2012 Auto GP World Series season

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2012 Auto GP World Series season
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The 2012 Auto GP World Series season was the third year of the Auto GP series, and the fourteenth season of the former Euroseries 3000. The championship began on 11 March at Monza in Italy and finished on 23 September at Sonoma in the United States, after seven double-header rounds.

Each meeting's sprint race now lasts for a longer duration – a minimum of 90 km (55.9 mi), up from 70 km (43.5 mi) – while also introducing a mandatory pit-stop to the race.[1] The series also introduced an overboost system that has already been used in the FIA Formula Two Championship.[2] The points system for the second race was also amended.[3]

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs won the opening race of the season at Monza after qualifying on pole position by 0.04 seconds.[4] Pål Varhaug finished in second place and returnee Daniël de Jong attained his maiden podium in third.[5] The reverse-grid second race was won by Varhaug, who left the meeting tied for the championship lead with Quaife-Hobbs.[6] Three weeks later at Valencia, Quaife-Hobbs claimed pole again, but was unable to convert pole into another win, losing to Sergey Sirotkin, who became the youngest Auto GP winner,[7] while Varhaug completed the podium. Quaife-Hobbs and Sirotkin continued their battle into the sprint race until an error during Sirotkin's pit-stop ended the battle early. Sirotkin recovered to finish the race in third place behind Quaife-Hobbs – who extended his championship lead with the race win – and Facu Regalia, who scored his first podium.[8] Two weeks later, the series' first non-European round was held in Morocco, where Sirotkin claimed his first pole position.[9] He made a poor getaway, after being distracted by a marshal at the start.[10] he lost many positions with Varhaug taking the lead. Varhaug was chased by Italian Formula Three champion Sergio Campana, leading until the pit-stop phase. Varhaug stalled in pit lane, losing positions to both Campana and Quaife-Hobbs, with Campana eventually taking his first series win, and the first for Team MLR71, after a close battle with Quaife-Hobbs.[11] Sirotkin took the lead at the start of the second race, but lost time after his pit-stop, allowing Manor MP Motorsport's Chris van der Drift through to take his first win in the series ahead of Sirotkin. Varhaug, Quaife-Hobbs and Giacomo Ricci battled over the final podium position with Varhaug taking the position on-the-road before receiving a 25-second time penalty post-race for cutting a chicane. Ricci was promoted into third place ahead of Quaife-Hobbs, while Varhaug dropped to seventh and lost ground in the championship, falling behind Sirotkin, who moved into second.[12]

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team No. Driver Rounds
Spain Campos Racing[13] 1 Argentina Facu Regalia[14] 1–5
United Kingdom Pippa Mann[15] 7
2 Italy Giuseppe Cipriani[13] All
3 Russia Max Snegirev[13] All
Italy Team MLR71[16] 5 Italy Sergio Campana[17] 1–5
Italy Giacomo Ricci[18] 7
71 Italy Michele La Rosa[17] All
United Kingdom Virtuosi UK[19] 6 Italy Matteo Beretta[17] 1
Estonia Sten Pentus[20] 2
Italy Francesco Dracone[21] 3–7
7 Norway Pål Varhaug[22] All
Austria Zele Racing[23] 8 Italy Giacomo Ricci[17] 1, 3
Italy Matteo Beretta[24] 2
Estonia Sten Pentus[25] 4–5
Italy Sergio Campana[26] 7
9 Austria Peter Milavec[24] 2
Mexico Juan Carlos Sistos[27] 5
Brazil Antônio Pizzonia[26] 7
United Kingdom Super Nova International 10 United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs[17] All
11 Brazil Victor Guerin[28] 1–5
Italy Euronova Racing[29] 12 Russia Sergey Sirotkin[30] All
14 Italy Antonio Spavone[17] 1–5
Italy Sergio Campana 6
Japan Kotaro Sakurai[31] 7
Italy Ombra Racing 23 China Adderly Fong[17] 1, 4
Brazil Yann Cunha[32] 2–3
Brazil Antônio Pizzonia[33] 6
Italy Antonio Spavone[34] 7
45 Venezuela Giancarlo Serenelli[35] 1–5, 7
Brazil Rafael Suzuki 6
Netherlands Manor MP Motorsport[36] 32 Netherlands Daniël de Jong[36] All
33 New Zealand Chris van der Drift[17] 1–6

