GP2 Pastor Maldonado tops first day

The Venezuelan flew in a 1:24.727 on ART Grand Prix yesterday afternoon in Jerez

The  GP2  teams  enjoyed  a  trouble-free  day  with  impeccable  reliability  today  at  the  Circuito  de Velocidad in Jerez. The drivers completed 1412 laps in total and covered 6252.336kms overall. Already quick this morning, Pastor Maldonado signed a flier in a 1:24.727, topping this morning’s fastest  laptime,  three  tenth  clear  from  Koudai  Tsukakoshi  who  keeps  on  impressing  on  Piquet Sports. Entering the top 3 this afternoon was Dams’ Kamui Kobayashi ahead of another competitive rookie Nico Hulkenberg on the second ART car.

They were followed by experienced Karun Chandhok on FMS,  Andreas  Zuber  on  Racing  Engineering,  this  morning’s  fastest  man  Davide  Valsecchi  on Durango,  Diego  Nunes  on  the  second  Piquet  car  and  Alvaro  Parente  on  the  second  Racing Engineering car. Russian Vitaly Petrov completed the top 10 at the wheel of the Campos car. Tomorrow’s session will start at 9am, local time.

Afternoon session Driver Team Time Laps

1. Pastor Maldonado ART Grand Prix 1:24.727 29

2. Koudai Tsukakoshi Piquet Sports 1:25.015 26

3. Kamui Kobayashi Dams 1:25.025 32

 4. Nico Hulkenberg ART Grand Prix 1:25.063 27

5. Karun Chandhok Fisichella Motor Sport Int. 1:25.255 33

6. Andreas Zuber Racing Engineering 1:25.437 37

7. Davide Valsecchi Durango 1:25.539 22

8. Diego Nunes Piquet Sports 1:25.605 32

9. Alvaro Parente Racing Engineering 1:25.667 28

10. Vitaly Petrov Barwa Int. Campos Team 1:25.747 32

11. Charles Pic iSport International 1:25.755 35

12. Giedo Van der Garde iSport International 1:25.831 26

13. Luca Filippi Super Nova 1:25.860 30

14. Jérôme d’Ambrosio Dams 1:26.055 24

15. Chris van der Drift Trident Racing 1:26.345 28

16. Davide Rigon Barwa Int. Campos Team 1:26.39 43

17. Michael Herck DPR 1:26.514 36

18. Marcello Puglisi Durango 1:26.607 30

19. Edoardo Mortara Trident Racing 1:26.803 39

20 Christian Ebbesvik Trust Team Arden 1:27.158 28

21. Sten Pentus DPR 1:27.443 35

22. James Jakes Super Nova Racing 1:27.459 10

23. Luiz Razia Trust Team Arden 1:28.064 27

24. Carlo Van Dam Fisichella Motor Sport Int. 1:28.607 13

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