GP2: Pierre Gasly sweeps three days of testing in Abu Dhabi

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Formula Renault 3.5 runner-up Pierre Gasly has finished off a superb weekend of GP2 testing in Abu Dhabi that saw him lead all three days of the session.

Gasly topped out at 1 minute, 48.231 seconds to lead the way on Saturday for DAMS, which recently won the GP2 title with driver Jolyon Palmer.

Gasly competed in the final three events of the 2014 GP2 season for the Status team (formerly Caterham), and his excellent showing in the desert this weekend could help him in attaining a full-time GP2 ride. He had been one of those considered for the Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 seat that ultimately went to FR3.5 champ Carlos Sainz Jr.

This morning, Jordan King was second behind Gasly, while Esteban Ocon in a second DAMS car went P2 in the afternoon run.

Overall, Arthur Pic (brother of F1 reserve Charles) was third-fastest with a 1 minute, 49.091 second lap for Campos in the afternoon. King followed in fourth with his afternoon lap (1 minute, 49.129 seconds), followed by Sergey Sirotkin in fifth (afternoon; 1 minute, 49.200 seconds).

Raffaele Marciello, who recently tested an F1 machine for Ferrari, went back to Racing Engineering for the final day of testing after working with Status on Friday. The Italian went fifth and ninth in the morning and afternoon, respectively.

GP3 champ Alex Lynn also was one of multiple drivers that swapped teams after getting his first taste of GP2 with Carlin on Friday. Today, Lynn was with ART Grand Prix and went eighth and 10th, although he did cause the final red flag of 2014 after being forced to stop at Turn 19.

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.