Regalia sweeps to Silverstone Auto GP pole

by Paul Hensby

Facu Regalia took pole position for race one of the second round of the 2015 Auto GP Championship season, with the Argentine driver more than a second clear of the dwindling field.

The FMS Racing driver set a best time of 1m46.253s during the second part of qualifying to beat Antonio Pizzonia of Zele Racing by 1.105s, having seen the Brazilian former Formula 1 driver set the best time in the first part.

Nikita Zlobin will line-up third on the grid in the sole Virtuosi UK entry for this weekend, alongside a second Zele Racing entry of Luis Sa Silva.

Christof von Grünigen will start fifth for Paolo Coloni Racing, with the third and final Zele Racing entry of Andres Mendez sixth. Despite not participating in the second part of qualifying, gentleman driver Giuseppe Cipriani will start seventh for his Ibiza Racing Team.

Only seven cars participated in qualifying, down from the eight that took part in opening practice on Friday, with the second Paolo Coloni Racing entry failing to take to the track, with neither main driver Loris Spinelli nor apparent replacement driver Riccardo Vera running.

Race one takes place on Saturday with Regalia set to lead the field away, with the reverse grid race two set for Sunday ahead of the Blancpain Endurance Championship main event at Silverstone.

Silverstone Qualifying Result

123Facu RegaliaARGFMS Racing1m47.096s1m46.253s
28Antonio PizzoniaBRZZele Racing1m47.076s1m47.358s
72Nikita ZlobinRUSVirtuosi UK1m49.397s1m47.718s
410Luis Sa SilvaMACZele Racing1m50.876s1m47.814s
56Christof von GrunigenSWIPaolo Coloni Racing1m49.705s1m48.012s
69Andres MendezCOLZele Racing1m53.170s1m50.944s
77Giuseppe CiprianiITAIbiza Racing Team1m50.542sNo Time

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