Grosjean takes Monza Auto GP pole
Romain Grosjean moved a step closer to claiming the Auto GP title by taking pole position and the consequent bonus point in qualifying for the Monza finale
The ex-Renault Formula 1 driver only joined the new championship from round five, but three wins since then have allowed him to move into the points lead.
He took pole this morning by a clear half second over DAMS team-mate Duncan Tappy, who is third in the standings, now 11 points behind Grosjean. His closest title rival is DAMS' other driver Edoardo Piscopo, but although the Italian is only two points behind, he starts back in eighth.
Adrien Tambay secured third on the grid for Charouz-Gravity, ahead of Lazarus driver Fabio Onidi and series returnee Giorgio Pantano, who is driving for the Ombra team in its Auto GP debut.
Long-shot title contender Jan Charouz (Charouz-Gravity) was only seventh in qualifying. Luca Filippi and Carlos Iaconelli's remote championship hopes were ended by Grosjean taking the point for pole, while they still start back in 11th and 13th respectively.
GP2 Asia champion Davide Valsecchi took ninth on his category debut with the RP Motorsport team.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Romain Grosjean DAMS 1m36.171s 2. Duncan Tappy DAMS 1m36.685s + 0.514s 3. Adrien Tambay Charouz-Gravity 1m36.726s + 0.555s 4. Fabio Onidi Lazarus 1m36.760s + 0.589s 5. Giorgio Pantano Ombra 1m36.877s + 0.706s 6. Federico Leo Trident 1m36.878s + 0.707s 7. Jan Charouz Charouz-Gravity 1m37.000s + 0.829s 8. Edoardo Piscopo DAMS 1m37.014s + 0.843s 9. Davide Valsecchi RP 1m37.027s + 0.856s 10. Julian Leal Trident 1m37.048s + 0.877s 11. Luca Filippi Super Nova 1m37.238s + 1.067s 12. Alexander Sims Charouz-Gravity 1m37.529s + 1.358s 13. Carlos Iaconelli Durango 1m37.676s + 1.505s 14. Stefano Bizzarri RP 1m38.357s + 2.186s 15. Jonny Reid Super Nova 1m38.600s + 2.429s 16. Natacha Gachnang Charouz-Gravity 1m38.788s + 2.617s 17. Giuseppe Cipriani Durango 1m41.658s + 5.487s