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Feb 26

Tom Dillmann tops Day 1 in Jerez (updated)

Hilmer Motorsport driver quickest on first day of GP2 Series pre-season test in Spain

GP2 - Tom Dillmann (Hilmer Motorsport)GP2 - Jolyon Palmer (Carlin)It was a perfect way for newcomers Hilmer Motorsport to start their GP2 career: on the opening day of the first pre-season test session, the German squad put Tom Dillmann at the top of the timesheets. The Frenchman who was testing for Hilmer today set a laptime of 1:25.059 in the final minutes of the afternoon session.

The day started under blue skies but in cold temperatures. As soon as the pitlane opened, the cars fed to the track but once their installation lap was done, the drivers opted to stay safely tucked away in their garages waiting for the temperatures to rise.

Rene Binder at Lazarus was the first man to set a laptime and as the track warmed up, more drivers ventured back on the circuit. A first red flag briefly halted the proceedings, courtesy of returnee Pal Varhaug at Hilmer who spun and stopped on track. At the restart, Dillmann went top, but his laptime was almost immediately bettered by Johnny Cecotto at Arden. As we entered the final hour of the morning session, Marcus Ericsson put his DAMS car at the top of the timesheets before Sergio Canamasas went off track at Turn 2 and saw his Caterham machine end in the tyre barrier, prompting another red flag. When the session went live again, Carlin’s Jolyon Palmer found some extra pace and nipped to the top spot, 0.09s quicker than Ericsson. There was one final interruption with three minutes left on the clock as Mitch Evans stopped his Arden car at Turn 13 following electrical issues which effectively put an end to everyone’s session. Palmer finished top ahead of Ericsson, Rene Binder, Cecotto, Stéphane Richelmi, Jake Rosenzweig, James Calado, Dillmann, Simon Trummer and Felipe Nasr.

The pitlane reopened after a two-hour lunch break, and Fabio Leimer set the early pace at the wheel of his Racing Engineering car. While the drivers mainly focused on covering race distance, Richelmi led the timesheet, but Calado improved and edged the Monegasque driver from the top spot. Just as Leimer reclaimed P1, Daniel De Jong stopped on track at Turn 7 causing a quick red flag. At the restart, Leimer was still sitting pretty at the top of the timesheet with Binder and Nasr in tow. With just twenty minutes left on the clock, Dillmann put his head down and claimed P1 ahead of Leimer, Nasr, Calado, Binder, Ericsson, De Jong, Richelmi, Robin Frijns and Cecotto.

Tomorrow’s session will start at 9am local time.

Morning results
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:25.330
19
2.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:25.426
11
3.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:25.541
23
4.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:25.574
20
5.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:25.574
15
6.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:25.842
25
7.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:25.911
18
8.
Tom Dillmann
Hilmer Motorsport
1:25.922
12
9.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:25.998
17
10.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:26.019
22
11.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:26.066
8
12.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:26.070
14
13.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:26.209
17
14.
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:26.244
16
15.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:26.398
20
16.
Robin Frijns
Trident Racing
1:26.438
17
17.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:26.443
9
18.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:26.565
15
19.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
1:26.732
15
20.
Ma Qing Hua
Caterham Racing
1:26.990
11
21.
Pal Varhaug
Hilmer Motorsport
1:27.926
17
22.
Sergio Canamasas
Caterham Racing
1:31.642
5
23.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
1
24.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1
Afternoon results
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Tom Dillmann
Hilmer Motorsport
1:25.059
23
2.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:25.248
27
3.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:25.262
34
4.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:25.403
31
5.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:25.405
16
6.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:25.480
33
7.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:25.506
30
8.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:25.585
28
9.
Robin Frijns
Trident Racing
1:25.602
24
10.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:25.656
29
11.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:25.718
40
12.
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:25.819
35
13.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:25.933
34
14.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:26.116
32
15.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:26.200
31
16.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:26.222
33
17.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
1:26.405
39
18.
Sergio Canamasas
Caterham Racing
1:26.610
22
19.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
1:26.682
25
20.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:27.005
23
21.
Pal Varhaug
Hilmer Motorsport
1:27.595
22
22.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:27.855
23
23.
Ma Qing Hua
Caterham Racing
1:28.002
31
24.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:29.492
25

source: GP2 Series

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Official GP2 Test – Jerez Day 1

  • Circuito de Jerez, Spain, Tuesday 26th February 2013
  • Drivers: Ma Qinghua & Sergio Canamasas

The first Official GP2 test of 2013 was slightly more action packed than anticipated for Caterham Racing, who fielded GP2 newcomer Ma Qinghua and 2012 GP2 racer Sergio Canamasas.

The day began slowly, as teams waited for the early morning track temperatures to rise. The initial flying laps were completed just before 11am and Ma responded well to his first ever session in a GP2 car.

Unfortunately Canamasas encountered a technical issue resulting in him leaving the track at turn two, with front end damage ending his morning session. The team worked hard to fix the car, enabling him to run during the afternoon.

The final hours of testing were productive, with both drivers completing three stints and ending the day on a positive note.

Caterham Racing Team Manager Phill Spencer: “It is great to be back at the track with the team and begin our 2013 campaign. We have two new drivers testing for us, so we spent time today familiarising them with the cars, mechanics and engineers. This morning was unfortunate for Sergio as a technical problem curtailed his running, but the team worked very well to get him back out this afternoon. Ma has made excellent progress for his first session in a GP2 car and will continue the good work tomorrow.”

Caterham Racing Chief Engineer Humphrey Corbett: “We had a difficult start to the day with Sergio’s accident, but we are pretty sure it was due to a parts failure from an external supplier. We are very impressed that Sergio stayed so calm and was able to complete three runs this afternoon.

“Ma has done extremely well for his first GP2 test and his feedback is very good. He was compromised by red flags this afternoon and his position today does not reflect his talent. We are very impressed with his capacity to learn and the lap times will come with more time in the car.”

Ma Qinghua: “I have really enjoyed driving the GP2 car for the first time and learnt a great amount today. I worked with my engineers to understand the car and how to get the best out of the tyres. Tomorrow I will build on what I have learnt today and move forwards.”

Sergio Canamasas: “This morning we started with a little problem and I only completed five laps. We began from scratch this afternoon and in the session I concentrated on how I wanted to set up the car and how I was performing. I felt good in the car and tomorrow I will expect to have more performance and improved lap times.”

source: caterham-racing.com



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