Turvey fastest again as Valencia test ends

by Scott Douglas

Oliver Turvey was fastest again as the official pre-season test at Valencia came to an end, finishing what has been a promising week for the NIO driver.

Turvey topped the timesheets on day one of the test, and repeated the feat by outpacing the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler of Daniel Abt by just over a tenth.

Despite an eventful test that saw several offs, and contact with the barriers on the last day, Jean-Eric Vergne was able to put in the third fastest time just ahead of Felix Rosenqvist.

Sebastien Buemi slipped back to fifth having been top of the previous day’s times, and was followed by Jerome d’Ambrosio, who put in an impressive time in what looks like an improved Dragon Racing car.

Alex Lynn was in seventh, followed by the other Audi of Lucas di Grassi and the Renault e.dams of Nico Prost.

Elsewhere Tom Blomqvist continued his audition for MS&AD Andretti, but finished seven tenths off his potential team-mate Antonio Felix da Costa.

Daniel Juncandella was also given a run out in the Mahindra Racing car as a replacement for Nick Heidfeld who is in Road Atlanta for Petit Le Mans, although the Spaniard was well down the order.

And Andre Lotterer had a disappointing end to his testing schedule as he brought out the red flags at the end of the day with an off, and finished bottom of the overall standings.

1Oliver TurverGBRNIO1:21.822
2Daniel AbtGERAudi Sport ABT Schaeffler1:21.946
3Jean-Eric VergneFRATecheetah1:22.078
4Felix RosenqvistSWEMahindra Racing1:22.120
5Sebastien BuemiSUIRenault e.dams1:22.247
6Jerome d'AmbrosioBELDragon Racing1:22.252
7Alex LynnGBRDS Virgin Racing1:22.267
8Lucas di GrassiBRAAudi Sport ABT Schaeffler1:22.328
9Nico ProstFRARenault e.dams1:22.383
10Mitch EvansNZLPanasonic Jaguar Racing1:22.432
11Sam BirdGBRDS Virgin Racing1:22.457
12Luca FilippiITANIO1:22.487
13Nelson Piquet JrBRAPanasonic Jaguar Racing1:22.645
14Antonio Felix da CostaPORMS&AD Andretti1:22.979
15Neel JaniSUIDragon Racing1:23.102
16Daniel JuncadellaSPAMahindra Racing1:23.564
17Edorado MortaraITAVenturi1:23.619
18Tom BlomqvistGBRMS&AD Andretti1:23.654
19Maro EngelGERVenturi1:24.100
20Andre LottererGERTecheetah1:24.172

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