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Reigning Champ Ghirelli Returns in Hungary

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The 2013 Auto GP World Series Champion Vittorio Ghirelli is returning to the series for this weekend’s Hungarian round at the Hungaroring. He will pilot the number two Super Nova International entry alongside regular drivers Markus Pommer and Michela Cerruti. The Italian is racing this year in the Indy Lights series in America for Team Moore Racing.

Ghirelli clinched the title for Super Nova last year in the final event of the season in the Czech Republic, and the Italian will resume his rivalry with Japanese star Kimiya Sato of Euronova Racing, who finished second in the championship last year.

Sato currently leads the championship after the events in Morocco and France on 68 points, ahead of Pommer on 55 and Hungarian driver Tamas Pal Kiss of Zele Racing on 52 points. Pal Kiss will want to impress this weekend in front of his home fans on track in which he made his Auto GP series debut on a year ago.

Sergio Campana is once again absent from Zele Racing in France, and rumours are that he has left the team. The team-mate for Pal Kiss at the team has yet to be announced, as has that of the Ibiza Racing Team, who have a TBA alongside Giuseppe Cipriani. Francesco Dracone raced for Ibiza at Marrakech before Niccolo Schiro took the car over at Paul Ricard.

Super Nova International driver Markus Pommer will want to return to winning ways after claiming race two in Morocco, and has been consistently in the top eight in the four races of the year so far. Michela Cerruti has also been relatively steady, finishing fourth, fifth, seventh and fifth so far in 2014.

Eurotech Engineering driver Kevin Giovesi will want to continue his good form, having taken two pole positions out of two, and his maiden win last time out in France. His team-mate Loris Spinelli will be hoping for better luck this time out as he continues to impress in his first season in the series, having being forced out of the last race before it even began with mechanical issues when he was due to start in P1.

Virtuosi UK drivers Andrea Roda and Sam Dejonghe will be hoping to finally finish on the podium after both drivers missed out in Morocco due to crashes late in the race, while in France the weather affected their chances. Michele La Rosa of MLR71 by Euronova will also be hoping to return to his Morocco form where he secured a podium finish, having disappointed in France.

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