Pizzonia grabs season opening Hungaroring pole

by Paul Hensby

Former Formula 1 driver Antonio Pizzonia took pole position for the season opening Auto GP race at the Hungaroring.

The Brazilian, who raced for both Jaguar and Williams between 2003 and 2005, set a best lap time of 1m33.375s to take top spot for Zele Racing, and will be joined on the front row by Argentine Facu Regalia of FMS Racing, who had been the pacesetter in both free practice sessions earlier in the day.

Third on the grid was the impressive teenager Leonardo Pulcini in the second of the two FMS Racing entries, with the Italian just beating Luis Sa Silva of Zele Racing into fourth by just 0.055s.

Russian Nikita Zlobin will start fifth for Virtuosi UK, alongside Paolo Coloni Racing’s Christof von Grunigen, while seventh placed Andres Mendez was the last driver to set a time in the session, albeit over four seconds off the pace of Pizzonia in his Zele Racing entry.

Neither Giuseppe Cipriani of Ibiza Racing Team nor Johnny Cecotto Jr of Virtuosi UK set a time during the session, with the Italian spinning out of the session, while the Venezuelan suffered with gearbox issues, although both will be allowed to start race one on Sunday.

Hungaroring Race 1 Qualifying Times

18Antonio PizzoniaBRZZele Racing1m34.147s1m33.375s
223Facu RegaliaARGFMS Racing1m34.123s1m33.861s
316Leonardo PulciniITAFMS Racing1m34.709s1m34.415s
410Luis Sa SilvaMACZele Racing1m35.096s1m34.470s
572Nikita ZlobinRUSVirtuosi UK1m36.025s1m34.539s
66Christof von GrunigenSWIPaolo Coloni Racing1m35.115s1m35.433s
79Andres MendezCOLZele Racing1m39.700s1m37.647s
87Giuseppe CiprianiITAIbiza Racing TeamNo TimeNo Time
95Johnny Cecotto JrVENVirtuosi UKNo TimeNo Time

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