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Vittorio Ghirelli scores his first pole-position

by Jonathan Wallcroft

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Vittorio Ghirelli scored his first pole-position in Auto GP at the Hungaroring.

The 18-year old FR 3.5 refugee has shown impressive pace so far this season with a fastest lap in Marrakech last month but this was by far his most dominant performance yet, winning pole by going over half a second faster than the second-placed debutant Tamas Pal Kiss.

The performance didn’t come as a shock since he set the fastest time in all the practice sessions on Saturday. Championship leader Kimiya Sato will start third having never driven on this track before, with Riccardo Agostini alongside, highes-placed of the Manor MP drivers.

The reigning Italian F3 champion forms a buffer between Sato and his main championship challenger Sergio Campana starting from fifth. The second of the Manor MP drivers, Meindert Van Buuren, starts sixth.

Narain Karthikeyan could only manage seventh, and Daniel De Jong‘s eighth ensures that the three Manor MPs start in a line. Ninth and tenth were Robert Visoiu and Luciano Bacheta who both had issues in qualifying. Yoshitaka Kuroda lines up 11th followed by 12th placed man Maxim Snegirev who narrowly edged his Virtuosi UK teammate Andrea Roda into 13th by 0.118s. Joining Roda on the seventh row is series returnee Francesco Dracone, as the last row is filled by two team owners, Giusseppe Cipriani of Ibiza and Michele La Rosa of MLR71.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Vittorio Ghirelli Super Nova 1:32.589 14
2 Tamas Pal Kiss MLR 71 1:33.177 +0.588 14
3 Kimiya Sato Euronova 1:33.263 +0.674 13
4 Ricardo Agostini Manor MP 1:33.730 +1.141 14
5 Sergio Campana Ibiza 1:33.926 +1.337 13
6 Meindert Van Buuren Manor MP 1:34.019 +1.430 14
7 Narain Karthikeyan Zele 1:34.100 +1.511 14
8 Daniel De Jong Manor MP 1:34.273 +1.684 15
9 Robert Visoiu Ghinzani 1:34.336 +1.747 15
10 Luciano Bacheta Zele 1:34.674 +2.085 13
11 Yoshitaka Kuroda Euronova 1:34.817 +2.228 13
12 Maxim Snegirev Virtuosi UK 1:35.089 +2.500 15
13 Andrea Roda Virtuosi UK 1:35.207 +2.618 14
14 Francesco Dracone Super Nova 1:35.963 +3.374 15
15 Giusseppe Cipriani Ibiza 1:36.062 +3.473 15
16 Michele La Rosa MLR 71 1:42.735 +11.146 4