Dejonghe fastest at Valencia
After Tamas Pal Kiss led the way on Day 1 of the Auto GP collective test for Zele Racing, setting the lap record, Sam Dehonghe lowered the limit today for Virtuosi UK, logging a personal best lap of 1:20.741. The Belgian topped the timesheet in the morning to edge German Super Nova International racer Markus Pommer, who made his debut aboard the 550-horsepower Auto GP car. Third place overall was Pal Kiss, who also led the afternoon segment.
Kimiya Sato was fourth fastest for Euronova Racing, before having to leave for Bahrain where he will make his GP2 Series debut. Andrea Roda (Virtuosi UK) rounded out the top-5 from Kevin Giovesi (Puma 3 M-Sport by Eurotech).
The other rookie Gianmarco Raimondo, who was a runner-up in the 2012 European Formula 3 Open and ran in selected GP2 Series rounds in 2013, showed good confidence with the Super Nova-prepared car despite having ran for only one day.
The top-10 was rounded out by Michela Cerruti (Super Nova), and rookies Loris Spinelli (Puma 3 M-Sport by Eurotech) and Richard Gonda (Virtuosi UK). Giuseppe Cipriani also had a positive return for Ibiza Racing Team, as he quickly regain the right chemistry with the car after an almost year-long break.
All the sixteen participants provided a positive feedback regarding the three tire compounds brought on-track by Kumho. The 2014 Auto GP season will be starting in less than two weeks at Marrakech (April 12th and 13th).
Auto GP - Collective test - Valencia, 2nd April 2014
|1||Sam Dejonghe||Virtuosi UK||1:20.741|
|2||Markus Pommer||Super Nova International||1:20.797|
|3||Tamas Pal Kiss||Zele Racing||1:21.253|
|4||Andrea Roda||Virtuosi UK||1:21.414|
|5||Kevin Giovesi||Puma 3-M Eurotech||1:21.432|
|6||Kimiya Sato||MLR 71 by Euronova||1:21.581|
|7||Gianmarco Raimondo||Super Nova International||1:21.663|
|8||Michela Cerruti||Super Nova International||1:21.686|
|9||Loris Spinelli||Puma 3-M Eurotech||1:22.276|
|10||Richard Gonda||Virtuosi UK||1:22.605|
|11||Giuseppe Cipriani||Ibiza Racing||1:22.743|
|12||Yoshitaka Kuroda||MLR 71 by Euronova||1:23.480|
|13||Salvatore De Plano||MLR 71 by Euronova||1:23.928|
|14||Michele La Rosa||MLR 71 by Euronova||1:23.992|