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“Auto GP: Sato makes it two out of two at Hungaroring”

May 4, 2014

Sato celebrates another victory. © Auto GP WS.

Sato celebrates another victory. © Auto GP WS.

Kimiya Sato took his third Auto GP win of the season and his second of the weekend as he rounded off a near perfect weekend with Euronova Racing.

Starting 8th, the Japanese racer utilised strategy and a stellar pace to climb the order and win by 7.2s ahead of returning champion Vittoria Ghirelli (Super Nova)

Meanwhile Sam Dejonghe hung on to claim his first podium for Virtuosi, several seconds ahead of the battling Kevin Giovesi (Eutotech) and Andrea Roda (Virtuosi).

Marcus Pommer edged out Tamas P’al Kiss to take 6th, leaving the latter disappointed at what is effectively his “home race”. Loris Spinelli took a lonely 8th position, finishing well ahead of the battling Michele La Rosa (9th) and Michela Cerruti. Yoshitaka Kuroda came home 11th and was the sole non-points scorer following the retirement of Giuseppe Cipriani after nine laps.

Sato now goes into the next round at Monza (at the end of this month) with 114 points; some 39 points clear of the next driver P’al Kiss; however there are no signs at this point of Sato giving up his advantage any time soon.

Sato commanded from the start. © Auto GP WS.

Sato commanded from the start. © Auto GP WS.

2014 Auto GP World Series (Rd 3, Race 2, 18 laps)
Pos  Driver             Team/Car           Time/Gap
 1.  Kimiya Sato        Euronova         29m41.627s
 2.  Vittorio Ghirelli  Super Nova          +7.220s
 3.  Sam Dejonghe       Virtuosi           +10.668s
 4.  Kevin Giovesi      Eurotech           +14.546s
 5.  Andrea Roda        Virtuosi           +15.129s
 6.  Markus Pommer      Super Nova         +21.235s
 7.  Tamas Pal Kiss     Zele               +21.511s
 8.  Loris Spinelli     Eurotech           +34.861s
 9.  Michele La Rosa    MLR 71/Euronova    +38.489s
10.  Michela Cerruti    Super Nova         +39.275s
11.  Yoshitaka Kuroda   Zele               +59.009s
Retirements:
     Giuseppe Cipriani  Ibiza              +10 laps
2014 Auto GP World Series (Rd 3)
Pos Driver            Pts
 1. Kimiya Sato       114
 2. Tamas P'al Kiss    75
 3. Markus Pommer      65
 4. Kevin Giovesi      58
 5. Andrea Roda        53
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