Facu Regalia, at the wheel of car lined up by French team, finished second during first day of GP3 collective testing held at Jerez. In addition he was the fastest man at Lotus ART on track.
Regalia was on the pace during the first day of GP3 collective testing at Jerez in spite of problems in the morning, due to mechanical issues.
In the afternoon, the Argentinean driver improved to achieve second fastest time ahead of almost thirty cars.
Regalia, who was making his debut with Lotus ART - team led by Frédéric Vasseur and Nicolas Todt, had a hard start of the day, mainly related to gearbox problems. “It was a shame because when my car was fixed, morning´s season was almost finished. I just completed a few laps”, Regalia explained afterwards, but who tried his best during the afternoon. “Because of our problems, we started after lunch time on new tires, and it was useful to be second since the beginning, and having a good fight with Daniel Abt on track to be first”, Regalia said later and, obviously, he was happier with his performance.
At the end, Lotus ART´s driver improved his lap times to set a best time of 1:35.587, which meant a second place during afternoon´s session. “Today was a very positive day for us, and I feel happy with our work. Despite our problems, we knew how to manage them and in the end we could overcome them. We were second, a fantastic position if we think there were almost 30 cars on track. On the other hand, to work with Lotus ART was good for my learning”,'.
Regalia is back on track today with Status GP.