Adrian Quaife-Hobbs continues to dominate in second Hungaroring Auto GP practice
|By Peter Mills||Friday, May 4th 2012, 13:07 GMT|
Briton Adrian Quaife-Hobbs repeated his dominant morning performance during second Auto GP free practice session at the Hungaroring on Friday afternoon.
Fastest in opening practice by 1.1 seconds, the Super Nova racer's margin of superiority narrowed to a still mighty 0.9s in the second half-hour session before qualifying.
MP Motorsport's Daniel de Jong set the early pace on 1m36.276, before Auto GP points leader Quaife-Hobbs moved into top spot with his first representative lap-time after eight minutes of running.
Thereafter, Quaife-Hobbs gradually lowered his benchmark, eventually setting his fastest time of 1m34.001s just prior to the midway mark.
Marrakech race one victor Sergio Campana also produced a relatively early effort to emerge as Quaife-Hobbs' closest challenger for newcomer MLR 71.
Formula Renault 3.5 graduate de Jong was bumped down the order from third to seventh in the closing two minutes of action. Virtuosi UK's Pal Varhaug iltimately edged out Victor Guerin's second Super Nova entry by just 0.001s to claim the final top three position.
Euronova Racing's Sergey Sirotkin secured fifth. As in round two at Valencia in April, the Russian teenager has a busy weekend in store. Sirotkin is competing with Euronova in both Auto GP and Italian Formula 3 this season, and is entered in five races this weekend.
Argentinean Facu Regalia, searching for his maiden victory of 2012, rounded out the top six for Campos.
Series returnee Sten Pentus encountered gearbox selection problems with his lone Zele Racing machine. The Estonian sat out the opening half of practice two while repairs were completed, but was able to take to the track to end the afternoon 11th.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Super Nova 1m34.001s 2. Sergio Campana MLR 71 1m34.907s + 0.906s 3. Pal Varhaug Virtuosi UK 1m35.113s + 1.112s 4. Victor Guerin Super Nova 1m35.114s + 1.113s 5. Sergey Sirotkin Euronova 1m35.206s + 1.205s 6. Facu Regalia Campos 1m35.505s + 1.504s 7. Daniel de Jong Manor MP 1m35.513s + 1.512s 8. Adderly Fong Ombra 1m35.640s + 1.639s 9. Giuseppe Cipriani Campos 1m36.077s + 2.076s 10. Chris van der Drift Manor MP 1m36.108s + 2.107s 11. Sten Pentus Zele 1m36.284s + 2.283s 12. Maxim Snegirev Campos 1m36.455s + 2.454s 13. Antonio Spavone Euronova 1m36.735s + 2.734s 14. Giancarlo Serenelli Ombra 1m36.867s + 2.866s 15. Franceso Dracone Virtuosi UK 1m37.113s + 3.112s 16. Michele la Rosa MLR 71 1m39.041s + 5.040s