Tag Archive: Victor Guerin

Sep 23

Sirotkin triumphs in Sonoma season finale

Sergey Sirotkin became the last winner of the 2012 Auto GP season in Sonoma

Auto GP - Sonoma - Euronova Racing - Sergey SirotkinAuto GP World SeriesThe 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 23

Sonoma, Race 1: the drivers’ quotes

What they said after the race

Auto GP World SeriesAuto GP - Sonoma - Pal VarhaugThe first ever Auto GP race on US soil in Sonoma saw Pål Varhaug lead the whole race to clinch a well deserved win, ahead of Daniel de Jong and Sergey Sirotkin.

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Sep 22

Varhaug takes Sonoma Race 1 win

Pål Varhaug and Virtuosi UK made history today winning the first ever Auto GP race on USA soil

Auto GP World SeriesAuto GP - Sonoma - Pål Varhaug podiumThe Norwegian driver crossed the line with a 1”481 gap on second placed Daniel de Jong and three full seconds on 3rd placed Sergey Sirotkin after a race that was deeply influenced by an eventful start. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 22

Quaife-Hobbs claims sixth pole in Sonoma

The recently-crowned champion edged the pack by more than four tenths

Auto GP World SeriesAuto GP - Sonoma - Adrian Quaife-HobbsAdrian Quaife-Hobbs and SuperNova Racing showed that they still are the package to beat in Auto GP claiming pole after an hard-fought Qualifying session in Sonoma. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 22

Sirotkin sets the pace in Sonoma Free Practice 2

Sirotkin keeps setting the pace in Sonoma

Auto GP World SeriesAuto GP - Sonoma - Euronova Racing - Sergey SirotkinThe Russian youngster of Euronova topped the sheets again in Free Practice 2, closing the session ahead of Adrian Quaife-Hobbs with a 1’27”808, the quickest time of the day on the Californian track. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 21

Sirotkin tops Free Practice 1 in Sonoma

Sergey Sirotkin topped the sheets of the first Auto GP practice in Sonoma

Auto GP World SeriesAuto GP - Sonoma - Sergey SIROTKINThe 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”. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 22

Quaife-Hobbs wins the title, Pizzonia takes Race 2 (updated)

Quaife-Hobbs’ crash was a dramatic turn of events

Auto GP logoAuto GP - Antonio PizzoniaAdrian Quaife-Hobbs became the third Auto GP champion today in Curitiba, following in the footsteps of previous title winners Romain Grosjean and Kevin Ceccon.

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Jul 22

Marus Pommer sprints to victory at Paul Ricard

German takes second F2 win ahead of Tuscher and Zanella

F2 - FIA Formula Two ChampionshipF2 - Markus Pommer secured a lights to flag victory during today's Formula Two race at Paul RicardMarkus Pommer secured his second Formula Two win of the season with a superb lights-to-flag drive during today’s (Sunday) second race at Paul Ricard.

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Jul 22

Markus Pommer powers to pole at Paul Ricard

German just edges out Tuscher with last lap surge

F2 - Markus Pommer secured pole for today's second F2 race at Paul RicardF2 - FIA Formula Two ChampionshipMarkus Pommer powered to his second Formula Two pole of the season after edging out Mathéo Tuscher by 0.139s during today’s (Sunday) closely fought second qualifying session at Paul Ricard.

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Jul 21

Pizzonia pips Varhaug to Curitiba Race 1 win (updated)

The Brazilian driver made a slingshot getaway from P3
Curitiba, Race 1: the drivers’ quotes

Auto GP - Antonio PizzoniaAuto GP logoAntonio Pizzonia completed his dream comeback in the single-seater scenario with a dominating flag to flag win in the first race of the Curitiba Auto GP weekend.

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Jul 21

Mathéo Tuscher becomes youngest F2 winner at Paul Ricard

15-year-old Swiss enters record books with maiden victory

F2 - FIA Formula Two ChampionshipF2 -Matheo Tuscher became the youngest winner of an F2 race today with his maiden victory at Paul RicardFifteen-year-old Mathéo Tuscher became the youngest ever winner of a Formula Two race with a dominating lights-to-flag victory during today’s (Saturday) sun-soaked opening race at Paul Ricard. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 21

Mathéo Tuscher powers to third pole at Paul Ricard

Swiss ahead of Pommer and McKenzie in closely fought session

F2 - FIA Formula Two ChampionshipF2 - Matheo Tuscher powers to third F2 pole at sunny Paul RicardMathéo Tuscher secured his third pole of the season during today’s (Saturday) opening Formula Two qualifying session at Paul Ricard. In cooler temperatures, the 15 year-old Swiss posted a best time of 1:53.023s late in the session to edge out Markus Pommer and Daniel McKenzie during the closely fought session which saw the top 10 covered by a second.

