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Shinya Michimi quickest in Auto GP practice at Spielberg

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Auto GP

Photo: Auto GP

Japanese racer Shinya Michimi led Auto GP’s 45-minute free practice session ahead of the championship’s sixth round at Spielberg.

Michimi dethroned compatriot Kimiya Sato with a last-second effort that put him a tenth clear of the standings leader.

Tamas Pal Kiss, who led much of his first session following his switch from Zele Racing to Virtuosi, was originally third, just 0.006s slower than Sato. However, he was promoted to second when Sato’s best time of the session was cancelled due to a track limits infringement.

Super Nova International duo of Markus Pommer?and?Michela Cerruti rounded out the top five with FMS Racing’s Kevin Giovesi in sixth.

Andrea Roda led Zele’s sole entrant Christof von Grunigen in seventh, while Giuseppe Cipriani, Michele La Rosa and Salvatore Deplano made up the rest of order.

Session results
Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Shinya Michimi Euronova Racing 1:20.872 22
2 Tamas Pal Kiss Virtuosi UK 1:21.004 0.132 25
3 Kimiya Sato Euronova Racing 1:21.176 0.304 23
4 Markus Pommer Super Nova International 1:21.241 0.369 24
5 Michela Cerruti Super Nova International 1:21.505 0.633 25
6 Kevin Giovesi FMS Racing 1:21.610 0.738 22
7 Andrea Roda Virtuosi UK 1:21.751 0.879 26
8 Christof von Grunigen Zele Racing 1:21.894 1.022 24
9 Giuseppe Cipriani Ibiza Racing Team 1:22.576 1.704 23
10 Michele La Rosa MLR 71 by Euronova 1:23.065 2.193 22
11 Salvatore Deplano FMS Racing 1:28.436 7.564 24