Marrakech Auto GP: Kevin Giovesi takes maiden pole
Kevin Giovesi and series newcomer Eurotech enjoyed a perfect start to their Auto GP campaign by securing pole position for Saturday's opening race of the season in Marrakech
The Italian was 0.157 seconds faster than Auto GP debutant Markus Pommer to claim a long-expected maiden series pole.
Giovesi took three front row starts in 2013, at Silverstone, Mugello and Brno, during an impressive second half of the year for Ghinzani.
Pommer set the fastest time in the first segment of Auto GP's revised split qualifying format.
Free practice pacesetter Sergio Campana's final lap, started moments before the chequered flag, hauled the Italian from sixth to third.
Campana will be joined on the second row of Saturday's race by his Zele Racing team-mate Tamas Pal Kiss.
Campos GP2 driver Kimiya Sato starts fifth, ahead of Virtuosi UK's trio of entries. Series returnee Andrea Roda led Slovakian European F3 Open Copa champion Richard Gonda and MRF graduate Sam Dejonghe.
Auto GP has changed its qualifying system for 2014. Last year's single half-hour qualifying session has been replaced by a knock-out format.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Kevin Giovesi Eurotech 1m28.873s 2. Markus Pommer Super Nova 1m29.030s +0.157s 3. Sergio Campana Zele 1m29.358s +0.485s 4. Tamas Pal Kiss Zele 1m29.438s +0.565s 5. Kimiya Sato Euronova 1m29.633s +0.760s 6. Andrea Roda Virtuosi UK 1m29.728s +0.855s 7. Richard Gonda Virtuosi UK 1m30.429s +1.556s 8. Sam Dejonghe Virtuosi UK 1m30.558s +1.685s 9. Michela Cerruti Super Nova 1m30.969s +2.096s 10. Michele La rosa Euronova 1m31.859s +2.986s 11. Loris Spinelli Eurotech 1m32.008s Q1 12. Francesco Dracone Ibiza 1m32.255s Q1 13. Giuseppe Cipriani Ibiza 1m33.105s Q1
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Kimiya Sato wins opening race of 2014 Auto GP season in Marrakech