The Colombian mastered the wet conditions to top the podium
Competing in his second season in discipline, Carlos Huertas (Carlin) secured his first Formula Renault 3.5 Series win in race two at Motorland Aragon.
Auto GP racers impress in GP2 test
Five drivers in the test’s roster were coming from the Auto GP championship, started and promoted by Enzo Coloni. Daniel De Jong was probably the most surprising man in the pack. The Dutchman, who raced for the MP team and scored 5th place this season, drove for Scuderia Coloni. The team welcomed him warmly and was eager to provide him with a chance to express his full potential. He clocked the second fastest lap of the first day before rounding out the top-5 in Day 2 at his first time driving a GP2 Dallara with wet weather tires.
Sergey Sirotkin became the last winner of the 2012 Auto GP season in Sonoma
The Russian driver of Euronova Racing was the first to cross the line in Sunday’s Race 2 after a race that saw him as the undisputed leader. After that the early part was led by reverse poleman Antonio Spavone and saw the Safety-Car deployed to remove Sakurai’s car (the Japanese driver stalled on the grid due to a clutch issue), Sirotkin effectively took the lead from lap 5 on, when a lightning quick pit-stop from the Euronova crew and a very fast out lap allowed him to climb from P3 to the lead. From then on, the driver from Russia lapped steadily in the low 1’28” range, a pace that nobody but Quaife-Hobbs could match.
Sergey Sirotkin topped the sheets of the first Auto GP practice in Sonoma
The Russian driver of Euronova was in the top three for the whole session and with just a few minutes to go he posted a 1’27”882 that was enough to edge championship winner Adrian Quaife-Hobbs by one tenth. “There’s much more to come – Sergey said – I had very old tyres and the track is still dirty. In order to do that laptime I took some risks, I don’t know about the others. Anyway, I really like the track; it’s a bit bumpy but it’s thrilling with all those blind corners”.
“Auto GP provides excellent training for young drivers and is good value for money compared to other championships with big cars.”
One of the first teams to commit to the Auto GP championship in its debut season, Euronova Racing made his comeback in the Series in 2012 with a great challenge: getting results from the youngest line up of the grid: when the championship started in March, Sergey Sirotkin was just 16 while his team-mate Antonio Spavone was 17. Relying on Vincenzo Sospiri’s skills as a talent scout and driver coach, the team was able to overcome the odds and experience a successful season with one win and six other podium finishes. Here is Euronova’s 2012 in Sospiri’s own words.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs took the fifth pole of his Auto GP season.
The championship leader, who has a chance to seal the title already this weekend in Curitiba, made a further step in the right direction by taking the extra point for pole after a fight with Chris Van der Drift, Antonio Pizzonia and Pål Varhaug.
Antonio Pizzonia needed virtually no time to find the right pace in Auto GP
The home hero closed the first free practice session in second place, just 0”6 shy of Championship leader Adrian Quaife-Hobbs. The Briton confirmed his great pace topping the sheets with a 1’12”767 but the highlight of this first 30’ was undoubtedly Pizzonia’s great comeback on a single-seater: the former F1 driver surely made the most of his deep knowledge of the Curitiba track, something that allowed him to focus just on finding the feeling with Ombra Racing and the Zytek-powered Lola.
It was a partly damp track that greeted the Formula Renault 3.5 Series drivers at the Moscow Raceway on Friday morning.
Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship leader Sam Bird (ISR) dominated Friday’s collective testing at the all new Moscow Raceway, getting off on the right foot at the first WSR meeting in Russia by going fastest in both the morning and afternoon sessions.
At 16, Sergey Sirotkin became the youngest race winner ever in Auto GP history.
After that magic weekend in Valencia he kept making an impression on the paddock emerging as one of the most interesting talents in European motorsport. His tally now includes one win, one 2nd place, three 3rd place finishes, one pole position and 5 fastest laps, impressive achievements for a driver that last year was driving a F. Abarth, a car with just a fraction of the power delivered by the Zytek engine Lolas of Auto GP.
Sunday 3 June is a day that Adrian Quaife-Hobbs won’t forget easily
The young Briton of Supernova today won the second race of the Portimão Auto GP weekend starting from P8 and doing so he clinched a perfect weekend taking pole position, both race wins and both fastest laps. The fifth win of his season is another championship record secured by the driver from Kent, and the “hat-trick” is also an absolute premiere for the Series: thanks to this weekend’s results Quaife Hobbs added 48 points to his tally, bringing his advantage on the closest rival to 73 points.
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