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pic 29/03/16 The final test session for Racing Engineering before the opening race of the 2016 GP2 season.

Today sees the first day of three days of testing at the Spanish circuit of Jerez and Racing Engineering and its two drivers, Frenchman Norman Nato and Briton Jordan King will be using the time to finalise their basic set-up for their cars and to practice race simulations in preparation for another very competitive GP2 season.

The previous three days of testing at the Barcelona circuit saw Norman and Jordan amongst the fastest runners and in every session, where they weren’t running race simulations, either one or both of them were in the top four quickest times. The 2016 season will be as competitive as ever with a number of experienced drivers being joined by young drivers who have shone in the more junior formulae and these pre-season tests are a vital part of the preparation that the Racing Engineering team will be undertaking to ensure that they are ready from the very start to launch their bid for both the 2016 Driver and Team Championships.

The first race weekend of the year will be at the Barcelona circuit in Spain beginning on the 13th May.

Circuito de Jerez

Length of lap: 4.423 km

Tyres Wear: Medium

Brake Wear: High

Downforce: High

Throttle Average: 50%

Fastest turn: T4

Hardest breaking point: T8

Gear shifts per lap: 32

Top Speed: 295 km/h

Best Time 2013: 1:24.400.

1. Jerez de la Frontera is in southwestern Spain, situated midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cádiz Mountains.

2. Although it has never hosted a GP2 race event, the Jerez circuit has often been used for pre and post-season testing.

3. Some corners have been named after famous drivers such us Ayrton Senna, Ángel Nieto or Jorge Lorenzo.

4. The Jerez circuit has 13 corners: 8 on the right and 5 on the left.

5. In 2007 the Circuito de Jerez achieved a record for attendance at a Spanish sport event with a total of 134.138 spectators.

6. Its 4.423 m in length (4.428m with chicane) and includes a variety of low, medium and high speed curves.

7. The last time GP2 tested in Jerez de la Frontera was in 2013, the year Racing Engineering’s Fabio Leimer became GP2 World Champion.

8. Racing Engineering's headquarters is located in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, just 40km from the Jerez Circuit.

9. The main straight is considered short with a length of 607 meters.

10. Maximum track width is 12 meters and the maximum radius is 116 meters, which is in corner 4.

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