Dec 07

Auto GP rounds out positive Barcelona test

“The new, experimental car we put to test during these two days provided us with good results” – Enzo Coloni

Auto GP - Jordan KingAuto GP logoThe 2012 postseason round of Auto GP testing at Montmelò was completed today at the Spanish venue and, as happened yesterday, the development process continued on the series’ new racecar.

Driven by Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and by Vittorio Ghirelli, the new car completed 60 laps without a single issue and improved the 2012 version’s marks by about 1.2 seconds. The fastest driver running with the current car was British race Jordan King, who was fielded for the first time of a car of this power by Manor MP Motorsport. He logged a personal best laptime of 1’34”083 to edge Italian Kevin Giovesi, who also was at his maiden Auto GP run with Team Ghinzani, and Ghirelli, who hit the track with Super Nova in the AM segment. Sergio Campana ended up fourth fastest, as he maximized his experience at his comeback for Zele Racing.

The second Manor MP Motorsport car was driven again by Daniel De Jong, who carried-on some set-up comparisons to take 6th in front of Antonio Spavone (SuperNova) and Andrea Roda (Virtuosi UK). The Como-based man kept improving over the two days and found good chemistry with the car, in his first outing with such an advanced package like the Auto GP one and with the double tire compound solution brought on-track by Kumho.

The top-10 was completed by Giacomo Ricci, who continued his development work for Team MLR71, and by Yoshitaka Kuroda, who was joined Kotaru Sakurai for Euronova. The Italian squad, owned by Vincenzo Sospiri, will be back on-track at Montmelò for an additional private test in the next few days.

Enzo Coloni: “The new, experimental car we put to test during these two days provided us with good results. Our staff carried-on some great development that will be analyzed and elaborated during the winter in order to be ready for the first race of 2013. I want to thank reigning Auto GP champion Adrian Quaife-Hobbs for the great job done and for his valuable contribution. I wish him a sensational future in the GP2 Series”.

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs: “I have to thank Auto GP for having brought me here to cover a key role like being the test-driver for this new car. In the last couple of days we tried different configurations and analyzed a lot of data. We made huge steps forward and the laptimes can clearly confirm that improvement”.

Vittorio Ghirelli: “I had the chance to drive the new Auto GP racer in the last session. It’s a really demanding car but it’s also great for learning. This season I raced in the Formula 3.5 series and compared to that car I have to admit that the new Auto GP one left me positively impressed and surprised. It’s really demanding to drive and enables the driver’s skills to make the difference. It also has better grip and great room for further improvement”.

source: Auto GP, autogp.org