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Karthikeyan maintains title hopes with race two victory at Donington

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Auto GP World Series

Photo: Auto GP World Series

Supernova’s Narain Karthikeyan took his fourth victory of the Auto GP season with a stellar drive in race two at Donington.

The Indian faced an uphill battle after starting the reverse-grid race in P7, but an early stop strategy allowed him to run quick laps in clean air.

As most of the frontrunners, including reverse-grid poleman Meindert van Buuren who led the majority of the race, opted for a late stop, Karthikeyan was able to get the undercut on all of them, inheriting the lead after the final mandatory pit stops.

His main rival – Manor MP’s van Buuren – rejoined in second and cruised to a maiden podium, keeping Ghinzani’s Kevin Giovesi at bay.

Championship leader Vittorio Ghirelli drove a conservative race on his way to fourth, finishing right ahead of championship rivals Kimiya Sato and Sergio Campana.

Roberto La Rocca beat Tamas Pal Kiss to seventh with a late stop, while Yoshitaka Kuroda and Max Snegirev completed the top ten.

Ghirelli will come into the final round at Brno with an 11-point lead over Sato, with Campana and Karthikeyan 17 and 21 points off the lead respectively.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Narain Karthikeyan Supernova International 21 laps in 28:00.985
2 Meindert van Buuren Manor MP Motorsport +13.684
3 Kevin Giovesi Ghinzani Motorsport +14.114
4 Vittorio Ghirelli Supernova International +15.874
5 Kimiya Sato Euronova Racing +18.054
6 Sergio Campana Ibiza Racing Team +21.626
7 Roberto La Rocca Comtec by Virtuosi +22.864
8 Tamas Pal Kiss Ibiza Racing Team +24.076
9 Yoshitaka Kuroda Euronova Racing +43.475
10 Maxim Snegirev Virtuosi UK +45.113
11 Robert Visoiu Ghinzani Motorsport +45.396
12 Andrea Roda Virtuosi UK +46.144
13 Daniel de Jong Manor MP Motorsport +46.523
14 Michele La Rosa MLR 71 +57.252