The Rapax driver registered his quickest times, despite only completing thirty-two laps over the course of the day. It is a promising sign for Leimer. After a difficult début season in the category, the 21-year-old will be hoping that his second year garners brighter results.
By the drop of the chequered flag, Leimer headed veteran Luca Filippi in the morning (0.2 of-a-second faster) and GP2 returnee Josef Kral in the afternoon. Král also recorded a quick time in the morning – his fastest time was only just shy of fellow Addax runner Charles Pic. Regardless of set-ups and fuel loads (etc), these sessions can also be valuable confidence boosters.
For the afternoon, Filippi fell to 7th in the timings; however their show of single lap pace today and yesterday may also be a boost to the Scuderia Coloni squad, who showed well yesterday with James Jakes.
Jakes’ himself registered the 16th and 11th quickest times in the morning and afternoon respectively for the Spanish squad, Racing Engineering; although the Briton was slower than rookie team mate Andrea Caldarelli in both sessions.
Fellow rookie Joylon Palmer also had a good morning, before dropping down the order somewhat. The son of former-F1 racer, Jonathan, tested with iSport today alongside Roberto Mehri. Fastest rookie of the day was Esteban Gutierrez – the Mexican ran with ART Grand Prix today, securing 5th in both sessions.
Michael Herck didn’t have as good a day today as he did yesterday; however that did not stop the Romanian setting some vaguely competitive times in his DPR machine. Once again Camilo Zurcher had a difficult day– the 30-year-old only completed a single lap in the morning, but did not run at all during the afternoon session.
Day 2; Morning times Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1m47.867s 16 2. Luca Filippi Coloni 1m48.054s 32 3. Charles Pic Addax 1m48.141s 19 4. Josef Kral Addax 1m48.171s 19 5. Esteban Gutierrez ART 1m48.183s 28 6. Sam Bird DAMS 1m48.261s 22 7. Michael Herck DPR 1m48.570s 13 8. Joylon Palmer iSport 1m48.614s 8 9. Dani Clos Ocean 1m48.731s 16 10. Andrea Caldarelli Racing Engineering 1m48.766s 15 11. Nicolas Marroc Ocean 1m48.731s 14 12. Roberto Mehri iSport 1m49.025s 21 13. Julian Leal Trident 1m49.037s 19 14. Nathanel Berthon ART 1m49.098s 23 15. Stefano Coletti Trident 1m49.120s 20 16. James Jakes Racing Engineering 1m49.357s 12 17. Simon Trummer Arden 1m49.377s 32 18. Jake Rosenzweig Super 1m49.537s 14 19. Rodolfo Gonzalez Super 1m49.631s 11 20. Armaan Ebrahim Arden 1m49.946s 32 21. Pal Varhaug DAMS 1m49.949s 34 22. Kevin Ceccon Coloni 1m49,971s 6 23. Daniel Mancinelli Rapax 1m50.780s 19 24. Camilo Zurcher DPR 2m10.469s 1 Day 2; Afternoon times Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1m47.401s 16 2. Josef Kral Addax 1m47.517s 16 3. Dani Clos Ocean 1m47.827s 21 4. Sam Bird DAMS 1m47.887s 13 5. Esteban Gutierrez ART 1m47.913s 31 6. Andrea Caldarelli Racing Engineering 1m47.939s 16 7. Luca Filippi Coloni 1m47.944s 17 8. Charles Pic Addax 1m47.972s 18 9. Stefano Coletti Trident 1m48.016s 26 10. Kevin Ceccon Coloni 1m48.156s 13 11. James Jakes Racing Engineering 1m48.189s 24 12. Michael Herck DPR 1m48.294s 23 13. Roberto Mehri iSport 1m48.387s 21 14. Jolyon Palmer iSport 1m48.406s 22 15. Nathanael Berthon ART 1m48.759s 28 16. Nicolas Marroc Ocean 1m48.831s 15 17. Simon Trummer Arden 1m48.874s 25 18. Pal Varhaug DAMS 1m48.891s 27 19. Rodolfo Gonzalez Super Nova 1m49.008s 19 20. Julian Leal Trident 1m49.085s 19 21. Armaan Ebrahim Arden 1m49.262s 31 22. Daniel Mancinelli Rapax 1m50.102s 13