Haryanto Beats Filippi To Auto GP Pole At Brno

Rio Haryanto has scored his maiden Auto GP pole position at Brno, beating Luca Filippi to top spot by just over half a tenth of a second.

A close session saw the top six drivers all within three tenths of each other, but it was 18-year-old Indonesian Haryanto who came out on top for DAMS. Despite a spin Filippi was able to join him on the front row, the Super Nova driver narrowly missing out on pole.

“Being on pole at my third race in Auto GP is a great feeling,” said Haryanto afterwards. “I knew that I was improving but being already on a par with the best drivers here is amazing. I want to say thanks to the team for giving me such a great car, I will give my best to clinch a great result tomorrow.”

Another youngster, Kevin Ceccon, was third for Ombra Racing, three hundredths quicker than Fabrizio Crestani of Lazarus. Newcomer Jon Lancaster qualified in fifth for Super Nova, ahead of the second Lazarus car of Fabio Onidi.

Samuele Buttarelli was seventh for TP Formula, with Hungaroring race winner Sergei Afanasiev eighth for DAMS. Bruno Mendez (Campos) and Adrien Tambay (Gravity-Charouz/DAMS) rounded out the top ten, ahead of championship leader Giovanni Venturini who could only manage 11th for Durango.