Race calendar and results[edit]

A seven-round calendar was published on 23 December 2011,[37] with all rounds supporting World Touring Car Championship events. On 9 March 2012, it was announced that the Portuguese round moved from Estoril to Portimão.[38]

Round Circuit/Location Country Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Supporting
1 R1 Autodromo Nazionale Monza  Italy 10 March United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Russia Sergey Sirotkin United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs United Kingdom Super Nova International FIA WTCC Race of Italy
R2 11 March Russia Sergey Sirotkin Norway Pål Varhaug United Kingdom Virtuosi UK
2 R1 Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia  Spain 31 March United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Russia Sergey Sirotkin Russia Sergey Sirotkin Italy Euronova Racing FIA WTCC Race of Spain
R2 1 April Russia Sergey Sirotkin United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs United Kingdom Super Nova International
3 R1 Marrakech Street Circuit  Morocco 14 April Russia Sergey Sirotkin Italy Sergio Campana Italy Sergio Campana Italy Team MLR71 FIA WTCC Race of Morocco
R2 15 April Russia Sergey Sirotkin New Zealand Chris van der Drift Netherlands Manor MP Motorsport
4 R1 Hungaroring  Hungary 5 May United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs United Kingdom Super Nova International FIA WTCC Race of Hungary
R2 6 May United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Norway Pål Varhaug United Kingdom Virtuosi UK
5 R1 Autódromo Internacional do Algarve  Portugal 2 June United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs United Kingdom Super Nova International FIA WTCC Race of Portugal
R2 3 June United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs United Kingdom Super Nova International
6 R1 Autódromo Internacional de Curitiba  Brazil 21 July United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Netherlands Daniël de Jong Brazil Antônio Pizzonia Italy Ombra Racing FIA WTCC Race of Brazil
R2 22 July Norway Pål Varhaug Brazil Antônio Pizzonia Italy Ombra Racing
7 R1 Sonoma Raceway  United States 22 September United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Netherlands Daniël de Jong Norway Pål Varhaug United Kingdom Virtuosi UK FIA WTCC Race of the United States
R2 23 September Netherlands Daniël de Jong Russia Sergey Sirotkin Italy Euronova Racing

Championship standings[edit]

  • Points for both championships were awarded as follows:
Race
Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
Race One 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1
Race Two 20 15 12 10 8 6 4 3 2 1

In addition:

  • One point will be awarded for Pole position for Race One.
  • One point will be awarded for fastest lap in each race.

Drivers' Championship[edit]

Pos Driver MNZ
Italy
VAL
Spain
MAR
Morocco
HUN
Hungary
ALG
Portugal
CUR
Brazil
SON
United States
Points
1 United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs 1 3 2 1 2 4 1 2 1 1 6 12† Ret 2 221
2 Norway Pål Varhaug 2 1 3 8 3 7 5 1 2 Ret 2 5 1 5 183
3 Russia Sergey Sirotkin 14 4 1 3 6 2 13† 3 3 3 3 4 3 1 175
4 New Zealand Chris van der Drift 5 2 6 7 4 1 7 5 8 2 5 2 127
5 Netherlands Daniël de Jong 3 Ret 4 4 7 Ret 11 12 7 7 4 3 2 6 104
6 Italy Sergio Campana 10 13 5 9 1 13 Ret 7 5 4 11† 8 4 3 90
7 Argentina Facu Regalia 4 9 7 2 Ret 10 3 10 6 5 68
8 Brazil Victor Guerin 15 11 16† 5 Ret 5 2 Ret 4 Ret 46
9 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 1 1 Ret 12† 45
10 Italy Antonio Spavone 8 5 9 11 8 Ret 8 8 11 9 8 4 41
11 Italy Giacomo Ricci 6 14 5 3 5 11† 40
12 Venezuela Giancarlo Serenelli 9 8 11 12 11 11 4 9 10 6 6 Ret 34
13 Russia Max Snegirev 7 6 8 6 13 Ret Ret 11 12 8 10† 7 Ret 7 34
14 Italy Giuseppe Cipriani 11 10 12 14 Ret 9 6 6 Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret 18
15 Estonia Sten Pentus 10 10 9 4 14† Ret 14
16 Italy Francesco Dracone 10 8 10 14 13 10 8 9 Ret 9 14
17 Brazil Rafael Suzuki 7 6 12
18 Brazil Yann Cunha 13 Ret 9 6 8
19 Japan Kotaro Sakurai 7 Ret 6
20 United Kingdom Pippa Mann 9 8 5
21 China Adderly Fong 13 7 Ret 13 4
22 Italy Michele La Rosa 12 12 14 15 12 12 12 Ret DNS 11 9 11 10 10 4
23 Mexico Juan Carlos Sistos 9 Ret 2
24 Italy Matteo Beretta DNS 15 17† 13 0
25 Austria Peter Milavec 15 16 0
Pos Driver MNZ
Italy
VAL
Spain
MAR
Morocco
HUN
Hungary
ALG
Portugal
CUR
Brazil
SON
United States
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole for Race One
Italics – Fastest Lap

