Nick Cassidy topped the timesheets for Envision Virgin Racing in the Marrakesh rookie test, setting a fastest time of 1:16.467s, which was almost seven-tenths quicker than pole-sitter Antonio Felix da Costa’s best effort in qualifying yesterday.
The fastest lap of the day was set on Cassidy’s final run and concluded a productive morning and afternoon of testing, with the drivers racking up a combined total of 1,965 laps around the Circuit Moulay El Hassan.
Cassidy was over fourth-tenths quicker than his nearest rival Sergio Sette Camara (Geox Dragon) in second, with Filipe Albuquerque a further two-tenths adrift in third.
Speaking about his experience testing the Envision Virgin Racing car, Cassidy said: “It’s been great to finally step into the car and I’ve learnt a huge amount from the test today in Marrakesh. It’s a lot different to my previous experience but I felt we had a great test program and I hope that I’ve managed to help the team with what they were wanting to achieve. The car had great pace and to come away with the fastest time ever at Marrakesh is an awesome feeling too."
Nicolas Lapierre - who received a late call-up in place of James Rossiter after he took part in practice on Friday for an unwell Jean-Eric Vergne - finished fourth in the sister DS Techeetah.
Kyle Kirkwood led the line for BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s in fifth place, posting a time of 1:17.272s.
Norman Nato set the sixth fastest time for ROKiT Venturi Racing and also took the honours for completing the most laps with a grand total of 96 across both sessions. Nato was only one-thousandth of a second quicker than Jake Hughes in seventh for the Mercedes-Benz works team.
Lucas Auer (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) ended the day in eighth, followed by Kelvin van der Linde (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler), who sat top of the leaderboard after the morning running. Sacha Fenestraz rounded out the top-10 in testing, just over one second shy of the fastest time of the day.