Evans finds late speed to impress in GP2 testing

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 09:50 14/03/2014

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New Zealand driver Mitch Evans found some late speed to finish the GP2 testing in second place in Abu Dhabi today.

Having been right in the mix over the first two days of testing on the Yas Marina Circuit, Evans put in a strong showing on the final day continuing his encouraging work for his new team, Russian Time.

In windy conditions that saw the deserts sands invade the track, Evans saved his best for last to clock a laptime of 1:51.415.

In the dying minutes of the session, Arthur Pic (Campos Racing) went four tenths quicker to finish the day on top.

Earlier in the day Evans finished a tricky morning session fifth fastest.

He completed 49 laps with his team determined to get as much time on the track as possible in this limited opportunity.

"I'm very satisfied with the work over the past three days," Evans said. "I'm looking forward to Bahrain next week."

The GP2 paddock now heads to Sakhir for the second and final pre-season testing next week at the Bahrain International Circuit.

The cars will stay there for the season-opening meeting on April 4 where they will be part of the Bahrain Grand Prix, a Formula One event.

Evans' rookie team mate, Russian Artem Markelov, continued his struggles with 22nd and 16th efforts over the final two sessions in Abu Dhabi where he completed 70 laps.

There were 26 drivers involved.

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