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Giovesi takes second pole of the season at Paul Ricard

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Auto GP

Photo: Auto GP

Eurotech Engineering’s Kevin Giovesi went two for two on pole positions in the 2014 Auto GP season, posting the quickest time in qualifying for the first race at Paul Ricard.

The Italian was quickest in Q1 and then vaulted into the top spot in the closing minutes of Q2, rounding out a supreme qualifying performance.

Giovesi’s late effort narrowly denied championship leader Kimiya Sato, who settled for second place, 0.027s off the lead.

Super Nova’s Markus Pommer led the British team’s charge in third, while practice pacesetter Tamas Pal Kiss took fourth for Zele.

Series rookie Loris Spinelli vastly improved on his qualifying effort from 11th for the Marrakech opener, taking fifth on the grid this time. A mistake saw Sam Dejonghe settle for sixth, with the Belgian leading teammate Andrea Roda and Michela Cerruti in seventh and eighth respectively.

Giuseppe Cipriani and Michele La Rosa rounded out the runners in Q2, while last-minute signings Yoshitaka Kuroda and Niccolo Schiro missed the cut in Q1 and were resigned to 11th and 12th.

Qualifying results
Pos. Driver Team Q1 Q2
1 Kevin Giovesi Eurotech Engineering 1:17.593 1:16.426
2 Kimiya Sato Euronova Racing 1:17.688 1:16.453
3 Markus Pommer Super Nova International 1:17.595 1:16.592
4 Tamas Pal Kiss Zele Racing 1:17.897 1:16.693
5 Loris Spinelli Eurotech Engineering 1:18.331 1:16.809
6 Sam Dejonghe Virtuosi UK 1:17.855 1:16.813
7 Andrea Roda Virtuosi UK 1:18.026 1:17.068
8 Michela Cerruti Super Nova International 1:18.666 1:17.259
9 Giuseppe Cipriani Ibiza Racing Team 1:18.780 1:18.101
10 Michele La Rosa MLR71 by Euronova 1:19.247 No Time
11 Yoshitaka Kuroda Zele Racing 1:19.422
12 Niccolo Schiro Ibiza Racing Team 1:21.869