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Sato storms to victory in first Auto GP race at the Hungaroring

by Gruz David
Kimiya Sato

Photo: Auto GP

Euronova’s Kimiya Sato has become the first multiple race winner of the 2014 Auto GP season after an impressive performance in race one at the Hungaroring.

At the start, it was Tamas Pal Kiss who stole the lead from pole-sitter Markus Pommer with Sato having a flying start from ninth to fourth.

During the race, Sato managed to pass Belgian driver?Sam Dejonghe for third and then Pommer, who had radio and tyre issues before visiting the pits. Thanks to his great pace and tyre preservation, Sato jumped local driver Kiss with his late pitstop to win the race.

Kiss, despite leading a big part of the race, had to settle for second with Andrea Roda completing the podium.

Kevin Giovesi made a lot of progress with an early pitstop and ended up in fourth, followed by Dejonghe, Pommer and Yoshitaka Kuroda.

Italian racer Michele La Rosa finished eighth after passing 2013 champion Vittorio Ghirelli in the very last corner of the race. With his move, he also got the pole position for the second race. The top ten was completed by Ghirelli who reportedly struggled with steering damage, and Michela Cerruti, who had problems with her pitstop on an uncharacteristically bad day for Super Nova.

Race results

Pos. Name Team Time/Gap
1 Kimiya Sato Euronova Racing 23 laps in 37:20.978
2 Kiss Pal Tamas Zele Racing +1.215
3 Andrea Roda Virtuosi UK +13.172
4 Kevin Giovesi Eurotech Engineering +23.250
5 Sam Dejonghe Virtuosi UK +30.985
6 Markus Pommer Super Nova +43.547
7 Yoshitaka Kuroda Zele Racing +1:05.333
8 Michele La Rosa MLR71 +1:10.672
9 Vittorio Ghirelli Super Nova +1:10.862
10 Michela Cerruti Super Nova +1:28.461
11 Loris Spinelli Eurotech Engineering +2 laps
12 Giuseppe Cipriani Ibiza Racing +5 laps