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Pommer takes Auto GP pole on home soil

by Gruz David
Photo: Auto GP

Photo: Auto GP

Super Nova’s lead driver Markus Pommer was fastest in the rainy Auto GP qualifying at the Nurburgring.

The German driver timed his benchmark Q2 lap in perfectly, crossing the finish line as rain started to pour down the track. The times got drastically slower as the session went on, which ensured pole for the German at his home track.

A problematic qualifying for title contender Kimiya Sato saw him eliminated in Q1 – as such, he will have to start the first race from the last place. The Japanese driver suffered brake problems for the bigger part of the session and, while he was able to join?the track in the last couple of minutes, he would go off, causing a ed flag

In Q2, series?frontrunners Kevin Giovesi and Tamas Pal Kiss took second and third, separated by 0.012s. The former previously led Q1 by more than seven tenths, but had to settle for second overall.

Italian quartet Michela Cerruti, Andrea Roda, Francesco Dracone and Michele La Rosa claimed grid positions from fourth to seventh.

Japanese racer Yoshitaka Kuroda took eighth, followed by Salvatore Deplano and Giuseppe Cipriani, with the latter not completing a lap in the second part of the qualifying.

Qualifying results
Pos. Driver Team Q1 Q2
1 Markus Pommer Super Nova International 1:38.777 1:37.288
2 Kevin Giovesi FMS Racing 1:38.045 1:38.131
3 Tamas Pal Kiss Virtuosi UK 1:39.450 1:38.143
4 Michela Cerruti Super Nova International 1:39.981 1:40.043
5 Andrea Roda Virtuosi UK 1:40.018 1:40.248
6 Francesco Dracone Super Nova International 1:43.165 1:40.878
7 Michele La Rosa MLR 71 by Euronova 1:41.774 1:41.080
8 Yoshitaka Kuroda Euronova Racing 1:40.404 1:41.707
9 Salvatore Deplano FMS Racing 1:52.227 1:52.556
10 Giuseppe Cipriani Ibiza Racing Team 1:41.911 No Time
11 Kimiya Sato Euronova Racing No Time