Charlie Eustice  |    |   0  |  2 December 2016

Nicholas Latifi ends GP2 test fastest for DAMS

Nicholas Latifi finished the final day of the post-season GP2 test in Abu Dhabi fastest for DAMS.

With a time of 1:48.929, the Canadian also took the distinction of fastest lap over the three days of testing, just 0.008s faster than Raffaele Marciello's session-topping time on day 1.

In the slower morning session, Jordan King's 1:49.880 effort was enough to secure top spot for MP Motorsport, followed by Indy Lights racer Louis Deletraz.

GP2 regulars Johnny Cecotto Jr, Gustav Malja, Oliver Rowland and Artem Markelov filled the next four positions, with new Prema signing Antonio Fuoco in seventh.

European F3 racer Sergio Sette Camara was eighth-fastest, followed by Formula V8 3.5 racer Egor Orudzhev in ninth, and Philo Paz Armand in tenth.

The afternoon session seemed to suit the cars better, with most drivers improving by half a second or more. It was then that Latifi was able to post his time of 1:48.929, only the second time over the three days that a sub-1:48 time was posted.

Johnny Cecotto Jr was next, two tenths down on the DAMS man, with Joran King third for MP, concluding a strong day for the Brit.

Compatriot Oliver Rowland was fourth, followed by Markelov, with 2017 Prema team mates Fuoco and Charles Leclerc sixth and seventh.

Sean Galael finished eighth-fastest, with ART drivers Alexander Albon and Callum Ilott rounding out the top ten.

GP2 Series will resume in the new year, with the 2017 season likely to commence in support of the Spanish Grand Prix on 12-14 May.

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