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Latifi claims day two honours in Bahrain

Latifi claims day two honours in Bahrain
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Canadian tops morning, De Vries the afternoon session

Nicholas Latifi has topped day two by setting the pace in this morning’s test session at the Bahrain International Circuit, stopping the clock at 1:40.541 in the second half of the session to top the timesheets ahead of RUSSIAN TIME teammates Luca Ghiotto and Artem Markelov, while the afternoon was given over to race simulations, with Nyck De Vries topping the timesheets on 1:41.212 ahead of Gustav Malja and Charles Leclerc.

The day opened to gloriously sunny conditions, with the drivers heading out on their medium Pirelli compounds as soon as the lights went green. Johnny Cecotto set the early pace, stopping the clock at 1:41.371, four tenths faster than teammate Nyck de Vries. After a brief red flag Markelov hit his pace, but Ghiotto was the first man to break the 1:41 barrier, followed soon after by Leclerc and Norman Nato.

Just after the halfway mark Latifi grabbed P1 with his blistering lap on soft tyres, a tenth quicker than Ghiotto, and his rivals were unable to challenge. In the final hour a number of drivers tried different set ups to grab the top spot, but to no avail: Latifi owned the morning session when the chequered flag was shown.

Following a two hour break, the action resumed with the field mainly focusing on race simulations and pitstop practices. Sergio Sette Camara set the pace until Cecotto improved on the Brazilian’s laptime to go P1. With one hour left in the day, Camara reclaimed the top spot dipping under 1m42, before Malja also found some extra pace to move up to P2. Fifteen minutes later, de Vries blew past them all with a time good enough to be the afternoon’s fastest man.

After the chequered flag, Camara’s car was found underweight. Therefore, the MP Motorsport driver had all times deleted from the results, promoting Leclerc to the top 3 finish.

Day 3 will start tomorrow at 9.00 local time.

Day 2 Morning results

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:40.541 23

2.

Luca Ghiotto RUSSIAN TIME 1:40.678 25

3.

Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:40.702 31

4.

Jordan King MP Motorsport 1:40.884 26

5.

Charles Leclerc PREMA Racing 1:40.885 33

6.

Norman Nato Pertamina Arden 1:40.909 38

7.

Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1:40.927 20

8.

Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:41.057 20

9.

Oliver Rowland DAMS 1:41.156 18

10.

Sergio Sette Camara MP Motorsport 1:41.351 28

11.

Johnny Cecotto Rapax 1:41.371 16

12.

Antonio Fuoco PREMA Racing 1:41.398 41

13.

Louis Deletraz Racing Engineering 1:41.463 19

14.

Nyck de Vries Rapax 1:41.568 24

15.

Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1:41.984 34

16.

Sergio Canamasas Trident 1:42.042 18

17.

Sean Gelael Pertamina Arden 1:42.249 26

18.

Gustav Malja Racing Engineering 1:42.347 16

19.

Raoul Hyman Campos Racing 1:42.598 41

20.

Nabil Jeffri Trident 1:42.973 20

Day 2 Afternoon results

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Nyck de Vries

Rapax

1:41.212

23

2.

Gustav Malja

Racing Engineering

1:41.546

24

3.

Charles Leclerc

PREMA Racing

1:41.689

39

4.

Johnny Cecotto

Rapax

1:41.833

18

5.

Antonio Fuoco

PREMA Racing

1:41.957

41

6.

Sergio Canamasas

Trident

1:42.197

40

7.

Ralph Boschung

Campos Racing

1:43.171

36

8.

Nabil Jeffri

Trident

1:44.258

33

9.

Nicholas Latifi

DAMS

1:44.354

43

10.

Louis Delétraz

Racing Engineering

1:44.415

37

11.

Oliver Rowland

DAMS

1:44.437

46

12.

Raoul Hyman

Campos Racing

1:45.008

31

13.

Jordan King

MP Motorsport

1:45.191

31

14.

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:45.705

32

15.

Nobuharu Matsushita

ART Grand Prix

1:46.607

38

16.

Sean Gelael

Pertamina Arden

1:47.020

42

17.

Alexander Albon

ART Grand Prix

1:47.050

36

18.

Luca Ghiotto

RUSSIAN TIME

1:47.325

6

19.

Norman Nato

Pertamina Arden

1:47.379

33

*Car #14 (Sergio Sette Camara) found underweight – all times deleted

Source : GP2.com

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