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Zanella ends second test day on top

Wednesday, December 14 2011

Christopher Zanella ended the second and final day of official Formula Two testing as the leading driver to conclude and impressive display by a host of talented international drivers.

The 22-year-old, who recorded two wins on his way to second in this year's F2 championship, used the cooler morning temperatures to set a best time of 1:37.075s, which remained unbeaten by the narrowest of margins.

German Markus Pommer continued to impress to record the second fastest time of the day, this time in the final stint, with Romanain Mihai Marinescu going third fastest. European F3 Open champion Alex Fontana finished fourth overall with Italian Edoardo Liberati completing the top five.

Once again the second test day saw all the sessions closely contested along with some superb debut drives including that of teenager Matheo Tuscher.

After Zanella headed the timesheets this morning, session three saw Liberati lead the way with the 19-year-old putting in consistent lap times along with Hector Hurst and Marinescu. Proceedings were briefly interrupted following a red flag caused by Sasha Radola spinning at Turn 9 but they quickly resumed at which point newcomer Tuscher went top on his F2 test debut. The Frenchman, who this year won the Formula Pilota China series, used new tyres to put in a superb 1:38.468s which remained unbeaten for the session. Liberati ended second with Hurst, also on new rubber, in third and Marinescu and Zanella completing the top five in yet another closely fought session.

The day's final stint saw the drivers able to use their overboost facility with some choosing to remain in the pits early on as they waited for a clear track. By the mid-way point it was Tuscher who was once again lighting up the timing screens and the first driver to dip into the 1:37s with Liberati, Zanella, Hurst and Marinescu all following closely.

A spin by Hurst exiting the last corner saw the session briefly halted before the green flags were waved with 10 remaining on the clock. With many drivers just about to start their final run though, the interruption meant the last few minutes saw a scramble to regain good track position and avoid traffic.

Zanella, Marinescu, Tuscher and Pommer all enjoyed their time at the top of the timesheets as each bettered the previous driver's time but it was the German who took the honours - by a mere 0.033s - ahead of the Swiss and the Romanian with Tuscher impressing with fourth slot.

Meanwhile, Riccardo Brutschin completed a successful debut test to go sixth overall for the day with Brit Daniel McKenzie seventh and Kelvin Snoeks eighth. Italian Vittorio Ghirelli and Tuscher completed the top 10.

Formula Two will be revealing further details on next year's season shortly with all the information available at www.formulatwo.com

Barcelona winter testing, day two (combined) results:

1. Christopher Zanella, 1:37.075s
2. Markus Pommer, +0.014s
3. Mihai Marinescu, +0.108s
4. Alex Fontana, +0.258s
5. Edoardo Liberati, +0.304s
6. Riccardo Brutschin, +0.351s
7. Daniel McKenzie, +0.403s
8. Kelvin Snoeks, +0.499s
9. Vittorio Ghirelli, +0.500s
10. Matheo Tuscher, +0.533s