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Jul 20

Quaife-Hobbs edges Van der Drift in Curitiba Qualifying

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs took the fifth pole of his Auto GP season.

Auto GP logoAuto GP - Adrian Quaife-HobbsThe 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.

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Jul 20

Curitiba, Practice 2: Quaife-Hobbs keeps the lead

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs topped the sheets again in the second Free Practice of the Curitiba Auto GP weekend.

Auto GP logoAuto GP - Adrian QUAIFE-HOBBS Supernova InternationalThe british driver of SuperNova closed the session with a 1’12”630 that improved his morning time by one tenth, and egded home racer Antonio Pizzonia by just 0”2.

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Jul 20

Alex Fontana ends on top in Paul Ricard practice

19-year-old leads Swiss trio ahead of Tuscher and Zanella

F2 - FIA Formula Two ChampionshipF2 - Alex Fontana was on top during today's second F2 practice session at Paul RicardAlex Fontana led a trio of Swiss drivers to finish on top during today’s (Friday) second Formula Two practice session at a sun-soaked Paul Ricard. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 20

Curitiba, Practice 1: Pizzonia already on the pace

Antonio Pizzonia needed virtually no time to find the right pace in Auto GP

Auto GP logoAuto GP - Antonio PizzoniaThe 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.

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Jul 20

Christopher Zanella sets the pace in opening practice

Swiss leads from McKenzie and Pommer at sun-soaked Paul Ricard

F2 - Christopher Zanella led the way during today's opening F2 practice session at Paul RicardF2 - FIA Formula Two ChampionshipChristopher Zanella was the first to get to grips with the Paul Ricard layout, topping the timesheets during today’s (Friday) sun-drenched opening Formula Two practice session.

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Jul 14

Series leader Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Italian young gun Antonio Spavone were happy to share their thoughts about the track.

Quaife-Hobbs and Spavone ready for Curitiba

Auto GP - Antonio SpavoneAuto GP - Adrian Quaife-HobbsAfter getting some hints on the key spots of the Curitiba track from home racer Victor Guerin, it’s time to see how the other drivers of the Auto GP field prepared themselves for the Brazilian race.

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Jul 13

Discovering Curitiba with Victor Guerin

Since 2009 the track has been modified in some sections

Auto GP World SeriesAuto GP - Victor GuerinWith the Curitiba race weekend starting in just 9 days the time has come to speak with drivers in order to discover how they prepared for the first overseas race in Auto GP history: the Autodromo Internacional de Curitiba is an unknown quantity for all drivers apart from home hero Victor Guerin, who was happy to share his thoughts on the track with us.

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Jun 24

Luciano Bacheta awarded fifth win after severe rain washes out race two

Brit receives half points in Spa with Pommer and Mirocha on podium

F2 - FIA Formula Two ChampionshipF2 - Luciano Bacheta claims his fifth F2 win at Spa during a rain-affected race two which was forced to be abandonedLuciano Bacheta was awarded his fifth victory during today’s (Sunday) second Formula Two race at Spa which was forced to be abandoned due to severe rain, with the top 10 receiving half points.

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Jun 24

Luciano Bacheta secures Spa pole for race two

Brit bounces back from non-finish yesterday to take front-row start

F2 - Luciano Bacheta secures pole for Spa race twoF2 - FIA Formula Two ChampionshipLuciano Bacheta bounced back from a disappointing race yesterday to secure pole for today’s (Sunday) second Formula Two race at Spa. The 22-year-old Brit waited for a clear track midway through the session to set a best time of 2:03.925s to clinch his second pole of the season. He was followed closely home – just 0.166s – by round seven winner Markus Pommer with Alex Fontana taking third for today’s race which gets underway at 14:15 (local time).

