GP2

Johnny Cecotto testing barca 2013

JAMES CALADO QUICKEST ON DAY 2 IN BARCA… 

The 2012 GP2 Series best rookie James Calado was the quickest man today on a damp Circuit de Catalunya in this morning’s session with a laptime of 1:50.218. Johnny Cecotto topped the timesheet in the afternoon a shy nine hundredth away from Calado.
 
The second day of GP2 Series pre-season testing opened this morning in cold temperatures as the rain poured down. The drivers put their wet weather Pirelli tyres to good use as soon as the green light flashed in the pitlane. Daniel Abt was the early pace setter for ART Grand Prix, but it was his teammate Calado who set the record straight and put in a laptime of 1:50.218 ahead of Felipe Nasr whose best efforts put him sixth tenths away from the Brit. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs ended another seven tenths behind the Brazilian. Behind the top three, Rene Binder, Abt, Mitch Evans, Tom Dillmann, Marcus Ericsson, Cecotto and Kevin Giovesi rounded up the top ten. The session was briefly red flagged twice, first when Abt went off track and clipped the barrier at turn 4 putting a premature end to his morning’s endeavours. The second red flag was issued when Cecotto also went wide at Turn 4 in the closing minutes of the session.
 
The rain held off during the lunch break and hopes were high that we would see a dry afternoon session just as we did yesterday. Simon Trummer set the early pace for Rapax, but his time was bettered by one tenth by Quaife-Hobbs in the opening hour. Unfortunately, the weather gods had decided that today would not be a dry one and the rain picked up again. A first red flag halted the proceedings as Riccardo Agostini stopped at turn 4. The session resumed and Quaife-Hobbs remained top. Two more red flags appeared when Julian Leal first went wide and into the gravel bed, and when Rene Binder ran off at turn 7.
 
Cecotto found some extra pace in the final hour to claim the top spot in a 1:52.781. No one could better that time. In the dying minutes and after a late red flag courtesy of Abt again who stopped at turn 4, Calado and Nasr put their head down to claim P2 and P3 respectively. Giovesi, Quaife-Hobbs, Trummer, Daniel De Jong, Stefano Coletti and Dillmann rounded up to the top ten.
 
The final day of testing will start tomorrow at 9am local time. The weather forecast expects a dry day.
 
Morning results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:50.218
30
2.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:50.902
14
3.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
1:51.642
29
4.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:51.689
17
5.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:52.034
24
6.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:52.176
24
7.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:52.233
23
8.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:52.266
23
9.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:52.296
17
10.
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:52.457
19
11.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:52.594
26
12.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:52.685
29
13.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:52.692
30
14.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:52.946
26
15.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:53.100
25
16.
Sergio Canamasas
Caterham Racing
1:53.160
21
17.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:53.216
25
18.
Robin Frijns
Trident Racing
1:53.649
2
19.
Christopher Zanella
RUSSIAN TIME
1:53.772
23
20.
Conor Daly
Hilmer Motorsport
1:53.912
17
21.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Trident Racing
1:53.994
12
22.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:54.075
18
23.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:54.547
20
24.
Ma Qing Hua
Caterham Racing
1:54.857
22
25.
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
1:55.077
16
26.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:55.366
30
Afternoon results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:52.781
18
2.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:52.878
28
3.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:52.892
24
4.
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:53.081
21
5.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
1:53.243
30
6.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:53.414
32
7.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:53.515
26
8.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:53.524
37
9.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:53.818
14
10.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:53.819
23
11.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:53.920
22
12.
Conor Daly
Hilmer Motorsport
1:53.983
22
13.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:54.137
29
14.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:54.161
36
15.
Sergio Canamasas
Caterham Racing
1:54.240
18
16.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:54.349
14
17.
Robin Frijns
Trident Racing
1:54.360
18
18.
Ma Qing Hua
Caterham Racing
1:54.494
33
19.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:54.513
17
20.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Trident Racing
1:54.563
27
21.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:54.662
35
22.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:54.845
23
23.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:54.940
23
24.
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
1:55.359
26
25.
Christopher Zanella
RUSSIAN TIME
1:55.425
12
26.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:55.770
26

OYRC

After weeks of intensive training and preparation OYRC teams go into competitive action for the first time
After weeks of intensive training and preparation OYRC teams go into competitive action for the first time

OMAN YOUTH RALLY CUP LAUNCHES DRIVE TO DUAL TARGETS

Spirit of young Omanis excites Al Wahaibi as series gets under way

Muscat, Oman, 6 March, 2013: After weeks of intensive training and preparation, the four teams contesting the inaugural Oman Youth Rally Cup go into competitive action for the first time tomorrow, as they look to make their mark in local motor sport en route to a much bigger target.

