Sato scores his sixth win
Kimiya Sato scored his sixth win of the season at the Nürburgring, in Race 1 of the seventh 2014 Auto GP round. The Euronova Racing driver, who started last after experiencing brake issues and ending up off-track in qualifying and had to serve a drive-through penalty for not respecting the yellow flags following an off by Salvatore De Plano, wasn’t the only driver hit with a penalty.
Virtuosi UK‘s Tamas Pal Kiss, who finished first and celebrated the victory on the podium, was then assessed a 25-second penalty for the same reason. And, in the end, all today’s finishers were caught out by the same circumstances. Seven of them, including the revised podium, had to pass through the pits during the race, while the position of Pal Kiss (who maintains second place in standings) and Francesco Dracone required some additional checks from the stewards, resulting in post-race additions to their total times.
The top-3 was completed by Kevin Giovesi and by pole-sitter Markus Pommer, who had lost the lead at the first corner. The Italian thus moved to third place in standings with 149 points, just one less than Pal Kiss, while Sato is almost untouchable at 208. Rounding out the top 5 behind Pal Kiss was Andrea Roda and fellow Italian Michela Cerruti. The front row for Race 2, given the reversed top-8 grid, will be shared by Yoshitaka Kuroda and Dracone.