German Markus Pommer took his second consecutive Auto GP World Series pole position by setting the fastest time at Monza. The Super Nova International driver held off the challenge of series debutant Christof von Grunigen to take top spot.
Pommer and Zele Racing’s von Grunigen put on a good show up front, and were the only two drivers to set lap times underneath 1:37s. Kevin Giovesi was the leading Italian in third for Eurotech Engineering, with Michela Cerruti fourth for Super Nova. Hungarian driver Tamas Pal Kiss was fifth for Zele Racing.
Andrea Roda could not quite convert his practice pace into pole position, with the Italian qualifying sixth in the sole Virtuosi UK entry. The two Euronova Racing entries continued to be inseparable, with debutant Shinya Michimi out-qualifying his more experienced fellow Japanese driver Yoshitaka Kuroda by almost half a second.
Michele La Rosa in the MLR71 by Euronova machine was ninth, ahead of fellow gentleman driver Giuseppe Cipriani for Ibiza Racing Team, while in the first part of qualifying, Francesco Dracone (11th Super Nova), Loris Spinelli (12th Eurotech) and Samin Gomez (13th for Zele) were eliminated.
Monza Race 1 Qualifying Times
|1||Markus Pommer||GER||Super Nova International||1:36.676|
|2||Christof von Grunigen||SWI||Zele Racing||1:36.893|
|3||Kevin Giovesi||ITA||Eurotech Engineering||1:37.015|
|4||Michela Cerruti||ITA||Super Nova International||1:37.260|
|5||Tamas Pal Kiss||HUN||Zele Racing||1:37.339|
|6||Andrea Roda||ITA||Virtuosi UK||1:37.585|
|7||Shinya Michimi||JAP||Euronova Racing||1:37.640|
|8||Yoshitaka Kuroda||JAP||Euronova Racing||1:38.120|
|9||Michele La Rosa||ESP||MLR71 by Euronova||1:38.126|
|10||Giuseppe Cipriani||ITA||Ibiza Racing Team||1:39.005|
|11*||Francesco Dracone||ITA||Super Nova International||1:38.545|
|12*||Loris Spinelli||ITA||Eurotech Engineering||1:38.657|
|13*||Samin Gomez||VEN||Zele Racing||1:38.778|
|*Eliminated in Qualifying 1*|