The two driver sitting first and second in the Auto GP World Series championship standings shared the two practice sessions ahead of this weekends round at the Imola circuit in Italy.
Second placed Markus Pommer of Super Nova International was fastest in the morning session, while Championship leader Kimiya Sato, on his return to the series after missing the last round at Monza, topped the times in the afternoon for Euronova Racing.
Pommer’s best time of 1:32.380s in the opening session was enough to see him end the session on top, just under four tenths of a second ahead of Sato. Italian female racer Michela Cerruti was third in the second Super Nova entry, ahead of another Italian in the form of Kevin Giovesi of Eurotech Engineering, while series returnee Pal Varhaug of Virtuosi UK completed the top five.
In the second session, it was Sato’s turn to top the session, setting a best lap time of 1:32.349s, which was 0.052s clear of Pommer. Giovesi moved up to third ahead of Varhaug, with Cerruti down in fifth.
Thirteen drivers participated in the two sessions, including 2013 champion Vittorio Ghirelli making his second appearance of the season (and first for Eurotech Engineering), and series debutant Salvatore de Plano of Euronova Racing.
Two drivers on the entry list did not appear – Samin Gomez was absent for Zele Racing, while Loris Spinelli, who has raced in every race so far in 2014, was missing for Eurotech Engineering.
Imola Combined Practice Times
|1||Kimiya Sato||JAP||Euronova Racing||1:32.349|
|2||Markus Pommer||GER||Super Nova International||1:32.380|
|3||Kevin Giovesi||ITA||Eurotech Engineering||1:32.728|
|4||Michela Cerruti||ITA||Super Nova International||1:33.237|
|5||Pal Varhaug||NOR||Virtuosi UK||1:33.330|
|6||Andrea Roda||ITA||Virtuosi UK||1:33.539|
|7||Christof von Grunigen||SWI||Zele Racing||1:33.873|
|8||Francesco Dracone||ITA||Super Nova International||1:34.185|
|9||Vittorio Ghirelli||ITA||Eurotech Engineering||1:34.473|
|10||Michele La Rosa||ITA||MLR71 by Euronova||1:34.684|
|11||Giuseppe Cipriani||ITA||Ibiza Racing||1:34.727|
|12||Tamas Pal Kiss||HUN||Zele Racing||1:35.254|
|13||Salvatore de Plano||ITA||Euronova Racing||1:39.757|