November 16th, 2013
New Swiss outfit Team Spirit will join the Auto GP field for 2014. The team has been created by Giuseppe Fogola, an advertising and catering entrepreneur who has previously been involved in karting and Italy’s Formula Azzurra series. “This is one of the best championships available both for how much it offers to the drivers and for the great conditions in which the teams can operate,” said Fogola Eight teams fielded Auto GP squads during the 2013 season, which ended with former GP2 and Formula 3000 squad Super Nova taking Vittorio Ghirelli to the title after a battle with Kimiya Sato, Sergio Campana and ex-Formula 1 racer Narain Karthikeyan.
November 9th, 2013
Auto GP has scheduled an additional two-day test to take place at Vallelunga at the end of November. The test, which will run on November 28-29, will be the first time the category has visited the Italian circuit and is the result of teams requesting extra running. Series partners Kumho Tyres and Zytek will be present to administer technical assistance. The championship ran an initial two-day test at Jerez on October 28-29, which was supposed to be its last official on-track activity for 2013. Meindert van Buuren set the pace on the opening day while Hungarian Tamas Pal Kiss topped the second.
October 29th, 2013
Tamas Pal Kiss topped the second and final day of Auto GP testing at Jerez, in what was the last official on-track activity for the category in 2013. The Hungarian’s fastest time of 1m30.158s was recorded in the morning session, but the Virtuosi UK driver confirmed his strong form by also emerging quickest in the afternoon. Kiss was the only driver to dip under the 1m31s mark in the afternoon session, thanks to a lap of 1m30.828s. Monday pacesetter Meindert Van Buuren again impressed. The Dutchman fell just 0.043s short of Kiss’s benchmark time in the morning to end the day second fastest for Super Nova. Former GP2 driver Kevin Giovesi reunited with Ghinzani, his regular Auto GP team from this season, and claimed third fastest. Reigning Auto GP champion [...]
October 28th, 2013
Meindert van Buuren topped the first day of Auto GP’s post-season test at Jerez on Monday for Super Nova. The Dutchman was driving for the British squad – which won this year’s teams’ championship – for the first time after racing with Manor MP Motorsport in the series. Van Buuren’s fastest time of 1m31.776s was posted in the morning session. Formula 3 European Championship graduate Tatiana Calderon ended the morning second fastest and best of the rookies. The Colombian, fielded by Virtuosi UK, was just 0.4s adrift of van Buuren. Michela Cerruti took third in the morning session for Super Nova, having spent the year in series as diverse as European F3, Auto GP and Italian GT. Formula Abarth champion Alessio Rovera handled the step up to 550bhp capably and [...]
October 25th, 2013
Several Formula 3 graduates will test Auto GP machinery at the championship’s official post-season test at Jerez, which starts on Monday. Ghinzani Motorsport has confirmed 23-year-old Australian Jordan Oon, who lies fourth in his domestic F3 series with a round to go, for the two-day test. “It will be the first time for me with a 550-horsepower car,” said Oon, who beat highly-rated Formula Renault racer Oscar Tunjo to a win in Formula BMW Pacific in 2010. “I’m also very excited to work with Ghinzani Motorsport, one of the most successful teams in Formula 3 and Formula 3000.” Zele Racing will field the top two drivers in the European F3 Open’s secondary ‘Copa’ division; Slovak Richard Gonda and Briton Cameron Twynham. “Testing at Jerez is the best possible way to [...]
October 10th, 2013
Auto GP has released further details of the prize money it will offer in 2014. The series had announced its decision to reinstate a prize fund for next season last month, after withdrawing prize money this year to facilitate a technical overhaul of its cars. The top three drivers over each double-header weekend will be eligible for the prize fund. The leading point-scoring driver over both races will receive 20,000 euro, the second-placed driver 10,000 euro and the third-placed will get 5,000 euro. In potential scenarios where drivers finish equal on points, the amount will be split equally between them. “We are proud to announce the return of Prize Money for the 2014 season,” said series boss Enzo Coloni. “It will add more interest for the teams and drivers competing [...]
September 1st, 2013
Vittorio Ghirelli vaulted into the lead of the Auto GP drivers’ standings with a hard-fought second win of the season at Donington Park. The Italian was made to sweat for the result after dropping from the outside of the front row to third place away from the lights. Ghirelli’s polesitting Super Nova team-mate Narain Karthikeyan had less drama pulling away and led the opening lap from Kevin Giovesi. After sustained pressure, former GP2 racer Giovesi was harried into a minor mistake on the approach to Coppice on lap eight. The Ghinzani driver locked-up when on a defensive inside line, ran wide on the exit and allowed Ghirelli to grab second into the Esses. The pair ran Kumho-to-Kumho through the following Melbourne Hairpin, before Ghirelli established himself in the position and [...]
