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Nato leads Gasly on first day of Jerez GP2 test

by Peter Allen

Photo: Malclom Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service

Norman Nato topped the times on the first day of the second and final GP2 pre-season test at Jerez, leading fellow Frenchman?Pierre Gasly.

Racing Engineering signing Nato went quickest close to the end of a?morning session interrupted by fog, displacing his team-mate?Jordan King with a time of?1m25.811s.

Prema’s Gasly took second, a tenth and half down on Nato.?Alex Lynn followed his fellow Briton King, with?Antonio Giovinazzi fifth ahead of?Mitch Evans.

Sergey Sirotkin,?Arthur Pic,?Oliver Rowland and?Gustav Malja rounded out the top 10.

The afternoon session was slower, but it was the same suspects at the head of the field. Gasly was quickest, but half a second down on Nato’s morning benchmark.

Lynn was second in front Nato, Giovinazzi and King.?Luca Ghiotto led fellow GP3 graduate?Marvin Kirchhofer in sixth.

Kirchhofer was the only driver in action for the Carlin team, with Rene Binder having signed a Formula V8 3.5 deal since testing for the squad in Barcelona.

Status Grand Prix are absent from the test altogether, and following the demise of Hilmer, the field is down to 21 cars from its maximum of 26.

Combined day one times
Pos Driver Team Session 1 Session 2
1 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 1:25.811 1:26.558
2 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 1:25.961 1:26.375
3 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1:26.124 1:26.617
4 Alex Lynn DAMS 1:26.280 1:26.442
5 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing 1:26.322 1:26.566
6 Mitch Evans Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing 1:26.350 1:27.222
7 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 1:26.405 1:27.275
8 Arthur Pic Rapax 1:26.650 1:27.112
9 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 1:26.674 1:27.101
10 Gustav Malja Rapax 1:26.706 1:27.151
11 Raffaele Marciello Russian Time 1:26.762 1:26.989
12 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1:26.805 1:27.734
13 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1:27.657 1:26.855
14 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 1:26.928 1:26.883
15 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 1:26.888 1:28.352
16 Artem Markelov Russian Time 1:27.065 1:27.487
18 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:35.360 1:27.154
19 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:27.273 1:27.224
20 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing 1:27.421 1:27.824
21 Philo Paz Armand Trident 1:28.744 1:27.838
22 Nabil Jeffri Arden International 1:28.193 1:27.846