Just a few weeks to go to the 2015 DTM season kick-off at the Hockenheimring
A first foretaste of the things to come will be provided from Wednesday to Friday (25th to 27th March) during the official ITR tests at Estoril, Portugal.
Jenzer Motorsport’s Ralph Boschung quickest in Portugal
Swiss rookie Ralph Boschung topped the timesheet on the second and final day of pre-season testing at Estoril. The Jenzer Motorsport driver posted a best laptime of 1: 27.789 in the morning session. Carlin’s Mitchell Gilbert was quickest in the afternoon.
The 4 Hours of Estoril, which took place at the Autodromo di Estoril on Sunday, marked the end of the European Le Mans Series for 2014.
To close the season, the drivers and teams present in Portugal put on for the many spectators in the grandstands and the paddock a superbly competitive festival of racing: three races within one race as each of the three categories, LMP2, LMGTE and GTC, battled for victory.
Fifth place for no36 Signatech Alpine secures the 2014 European Le Mans Series driver and team titles
The final round of the 2014 European Le Mans Series, the 4 Hours of Estoril, has been won by the No.24 ORECA 03R of Sébastien Loeb Racing, Vincent Capillaire and endurance debutant Jimmy Eriksson giving the team its first win in the Championship and the series its fifth different winner from five races.
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.
Russian team SMP Racing finished the second free practice session of the day where they left off in the morning – at the top of the LMGTE and GTC time sheets.
There was one interruption during the 90-minute session to retrieve the no67 IMSA Performance MATMUT Porsche which had become beached in the gravel at the final corner.
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.
Eight powerful Auto GP cars will run in front of the large and competent crowd of the Emilian event.
While preparations for the last round of the 2014 season at Estoril are underway, with the event set to kick-off in about ten days, Auto GP is proud to announce that the series will be part of the Motor Show program in Bologna.