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Jun 23

Markus Pommer sprints to maiden victory at Spa

German takes lights-to-flag win ahead of McKenzie and Tuscher

F2 - FIA Formula Two ChampionshipF2 - Markus Pommer powers to his maiden F2 victory at Spa todayMarkus Pommer drove a superb and controlled race to convert his maiden Formula Two pole into his first series win during today’s (Saturday) round seven at Spa.

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Jun 23

Markus Pommer storms to maiden Spa pole

German secures front row start ahead of McKenzie and Marinescu

F2 -German Markus Pommer storms to maiden F2 pole at SpaF2 - FIA Formula Two ChampionshipMarkus Pommer put in a superb late lap to storm to his maiden pole during today’s (Saturday) closely-fought Formula Two qualifying session at Spa. The 21-year-old German waited until the closing stages to post a blistering 2:04.623s to edge out Daniel McKenzie, who had held the top spot for much of the 30-minute session, by a mere 0.050s, with Mihai Marinescu securing third.

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Jun 22

Alex Fontana on top in Spa practice two

Top 13 inside one second in closely fought session

F2 - FIA Formula Two ChampionshipF2 - Swiss driver Alex Fontana topped the timesheets during the second F2 practice session at SpaAlex Fontana finished on top by just 0.036s during today’s (Friday) second Formula Two free practice session at Spa, which saw the top 13 drivers separated by less than a second.

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Jun 22

Christopher Zanella leads the way in Spa

Swiss ahead of Fontana and Ghirelli in opening practice session

F2 - Christopher Zanella led the way in F2 free practice one at SpaF2 - FIA Formula Two ChampionshipChristopher Zanella continued where he left off by going quickest during today’s (Friday) closely fought opening Formula Two practice session at Spa.

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Jun 03

Portimão, Race 2: perfect weekend for Quaife-Hobbs

Sunday 3 June is a day that Adrian Quaife-Hobbs won’t forget easily

Auto GP World SeriesAuto GP - Supernova International - Adrian QUAIFE-HOBBSThe 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 02

Quaife-Hobbs clinches fourth Auto GP win in Portimao

The Briton of SuperNova didn’t have the best start from pole position, but that was the only tough moment of his race.

Auto GP - Super Nova International - Adrian Quaife-HobbsAuto GP World SeriesAdrian Quaife-Hobbs took the fourth success of his Auto GP season in Portimão, equaling the number of wins clinched by Romain Grosjean in the 2010 Championship.  When the lights went off it was Facu Regalia who got away really well and took the lead, entering Turn 1 ahead of the whole pack, but he didn’t manage to build a gap; this meant that at the end of Lap 1 Quaife-Hobbs could make the most of the joint effect of slipstream and Overboost to pass him and take P1.

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Jun 01

Portimão, Qualifying: Quaife-Hobbs on pole again

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs clinched the fourth pole position of his Auto GP season in Portimão.

Auto GP World SeriesAuto GP - David SearsThe British driver of SuperNova was quickest in a tight packed session that saw nine drivers end in the same second. Adrian climbed on top before the ten minutes mark with a 1’32”5, and then improved to 1’32”342 in the late part of Qualifying, after that the session was stopped for a spin by Michele La Rosa. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 01

Portimão, Free Practice 2: Quaife-Hobbs sets the pace

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs posted the quickest time of the second Auto GP Free Practice session in Portimão.

Auto GP World SeriesAuto GP - Adrian Quaife-HobbsThe Briton of SuperNova stopped the clock on a 1’33”095 that allowed him to edge team-mate Victor Guerin by just 0.01. The Brazilian boasted a good performance, but he feels that there’s still work to do: “I was the only driver of the top tier on new tyres – said Victor – so I can’t be too happy. We still miss something, especially to catch Adrian, but we still have time before Qualifying”.

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Jun 01

Portimão, Free Practice 1: Varhaug leads the way

Pål Varhaug was quickest in the first Free Practice session of the Auto GP Portimão weekend.

Auto GP - Paul VarhaugAuto GP World SeriesThe Norwegian driver of Virtuosi UK, who yesterday focused on learning the track and saved his best rubber for today, made the most of a set of fresh soft tyres to post a 1’32”655, a time that he feels can still be improved: “When I did put the fresh tyres on, I immediately felt that there was much more grip than yesterday, and with a few more laps I’m sure that I would have improved my time a lot, because in many places I could have pushed more. I’m confident for the weekend, I really love the track”. Read the rest of this entry »

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