Jon Lancaster strikes on final day of GP2 testing

Jon Lancaster

Jon Lancaster

British driver Jon Lancaster laid down the fastest time on the final day of GP2 Series pre-season testing at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Lancaster produced the best time of the two sessions in the opening morning run, clocking 1:49.653s in his MP Motorsport machine.

Lancaster has not yet finalised his 2014 plans but hopes to continue to test for MP at the Bahrain tests next week.

He managed to shade Trident’s Johnny Cecotto who posted a 1:49.880s best.

Jolyon Palmer (DAMS) was third best in 1:49.972, the only time during the three-day best when he has been dislodged from the top of the time sheets.

Kiwi star Mitch Evans (Russian Time) continued strong runs for his new team, ending fifth in 1:50.181s.

Evans has been consistently in the top 10 across the three days of testing as he settles into his second season of GP2 after winning the 2012 GP3 title.

Track conditions slowed for the afternoon which saw Arthur Pic (Campos) rack up the best tour in 1:51.006s with Evans ending second in 1:51.415s ahead of Cecotto in 1:51.432s.

Stoffel Vandoorne (ART Grand Prix) had set the running early in the opening session before the red flag halted proceedings after Facu Regalia stopped at turn 19. Vandoorne would eventually finish sixth best in the morning.

The GP2 Series will now head to Sakhir for the second and final pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit from March 19-21.

GP2 test Day 3 – morning session

1 Jon Lancaster MP Motorsport 1:49.653 26
2 Johnny Cecotto Trident 1:49.880 24
3 Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:49.972 25
4 Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:50.090 29
5 Mitch Evans RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:50.181 21
6 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:50.278 32
7 Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1:50.344 19
8 Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:50.476 29
9 Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:50.485 30
10 Julian Leal Carlin 1:50.565 22
11 Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 1:50.748 35
12 Facu Regalia Hilmer Motorsport 1:50.778 28
13 Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:50.830 23
14 Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:50.976 38
15 André Negrao Arden International 1:51.020 27
16 Rene Binder Arden International 1:51.184 33
17 Daniiel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:51.198 21
18 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 1:51.401 27
19 Nathanaël Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:51.510 15
20 Axcil Jefferies Trident 1:51.556 18
21 Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:51.674 33
22 Artem Markelov RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:51.736 30
23 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:52.014 21
24 Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 1:52.020 38
25 Simon Trummer Rapax 1:52.329 30
26 Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:52.825 7

GP2 test Day 3 – afternoon session 

1 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:51.006 22
2 Mitch Evans RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:51.415 28
3 Johnny Cecotto Trident 1:51.432 24
4 Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:51.563 29
5 Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:51.786 22
6 Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:51.843 22
7 Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:51.994 16
8 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 1:52.059 21
9. Jon Lancaster MP Motorsport 1:52.293 19
10 Simon Trummer Rapax 1:52.476 25
11 Daniiel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:52.562 16
12 Nathanaël Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:52.647 16
13 Facu Regalia Hilmer Motorsport 1:52.846 37
14 Axcil Jefferies Trident 1:53.200 23
15 André Negrao Arden International 1:53.941 31
16 Artem Markelov RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:54.383 40
17 Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:54.404 33
18 Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 1:54.473 32
19 Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:54.581 36
20 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:54.608 42
21 Rene Binder Arden International 1:54.754 26
22 Julian Leal Carlin 1:54.883 35
23 Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:54.968 45
24 Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1:55.233 33
25 Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 1:55.531 32
26 Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:55.554 30

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