Jul 13

Mugello Qualifying: Narain Karthikeyan (Super Nova International) cruises to pole (updated)

In the Coloni-promoted championship

Auto GP - Narain KarthikeyanNarain Karthikeyan cruised to his second straight Auto GP pole today at Mugello as he topped the qualifying session for the 5th round of the 2013 series.

The Indian-born racer, lined-up by Super Nova International, was able to repeat his Silverstone run by edging Kevin Giovesi with a best lap of 1:34.583. Giovesi also repeated the front row start scored in the UK, a remarkable accomplishment considered his so far short experience in the Coloni-promoted championship.

Row 2 is set to be an all-Italian one with Friday’s testing leader Vittorio Ghirelli (Super Nova International) and Sergio Campana. Driving for Ibiza Racing Team, the latter will benefit from a good chance to trim his gap in standings by taking-off in front of current leader Kimiya Sato. The Japanese driver, fielded in Auto GP by Euronova, will take part in next week’s Silverstone Formula 1 test, following in the footsteps of former series’ graduates Romain Gorsjean (2010) and Kevin Ceccon (2011).

Young Romanian Robert Visoiu, driving for Ghinzani Motorsport, scored the 6th fastest lap but will be penalized 5 positions due to a violation at Silverstone. His place will be filled by Andrea Roda (Virtuosi UK) while fourth row is set to be shared by Dutchman Meindert van Buuern (MP Motorsport) and Hungarian Tamas Pal Kiss (Zele Racing). The top-10 will be rounded out by experienced former F.1 driver Christian Klien (Zele Racing) and GP2 Series regular Daniel De Jong (MP Motorsport).

source: Auto GP, autogp.org



Yoshitaka Kuroda took his best ever finish in the Auto GP series today at Mugello, finishing in 7th place and earning himself a coveted front row start for tomorrow’s race.

The start of today’s 16 lap race saw disaster for his team-mate Sato who, going in to the Mugello round was leading the Championship by 13 points from Campana. Sato made a slow start and got caught up in the backmarkers, hitting the driver who spun in front of him. Sato’s race was over immediately and the Japanese driver recorded his first DNF of the season which has seen him score points in every race so far.

Kuroda, who started from 14th on the grid, took advantage of the three lap safety car period at the start of the race to make his obligatory pit stop as soon as possible.

A clean, quick stop by Kuroda and the Euronova boys saw him gain a place and his pace was such that he was able to run with Karthikeyan, Ghirelli and Klein for much of the race before taking the flag in 8th place. A post-race penalty for Van Buuren later saw Kuroda promoted to 7th.

Tomorrow’s race will start at 1145 and will see Kuroda start from 2nd on the grid. Sato will be forced to start from the back of the grid and will have it all to do in order to salvage some valuable points from the weekend.

source: euronova-racing.com