The OYRC runs as a special category within the 2013 Oman Rally Championship, the first round of which gets under way with a super special stage at the Oman Automobile Association headquarters in Seeb at 3pm tomorrow.

For the four crews, their teams of technicians and the two other young Omanis chosen to represent their interests throughout the season, the 166km two-day event marks the start of a new initiative using motor sport as a vehicle to ultimately make the Sultanate’s roads safer.

The spirit of the 32 young Omanis taking part in the OYRC is typified by 23-year-old Ehab Ahmed Al Zadjali, one of the four selected drivers, who has already shown his talents on the Oman karting scene and dreams of competing in the World Rally Championship.

“I’m participating in the Oman Youth Rally Cup to experience the programme as it will help me in my future racing career, and the training will help me in my personal development, ”

said Al Zadjali, whose sporting hero is former World Rally Champion Colin McRae.

“The community activities which are part of the Oman Youth Rally Cup are very important in creating road safety awareness in Oman, and I’m very happy to be a part of this project.”

Al Zadjali, who works as an Oman Air cabin crew member, will be partnered by co-driver Mazin Muhanna Al-Nadabi in one of the specially designed Toyota Yaris models selected for the series after being built and tested in the Sultanate for rallying.

The Oman Youth Rally Cup is officially supported by Oman Air Cargo, Oman Sail, BR Karts and Sparco. The winners of the inaugural Oman Youth Rally Cup will be decided by a scoring system combining rally results and performance in a year-long series of road safety community events.

Hamed Al Wahaibi, Oman’s leading rallying figure, is driving the OYRC with the dual objective to develop the country’s next generation of rally drivers and road safety ambassadors.

The series covers all five rounds of this year’s Oman Rally Championship, and the 32 young Omanis who came through an intense selection and training programme will also take part in a year-long series of community activities aimed at making roads safer.

“Over the next two days it is all about rallying, and it’s very satisfying to feel the excitement of the 32 young people who are getting this opportunity in a sport which has given me so much pleasure over the years,” said Al Wahaibi. “I’m excited for them.”

“One of the things that has impressed me over the last few weeks is that, while they’re all motivated by the chance to compete in our national rally championship, they’re just as enthusiastic about helping us achieve our goals in road safety.”

Driving another Toyota Yaris, Said Rashid Al Ghaithi, a technical account manager, goes into action tomorrow alongside 19-year-old airport management student Mannan Al Rawahi who has been karting since the age of eight.

Al Rawahi, whose ambition is to be an international rally driver, says: “The Oman Youth Rally Cup is a very good opportunity to learn more about rallying, and I’m proud to be a part of this project as road safety is a major issue in Oman.”

Another driver excited by the dual challenge of the OYRC is 23-year-old Yaqdhan Mubarak Al Rashdi, whose sporting hero is F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel. He said: “My love for motor sport and the chance to develop myself as a professional driver is what attracted me to the Oman Youth Rally Cup.”

“I’m honoured to be part of this programme and I think it’s a great idea to use rallying to promote road safety and let people know how important it is to follow basic safety rules.” His co-driver is Ahmed Saud Al Sibani who is studying HR at the Higher College of Technology.

Completing the OYRC driver line-up is telecommunication engineering student Zakariya Ahmed Al Aufi, who has competed in 22 rallies as a co-driver over the last five years.

He said: “The Oman Youth Rally Cup has given me the chance to prove my driving skills, something I was unable to do earlier due to financial limitations. Motor sport is in my blood and winning the first OYRC title is what I’m aiming for so I can prove that I deserved this chance.”

“I am happy to be part of this project. Road accidents are rapidly increasing in Oman and serious action needs to be taken by the public, government and private companies in order to put an end to it.” His co-driver is 19-year-old IT student Issa Mohammed Ahmed Al Wardi.

Supporting the four teams throughout the year will be OYRC captain Hamed Al Subhi and Cup co-ordinator Mohammed Al Mazroui. Al Subhi says: “The Oman Youth Rally Cup is a great concept. The community activities are very important as they will help raise safety awareness throughout Oman.”