March 8th, 2014
Auto GP organisers have confirmed the series’ 2014 calendar, with a return to Imola and maiden trip to Estoril completing the eight-round schedule. The championship, which will receive live television coverage on Eurosport and support the World Touring Car Champion, DTM and European Le Mans Series, had previously left two spaces to be confirmed when the provisional calendar was announced in January. Imola last featured on the calendar in 2010 but has been slotted in for June 28-29, before the Spielberg and Nurburgring races, instead of becoming the penultimate meeting as was expected. The first Auto GP meeting at Estoril will double as the season finale on October 18-19, in conjunction with the ELMS round. 2014 AUTO GP CALENDAR Date Venue Alongside April 1-2 Valencia test April 12-13 Marrakech WTCC [...]
February 21st, 2014
Italian gentleman racer Michele La Rosa has entrusted his MLR71 Auto GP entry to Vincenzo Sospiri’s Euronova Racing team for 2014. La Rosa will drive under the MLR71 by Euronova banner, as all technical and logistical operations will be run from Euronova’s base in Forli. “I’m very pleased to announce this partnership with Euronova,” said La Rosa. “For me it makes perfect sense as it means I can concentrate solely on racing knowing that the management of the team is in excellent hands. “I’m very happy to continue my co-operation with Coloni Motorsport and the Auto GP family and am working hard on my physical preparation in anticipation of the Valencia test.” La Rosa has run a team in the championship for the past two seasons. MLR71 scored a single [...]
January 22nd, 2014
Andrea Roda will continue at Virtuosi UK Racing for a second season of Auto GP. The Italian is the first driver to sign up for the 2014 series. Team director Andy Roche is confident Roda will make further progress this year. “Having re-signed Roda is a great opportunity,” he said. “We showed that we can get good results together and I’m sure that he’ll be showing all his full potential this year.” Roda’s best results in 2013 were two fourth places, contributing to his 12th position in the drivers’ standings. His best opportunity of the season came in Marrakech, where he was disputing the lead of the reversed-grid race with compatriot Antonio Spavone when the pair clashed wheels, sending Spavone into the barriers. Roda was awarded a drive-through penalty, a [...]
December 14th, 2013
Auto GP will stage a pre-season test at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia on March 26-27 of next year. Teams and drivers entered for the 2014 season will have a chance to sample aerodynamic upgrades that were tested on a development car at Vallelunga last month. Series sponsor Kumho is also set to introduce a new tyre compound.
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 [...]
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