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26/02/2013

Tom Dillmann tops Day 1 in Jerez

Tom Dillmann tops Day 1 in Jerez

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

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, 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

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1

24.

Stefano Coletti

Rapax

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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

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