Lucas di Grassi tops GP2 first day

in Barcelona

The Fat Burner Racing Engineering ace signed the fastest laptime today in a 1:27.471 The  last  test  session  of  the  2009  season  opened  today  at  the  Catalunya  Circuit  near  Barcelona where  the  thirteen  GP2  Teams  gathered  once  more  for  a  three-day session. On a track that will host  the  very  first  round  of  the  new  season  next  May,  all  drivers  are  eager  to  fine  tune  the  last details on their machines in order to be ready as soon as the championship kicks off.

Already quickest two weeks ago at Paul Ricard, the Brazilian Lucas di Grassi set the pace again this afternoon after Alvaro Parente at Ocean Racing Technology signed the quickest laptime of the morning  session  in  a  1:27.733. 

 The  Portuguese  was  a  close  second  this  afternoon  ahead  of Belgian Jérôme d’Ambrosio at Dams who signed the second fastest laptime in the morning session and third best of the day. Russian  Vitaly  Petrov  at  Barwa  Campos  was  followed  by  the  ART  Grand  Prix  line  up,  the experienced Pastor Maldonado ahead of rookie Nico Hülkenberg. Javier Villa confirmed the good form of his Super Nova machine while Davide Valsecchi at Durango is back in the Top 10 along with Piquet GP Roldan Rodriguez and GP2 Asia Series leader Kamui Kobayashi at Dams.

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

Morning session

Driver Nationality Team Time Laps

1. Alvaro Parente POR Ocean Racing Technology 1:27.733 9 2. Jérôme d’Ambrosio BEL Dams 1:27.854 14 3. Vitaly Petrov RUS Barwa Campos Team 1:27.897 12 4. Lucas di Grassi BRA Fat Burner Racing Engineering 1:27.905 15 5. Pastor Maldonado VEN ART Grand Prix 1:27.936 16 6. Nico Hülkenberg GER ART Grand Prix 1:28.052 19 7. Davide Valsecchi ITA Durango 1:28.077 20 8. Roldan Rodriguez ESP Piquet GP 1:28.123 14 9. Kamui Kobayashi JAP Dams 1:28.159 13 10. Luca Filippi ITA Super Nova Racing 1:28.200 12 11. Alberto Valerio BRA Piquet GP 1:28.435 16 12. Karun Chandhok IND Ocean Racing Technology 1:28.474 15 13. Diego Nunes BRA iSport International 1:28.608 22 14. Sergio Peres MEX Telmex Arden International 1:28.627 17 15. Dani Clos ESP Fat Burner Racing Engineering 1:28.675 6 16. Javier Villa ESP Super Nova Racing 1:28.861 14 17. Andreas Zuber UAE Fisichella Motor Sport Int. 1:28.910 17 18. Edoardo Mortara ITA Telmex Arden Int. 1:29.068 20 19. Romain Grosjean FRA Barwa Campos Team 1:29.113 20 20 Michael Herck ROM DPR 1:29.198 12 21. Giedo van der Garde NED iSport International 1:29.565 15 22. Nelson Panciatici FRA Durango 1:29.820 25 23. Davide Rigon ITA Trident Racing 1:29.909 22 24. Luiz Razia BRA Fisichella Motor Sport Int. 1:30.071 16 25. James Jakes GBR DPR 1:30.088 8 26. Ricardo Teixeira POR Trident Racing 1:34.601 24

 Afternoon session

Driver Nationality Team Time Laps

 1. Lucas di Grassi BRA Fat Burner Racing Engineering 1:27.471 30 2. Alvaro Parente POR Ocean Racing Technology 1:27.787 15 3. Nico Hülkenberg GER ART Grand Pric 1:27.973 32 4. Vitaly Petrov RUS Barwa Campos Team 1:28.024 20 5. Javier Villa ESP Super Nova Racing 1:28.036 18 6. Davide Valsecchi ITA Durango 1:28.192 15 7. Pastor Maldonado VEN ART Grand Prix 1:28.199 22 8. Roldan Rodriguez ESP Piquet GP 1:28.411 26 9. Jérôme d’Ambrosio BEL Dams 1:28.477 26 10. Edoardo Mortara ITA Telmex Arden International 1:28.566 23 11. Karun Chandhok IND Ocean Racing Technology 1:28.581 23 12. Kamui Kobayashi JAP Dams 1:28.616 31 13. Alberto Valerio BRA Piquet GP 1:28.753 28 14. Andreas Zuber UAE Fisichella Motor Sport Int. 1:28.790 15 15. Diego Nunes BRA iSport International 1:28.794 21 16. Giedo van der Garde NED iSport International 1:28.806 24 17. Michael Herck ROM DPR 1:28.850 13 18. Sergio Perez MEX Telmex Arden International 1:28.877 24 19. Romain Grosjean FRA Barwa Campos Team 1:28.91( 26 20 Nelson Panciatici FRA Durango 1:28.925 23 21. Dani Clos ESP Fat Burner Racing Engineering 1:29.301 21 22. Luca Filippi ITA Super Nova Racing 1:29.709 18 23. Davide Rigon ITA Trident Racing 1:29.761 28 24. Luiz Razia BRA Fisichella Motor Sport Int. 1:29.805 17 25. James Jakes GBR DPR 1:30.248 17 26. Ricardo Teixeira POR Trident Racing 1:34.105 24


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