Antonio Pizzonia will be back driving an Auto GP car next week in testing at Vallelunga.
The Brazilian, a former Formula 1 driver and also a successful entry in the series promoted by Enzo Coloni, will join Zele Racing in at the Roman circuit.
Nikita Zlobin is the first 2015 driver to be announced by Virtuosi Racing for the upcoming Auto GP season.
Nikita is the son of Sergey Zlobin, Russia’s Formula 1 test-driver, and despite being only 18, he has already enjoyed a good career so far. Previously running in the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS and in the German Formula 3 championship, he joined the SMP Racing program, created to support the best Russian prospects in their racing activities.
Colombian driver Andrés Méndez will join Zele Racing for the 2015 Auto GP season.
The 22-year-old from Bogotá, whose father and grandfather were both racing drivers, began kart racing in 2008. Former F1 driver and Le Mans winner Allan McNish discovered the teenager, and he was selected to join the Ferrari Driver Academy.
This season’s most anticipated addition is an upgraded car
The 2015 Auto GP season is inching closer and closer and as the series will go underway in April at Marrakech, supporting the World Touring Car Championship, the organization led by Enzo Coloni will be celebrating the beginning of its sixth running.
The collaboration will guarantee at least an 18-car field in all the 2015 Auto GP events
The Auto GP Organisation is delighted to announce a cooperation deal is reached with ISRA, the Dutch event management company that, under the guidance of businessman Henk de Jong, has organised the 2014 FA1 Championship held during the Acceleration events.
Davide Valsecchi cruised to victory at the end of the Auto GP race held at the 2014 Motor Show of Bologna.
In the series’ first appearance at the historical Emilian motor-related event, the Auto GP races drew great crowds both in the racing arena, where the competition unfolded, and in Pavilion 30, where Italian TV personality Jimmy Ghione presented the 2014 prize-giving ceremony.
“This is an incredible car” – Valsecchi
Last weekend, Davide Valsecchi had the chance to drive the latest Auto GP car, updated with the latest performance package set for 2015. It’s been a successful shakedown at Magione, where with the supervision of Enzo Coloni, the 2012 GP2 Champion sampled the upcoming innovations.
The 2014 Motor Show will also provide the championship with a great frame to award the 2014 champions
Although the cold season has finally come, opening the doors of the long winter season, Auto GP and the promoters of the Bologna Motor Show found a very effective way to warm-up the atmosphere of the 2014 year-end exhibition.
Tamas Pal Kiss, driving for Virtuosi UK, cruised to a flag-to-flag win today at Estoril, in Race 1 of the Auto GP 2014 finale.
The Hungarian racer, who had also scored two points yesterday by taking the pole, mathematically clinched second place in standings. In addition to that, Virtuosi UK was able to reduce its gap from Super Nova in the team’s standings to just 7 points also thanks to a 5th place by Andrea Roda.
Tamas Pal Kiss scored the fastest lap of the day at Estoril in qualifying for the final round of the 2014 Auto GP championship.
The Hungarian racer, fielded by Virtuosi UK, logged a personal best laptime of 1’28″759 to take his maiden pole position, which was also the first for the British squad. Thanks to today’s results they were able to tally one more point in their chase for the teams’ championship.
The final round of the AutoGP weekend at Estoril started with a great laptime by Tamas Pal Kiss (Virtuosi UK).
The Hungarian stopped the clocks in 1:42.601, edging the SuperNova duo of Markus Pommer and Vittorio Ghirelli by 0.7s. The Zele Racing stable followed in fourth and fifth: returning former F1 star Antonio Pizzonia was able to top his rookie team-mate, Angolan Luis Sa Silva.
The closing round of the 2014 Auto GP championship is ready to kick-off on the Portuguese Estoril racetrack.
With the title already in the pockets of Kimiya Sato, most of the attention is dedicated to the fight for the team’s title. Super Nova is leading the charts with 295 points thanks to the wins by Markus Pommer and Michela Cerruti, although the female racer won’t be on-track due to a back injury.
Antonio Pizzonia will make a great return to Auto GP this weekend.
The Brazilian, who endured a successful F1 stint in the 2000’s, will be back behind the wheel of an Auto GP car for the upcoming round at Estoril. Pizzonia made his Auto GP debut in 2012, entering the rounds at Curitba and Sonoma and cruising to victory straight away.
“I’m deeply saddened for not being able to enter the Estoril race with Super Nov” – Michela Cerruti
Michela Cerruti is unable to contest the final Auto GP round at Estoril this weekend, having suffered a recurrence of a back injury that was already aggravated following the Imola event earlier this year. Doctors have informed her that a small operation is necessary to fix the issue and strongly advised against taking any risks this weekend to worsen the injury.