British Pair Top Final Day Of Opening GP2 Test At Jerez

James Calado - Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service
James Calado - Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service

British GP2 Series contenders James Calado and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs posted the fastest times in the two sessions on the third and final day of this week’s opening pre-season test at Jerez.

Series rookie Quaife-Hobbs set the best time of a morning session that began on a damp track with new team MP Motorsport.

DAMS duo Stephane Richelmi and Marcus Ericsson continued their strong performances this week with the second and third best times, while Quaife-Hobbs’ teammate Daniel De Jong was fourth.

Felipe Nasr took fifth for Carlin ahead of Trident trialist Robin Frijns. Rapax pair Simon Trummer and Stefano Coletti were next up with Nathanael Berthon (Trident) and Mitch Evans (Arden) completing the top ten.

ART man Calado set the best time of the day – a 1m24.659s – mid-way during the afternoon session. Swiss drivers Trummer and Fabio Leimer were closest, around four and five tenths of a second away respectively.

Coletti was fourth ahead of fellow Monegasque racer Richelmi, with Ericsson sixth. Jolyon Palmer took seventh spot for Carlin ahead of Evans, Julian Leal and Kevin Giovesi.

After Tom Dillmann put them top of the timesheets on the first two days, new team Hilmer Motorsport sat out the final day except for a single lap from the French driver.

The second and final pre-season test takes place at Barcelona next week.