With the second win in three weeks, clinched in the VdeV season finale in Estoril
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SWR-promoted series set for 2013 opener with revised format, exciting field
Less than four days are left before the start of the 2013 GTSprint International Series season at the fast Monza racetrack. After the championship’s collective test, many team-driver combinations have emerged as potential title threats: 2013 will be as exciting as ever.
“The number of drivers getting in-touch with Auto GP for the first time keeps rising.” – Enzo Coloni
New and promising young drivers are joining Auto GP as the championship series is set to go back on-track on December the 6th and 7th at Circuit de Catalunya. After the confirmations received by Vittorio Ghirelli, Yoshitaka Kuroda and Kimiya Sato, three more racers are now set to line-up aboard the Auto GP Zytek-powered Lola cars in Barcelona.
Running for italian-based Team Ombra Racing outfit, Cordoni won the GTS3 title, ending up as a runner-up in the overall series
It’s been an extremely positive rookie season for Mario Cordoni in the 2012 GTSprint International Series. Driving a Ferrari 458 Italia for Team Ombra Racing, the Italian tamed a tough opposition to win the GTS3 class championship and also ended up second in the overall standings.
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 is ready to welcome another comeback in Sonoma
Antonio Spavone, who had missed the Curitiba races after contesting the first five rounds of the Series, will be back on the grid in California: the Italian driver will join Ombra Racing to take the wheel of the #23 car, driving alongside another returnee, Venezuelan Giancarlo Serenelli.
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.
Mario Cordoni records maiden overall win with Ombra Racing
Despite not having been able to challenge for the overall win, Andrea Palma ended up Race 2 of the GT SPRINT INTERNATIONAL SERIES in third place, sealing the 2012 overall and GTS2 titles with two race meetings still to spare. After having started from the pole, Palma was penalized with a drive-through penalty for jumping the start start.
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.