Brno: Charouz-Gravity Racing qualifying report

Jan Charouz will start from the 5th row on Sunday Auto GP kicks off this weekend (April 25-25) at Brno Circuit in Czech Republic. On Saturday all participants, including four Charouz-Gravity Racing Team drivers, completed first qualifying...

Jan Charouz will start from the 5th row on Sunday

Auto GP kicks off this weekend (April 25-25) at Brno Circuit in Czech Republic. On Saturday all participants, including four Charouz-Gravity Racing Team drivers, completed first qualifying session of the season. The results of this qualifying determine the starting grid for Race 1. Jan Charouz was the best from Charouz-Gravity Racing drivers today and he will start from fifth row tomorrow.

The official shooting took place in Auto GP paddock on Saturday morning. All drivers were missing Natacha Gachnang, who is the driver of Charouz-Gravity Racing, but last week in Abu Dhabi she crashed in qualifying for FIA GT World Championship opener and broke her leg. All team mates but also all competitor wish her speedy recovery and fast comeback in a racing.

Afternoon qualifying took place under the blue sky and warm weather conditions. Charouz-Gravity Racing drivers were running in Top 10 in first half of qualifying, but on the second set of tyres, they were not able to hold their positions. The field of Auto GP is very competitive and Jan Charouz on P10 lost less than eight tenths to pole sitter. Frenchmen Adrien Tambay will start from twelve position, Austrian Walter Grubmuller Jr. from thirteenth place.

Jan Charouz, racing driver of Charouz-Gravity Racing: ,,It is nice, that I was the fastest driver of our team, but I cannot be satisfied. We are still looking for ideal set-up and so we are losing some time in so competitive field of Auto GP. We will analyze data again and hopefully we will find some solution for tomorrow races."

Walter Grubmuller Jr., racing driver of Charouz-Gravity Racing: ,,Obviously very disappointing qualifying for us. On the first set of tyres we were on P8, not far behind, but on the second set I went out and first lap was OK, but when I was entering second lap, the car ahead of me turn into the pits and I had to slow down and this had influence on my time in next lap. In following laps the tyres already were not so competitive and I was not able to improve my time. We have to analyze data to see, what we did wrong and try to fight for better position tomorrow."

Adrien Tambay, racing driver of Charouz-Gravity Racing: ,,Actually we have to look data before I can say anything. I think, I drove OK. Today it was very warm and tyres were working correctly only in first lap. But Duncan Tappy went in the first corner just in front of me, so I lost a lot. We must check, how much I lost. Maybe that's why I lost position in Top 5. Maybe it was just because of traffic, but I don't know yet."

Tomas Kostka, racing driver of Charouz-Gravity Racing: ,,It was really nice drive for me. I have not driven the single-seater for last for years and now I had not enought time to prepare properly. But driving single-seater is everytime something special. I like the downforce, power and everything else. I am really thankful for this opportunity."

The pole position winner was also the first driver in Auto GP history, who was awarded with one extra point. One extra point will be awarded also to the drivers who will set the fastest lap of each race.

On Sunday, April 25, are both championship races on the schedule. Race 1 starts tomorrow at 11am and will be run over 17 laps or 40 minutes with a mandatory pit stop. The top eight drivers score points, with the allocation scheme following former Formula 1 system (10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1).

The grid for Race 2 (starts at 16pm; 13 laps or 30 minutes) is determined by the finishing order of the first race, with the top eight positions reversed. The top six drivers score points (6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1).

Both races you can follow live on Motors TV, in Czech Republic and Slovakia also on SPORT 5.

-source: charouz-gravity racing

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Series Auto GP
Drivers Natacha Gachnang , Walter Grubmuller , Jan Charouz , Tomas Kostka , Adrien Tambay , Duncan Tappy