Facu Regalia ended the opening free practice session of the 2015 Auto GP season with the quickest time as the FMS Racing driver led a depleted field of just nine entries.
With Auto GP boss Enzo Coloni ending the partnership with ISRA just prior to the season, only nine cars took to the track at the Hungaroring, with last year’s race winners Euronova Racing and Super Nova International amongst the noticeable absentees from the entry list.
Regalia set a best time of 1m36.121s during the first practice session, just under three tenths of a second clear of second placed Johnny Cecotto Jr of Virtuosi UK, while former Formula 1 driver Antonio Pizzonia was third, just a few thousandths of a second further back for Zele Racing.
Christof von Grunigen was fourth for Paolo Coloni Racing, the only new team on the grid for this round of the series, while gentleman driver Giuseppe Cipriani was fifth in his own Ibiza Racing Team entry.
Luis Sa Silva ended the session sixth for Zele Racing ahead of Leonardo Pulcini of FMS Racing, while Nikita Zlobin of Virtuosi UK and Andres Mendez of Zele Racing completed the times.
Hungaroring Free Practice 1 Times
|1||23||Facu Regalia||ARG||FMS Racing||1m36.121s|
|2||5||Johnny Cecotto Jr||VEN||Virtuosi UK||1m36.417s|
|3||8||Antonio Pizzonia||BRZ||Zele Racing||1m36.420s|
|4||6||Christof von Grunigen||SWI||Paolo Coloni Racing||1m37.032s|
|5||7||Giuseppe Cipriani||ITA||Ibiza Racing Team||1m37.630s|
|6||10||Luis Sa Silva||MAC||Zele Racing||1m37.985s|
|7||16||Leonardo Pulcini||ITA||FMS Racing||1m38.785s|
|8||72||Nikita Zlobin||RUS||Virtuosi UK||1m40.133s|
|9||9||Andres Mendez||COL||Zele Racing||1m41.971s|