Marrakech Auto GP: Campana and Sato top free practice
|By Peter Mills||Friday, April 11th 2014, 13:42 GMT|
Auto GP returnees Sergio Campana and Kimya Sato set the free practice pace in the opening round of the 2014 season in Marrakech.
Former Italian Formula 3 champion Campana led a Zele Racing one-two in the second, faster, free practice.
Campana's effort of 1m29.864s edged out his team-mate Tamas Pal Kiss by 0.008s.
Campos GP2 driver Sato was quickest in a dust-affected FP1. Reunited with his 2013 team Euronova, Sato had a one-second advantage over his rivals for much of the session. The Kobe driver's final fastest time of 1m31.115s was half a second clear of Campana.
Auto GP was the first category out on track at the Moulay El Hassan street circuit on Friday morning, and several drivers reported struggling with grip and traction.
Gentleman driver and Ibiza Racing team boss Giuseppe Cipriani took third in FP1, ahead of Kiss and Virtuosi UK's Auto GP rookie Sam Dejonghe.
Dejonghe's team-mate Andrea Roda had a suspected engine issue in FP1, and stopped in the final sector with a battery problem in the afternoon.
Formula Abarth graduate Loris Spinelli lost valuable track time in the morning owing to a suspected exhaust issue for newcomers Eurotech Engineering.
Defending Auto GP champion Super Nova's latest recruit Markus Pommer impressed on his return to single-seaters after a year in the Porsche Supercup. Pommer topped the timesheets shortly after mid-distance in the half-hour session, thanks to a lap of 1m301.124s.
The former Formula 2 race winner's pace was sufficient to secure third in FP2, ahead of Sato and 2013 Auto GP frontrunner Kevin Giovesi.
Practice 1 Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Kimiya Sato Euronova 1m31.115s 13 2. Sergio Campana Zele 1m31.659s +0.544s 10 3. Giuseppe Cipriani Ibiza 1m31.812s +0.697s 16 4. Tamas Pal Kiss Zele 1m32.488s +1.373s 16 5. Sam Dejonghe Virtuosi UK 1m32.634s +1.519s 13 6. Markus Pommer Supernova 1m33.006s +1.891s 13 7. Michela Cerruti Supernova 1m33.020s +1.905s 16 8. Kevin Giovesi Eurotech 1m33.481s +2.366s 7 9. Andrea Roda Virtuosi UK 1m33.602s +2.487s 11 10. Richard Gonda Virtuosi UK 1m34.031s +2.916s 13 11. Michele La Rosa Euronova 1m35.386s +4.271s 12 12. Francesco Dracone Ibiza 1m36.021s +4.906s 13 13. Loris Spinelli Eurotech 1m37.884s +6.769s 5 Practice 2 Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Sergio Campana Zele 1m29.864s 14 2. Tamas Pal Kiss Zele 1m29.872s +0.008s 11 3. Markus Pommer Supernova 1m30.124s +0.260s 17 4. Kimiya Sato Euronova 1m30.523s +0.659s 15 5. Kevin Giovesi Eurotech 1m31.357s +1.493s 14 6. Giuseppe Cipriani Ibiza 1m31.591s +1.727s 17 7. Michela Cerruti Supernova 1m31.669s +1.805s 13 8. Michele La Rosa Euronova 1m31.896s +2.032s 15 9. Andrea Roda Virtuosi UK 1m31.910s +2.046s 11 10. Sam Dejonghe Virtuosi UK 1m32.047s +2.183s 14 11. Richard Gonda Virtuosi UK 1m32.123s +2.259s 12 12. Loris Spinelli Eurotech 1m32.726s +2.862s 12 13. Francesco Dracone Ibiza 1m33.609s +3.745s 11