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Auto GP: Roberto La Rocca in double points haul at Brno
7 October 2013
Roberto La Rocca took more points and was once again on the pace in the final round of the 2013 Auto GP World Series at Brno in the Czech Republic last weekend.
The Venezuelan pilot has quickly adapted to Auto GP since making the step up from Formula 3 in August and in his third event continued to progress, starting well by positing the eleventh best time in opening practice on Friday, as he got to grips with the circuit and learned the layout.
The 22-year-old looked strong in qualifying too, but unfortunately his best lap was spoiled by a red flag. Nevertheless he put his Comtec By Virtuosi-run car in eleventh on the grid, his quickest lap a 1 minute 44.933 seconds, which was just three tenths off a place inside the top-ten.
He then made a great start in race one on Saturday and eventually finished in eighth place overall, a result that put him in pole position on Sunday, thanks to the reverse grid rules.
Despite getting too much wheelspin at the start of race two and dropping to fourth, the current US F2000 Champion fought back.
Indeed after losing around 2-3 seconds in his pit stop, he climbed back up, putting in a series of good lap times that were right up there with the front runners to haul himself up from tenth to take seventh place.
That gave him another four points, increasing his tally to 20, and meaning he scored in five of his six AutoGP outings.
“It's been a productive weekend especially as I had never been here before,” said La Rocca. “The Auto GP experience has been good but to join the series so late was a tall order and being the only new guy was a disadvantage, but it is all part of the strategy devised by my management in order to get me to the top of the sport as fast as possible.”
“I had too much wheelspin on the start in race two, which lost me three places and my pitstop could have been better,” he continued.
“The good thing, however, was that we were on the pace with the lap times towards the end of the second race, so I'm happy.”
“Overall it's been a good experience and I feel I have learned a lot and I am sure it will stand me in good step for the future,” concluded the Accelerate Driver Development Ltd (ADD)-affiliated youngster.