August 31st, 2013
Auto GP’s in-form man Narain Karthikeyan set the pace during Saturday’s opening free practice session at Donington Park. The former Grand Prix driver held a healthy advantage throughout the 45 minute session, and his fastest time of 1m16.796s edged out championship challenger Sergio Campana by 0.598s. Karthikeyan is aiming for his fourth consecutive pole position in this afternoon’s qualifying session, but has not competed at Donington Park since his tenure in British Formula 3 in the 1990s. GP3 race winner Robert Visoiu held second spot until being demoted by Campana in the final minute of the session. Visoiu was unable to defend his position after suffering an off and beaching his Ghinzani Motorsport entry at Coppice with 10 minutes remaining. The Romanian’s team-mate Kevin Giovesi took fourth ahead of Hungarian [...]
August 6th, 2013
Michela Cerruti will make her Auto GP debut for the MLR71 squad at the forthcoming Nurburgring round in August. The former Superstars race-winner tested for two days with Michele La Rosa’s team at Vallelunga last month. MLR71′s second seat alongside team owner/driver La Rosa has been vacant since Hungarian Tamas Pal Kiss raced for the team in a one-off outing at the Hungaroring in May
July 18th, 2013
British single-seater powerhouse Fortec Motorsport is set to enter the Auto GP series in 2014. The company’s ex-Formula 3 team manager and senior engineer Mick Kouros will head up the squad, while F3 chief engineer Andi Scott and fellow engineer Russell Dixon have taken joint charge of the F3 team. Fortec team principal Richard Dutton told AUTOSPORT: “Mick is looking for new business and is in charge of the next thing we do, which is probably going to be Auto GP.
July 15th, 2013
Auto GP is considering launching a winter series at the end of the current 2013 season. The championship announced on Saturday that it was weighing up reuniting with the World Touring Car Championship in 2014, a move that would mean fewer European rounds
July 14th, 2013
Narain Karthikeyan has inherited victory in Mugello’s second Auto GP race after Kevin Giovesi was given a 25-second post-race time penalty. The Italian was judged to have gained an advantage by breeching the track limits on the run down to first corner San Donato after the start, falling foul of article 5d of the sporting regulations
July 13th, 2013
Mugello Auto GP on-the-road victor Meindert van Buuren has been handed a 25 second post-race penalty, which demotes the Dutchman to last in today’s classification. The Manor MP Motorsport driver was judged to have crossed the pitlane exit’s white line when rejoining the road from his mandatory pitstop, breeching the regulations in the process. “We have lost the victory ,” Manor MP team manager Sander Dorsman confirmed.
July 13th, 2013
Meindert van Buuren claimed his maiden Auto GP victory at Mugello after withstanding constant pressure from Kevin Giovesi and Sergio Campana.
July 12th, 2013
Ex-Formula 1 driver Christian Klien is open to extending his one-race Auto GP deal beyond this weekend’s event at Mugello. The former Jaguar, Red Bull and HRT F1 racer has a one-off deal in place with Zele Racing for this weekend, but he told AUTOSPORT at Mugello on Friday that he is open to completing the rest of the Auto GP season.
July 11th, 2013
Ex-Formula 1 driver Christian Klien will make his Auto GP debut at Mugello this weekend with Zele Racing. The 30-year-old Austrian, who started 49 grands prix for Jaguar, Red Bull and HRT from 2004-2010, replaces Britain’s Luciano Bacheta as team-mate to Tamas Pal Kiss. Klien has not raced a single-seater since the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and has only made selected sportscar and touring car appearances since then
March 21st, 2013
HRT Formula 1 refugee Narain Karthikeyan is set to continue his career in single-seater racing after securing a late deal to contest the Auto GP series opener with Austrian team Zele Racing. AUTOSPORT understands the former Jordan and HRT grand prix driver could expand his deal and race in the full eight rounds of this year’s series.
September 7th, 2012
Auto GP champion Adrian Quaife-Hobbs has vowed to make amends for his accident last time out in Brazil by winning at the forthcoming series finale in America. Quaife-Hobbs had led eventual Curitiba winner Antonio Pizzonia by over half a minute when he lost control entering the pitlane before a mandatory pitstop