May 26

Auto GP Champions impress at Monte Carlo

“The Auto GP Champions delivered excellent performances” – Enzo Coloni

Auto GP - Adrian Quaife-Hobbs - Enzo ColoniAuto GP confirmed to be one of the most successful developmental championship of the international motorsports scene at Monte Carlo.

The series, run by Enzo Coloni, provided motor racing with three champions that stood out in terms of speed skills and consistency. In an excellent frame for its glamour and technical challenges like the F.1 Grand Prix of Monaco, the former Auto GP Champions performed in an excellent way. The 2011 Champ Romain Grosjean has been extremely quick and clocked the 2nd fastest laptime of practice before being involved in the typical hidden dangers of the venue.

His successors, Italian Kevin Ceccon and Brit Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, delivered excellent performances in the GP2 Series round held in the Principality. Ceccon clocked the third fastest laptime in Group A, the fastest of the two groups created to avoid traffic melees in Qualifying. Despite the loss of the front wing in a contact at the start, Ceccon took advantage of a red flag to replace it and made it to 2nd place during the day, scoring his maiden podium finish in the series.

After having ended up in 8th on Race 1, Quaife-Hobbs took off from the pole in Race 2, held one day earlier on Saturday. Eventually, he also ended up in second, proving how running the 2012 Auto GP season has been key for his professional growth, leading him to a shining performance at the Monte Carlo track. Adrian also handed MP Motorsport their first podium, as they line-up for their first GP2 Season after their profitable 2012 experience in Auto GP

The team’s second driver Daniel De Jong also impressed. The Dutchman, currently entered in the Auto GP series, ended up both races into the top-10.

Enzo Coloni: “The Auto GP Champions delivered excellent performances in the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco. This is one of the best rewards we continue to receive regarding the formative nature of our championship for drivers aiming to Formula 1. In GP2, Kevin Ceccon and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs took two second places on one of the rare racetrack where talent emerges over the cars and set-ups. I’m very happy for them and I’m sure this podium finishes will be just the first big accomplishment of a long series”.

source: Auto GP, autogp.org