For the first time in 2014, the Auto GP cars will be testing with six teams and fourteen drivers participating at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. The last time we saw Auto GP cars running was at Vallelunga in November 2013.
The championship-winning team from 2013 Super Nova have announced three drivers will participate in the test for them, with the already confirmed Michela Cerruti being joined by Canadian Gianmarco Raimondo and German Markus Pommer.
The other team to be bringing three drivers along is the Virtuosi UK team, who have confirmed Italian Andrea Roda for a second season. Slovakian Richard Gonda and Dutchman Sam Dejonghe will also test for Virtuosi in Valencia.
The Ibiza Racing Team is bringing along Italian Francesco Dracone to the test alongside the already announced Giuseppe Cipriani. Zele Racing are bringing Tamas Pal Kiss to the test, but the other confirmed driver for 2014, Sergio Campana, is absent from the test. Fellow Italian Antonio Spavone will test his car instead.
The final two teams to be testing in Valencia are MLR71 by Euronova, who are testing Italian Michele La Rosa and the 2013 Auto GP Runner-up Kimiya Sato, and Puma 3 M-Sport, who are testing with the drivers they announced yesterday in the form of Italians Kevin Giovesi and Loris Spinelli.
The three other teams that have said they will be racing in 2014, Comtec by Virtuosi, Fortec Italia Motorsport and Ghinzani Motorsport, are absent from the Valencia test that runs for two days – Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tyre supplier Kumho has announced they will be bringing three different tyre compounds to the test, Medium, Soft and Super Soft. The teams will be given the opportunity to test with all three compounds in race stint conditions. The new compounds tyres are designed to make Auto GP series more like F1 and GP2.