Alexander Albon ends on top in Abu Dhabi GP2 test day 2

Alexander Albon ends on top in Abu Dhabi GP2 test day 2

01.12.2016: ART Grand Prix ace fastest overall at Yas Marina Circuit photo caption: Alexander Albon (ART Grand Prix)

ART Grand Prix ace fastest overall at Yas Marina Circuit
 



photo caption:  Alexander Albon (ART Grand Prix)




Alexander Albon topped the second day of post-season testing at Yas Marina: at the wheel of an ART Grand Prix car, the Thai clocked in a laptime of 1:49.062. Raffaele Marciello and Charles Leclerc completed the top three.
 


Day 2 of post-season testing opened at 11.45 local time (GMT+4) with the twenty-two drivers on Pirelli Medium tyres. Some new faces joined the field with Callum Ilott (ART Grand Prix), Daniel Juncadella (Pertamina Campos Racing), Chris Höher (RUSSIAN TIME) and Nyck de Vries (Rapax) whilst other drivers switched teams.



When the session turned green, it was quickly interrupted by a red flag period as the car of Antonio Fuoco stopped on the straight. At the restart, it was Oliver Rowland who set the early pace in a 1:49.878 but Marciello continued his top form from yesterday and went P1 with a laptime 0.016s better than the Briton.
 


There was a second short red flag period courtesy of rookie Leclerc who stopped on track at Turn 3. Soon after the restart, Rowland reclaimed P1 after improving on the Italian’s best time with a laptime of 1:49.675. In the closing stages, the proceedings were shortly halted for a third time after Juncadella stopped on track at Turn 11.
 


At the chequered flag, Rowland remained top ahead of Marciello, Johnny Cecotto, Jordan King (MP Motorsport), Albon, Luca Ghiotto (Arden International), Sergio Sette Camara, Louis Delétraz, de Vries and Philo Paz Armand (Trident).
 


The evening session opened as the sun set down with King setting the early pace in a 1:49.978 but Cecotto improved on the Briton's time by 0.076s to top the timesheets.



Thirty minutes into the session, it was PREMA's Leclerc who clocked in a time of a 1:49.288 to go P1 ahead of Marciello. With one hour left on the clock, King retook the top spot with a laptime of a 1:49.152. In the closing stages, Albon lapped the track in a 1:49.062 - the fastest laptime of the past two days.
 


The proceedings were briefly halted as Mahaveer Raghunathan stopped on track at Turn 7. After the track went live, the red flags were out again quickly after Antonio Fuoco ran off track at Turn 20.



At the chequered flag, Albon remained unchallenged ahead of Marciello and his former GP3 teammate Leclerc. King, Cecotto, Delétraz, Rowland, Nicholas Latifi, Fuoco and De Vries rounded up the top ten.
 


The final day of testing will open tomorrow at 10.40 local time and will run until 13.10. The proceedings will then resume from 18.30 to 21.00 (GMT+4).
 



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