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Davide Valsecchi is the first champion in GP2 history who risks never sitting on a formula one grid.
Precisely 30 years ago, on 18 January 1982, Coloni Motorsport was born.
The story of the Italian team is a really successful one, starting right from that first season that saw the team clinch his first drivers title in the Italian F3 Championship with Enzo Coloni himself at the wheel, and still keeping momentum today with the three wins the team secured in the 2011 GP2 season.
“The teams quality has been one of the keys to the Auto GP success” – Coloni
Auto GP and Campos Racing are eager to announce the signing of an agreement that will see the team enter the Series in 2011. Managed by former F1 driver Adrian Campos, the Spanish outfit will line-up two cars on next season’s grid, adding even more quality to an already outstanding Auto GP field.
Sam Bird: “Who wins Auto GP can win anywhere else”
Romain Grosjean will start from pole in today’s Auto GP Race 1 in Monza. The Frenchman from DAMS managed to put the whole group behind him with a great lap (1’36”171), closing with an half second gap on the second placed rival. Doing this he also clinched the pole extra point, putting another little brick on his championship lead.
The fight between the Auto GP title contenders has already started
In the second Free Practice session the three major rivals for the drivers’ crown took three of the four top spots. The best time was posted by Romain Grosjean: the championship leader wasted his last lap with a mistake at the first chicane but despite this he was able to keep the others at bay thanks to a 1’38”078 posted the lap before.
Giorgio Pantano was the quickest in the first Free Practice session in Monza.
The track was wet due to rain falling from the early morning and the Italian driver, fielded by the debuting Ombra Racing, immediately got the right feeling: he was often the fastest in the first 30 minutes, and he got a good lap also in the final part of the session, when the rain stopped and the track conditions improved.
Six drivers aim for the title in the Auto GP grand finale, Valsecchi, Leo and Cipriani to race in Monza
Auto GP is ready for a thrilling championship finale in Monza.
After five events and ten races the maths are keeping six drivers in contention for the title. With 19 points up for grabs in the Italian weekend, the list of possible winners goes from Romain Grosjean, Series leader with 42 points, to Carlos Iaconelli, in sixth place 18 points adrift.
Great win for Julian Leal in the first Auto GP race on the Navarra circuit.
The Colombian driver, who started from pole position, was perfect throughout the race, getting a perfect start first and then boasting some very quick laps, building an immediate gap on the competition. Only Edoardo Piscopo was able to follow him closely, around 1” adrift, and from lap 9 the Italian even managed to close the gap, arriving right on Leal’s tail.
Navarra qualifying report
First Auto GP pole position for Julian Leal, at the end of a very exciting session in which a red flag, caused by Stefano Bizzarri ending in the gravel, did send the drivers back on track with just 3 minutes to improve on a track that was drying quickly after a light rain drizzle.
Charouz-Gravity Racing on top
Romain Grosjean was again the fastest driver of the Auto GP field in Navarra, topping the sheets of the afternoon Free Practice: the DAMS driver got under the 1’29 mark with a 1’28”850. Despite a strong wind blowing against the cars on the main straight, everybody managed to improve their laps, lapping about 1” better.