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Auto GP series to launch new car for 2013

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Khatir Soltani
The Auto GP series will use a new single seater from 2013, and British motorsport magazine Autosport has published a photo of the new race car.

The Auto GP series is relatively unknown in North America. This may change with a race to be held at Sonoma, California September 23.

The current car is a Lola B05/52 powered by a 550 bhp V8 3.4-litre Zytek engine. The new car will retain this basis but will feature updated sidepods and revised front and rear aerodynamics.

Auto GP organizers predict lap times to be improved by around 1.5 seconds. Initial testing is expected to begin in November.

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Photo: Auto GP

Series' boss is Enzo Coloni -- who ran his own Formula 1 team between 1987 and 1991.

Former Formula 3000 champion Vincenzo Sospiri is today a talent scout and driver coach with Auto GP team Euronova Racing.

“Auto GP provides excellent training for young drivers and is good value for money compared to other championships with big cars,” he declared.

“The car is really very good to drive and well built with a really good, powerful engine. Besides this, the format of the races means that drivers have an opportunity to learn about pit-stops, strategy, overboost and how to use different tire compounds.

“All of which are very important for a professional driver. Considering that for 2013 the car will be updated to be even more competitive I would say that Auto GP is a truly complete package for young drivers,” Sospiri said.

Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
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