoong My Team Qi- Meritus.mahara 1:47.718 24 23 Ma Quing Hua DPR 1:48.044 16 24 Kevin Nai Chia Chen Fisichella Motor Sport Int. 1:50.637 15