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Pizzonia claims pole at Auto GP season opener

by Gruz David
Photo: Auto GP

Photo: Auto GP

Antonio Pizzonia was fastest in the first Auto GP qualifying of the season at the Hungaroring.

The Brazilian ex-F1 driver took first in the second and final session in a confident manner.

The first part of qualifying saw Facu Regalia taking first, narrowly ahead of Pizzonia and early leader Leonardo Pulcini.

Luis Sa Silva and Christof Von Grunigen were just outside the top three as Nikita Zlobin and Andres Mendez completed the list of drivers who recorded times during the?once red-flagged session.

However, it was the following session that determined the starting order of the weekend’s first race and Pizzonia couldn’t be beaten in that outing.

Regalia managed to improve his time a couple of times but he was still half a second slower when the checkered flag appeared.

Italian F4 and GP3 graduates Pulcini and Sa Silva were third and fourth fastest respectively, followed by Virtuosi’s Zlobin, Coloni’s Von Grunigen and Zele’s Mendez.

GP2 veteran Johnny Cecotto and gentleman driver Giuseppe Cipriani did not take part in the qualifying.

Qualifying results
Pos. Driver Team Q1 Q2
1 Antonio Pizzonia Zele Racing 1:34.147 1:33.375
2 Facu Regalia FMS Racing 1:34.123 1:33.861
3 Leonardo Pulcini FMS Racing 1:34.709 1:34.415
4 Luis Sa Silva Zele Racing 1:35.096 1:34.470
5 Nikita Zlobin Virtuosi UK 1:36.025 1:34.539
6 Christof von Grunigen Paolo Coloni Racing 1:35.115 1:35.433
7 Andres Mendez Zele Racing 1:39.700 1:37.647
8 Giuseppe Cipriani Ibiza Racing No Time No Time
9 Johnny Cecotto Virtuosi UK No Time No Time