The Zele Racing Brazilian got his Hungarian revenge
Antonio Pizzonia won the second race of the Auto GP championship at the Hungaroring, in a run made tougher by a rain shower that added further excitement to the latter stages.
Free Practice 1: Regalia (FMS) takes top spot ahead of Cecotto (Virtuosi) and Pizzonia (Zele)
Facu Regalia, the Argentinian proved to be the quickest again during Auto GP Free Practice 2 at the Hungaroring. Series returnee Facu Regalia, 23 yrs old from Argentina, was the quickest on track during the first Auto GP Free Practice session at the Hungaroring – The South american (FMS Racing) stopped the clock at 1’36”121 getting ahead of second placed driver Johnny Cecotto jr.
The Auto GP roster is growing as two new names will be lining-up next weekend at Budapest.
Driving for Virtuosi UK at the Hungaroring venue will be Johnny Cecotto Jr. The 25-year-old, Venezuelan, will be partnering Russian Nikita Zlobin. Another fresh new talent will be a 16-year-old Italian rookie, Leonardo Pulcini.
Pizzonia (Zele Racing), Von Grünigen (Paolo Coloni Racing) join 2015 Auto GP ranks
Manaus-born Brazilian Antonio Pizzonia will be back in the series thanks to a deal with Austrian squad Zele Racing. The 34-year-old ace had already raced with the same squad last year, and led the pack in the 2015 preseason test held at Vallelunga. Pizzonia won the 2000 British F.3 Championship before moving to F1 with Jaguar and BMW-Williams. He will form an all-South American duo with Colombian.
Auto GP is delighted to welcome a new team on-board for the 2015 season
Paolo Coloni Racing will make their debut in the 2015 Auto GP season with the goal of fielding three cars. The team benefits from the 30-year experience of Paolo Coloni in motorsports as a driver and team manager, including the success achieved during the 2011 GP2 Season by Scuderia Coloni with Luca Filippi.
Antonio Pizzonia, driving for Zele Racing, cruised to the fastest lap of the opening Auto GP test session of 2015 at Vallelunga.
The Brazilian, who made it on-track in time for Day 2 only, due to the long trip from Brazil, stopped the clocks in 1’23″196, completing 50 laps. The second fastest lap was set by German Sebastian Balthasar, who ended up 6 tenths of a second adrift in a Manor MP Motorsport car.
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.