“I had high expectations for this race because last year’s win made me confident”
Giacomo Ricci is looking forward to the 2013 Auto Gp championship
The Italian-based racer, born on March the 30th, 1985 in Milan, has become one of the most experienced and competitive drivers of the European motorsports panorama. Last season, he drove for Team MLR71 and also joined them for postseason testing at Barcelona. He entered two rounds and ended up onto the podium twice, at Monza and Marrakech.
With his Race 2 success in Marrakech, Chris van der Drift ended a 21-month-long streak without a win.
A widely recognized talent, the kiwi driver had to face tough times since his huge Brands Hatch crash in 2010 and this also explains why his win in Marrakech was hailed by big smiles throughout the whole Auto GP paddock, with everybody seeing it as a deserved reward after a very unlucky period.
Auto GP keeps going from strength to strength even when it comes to TV figures.
The Series, which averaged an audience of nearly 3 million viewers per race in 2011 in Europe alone, managed to do even better in the first rounds of the 2012 campaign. Both the Valencia and Marrakech events were followed on Eurosport and Eurosport 2 by more than 3.500.000 viewers (*), a 25% improvement compared to the 2007 average.
Chris Van der Drift is the second “king” of the Marrakech Auto GP weekend, after winning today’s race 2 with a stunning performance.
In a season that already saw 5 different winners in 6 rounds, the Kiwi driver bagged the first success for him and MP Motorsport thanks to both a masterful drive and a very good job by his pit-wall staff.
Sergey Sirotkin will start from pole position in tomorrow’s Race 1 on the Marrakech Moulay El Hassan circuit.
The Russian driver of Euronova Racing was quickest in a session that was stopped two times in the last 10 minutes, spoiling the plans of teams and drivers: the red flag was waved a first time after Yann Cunha stopped on track for a technical issue with 10 minutes to go, and again when also Giacomo Ricci’s car came to a halt with just 5 minutes to the end of the session.
Championship leader Adrian Quaife-Hobbs was quickest at the end of the second Auto GP practice on the Moulay El Hassan circuit in Marrakech.
The brit of SuperNova topped the sheets with a 1’29”336 that was nearly 3 tenths better than his fastest rival. Even more impressively, Quaife-Hobbs managed to keep the lead despite missing half of the session due to a spin and a consequent engine stall that forced the marshals to push his car off the track.
Sergio Campana topped the timesheets in the first Free Practice session on the Moulay El Hassan circuit in Marrakech.
The reigning Italian F3 Champion posted the fastest lap right in the last minutes of a session that was made particularly tricky by a brief rain shower that dampened the track with just 40 minutes to the green light.
With 2012 Auto GP welcomed Kumho Tyres as its Official Tyre Supplier.
The Korean manufacturer was eager to support the championship in his decision to provide drivers and teams two different compounds for each race weekend, and even decided to go for a purpose designed “supersoft” tyre for Marrakech, to help the Auto GP competitors in coping with the low level of grip typical of street tracks.
At just 17, Antonio Spavone is one of the younger drivers on the Auto GP grid
Coming from Formula Abarth, the Italian talent from Naples has decided to take an early leap to powerful machinery with Auto GP and is boasting some very good performances: already a top ten finsher in Monza, Antonio confirmed his potential in Valencia and he could have done better if it wasn’t for some issues in both pit-stops.
2012 intercontinental calendar is confirmed
Auto GP keeps growing steadily: entering its third year, the Championship has changed its name to become Auto GP World Series. Not a big change in terms of wording, but an important update that reflects the intercontinental evolution that the Series undertook for 2012, as the Organization confirmed the expansion plan announced last September.
Budapest will replace Marrakech in the Auto GP calendar, hosting the second round of the 2011 season.
The Hungarian permanent circuit will step-in for the Moroccan street course keeping the same date, the weekend from 3 to 5 June. Obviously, the tie-up with the World Touring Car Championship is confirmed: at Hungaroring Auto GP and WTCC will share the track for the second time after Monza, where the 2011 Auto GP season will debut on May 14.
Switch to our mobile site