Vittorio Ghirelli cruised to his maiden Auto GP pole position today at Budapest
“The Auto GP teams were the first to go back on-track for the 2013 winter testing season.” – Enzo Coloni
Many teams have started their preparation for the 2013 Auto GP season and today, February the 15th, 2013, two of them went on-track at Adria with their already-announced drivers in an effort to get ready for the start of the season, set for the 23rd and 24th of March at Monza.
Alongside its internationally-renowned teams, the Auto GP championship has always enjoyed welcoming new players in motor racing.
One of them, Team MLR71, is about to enter their second season: the Italian-based squad, owned by Michele La Rosa, made their Auto GP debut in 2012 with the goal of turning a personal passion into a fully professional effort.
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.
Giacomo Ricci is ready to make his Auto GP comeback in Sonoma
On the Californian track the Italian driver will join MLR71, driving alongside team owner Michele La Rosa. Having a quality driver as Ricci back on the grid is undoubtedly good news for the Series: Giacomo had just two outings on the Auto GP car so far, Navarra 2010 and Marrakech 2011, and in both occasions he managed to clinch a podium finish thanks to both talent and experience.
Italian F3 champion Sergio Campana emerged as the quickest at the end of the first official test of the 2012 Auto GP World Series.
After a morning session that saw the teams focus mainly on the set-up with used tyres, in the afternoon all the outfits on track went for performance using all the sets of tyres available. Laptimes dropped especially in the last hour, when all the cars were fitted with soft tyres and the session became a sort of qualifying practice.
Sixteen cars will be on the Monza circuit tomorrow for the first collective test of the 2012 Auto GP World Series.
The first official outing of the season will give the teams the opportunity to get prepared for the first round of the Championship, scheduled for 9 to 11 March on the same track, testing both the compounds that Kumho will provide for the Series maiden event.
Sunday was the last day of the three-day private test that four Auto GP teams arranged in Valencia.
After that the second day of running was ruined by the rain, the teams found themselves with a track that was considerably slower than on Friday, and also had to face a strong cross-wind that proved to be quite disturbing for the drivers. Despite not being able to improve their laptimes, the four outfits made the most of the sessions to work on the car set-up and to give more track time to their rookies.
Auto GP teams keep working to prepare the coming season in the best possible way.
With the first event of the Championship scheduled as early as 10 March three teams decided to fly to Valencia for a three-day test that will kick-off tomorrow morning: Campos Racing, MLR71 and Ombra Racing decided to make the most of the warm Spanish weather to put some mileage under their belts, a test that will surely prove very important as the Ricardo Tormo circuit will host the second event of the season.
After MLR71, the first new entry for the 2012 season, Auto GP keeps attracting the interest of the best teams in international motorsport.
While the outfits that are already part of the Series are confirming their commitments and in some cases are willing to increase the number of cars they line-up, other top-notch teams from different championships are targeting an entry in Auto GP.
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