Leal takes shock Auto GP pole

Colombian Julian Leal took a surprise Auto GP pole position for Trident Racing at the new Navarra circuit in Spain

Leal takes shock Auto GP pole

Heavy rain early in the morning meant the track was damp and times tumbled throughout the session. But a red flag with just over three minutes remaining created a thrilling conclusion.

DAMS racer Edoardo Piscopo was on top when the session was stopped. He was initially usurped by sometime GP2 man Giacomo Ricci (RP Motorsport) on his series debut, but the championship leader was soon back on top with a lap that was over a second quicker than his nearest rival at the time.

But having crossed the line with just seconds left on the clock, Leal still had another run left in the rapidly improving conditions. His time eclipsed Piscopo's by just under 0.1 seconds.

Ex-A1GP star Jonny Reid took third for Super Nova, while Briton Duncan Tappy was fourth in the second DAMS entry. Ricci ended up fifth.

Having set the pace in free practice, Formula 1 tester Romain Grosjean failed to make the best of the improving conditions and will start eighth for DAMS.

McLaren AUTOSPORT Award winner Alexander Sims is making his series debut for Charouz-Gravity this weekend. He was as high as second at one stage, but slipped back to 10th in the late rush. GP2 race winner Luca Filippi will start 12th for Super Nova.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Julian Leal Trident 1m30.322s 2. Edoardo Piscopo DAMS 1m30.421s + 0.099s 3. Jonny Reid Super Nova 1m31.137s + 0.815s 4. Duncan Tappy DAMS 1m31.177s + 0.855s 5. Giacomo Ricci RP 1m31.363s + 1.041s 6. Jan Charouz Charouz-Gravity 1m31.659s + 1.337s 7. Fabio Onidi Lazarus 1m32.082s + 1.760s 8. Romain Grosjean DAMS 1m32.182s + 1.860s 9. Carlos Iaconelli Durango 1m32.225s + 1.903s 10. Alexander Sims Charouz-Gravity 1m32.331s + 2.009s 11. Adrien Tambay Charouz-Gravity 1m32.439s + 2.117s 12. Luca Filippi Super Nova 1m32.443s + 2.121s 13. Natacha Gachnang Charouz-Gravity 1m34.064s + 3.742s 14. Stefano Bizzarri RP 1m40.826s + 10.504s 
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