Magny-Cours: Series practice report

Reid tops Magny-Cours Free Practice Jonny Reid was fastest in the Auto GP Free Practice session in Magny-Cours. The kiwi driver arrived in France in great shape and got back the same good feeling with the car that in the first series event, in...

Reid tops Magny-Cours Free Practice

Jonny Reid was fastest in the Auto GP Free Practice session in Magny-Cours. The kiwi driver arrived in France in great shape and got back the same good feeling with the car that in the first series event, in Brno, allowed him to be one of the drivers to beat. With 1'28"736 the SuperNova driver topped the sheets with just a 0.07 advantage on Romain Grosjean. Anyway, the French driver of DAMS decided not to use new tyres, as well as third-placed Giorgio Pantano (1'28"910). Fourth was Fabio Onidi, with Duncan Tappy fifth after posting a 1'28"955 with used tyres.

With a very hot air temperature and a dirty track the drivers managed to improve a lot their laptimes in the last minutes of the session, but despite this the final classification remained very tight, with 13 drivers packed in just one second. It's worth to remark the really good performance of Esteban Guerrieri: at his debut on the Auto GP driver the driver from Argentina was seventh with 1'29"176, behind a very consistent Julian Leal and ahead of team-mate Jan Charouz (1'29"294), while Stefano Bizzarri was ninth despite a light off-track. Closing the top-ten was Adrien Tambay in front of Celso Miguez, Carlos Iaconelli, Edoardo Piscopo and the newcomer Jake Rosenzweig.

Jonny Reid: "There's no better way to debut on an unknown track. We did the lap with fresh rubber to check some things before qualifying, and being on top again is a good feeling. I'm happy also because I'm not on the limit, there are some places when I can still got more confidence, so there is room for improvement".

Esteban Guerrieri: "The first impression of the car is good, it's a quality package. The most impressive thing is the engine, it has a lot of power and that's what a driver likes, a wild bunch of HP to control with his right foot. To understand something more of the car I need to improve the setup".

Jake Rosenzweig: "The car is very fast, with a good downforce but also very fast on the straight. Now I just have to get acquainted with it, and it's normal to need at least two sessions for that".

-source: autogp

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Series Auto GP
Drivers Giorgio Pantano , Celso Miguez , Jan Charouz , Carlos Iaconelli , Fabio Onidi , Jonny Reid , Romain Grosjean , Esteban Guerrieri , Adrien Tambay , Jake Rosenzweig , Duncan Tappy , Julian Leal
Teams DAMS