GP2 Valsecchi sets the pace

On a wet and slippery track, the Durango driver signed the quickest laptime of the morning session.

The  fog  replaced  the  rain  this  morning  for  the  last  day of GP2 testing in 2008. The session was interrupted by many red flags as the French circuit remained wet all morning and a number of cars spun off the slippery track. Davide Valsecchi once again set the pace in a 1:27.826 ahead of GP2 Asia Series’ leader Roldan Rodriguez at Piquet.

They were followed by the always quick Kamui Kobayashi, rookie Dani Clos at Racing Engineering, Vitaly Petrov at Campos, Jérôme d’Ambrosio on the second Dams car, Alvaro Parente at Arden, and  rookies  Nico  Hulkenberg  at  ART  and  Koudai  Tsukakoshi  on  the  other  Campos  car. 

Italian Fabio Crestani at the wheel of the DPR car completed the Top 10. Even  though  laptimes  have  not  been  impressive  this  morning,  the  teams  still  gathered  valuable data thanks to the GP2/08 car’s excellent reliability.

Morning session Driver Nationality Team Time Laps

1. Davide Valsecchi ITA Durango 1:27.826 46

2. Roldan Rodriguez ESP Piquet Sports 1:27.850 47

3. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Dams 1:28.213 50

4. Dani Clos ESP Racing Engineering 1:28.247 45

5. Vitaly Petrov RUS Barwa Int Campos Team 1:28.332 50

6. Jérôme D Ambrosio BEL Dams 1:28.344 55

7. Alvaro Parente POR Trust Team Arden 1:28.395 49

8. Nico Hulkenberg GER ART Grand Prix 1:28.423 54

9. Koudai Tsukakoshi JPN Barwa Int Campos Team 1:28.697 44

10. Fabrizio Crestani ITA DPR 1:28.757 61

11. Luiz Razia BRA ART Grand Prix 1:28.852 45

12. Michael Herck ROM DPR 1:28.895 49

13. Karun Chandhok IND iSport International 1:28.972 24

14. Mike Conway GBR iSport International 1:29.010 20

15. Sergio Perez MEX Piquet Sports 1:29.244 25

16. Fabio Onidi ITA Super Nova Racing 1:29.598 40

17. Christian Ebbesvik NOR Fisichella Motor Sport Int 1:29.600 47

18. Charles Pic FRA Super Nova Racing 1:29.626 37

19. Nelson Panciatici FRA Trident Racing 1:29.830 48

20 Sten Pentus EST Racing Engineering 1:30.406 17

21. Diego Nunes BRA Trust Team Arden 1:30.582 47

22. Marcello Puglisi ITA Trident Racing 1:31.215 36

23. Michael Dalle Stelle ITA Durango 1:36.497 34

24. Julien Jousse FRA Fisichella Motor Sport Int 1:37.736 3