Under-21 Trophy[edit]

Pos Driver MNZ
Italy
VAL
Spain
MAR
Morocco
HUN
Hungary
ALG
Portugal
CUR
Brazil
SON
United States
Points
1 United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs 1 3 2 1 2 4 1 2 1 1 6 12† Ret 235
2 Norway Pål Varhaug 2 1 3 8 3 7 5 1 2 Ret 2 5 1 198
3 Russia Sergey Sirotkin 14 4 1 3 6 2 13† 3 3 3 3 4 3 196
4 Netherlands Daniël de Jong 3 Ret 4 4 7 Ret 11 12 7 7 4 3 2 128
5 Argentina Facu Regalia 4 9 7 2 Ret 10 3 10 6 5 96
6 Italy Antonio Spavone 8 5 9 11 8 Ret 8 8 11 8 8 84
7 Brazil Victor Guerin 15 11 16† 5 Ret 5 2 Ret 4 Ret 66
8 Brazil Yann Cunha 13 Ret 9 6 24
10 Japan Kotaro Sakurai 7 12
9 Italy Matteo Beretta DNS 15 17† 13 9
10 Mexico Juan Carlos Sistos 9 Ret 6
Pos Driver MNZ
Italy
VAL
Spain
MAR
Morocco
HUN
Hungary
ALG
Portugal
CUR
Brazil
SON
United States
Points

Teams' Championship[edit]

Pos Team MNZ
Italy
VAL
Spain
MAR
Morocco
HUN
Hungary
ALG
Portugal
CUR
Brazil
SON
United States
Points
1 United Kingdom Super Nova International 1 3 2 1 2 4 1 2 1 1 6 12† Ret 252
15 11 16† 5 Ret 5 2 Ret 4 Ret
2 Netherlands Manor MP Motorsport 3 2 4 4 4 1 7 5 7 2 4 2 2 224
5 Ret 6 7 7 Ret 11 12 8 7 5 3
3 Italy Euronova Racing 8 4 1 3 6 2 8 3 3 3 3 4 3 189
14 5 9 11 8 Ret 13† 8 11 9 11† 8 7
4 United Kingdom Virtuosi UK 2 1 3 8 3 7 5 1 2 10 2 5 1 188
DNS 15 10 10 10 8 10 14 13 Ret 8 9 Ret
5 Spain Campos Racing 4 6 7 2 13 9 3 6 6 5 10† 7 9 117
7 9 8 6 Ret 10 6 10 12 8 Ret 10 Ret
6 Italy Ombra Racing 9 7 11 12 9 6 4 9 10 6 1 1 6 107
13 8 13 Ret 11 11 Ret 13 7 6 8
7 Italy Team MLR71 10 12 5 9 1 12 12 7 5 4 9 11 5 76
12 13 14 15 12 13 Ret Ret DNS 11 10
8 Austria Zele Racing 6 14 15 13 5 3 9 4 9 Ret 4 56
17† 16 14† Ret Ret
Pos Team MNZ
Italy
VAL
Spain
MAR
Morocco
HUN
Hungary
ALG
Portugal
CUR
Brazil
SON
United States
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole for Race One
Italics – Fastest Lap

References[edit]

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