Evans impresses in GP2 testing in Abu Dhabi

Last updated 16:06 13/03/2014

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Young New Zealand driver Mitch Evans has been on the pace as the GP2 cars undergo testing at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Evans has switched teams from Arden racing to Russian Time for his second year in this championship which operates one level below Formula One.

And he has been making his mark as the cars go through their paces as a group for the first time.

The 26-car fleet have held four sessions over the last two days, with two more sessions planned tonight (NZ time).

Evans recorded the 10th fastest time in the opening session. He improved to second in the second session, where his lap time of 1.49.777 was bettered only by Joylon Palmer (DAMS) who recorded 1.49.126 - a lap that remains the hottest over the two days.

Evans finished fifth and seventh today.

He completed 72 laps over the two days and was well ahead of his rookie team-mate, Russian Artem Markelov, who had to be content with 22nd, 20th, 24th and 11th over the four sessions.

Russian Time are defending champions, adding pressure on Evans.

The GP2 season opens in Bahrain on April 4 alongside the Formula One Grand Prix.

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