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Kiss tops practice at Auto GP finale at Estoril

by Peter Allen
Tamas Pal Kiss

Photo: Auto GP

Tamas Pal Kiss set the fastest time in practice ahead of the final round of the Auto GP season at Estoril.

In damp conditions, the Virtuosi driver was 0.7 seconds clear of second-placed German F3 champion Markus Pommer.

Pommer narrowly edged out 2013 Auto GP champion Vittorio Ghirelli, who has joined Pommer at Super Nova for this weekend after Michela Cerruti was forced out by injury.

Ex-Formula 1 racer Antonio Pizzonia was fourth on his return to the series after two years away, followed by Zele Racing team-mate and series newcomer Luis Sa Silva.

Sixth was Shinya Michimi – who is Euronova’s lead entry this weekend in the absence of champion Kimiya Sato – followed by Italian quartet Francesco Dracone, Andrea Roda, Michele La Rosa and Salvatore De Plano.

Session results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Tamas Pal Kiss Virtuosi UK 1:42.601 19
2 Markus Pommer Super Nova 1:43.319 0.718 18
3 Vittorio Ghirelli Super Nova 1:43.381 0.780 20
4 Antonio Pizzonia Zele Racing 1:43.558 0.957 19
5 Luis Sa Silva Zele Racing 1:44.464 1.863 20
6 Shinya Michimi Euronova Racing 1:44.570 1.969 23
7 Francesco Dracone Super Nova 1:45.380 2.779 21
8 Andrea Roda Virtuosi UK 1:45.628 3.027 19
9 Michele La Rosa MLR 71 by Euronova 1:45.665 3.064 22
10 Salvatore De Plano FMS Racing 1:59.119 16.518 19