Scores third straight pole
Narain Karthikeyan is becoming the undisputed poleman of the Auto GP Series. Vittorio Ghirelli, driving for Super Nova International, logged the fastest lap of the day so far at the Nürburgring, in the free practice for the upcoming Auto GP round.
The Indian racer scored his third straight pole position of the season at the Nürburgring, where the series managed by Enzo Coloni has lined-up for round 6 of 2013. Karthikeyan topped the charts with a laptime of 1’18″330 in front of his team-mate Vittorio Ghirelli, who had cruised to an early lead in practice.
Opening row 2 will be Kevin Giovesi. The Ghinzani Motorsport driver is aiming for more podium finishes after accomplishing the job at Silverstone and Mugello, and edged Hungarian Tamas Pal Kiss, at his first race for Ibiza Racing Team. Pal Kiss was followed by Ibiza’s colleague Sergio Campana, who got the nod over his closest rival in standings, Kimiya Sato (Euronova Racing). The Japanese youngster was followed by Dutchman Meindert Van Buuren, running for MP Motorsport, and by Robert Visoiu (Ghinzani Motorsport).
Rounding out the top-10 in the fifth row will be MP Motorsport’s Daniel De Jong and Virtuosi UK’s Andrea Roda. As expected, the two rookies on-track in Germany had a tough time in taming the 550-hp Auto GP racecars. Roberto La Rocca (Comtec by Virtuosi) ended up in 12th with Michela Cerruti (MLR71) a couple of spots back. Race 1 will be taking-off tomorrow, Saturday August 17th, at 16:26. TV coverage will be provided by Eurosport with a delayed telecast on Sunday at 8:30. Race 2 will take-off shortly after, this time with live coverage.
Nurburgring, practice: Vittorio Ghirelli (Super Nova Intarnational) set the pace
Driving one of the 550-horsepower Zytek-powered cars of the series, which were designed by Enzo Coloni ed Enrique Scalabroni, the Italian racer set his personal best mark in 1’20″198. The reigning teams’ champions set the tone of the morning in Germany with a cool 1-2 performance completed by Ghirelli’s team-mate, Indian Narain Karthikeyan.
Managed by Giuseppe Cipriani, Ibiza Racing Team also showed its full potential by taking third with championship leader Sergio Campana, who was followed by team-mate Tamas Pal Kiss with the Hungarian man being at his maiden Auto GP run for the Spanish operation. They edged the well-performing MP Motorsport flying Dutchmen Meindert Van Buuren and Daniel De Jong, while Ghinzani Motorsport’s Kevin Giovesi was trailed by Roberto La Rocca, driving for Comtec By Virtuosi in his maiden Auto GP race.
Ninth place went to Kimiya Sato. The Euronova-fielded racer landed in Germany tied for the points lead with Campana, and by the end of Practice he stood in 9th, in front of his team-mate Yoshitaka Kuroda. Michela Cerruti also making her series debut for MLR71, managed to end up in 12th. The Auto GP Teams and Drivers will have their Kumho tires and Eni fuel ready for Qualifying, starting later today at 15:45.
source: Auto GP, autogp.org