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Giovesi secures debut Auto GP pole for Eurotech

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Auto GP

Photo: Auto GP

Italian racer Kevin Giovesi secured maiden pole for himself and Auto GP debutants Eurotech Engineering in qualifying for the 2014 season opener at Marrakech.

Giovesi became the first driver to secure pole position under the championship’s new qualifying format, beating nine other competitors in the ten-minute Q2 session.

In Q1, it was Super Nova’s Markus Pommer who set the pace after 20 minutes of running. Three grid spots were decided – P13 went to Giuseppe Cipriani, with his teammate Francesco Dracone starting one place ahead, while series rookie Loris Spinelli was knocked down to 11th at the last second by Michele La Rosa.

Pommer held the early lead in Q2, but he would see his time overhauled by Giovesi with two minutes to go, as the Italian went quicker by half a second. Despite improving, the Super Nova team leader had to settle for P2, with Eurotech’s Giovesi retaining pole.

Row two went entirely to Zele Racing, with Sergio Campana leading Tamas Pal Kiss. Kimiya Sato took fifth ahead of Virtuosi trio of Andrea Roda, Richard Gonda and Sam Dejonghe, while Michela Cerruti and La Rosa rounded out the top ten.

Qualifying results
Pos. Driver Team Q1 Q2
1 Kevin Giovesi Eurotech Engineering 1:29.913 1:28.873
2 Markus Pommer Super Nova International 1:29.561 1:29.030
3 Sergio Campana Zele Racing 1:30.602 1:29.358
4 Tamas Pal Kiss Zele Racing 1:30.840 1:29.438
5 Kimiya Sato Euronova Racing 1:30.261 1:29.633
6 Andrea Roda Virtuosi UK 1:30.271 1:29.728
7 Richard Gonda Virtuosi UK 1:31.417 1:30.429
8 Sam Dejonghe Virtuosi UK 1:31.045 1:30.558
9 Michela Cerruti Super Nova International 1:31.743 1:30.969
10 Michele La Rosa MLR 71 by Euronova 1:31.977 1:31.859
11 Loris Spinelli Eurotech Engineering 1:32.008
12 Francesco Dracone Ibiza Racing Team 1:32.255
13 Giuseppe Cipriani Ibiza Racing Team 1:33.105