|Continuing from where he left off yesterday Fabio Leimer was, once again, the fastest of all the drivers today at Jerez.
The morning session of the second day of GP2 testing was held in cooler conditions meaning that lap times were about 0.5 of a second faster than the quickest times set in yesterday’s warmer temperatures. From the start of the session Leimer was amongst the fastest in his Racing Engineering chassis and after 30 minutes the Swiss driver set a time of 1:26.701 which proved to be over a tenth of a second faster than any other driver was able to achieve in the rest of the session.
For Rupert Svendsen-Cook, who had not raced anything more powerful than a F3 car before, it was a case of both adjusting to the much more powerful GP2 car and learning the Jerez circuit which was new to him as well. The young Englishman soon showed his professionalism by gradually decreasing his lap times to finish the session in 24th with a time of 1:29.106.
For the afternoon session Leimer and the Racing Engineering team concentrated on working through a development programme and, with lap times about a second slower than the morning, did not attempt a quick time.
Svendsen-Cook soon showed that he had the pace to become a front-running GP2 driver when, once again, he went quicker on every lap and despite the track being slower he set a time of 1:29.110 which put him 15th fastest.The two days of testing have been very profitable for Racing Engineering with Fabio Leimer setting the fastest time over the two days and being quickest in three out of the four sessions. Additionally Racing Engineering had the opportunity to give both Rodolfo González and Rupert Svendsen-Cook a chance to have a run in their race-winning cars.