It could be said that Giuseppe Cipriani is a gentleman driver. The 48-year-old is the team owner of the Ibiza Racing Team in the Auto GP World Series, and also races in the series in his own car. He only made his debut in the series in 2010 racing for Durango, and also drove for Campos Racing in 2012.
Last week, Cipriani ran for both days in the pre-season test at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. The team completed 172 laps of the circuit over the two days of the test, which is the equivalent of roughly seven Auto GP Races, without any issue arising on either car. They also ran Italian Francesco Dracone on the Tuesday of the test in a second car with a view to running two drivers in the series in 2014.
“There are many positives we can take from this test,” said Cipriani. “The car performed well without any major woes, and our progression throughout the two days proves that we went in the right direction with our setup work. Our ideal laptime is better than the one we posted by 4 tenths, so we had even more pace and that bodes well for Marrakech.
“I have high expectations for the season opener, I would say that a top six finish in both races is well in our reach. Then we are still speaking about a city circuit with all its thrills and unknowns, but we have the speed to get a top six result, and that’s the most important thing”.
The Auto GP season begins April 12th around the streets of Marrakech in Morocco as support to the FIA World Touring Car Championship.