Kimiya Sato Completes Rare Auto GP Win Double in Hungary


Kimiya Sato has become only the third driver in Auto GP World Series history to take a double win during a race weekend after taking victory in the second race in Hungary to add to his win yesterday in race one. Antonio Pizzonia in Brazil and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs in Portugal, both in 2012, are the only previous double-winners in the history of Auto GP.

The win sees the Japanese driver take a commanding lead in the championship. After fighting through from ninth to win yesterday, today it was only from eighth, but once again the Euronova Racing driver prevailed. He dedicated his victories to Ayrton Senna, twenty years after the death of the legendary Brazilian at Imola.

2013 Auto GP champion Vittorio Ghirelli marked his first start of the year in the series for Super Nova International with second place, while Belgian Sam Dejonghe took his maiden podium finish with third place, the second podium of the weekend for Virtuosi UK after Andrea Roda’s third place yesterday.

Kevin Giovesi of Eurotech Engineering was fourth on the day, holding off the challenge of Roda. Markus Pommer ended up sixth for Super Nova ahead of Hungarian Tamas Pal Kiss in the leading Zele Racing entry in seventh. Loris Spinelli of Eurotech was eighth, with Michele La Rosa (MLR71 by Euronova) and Michela Cerruti (Super Nova) completing the top ten.

Sato leads the championship on 114 points, ahead of Pal Kiss on 75 points and Pommer on 65 points. Super Nova International lead the Teams’ championship on 122 points, but their three-car effort are only eight points clear of Sato’s Euronova Racing squad, with their 114 points having all been scored by Sato.

The Japanese driver now returns to race in the GP2 Series next weekend with Campos Racing. The next round of the Auto GP World Series takes place at Monza on the 1st of June.

Hungaroring Race 2 Result

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME/Laps
1 Kimiya Sato JAP Euronova Racing 29m41.627
2 Vittorio Ghirelli ITA Super Nova International +7.220s
3 Sam Dejonghe BEL Virtuosi UK +10.668s
4 Kevin Giovesi ITA Eurotech Engineering +14.546s
5 Andrea Roda ITA Virtuosi UK +15.129s
6 Markus Pommer GER Super Nova International +21.235s
7 Tamas Pal Kiss HUN Zele Racing +21.511s
8 Loris Spinelli ITA Eurotech Engineering +34.861s
9 Michele La Rosa ITA MLR71 by Euronova +38.489s
10 Michela Cerruti ITA Super Nova International +39.275s
11 Yoshitaka Kuroda JAP Zele Racing +59.009s
RET Giuseppe Cipriani ITA Ibiza Racing Team 8 Laps