Regalia leads nine-car Auto GP field in Hungaroring Practice

by Paul Hensby

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

123Facu RegaliaARGFMS Racing1m36.121s
25Johnny Cecotto JrVENVirtuosi UK1m36.417s
38Antonio PizzoniaBRZZele Racing1m36.420s
46Christof von GrunigenSWIPaolo Coloni Racing1m37.032s
57Giuseppe CiprianiITAIbiza Racing Team1m37.630s
610Luis Sa SilvaMACZele Racing1m37.985s
716Leonardo PulciniITAFMS Racing1m38.785s
872Nikita ZlobinRUSVirtuosi UK1m40.133s
99Andres MendezCOLZele Racing1m41.971s

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