King tops second day of GP2 test, work to do for Evans in 7th

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Manor Formula 1 development driver Jordan King was the fastest man during the second day of the final GP2 test at Jerez.

The Racing Engineering driver set the pace in the morning session with a 1m24.429s on the hard compound tyres, ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi and Nobuharu Matsushita.

Tuesday’s pacesetter and King’s team-mate, Norman Nato was the first driver to dip below the 1m25s barrier on Wednesday, before Giovinazzi moved to the top.

King reclaimed top spot before a handful of drivers switched to the medium tyres, finishing the morning and day 0.116 seconds up on Giovinazzi.

Behind Matsushita, Pierre Gasly was fourth, ahead of Nato and Sergey Sirotkin.

Raffaele Marciello brought out the first red flag of the day after running wide at Turn 14 and clipping the barrier, before returning to the pits.

Shortly afterwards, Sirotkin caused the next stoppage when he hit the barrier at Turn 15.

Then, in the closing stages of the morning session, 10th fastest man Luca Ghiotto stopped out on track between Turns 7 and 8.

In the afternoon, Gustav Malja led the way on a 1m26.319s, 0.021s ahead of Alex Lynn.

Marciello was the cause of another red flag, when he came to a halt between Turns 6 and 7.

After the session went green again, most of the drivers settled into their long runs.

Prema’s Giovinazzi improved on his time to go third, four tenths off Malja, having switched to the medium tyre.

Artem Markelov was also among those to improve in the latter stages to go fourth fastest, as Daniel De Jong rounded out the top five.

MORNING TIMES:

PosDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
1Jordan KingRacing Engineering1m24.429s15
2Antonio GiovinazziPrema Racing1m24.545s0.116s11
3Nobuharu MatsushitaART Grand Prix1m24.579s0.150s11
4Pierre GaslyPrema Racing1m24.594s0.165s19
5Norman NatoRacing Engineering1m24.634s0.205s14
6Sergey SirotkinART Grand Prix1m24.689s0.260s12
7Alex LynnDAMS1m24.696s0.267s16
8Arthur PicRapax1m25.049s0.620s17
9Gustav MaljaRapax1m25.088s0.659s15
10Luca GhiottoTrident1m25.098s0.669s11
11Marvin KirchhoferCarlin1m25.202s0.773s20
12Raffaele MarcielloRUSSIAN TIME1m25.241s0.812s20
13Nicholas LatifiDAMS1m25.259s0.830s14
14Mitch EvansJagonya Ayam Campos Racing1m25.398s0.969s10
15Oliver RowlandMP Motorsport1m25.671s1.242s14
16Daniel de JongMP Motorsport1m25.763s1.334s15
17Artem MarkelovRUSSIAN TIME1m25.867s1.438s28
18Jimmy ErikssonArden International1m26.081s1.652s10
19Sean GelaelJagonya Ayam Campos Racing1m26.136s1.707s12
20Philo Paz ArmandTrident1m26.301s1.872s29
21Nabil JeffriArden International1m26.493s2.064s9

AFTERNOON TIMES:

PosDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
1Gustav MaljaRapax1m26.319s30
2Alex LynnDAMS1m26.340s0.021s24
3Antonio GiovinazziPrema Racing1m26.750s0.431s24
4Artem MarkelovRUSSIAN TIME1m27.000s0.681s45
5Daniel de JongMP Motorsport1m27.044s0.725s19
6Nicholas LatifiDAMS1m27.060s0.741s30
7Mitch EvansJagonya Ayam Campos Racing1m27.328s1.009s29
8Arthur PicRapax1m27.341s1.022s20
9Luca GhiottoTrident1m27.612s1.293s5
10Oliver RowlandMP Motorsport1m27.651s1.332s19
11Jimmy ErikssonArden International1m27.662s1.343s42
12Nabil JeffriArden International1m28.228s1.909s27
13Sean GelaelJagonya Ayam Campos Racing1m29.235s2.916s41
14Norman NatoRacing Engineering1m30.392s4.073s57
15Pierre GaslyPrema Racing1m30.762s4.443s46
16Jordan KingRacing Engineering1m31.010s4.691s72
17Nobuharu MatsushitaART Grand Prix1m31.094s4.775s56
18Sergey SirotkinART Grand Prix1m31.285s4.966s49
19Marvin KirchhoferCarlin1m31.346s5.027s38
20Philo Paz ArmandTrident1m31.668s5.349s36
21Raffaele MarcielloRUSSIAN TIME1m31.840s5.521s15

King tops second day of GP2 test, work to do for Evans in 7th

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