Dejonghe and Pal Kiss Share Practice Honours


Belgian Virtuosi UK driver Sam Dejonghe topped the opening session of round two of the Auto GP World Series at the Paul Ricard circuit in France, but it was Tamas Pal Kiss of Zele Racing who was fastest on the day as he was quickest in the second session.

Dejonghe, only in his second ever Auto GP event, topped the first session ahead of the two winners of the Marrakech races a week ago, Markus Pommer for Super Nova International and Kimiya Sato for Euronova Racing. Pal Kiss was fourth fastest, who has Japanese driver Yoshitaka Kuroda as his team-mate for this event in the Zele Racing team in place of Sergio Campana. Dejonghe’s Virtuosi UK team-mate Andrea Roda completed the top five.

The afternoon session saw Pal Kiss come to the front ahead of Sato, while Eurotech Engineering’s Kevin Giovesi was third fastest. Pommer and Roda once again rounded out the top five.

There are only twelve cars on the grid for this round, with Virtuosi UK reducing its entry from three to two cars, Slovakian Richard Gonda the man to miss out. Francesco Dracone has stepped out of the #20 Ibiza Racing entry in place of fellow Italian Niccolo Schiro, a series rookie. Apart from that and Kuroda replacing Campana, it is the same line-up as in Morocco last week.

Paul Ricard Free Practice 1 Times

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Sam Dejonghe BEL Virtuosi UK 1:17.956
2 Markus Pommer GER Super Nova International 1:18.019
3 Kimiya Sato JAP Euronova Racing 1:18.326
4 Tamas Pal Kiss HUN Zele Racing 1:18.454
5 Andrea Roda ITA Virtuosi UK 1:18.502
6 Michela Cerruti ITA Super Nova International 1:18.698
7 Kevin Giovesi ITA Eurotech Engineering 1:19.330
8 Loris Spinelli ITA Eurotech Engineering 1:19.547
9 Yoshitaka Kuroda JAP Zele Racing 1:20.140
10 Giuseppe Cipriani ITA Ibiza Racing 1:20.450
11 Michele La Rosa ITA MLR71 by Euronova 1:21.113
12 Niccolo Schiro ITA Ibiza Racing 1:21.862

Paul Ricard Free Practice 2 Times

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Tamas Pal Kiss HUN Zele Racing 1:17.808
2 Kimiya Sato JAP Euronova Racing 1:17.939
3 Kevin Giovesi ITA Eurotech Engineering 1:18.157
4 Markus Pommer GER Super Nova International 1:18.241
5 Andrea Roda ITA Virtuosi UK 1:18.526
6 Michela Cerruti ITA Super Nova International 1:18.613
7 Loris Spinelli ITA Eurotech Engineering 1:18.841
8 Sam Dejonghe BEL Virtuosi UK 1:19.054
9 Yoshitaka Kuroda JAP Zele Racing 1:19.479
10 Giuseppe Cipriani ITA Ibiza Racing 1:19.617
11 Michele La Rosa ITA MLR71 by Euronova 1:19.640
12 Niccola Schiro ITA Ibiza Racing 1:24.280