GP2 Asia Teams Championships iSport International, with 2009/2010 Drivers Champion Davide Valsecchi and team mate Oliver Turvey are leading the way after the free practice session as part of the FIA Formula One World Championship support package.
The GP2 Asia Season culminates this weekend, with the runners up spots in both the teams and drivers Championships up for grabs, and the challenge has started with both the Meritus cars and both the Arden International cars in the top 10.
At the start of the session, the cars of Christian Vietoris, Alvaro Parente, Javier Villa and Charles Pic took to the track and soon started setting times, while the iSport drivers waited in the pit lane.
When Turvey took to the track, it took him 3 laps to make his mark at the top of the time sheets, even with a mistake during the second sector of the lap. However, the British driver's time was bettered by the returning Rapax driver of Luiz Razia, who set a time which was 0.6s faster.
After this, the early pace setters, Parente and Villa soon improved their times again to move into second, before being knocked back down by the Maritus car of Luca Filippi, who was then beaten by his young American team mate, Alexander Rossi.
When the majority of the field went into the pit lane, the Champion went and took advantage of the clear track to move into P1, but a 0.01s gap from Razia.
Once everyone took to the 6.3km Sakhir track, it was the iSport drivers who were the quickest and Turvey retook P1, with a time of 2:08.459, beating Valsecchi's time of 2:08.512. The opening session of the weekend proved that the team are on a mission to finish the Championship on a high.
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