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Karthikeyan pips team-mate Ghirelli to claim fourth straight pole

by Peter Allen
Narain Karthikeyan

Photo: Auto GP

Ex-Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan narrowly defeated his less experienced team-mate Vittorio Ghirelli in qualifying at Donington Park to secure his fourth consecutive pole position.

Two red flags had interrupted the bulk of the qualifying session but a late lap from Karthikeyan put him 0.097 seconds clear of Ghirelli.

The Super Nova pair finished up with a dominant advantage over the rest of the field, with third-placed Kevin Giovesi falling 0.429s short of the Indian veteran.

Double GP3 race winner Robert Visoiu claimed his best qualifying result in Auto GP to make it an all-Ghinzani second row. The third row will be formed of championship leader Kimiya Sato and his nearest challenger Sergio Campana, the Italian ahead.

Tamas Pal Kiss was seventh quickest ahead of Roberto La Rocca, Daniel De Jong and Andrea Roda.

Qualifying times
Pos Driver? Team ?Time? Gap? ?Laps?
1 Narain Karthikeyan Super Nova 1:17.132 17
2 Vittorio Ghirelli Super Nova 1:17.229 0.097 17
3 Kevin Giovesi Ghinzani Motorsport 1:17.561 0.429 17
4 Robert Visoiu Ghinzani Motorsport 1:17.688 0.556 18
5 Sergio Campana Ibiza Racing Team 1:17.702 0.570 16
6 Kimiya Sato Euronova Racing 1:17.851 0.719 17
7 Tamas Pal Kiss Ibiza Racing Team 1:17.967 0.835 16
8 Roberto La Rocca Comtec by Virtuosi 1:18.356 1.224 21
9 Daniel De Jong Manor MP Motorsport 1:18.365 1.233 15
10 Andrea Roda Virtuosi UK 1:18.513 1.381 19
11 Meindert van Buuren Manor MP Motorsport 1:19.105 1.973 12
12 Yoshitaka Kuroda Euronova Racing 1:19.626 2.494 16
13 Max Snegirev Virtuosi UK 1:19.919 2.787 18
14 Michele La Rosa MLR 71 1:21.052 3.920 19