GP2 Parente dominates Day 2

in Barcelona

The Ocean Racing Technology ace was quickest in both morning and afternoon sessions yesterday

The  last  three-day  test  session  of  the  2009  GP2  Series  season  resumed  today  at the Catalunya circuit  in  Spain.  On  a  sunny  track,  it  was  Portuguese  Alvaro  Parente  who  signed  both  fastest laptimes  in the morning and the afternoon session, with a quickest time in a 1:26.948 clocked in this  morning. 

The  Ocean  Racing  driver  claimed  his  first  GP2  win  on  that  same  track  during  the opening round of the 2008 season last April. Close  behind  Parente,  Lucas  di  Grassi  demonstrated  once  more  the  competitiveness  of  his  Fat Burner  Racing  Engineering  machine.  The  Brazilian  signed  a  laptime  of  a  1:26.980  this  morning, ahead of Davide Valsecchi at Durango.

The Italian sophomore was then followed by rookies Nico Hülkenberg at ART and Giedo Van der Garde at iSport. Karun Chandhok on the second Ocean Racing car was pleased to sign the sixth best time of the day, ahead of rookie and local hero Dani Clos at Racing Engineering, veteran Pastor Maldonado on the second ART and Belgian Jérôme d’Ambrosio at Dams.

Luca Filippi at the wheel of his Super Nova car completed the Top 10 of the day. This morning, eighteen drivers finished within the same second. Tomorrow’s morning session will start at 9am, local time.

Morning session

Driver Team Time Laps

1. Alvaro Parente Ocean Racing Technology 1:26.948 23 2. Lucas di Grassi Fat Burner Racing Engineering 1:26.980 31 3. Davide Valsecchi Durango 1:27.101 19 4. Nico Hülkenberg ART Grand Prix 1:27.116 30 5. Giedo van der Garder iSport International 1:27.269 20 6. Karun Chandhok Ocean Racing Technology 1:27.309 36 7. Dani Clos Fat Burner Racing Engineering 1:27.350 22 8. Pastor Maldonado ART Grand Prix 1:27.394 31 9. Jérôme d’Ambrosio Dams 1:27.407 23 10. Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing 1:27.534 32 11. Kamui Kobayashi Dams 1:27.553 30 12. Romain Grosjean Barwa Campos Team 1:27.634 27 13. Roldan Rodriguez Piquet GP 1:27.686 23 14. Edoardo Mortara Telmex Arden International 1:27.686 27 15. Javier Villa Super Nova Racing 1:27.744 31 16. Andreas Zuber Fisichella Motor Sport Int. 1:27.823 22 17. Vitaly Petrov Barwa Campos Team 1:27.828 29 18. Diego Nunes iSport International 1:27.858 31 19. James Jakes DPR 1:28.043 26 20 Michael Herck DPR 1:28.158 19 21. Nelson Panciatici Durango 1:28.184 32 22. Sergio Perez Telmex Arden International 1:28.223 28 23. Davide Rigon Trident Racing 1:28.513 35 24. Luiz Razia Fisichella Motor Sport Int. 1:29.098 32 25. Alberto Valerio Piquet GP 1:29.222 19 26. Ricardo Teixeira Trident Racing 1:30.893 24

Afternoon session

Driver Team Time Laps

1. Alvaro Parente Ocean Racing Technology 1:27.069 19 2. Kamui Kobayashi Dams 1:27.642 28 3. Javier Villa Super Nova Racing 1:27.723 24 4. Vitaly Petrov Barwa Campos Team 1:27.805 34 5. Romain Grosjean Barwa Campos Team 1:27.897 30 6. Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing 1:28.029 27 7. Roldan Rodriguez Piquet GP 1:28.048 24 8. Jérôme d’Ambrosio Dams 1:28.248 31 9. Davide Valsecchi Durango 1:28.309 32 10. Alberto Valerio Piquet GP 1:28.281 25 11. Davide Rigon Trident Racing 1:28.503 29 12. Edoardo Mortara Telmex Arden International 1:28.507 20 13. James Jakes DPR 1:28.552 24 14. Nelson Panciatici Durango 1:28.642 33 15. Dani Clos Fat Burner Racing Engineering 1:28.693 36 16. Lucas di Grassi Fat Burner Racing Engineering 1:28.717 40 17. Michael Herck DPR 1:28.842 26 18. Andreas Zuber Fisichella Motor Sport Int. 1:28.916 27 19. Sergio Perez Telmex Arden International 1:29.684 3 20 Karun Chandhok Ocean Racing Technology 1:29.967 18 21. Pastor Maldonado ART Grand Prix 1:30.227 49 22. Giedo Van der Garde iSport International 1:30.722 15 23. Diego Nunes iSport International 1:31.057 17 24. Nico Hülkenberg ART Grand Prix 1:31.220 43 25. Ricardo Teixeira Trident Racing 1:31.360 34 26. Luiz Razia Fisichella Motor Sport Int. 1:32.774 2