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Marrakech Auto GP: Campana and Sato top free practice

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 


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