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Dejonghe fastest at Valencia

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

1Sam DejongheVirtuosi UK1:20.741
2Markus PommerSuper Nova International1:20.797
3Tamas Pal KissZele Racing1:21.253
4Andrea RodaVirtuosi UK1:21.414
5Kevin GiovesiPuma 3-M Eurotech1:21.432
6Kimiya SatoMLR 71 by Euronova1:21.581
7Gianmarco RaimondoSuper Nova International1:21.663
8Michela CerrutiSuper Nova International1:21.686
9Loris SpinelliPuma 3-M Eurotech1:22.276
10Richard GondaVirtuosi UK1:22.605
11Giuseppe CiprianiIbiza Racing1:22.743
12Yoshitaka KurodaMLR 71 by Euronova1:23.480
13Salvatore De PlanoMLR 71 by Euronova1:23.928
14Michele La RosaMLR 71 by Euronova1:23.992
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