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Sato cruises to victory in first Auto GP Imola race

by Gruz David
Kimiya Sato

Photo: Auto GP

Euronova’s Kimiya Sato?extended his championship lead after winning the first Auto GP race of the weekend at Imola.

Sato, starting from second, took advantage of pole-sitter Markus Pommer‘s retirement?after the German hit mechanical issues with his car on lap one.

Kevin Giovesi and Andrea Roda both made it to the podium after passing Pal Varhaug on the first lap, forcing the Norwegian to settle for fourth.

Super Nova’s Michela Cerruti?and?Francesco Dracone?secured fifth and sixth, with the latter keeping?Christof von Grunigen at bay during the whole race.

Giuseppe Cipriani finished eighth, closely followed by Tamas Pal Kiss, who was hindered by technical difficulties, and the top ten was completed by reigning champion Vittorio Ghirelli.

Race results
Pos Driver? Team Time/Gap
1 Kimiya Sato Euronova Racing 20 laps in 32:01.697
2 Kevin Giovesi Eurotech Engineering +7.938
3 Andrea Roda Virtuosi UK +15.118
4 Pal Varhaug Virtuosi UK +16.023
5 Michela Cerruti Supernova International +20.176
6 Francesco Dracone Supernova International +27.179
7 Christof von Grunigen Zele Racing +27.600
8 Giuseppe Cipriani Ibiza Racing +53.686
9 Tamas Pal Kiss Zele Racing +55.202
10 Vittorio Ghirelli FMS Racing +1:06.216
11 Salvatore De Plano Euronova Racing +1 lap
12 Michele La Rosa MLR 71 by Euronova +8 laps
Not classified
Markus Pommer Supernova International +20 laps