Paul Ricard tests: Top 10 overall times
November 12, 2009 11 Comments
Best times from this week’s 3-day test at Paul Ricard:
- Herck 1:12.271 DPR
- Jakes 1:12.346 Super Nova
- Razia 1:12.416 Barwa Addax
- Jakes 1:12.434 Super Nova
- Bianchi 1:12.451 ART
- Bratt 1:12.465 Coloni
- da Costa 1:12.497 Ocean
- Rodriguez 1:12.500 Racing Engineering
- Jakes 1:12.516 Super Nova
- Razia 1:12.518 Barwa Addax
- Herck 1:12.523 DPR
- D’Ambrosio 1:12.533 Ocean
Curious list of drivers and teams in the list. James Jakes takes 3 of the 10 positions with Super Nova, while Michael Herck was fastes overall, 7 tenths faster than Jakes’ best time. Razia also did well during the second day of tests with the Barwa car, as did Will Bratt with a Coloni chassis that has proven lighting-fast recently at tests. Remember this car was in the top spots as well during the Jerez tests with both Valsecchi and Bratt.
Biggest surprise on the list, Portuguese rookie Antonio Felix da Costa with Ocean. Monteiro may have a future title contender in his hands and will surely be looking to sit him in one of his cars for the upcoming Asia series races in 2010. As we were all informed, Leimer and Rossi were on a one-race contract with the team, so da Costa may have a shot to get more racing under his belt if a bit of money can be put together.
Other solid runs from Bianchi, with limited testing his car for next season, D’Ambrosio who has already declared he has no funding for 2010, Turvey – just out of the 3-day top-10 in his iSport and Sam Bird during his day with Telmex Arden.
Ericsson was expected to be higher, and posted the 37th best overall time in the test sessions.
Tight test overall, with 49 times set in the 1:12 block and 37 in the 1:13 group. A total of 103 times were set, so 84% of the times were within this 2-second time band. Competitive and even-matched, no doubt.