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Lancaster ends pre-season test on top
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Lancaster ends pre-season test on top

Jon Lancaster (MP Motorsport) ended the pre-season test at Bahrain International Circuit on top. Briton set the quickest time of 1:39.647 in the morning session, ahead of Alexander Rossi (EQ8 Caterham Racing). Felipe Nasr (Carlin) ended third.

The final day of test opened once again in overcast conditions. Lancaster seemed eager to put his new set of soft Pirelli tyres to good use as he fed onto the track before the rest of the field, but it was rookie Stoffel Vandoorne – also on soft compounds – who set the early pace until the Briton from MP Motorsport was able to dip under 1:41 and claimed the top spot.

Also on a set of new softs, Daniel Abt posted a laptime of 1:39.931 and moved to the top of the standings before stopping at Turn 6 and causing a brief red flag period. At the restart, Vandoorne hit the front with a laptime one hundredth quicker than the German, but Lancaster found some extra pace to reclaim the head of the standings. Nasr also improved enough to move up to P2 but remained two tenths behind the Briton.

Alexander Rossi was able to edge Nasr out of P2 during the final hour of the session. Behind the trio, Vandoorne, Abt, Jolyon Palmer, Julian Leal, rookie Raffaele Marciello, Mitch Evans and Rio Haryanto completed the top ten.

The afternoon session started in similar weather and temperature conditions. Palmer led the way early with a laptime of 1:41.522, his teammate Stéphane Richelmi in tow. The Briton sat at the top of the standings for the most part of the three-hour session as teams and drivers focused once again on race simulations and pitstop practices. Abt was able to lap the track in a 1:41.061 in the late stages and went top. Evans also found some extra pace to move to P2, two tenths slower than the German. In the dying minutes, many drivers improved on their personal best laptime, but at the chequered flag, Abt remained top ahead of Evans, Johnny Cecotto, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Palmer, Simon Trummer, newcomer Facu Regalia, Richelmi, rookies Axcil Jefferies (who returned to Trident today in replacement of Vittorio Ghirelli) and Artem Markelov.


GP2 Series test, Bahrain International Circuit - Day 3 (morning)

1Jon LancasterMP Motorsport1:39.64715
2Alexander RossiEQ8 Caterham Racing1:39.69316
3Felipe NasrCarlin1:39.82922
4Stoffel VandoorneART Grand Prix1:39.92026
5Daniel AbtHilmer Motorsport1:39.93126
6Jolyon PalmerDAMS1:40.00330
7Julian LealCarlin1:40.03115
8Raffaele MarcielloRacing Engineering1:40.15725
9Mitch EvansRT RUSSIAN TIME1:40.23317
10Rio HaryantoEQ8 Caterham Racing1:40.37721
11Stéphane RichelmiDAMS1:40.39733
12Facu RegaliaHilmer Motorsport1:40.44628
13Simon TrummerRapax1:40.47435
14Nathanaël BerthonVenezuela GP Lazarus1:40.51117
15Stefano ColettiRacing Engineering1:40.52918
16Rene BinderArden International1:40.55018
17Kimiya SatoCampos Racing1:40.65915
18Daniiel De JongMP Motorsport1:40.66817
19Adrian Quaife-HobbsRapax1:40.74327
20André NegraoArden International1:40.95625
21Takuya IzawaART Grand Prix1:41.01918
22Arthur PicCampos Racing1:41.05416
23Artem MarkelovRT RUSSIAN TIME1:41.13122
24Johnny CecottoTrident1:41.72220
25Conor DalyVenezuela GP Lazarus1:41.76625
26Axcil JefferiesTrident1:43.52220

GP2 Series test, Bahrain International Circuit - Day 3 (afternoon)

1Daniel AbtHilmer Motorsport1:41.06120
2Mitch EvansRT RUSSIAN TIME1:41.27236
3Johnny CecottoTrident1:41.29030
4Adrian Quaife-HobbsRapax1:41.51822
5Jolyon PalmerDAMS1:41.52229
6Simon TrummerRapax1:41.58431
7Facu RegaliaHilmer Motorsport1:42.19120
8Stéphane RichelmiDAMS1:42.66237
9Axcil JefferiesTrident1:42.67024
10Artem MarkelovRT RUSSIAN TIME1:42.94444
11Felipe NasrCarlin1:43.49839
12Rene BinderArden International1:43.59838
13Conor DalyVenezuela GP Lazarus1:43.63940
14Jon LancasterMP Motorsport1:43.65040
15Arthur PicCampos Racing1:43.65139
16Stoffel VandoorneART Grand Prix1:44.54948
17Takuya IzawaART Grand Prix1:44.64252
18Julian LealCarlin1:45.30051
19Raffaele MarcielloRacing Engineering1:45.39539
20Kimiya SatoCampos Racing1:45.39542
21Stefano ColettiRacing Engineering1:45.51632
22Alexander RossiEQ8 Caterham Racing1:45.56551
23Nathanaël BerthonVenezuela GP Lazarus1:45.59630
24Daniiel De JongMP Motorsport1:46.01834
25Rio HaryantoEQ8 Caterham Racing1:46.47742
26André NegraoArden International1:46.49233
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