Giovesi Takes Maiden Auto GP Pole in Morocco


Italian Kevin Giovesi and his Puma 3 M-Sport by Eurotech team took the first pole position of the season and of their careers around the streets of Marrakech in Morocco. Giovesi was the only driver to set a time under 1:29s with a 1:28.873s lap putting him 0.157s ahead of German Markus Pommer in the leading Super Nova International entry.

The two Zele Racing machines of Sergio Campana and Tamas Pal Kiss, who were fastest in the second practice session of the day, will fill Row two. The driver who was fastest in the first session, Kimiya Sato, will start the race from fifth place in his Euronova Racing machine.

The three Virtuosi UK drivers of Andrea Roda, Richard Gonda and Sam Dejonghe will start sixth through to eighth, just ahead of Michela Cerruti in her Super Nova International entry and Michele La Rosa in the MLR71 by Euronova car.

It was the first time the Auto GP World Series utilised the two part qualifying session, with the top ten of the first part going through into the second part. The drivers to miss out on progressing to the second part in Morocco were Loris Spinelli, the team-mate to pole-sitter Giovesi, plus the two Ibiza Racing machines of Francesco Dracone and Giuseppe Cipriani.

Race one will run tomorrow at 12:10pm local time, with race two on Sunday at 14:10pm.

Morocco Qualifying Times

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Kevin Giovesi ITA Puma 3 M-Sport by Eurotech 1:28.873
2 Markus Pommer GER Super Nova International 1:29.030
3 Sergio Campana ITA Zele Racing 1:29.358
4 Tamas Pal Kiss HUN Zele Racing 1:29.438
5 Kimiya Sato JAP Euronova Racing 1:29.633
6 Andrea Roda ITA Virtuosi UK 1:29.728
7 Richard Gonda SVK Virtuosi UK 1:30.429
8 Sam Dejonghe BEL Virtuosi UK 1:30.558
9 Michela Cerruti ITA Super Nova International 1:30.969
10 Michele La Rosa ITA MLR71 by Euronova 1:31.859
ELIMINATED AFTER QUALIFYING ONE
11 Loris Spinelli ITA Puma 3 M-Sport by Eurotech 1:32.008
12 Francesco Dracone ITA Ibiza Racing Team 1:32.255
13 Giuseppe Cipriani ITA Ibiza Racing Team 1:33.105