Fabrizio Crestani - Photo Credit: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Series Media Service

Crestani was a surprise leader today for the new Lazarus team - Photo Credit: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Series Media Service

Fabrizio Crestani put GP2 Series newcomers Venezuela GP Lazarus on top of the timesheets on the first day of the second and final pre-season test at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.

The Italian driver, who has stepped up from Auto GP this season, set his laptime towards the end of the morning session. It was enough to put him more than two tenths clear of Jolyon Palmer of iSport come the lunchbreak. Stephane Richelmi was third for Trident Racing ahead of Carlin's Rio Haryanto and Stefano Coletti of Coloni.

Davide Valsecchi, who had dominated the tests at Jerez last week for DAMS, was sixth fastest in the morning, just ahead of Trident's Julian Leal, Caterham's Giedo van der Garde and Max Chilton of Carlin. The top ten was rounded out by Simon Trummer for Arden.

Chilton recorded the fastest time of the afternoon session, going just half a tenth shy of Crestani's benchmark to give him the second best time of the day. 0.15s behind was Leal, with Marcus Ericsson third for iSport. Coletti was fourth ahead of Lotus driver James Calado, with van der Garde sixth.

Valsecchi pipped Calado's teammate Esteban Gutierrez to seventh spot, with Johnny Cecotto ninth and Trummer tenth once again. Trummer's teammate Luiz Razia only managed two laps in the morning before sitting out the remainder of the day due to illness.

For the second day of the test tomorrow, Sergio Canamassas will be replaced at Rapax by Tom Dillmann, who previously ran for the Italian outfit at Jerez last Thursday.

Morning results

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Fabrizio Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:29.420 23
2. Jolyon Palmer iSport International 1:29.645 23
3. Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 1:29.658 23
4. Rio Haryanto Carlin 1:29.673 30
5. Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 1:29.713 15
6. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 1:29.726 23
7. Julian Leal Trident Racing 1:29.743 27
8. Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing 1:29.750 16
9. Max Chilton Carlin 1:29.774 15
10. Simon Trummer Arden International 1:29.892 29
11. Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP 1:29.932 22
12. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:29.994 23
13. James Calado Lotus GP 1:30.245 18
14. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:30.356 22
15. Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 1:30.366 16
16. Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.703 25
17. Johnny Cecotto Barwa Addax Team 1:30.726 16
18. Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering 1:30.861 17
19. Felipe Nasr DAMS 1:30.907 23
20. Josef Kral Barwa Addax Team 1:31.606 9
21. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham Racing 1:32.472 24
22. Sergio Canamasas Rapax 1:32.662 30
23. Ricardo Teixeira Rapax 1:33.189 27
24. Giancarlo Serenelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:35.588 34
25. Luiz Razia Arden International 2
26. Jon Lancaster Ocean Racing Technology 2

Afternoon results

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Max Chilton Carlin 1:29.479 23
2. Julian Leal Trident Racing 1:29.494 24
3. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:29.605 21
4. Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 1:29.687 26
5. James Calado Lotus GP 1:29.740 22
6. Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing 1:29.769 26
7. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 1:29.877 41
8. Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP 1:29.902 25
9. Johnny Cecotto Barwa Addax Team 1:29.947 28
10. Simon Trummer Arden International 1:29.980 36
11. Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering 1:30.014 29
12. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:30.053 30
13. Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 1:30.311 20
14. Jolyon Palmer iSport International 1:30.323 28
15. Felipe Nasr DAMS 1:30.393 23
16. Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 1:30.577 26
17. Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.603 18
18. Jon Lancaster Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.715 36
19. Sergio Canamasas Rapax 1:31.468 39
20. Rio Haryanto Carlin 1:31.646 21
21. Josef Kral Barwa Addax Team 1:31.696 29
22. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham Racing 1:31.967 24
23. Ricardo Teixeira Rapax 1:32.613 24
24. Fabrizio Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:33.456 27
25. Giancarlo Serenelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:35.420 11