Brno: Series Friday report

Reid fastest in Brno free practice Jonny Reid was fastest in the Auto GP free practice in Brno. The kiwi driver, despite not driving a single seater car since 18 months ago, immediately got back the right feeling with the B05/52 Lola: after ...

Reid fastest in Brno free practice

Jonny Reid was fastest in the Auto GP free practice in Brno. The kiwi driver, despite not driving a single seater car since 18 months ago, immediately got back the right feeling with the B05/52 Lola: after a useful testing day on Thursday and and a second place in the first Friday practice, he pushed as hard as he could in the second session, becoming the first Auto GP driver to get under the 1'43" mark. Also Adrian Zaugg, who was second two tenths adrift, was very close to that limit, in front of a very fast Onidi, already used to being among the fastest of the pack on the Czech track.

Behind him, a surprising Vladimir Arabadzhiev, already on an impressive pace despite being just at his second session on the car. It was a good practice also for Julian Leal, who completed a nearly perfect day for Trident with his fifth place. Behind Leal, a slightly disappointed Filippi, who could not lap in the second session due to a throttle cable glitch. Same disappointment, but for a different reason, for Pantano: the italian star tried some new set-up solutions with SuperNova, but he did lose some feeling with the car. He was anyway capable of keeping at bay Edoardo Piscopo and Jan Charouz, with Adrien Tambay closing the top 10.

Then Celso Miguez, very happy for an improving trend that is bringing the spanish driver very close to the best laptimes, thanks also to some good setup changes made by his team, RP Motorsport. Miguez was ahead of Walter Grubmuller and of the new entry Carlos Iaconelli. The brazilian driver stepped in the car at the last moment to replace Giuseppe De Pasquale, forced to withdraw due to a wrist injury happened in Thursday testing, and was back with Durango, the team he raced with in GP2.

Jonny Reid: "I'm really happy, first of all because of the car. Auto GP did what A1 GP should have done at its times. Now there's more power, more grip both from the tires and the aero, it's a real racecar. Apart from this, being in front is such a good feling... and let me say that I love being racing in Europe again, having the chance to work with a professional team like SuperNova, it feels really good. I don't want to get to excited because we just started, but there was no better way to start".

-source: auto gp

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Series Auto GP
Drivers Adrian Zaugg , Celso Miguez , Jan Charouz , Carlos Iaconelli , Jonny Reid , Adrien Tambay , Vladimir Arabadzhiev , Julian Leal
Teams Trident