GP2 Villa holds new Paul Ricard record

The Super Nova racer was the quickest yesterday afternoon in a 1:11.930 with a new track record with the GP2/08 car

 The twenty-six GP2 cars carried on with their testing work at the Paul Ricard track. Spaniard Javier Villa was the fastest at the wheel of his Super Nova car. He clocked the best time in  a  1:11.930  which  makes  him  the  track  record  holder  after  he  bettered  last  year’s  track  record signed by Grosjean in 1:12.031.

2007  GP2  Series  runner-up  Lucas  di  Grassi  was  also  on  top  form   as  he  finished second quickest at the wheel of his Fat Burner Racing Engineering car, ahead of GP2 Asia Series leader  Kamui  Kobayashi  at  Dams. 

The  Top  3  were  followed  by    Romain  Grosjean  at Barwa  Campos  Team  and  Pastor  Maldonado  at  ART  Grand  Prix.  Andreas  Zuber  at  FMS,  Luca Filippi with the second Super Nova car, Davide Valsecchi at Durango and second Dams’ Jérôme d’Ambrosio finished ahead of Telmex Arden International’s rookie Edoardo Mortara.

Didier  Perrin,  GP2  Technical  Director  commented:  “We  are  very  pleased  with  today’s  results. They  confirm  our  predictions  regarding  the  gain  of  performance  we  were expecting with the new engine. Moreover, we did not suffer from any serious reliability issues. The cars completed a total of 4493 kilometres. Following the teams’ request, we will use different track configurations for the remaining  testing  days.  Tomorrow  will  mainly  be  dedicated  to  aero  mapping  and  high  speed configuration on the 2A track configuration that includes a long straight. And on Friday, we will run on the 2D short track configuration which is the closest to a circuit layout that carries more delicate braking points.”

 Today’s session will start at 9:00am, local time.