Kimiya Sato ends up a perfect weekend
It’s been a perfect weekend for Kimiya Sato. The Euronova Racing Japanese racer won both races at the Hungaroring and increased his lead in the series’ standings.
Sato edged returning Vittorio Ghirelli (Super Nova). The reigning Auto GP champion started from the pole but, having lined-up on an intermediate set-up, he couldn’t match the pace of his rival and settled for second. Sam Dejonghe scored his maiden podium finish for Virtuosi UK. Belgian driver took full advantage from the absence of Michele La Rosa (MLR71 by Euronova) on the grid to get a great start and continue from that. Kevin Giovesi (Eurotech) took fourth place. German Markus Pommer rounded out the top-5.
Sato captured also a spectacular win in Race 1, recovering from ninth to fourth place at the end of the opening lap. At the front, Pal Kiss had passed Pommer for the lead, while Giorgio Roda moved on Super Nova’s female racer Michela Cerruti on lap 2 and Kevin Giovesi, driving for Eurotech, cruised to 7th. On lap 4, Giovesi and Ghirelli made their way to the pits: the reigning champion had bent a suspension arm at the start. Pommer faced even tougher luck at the pits: due to a miscommunication, he made his way in one lap later than planned and following to the confusion, a wheel came away from his car and team-mate Cerruti also got stuck by the incident, compromising her race too. Pommer was also penalized 35 seconds. Back on-track, Sato clocked several fastest laps, and after his pit-stop he was able to pass Pal Kiss, who had to settle for second. In third, Roda captured his maiden podium finish in the series.
The next round for the Auto GP championship will be in Italy at Monza, on the 1st of June.