One of the more undersold elements of the Auto GP World Series has been the manner in which the category offers prize money to successful drivers.
From an overall pot of €300,000, approximately €250,000 has been awarded, with new series champion Kimiya Sato – unsurprisingly – leading the prize money standings.
Six victories, four other podium finishes, one pole position and seven fastest laps has ensured Sato claims at least €80,000, with series 2nd place man, Tamás P’âl Kiss, next up €50,000.
Although this may not mean much in the grand scheme of motorsport, this is the type of prize that could prove crucial for some of the young drivers determined to the make the move into professional motorsport away from single-seaters.
However for drivers such as Sato and Markus Pommer, who also compete in GP2 and German F3 respectively, this extra funding will go some small way to leveling out the costs over the course of the season.
Albeit, not by much…
Auto GP prize money awards: Kimiya Sato (€80,000 / £62,450) Tamás P’âl Kiss (€50,000 / £39,000) Markus Pommer (€42,500 / £33,200) Andrea Roda (€37,500 / £29,250) Kevin Giovesi (€20,000 / £15,600) Michele La Rosa, Michela Cerruti (€5,000 / £3,900)