2013 Champ Ghirelli Tops Second Free Practice

Vittorio Ghirelli, making his first appearance for Super Nova International since winning the championship for the team at the end of 2013, soared to the top of the timing screens in the second free practice session of the Auto GP World Series round in Hungary.

The Italian set a best lap time of 1:34.436s in the session at the Hungaroring to leave current championship leader and last years series runner-up Kimiya Sato in second place for Euronova Racing, while Ghirelli’s German team-mate Markus Pommer was third fastest, ahead of Andrea Roda of Virtuosi UK and Tamas Pal Kiss of Zele Racing.

Michela Cerruti was sixth in the third Super Nova entry, ahead of Yoshitaka Kuroda in the second Zele Racing machine as he got to grips with the car after only taking the drive moments before the first session in the morning. Eighth and ninth were the two Eurotech Engineering cars, with Loris Spinelli once again ahead of Kevin Giovesi. Italian gentleman driver Giuseppe Cipriani in the Ibiza Racing machine was tenth.

Sam Dejonghe finally got onto track in the second Virtuosi UK entry during the session, but completed only four laps and the Belgian finished last of the twelve drivers racing this weekend.

Qualifying takes place tonight for race one, with the race taking place tomorrow afternoon.  Race two is on Sunday.

Hungary Free Practice 2 Times

1 Vittorio Ghirelli ITA Super Nova International 1:34.436
2 Kimiya Sato JAP Euronova Racing 1:34.689
3 Markus Pommer GER Super Nova International 1:34.816
4 Andrea Roda ITA Virtuosi UK 1:34.898
5 Tamas Pal Kiss HUN Zele Racing 1:35.058
6 Michela Cerruti ITA Super Nova International 1:35.569
7 Yoshitaka Kuroda JAP Zele Racing 1:35.966
8 Loris Spinelli ITA Eurotech Engineering 1:36.380
9 Kevin Giovesi ITA Eurotech Engineering 1:36.606
10 Giuseppe Cipriani ITA Ibiza Racing Team 1:36.888
11 Michele La Rosa ITA MLR71 by Euronova 1:37.409
12 Sam Dejonghe BEL Virtuosi UK 1:37.793