Michela Cerruti Takes Popular Maiden Win at Imola

Michela Cerruti became the first female driver to win an Auto GP World Series race by taking victory in front of her home fans in race two at Imola. The Super Nova International driver held of the challenge of Eurotech Engineering driver Kevin Giovesi to take a popular win.

Cerruti started the reverse-grid race from fourth on the grid, but was up to the lead by the end of lap three after disposing team-mate Francesco Dracone for second just as race leader Giuseppe Cipriani spun his Ibiza Racing Team machine out of the race. She held off the challenge of Giovesi, including through the compulsory pit stop to win by just over half a second.

Series returnee Pal Varhaug finished third for Virtuosi UK, while championship rivals Kimiya Sato and Markus Pommer finished fourth and fifth, the Euronova Racing doing everything he needed to do to keep the Super Nova International driver behind him. Sato increased his championship lead with the result.

2013 Auto GP Champion Vittorio Ghirelli finished sixth on his first weekend for Eurotech Engineering, with Christof von Grunigen seventh in the leading Zele Racing entry; his team-mate Tamas Pal Kiss finished a disappointing weekend for the Hungarian with his second ninth place finish in two days.

In between the Zele boys was another disappointed driver in the form of Virtuosi UK’s Andrea Roda, who suffered a lack of pace due to a cracked exhaust. The final point went to Dracone.

Imola Race 2 Result

1 Michela Cerruti ITA Super Nova International 27m17.493s
2 Kevin Giovesi ITA Eurotech Engineering +0.529s
3 Pal Varhaug NOR Virtuosi UK +3.330s
4 Kimiya Sato JAP Euronova Racing +5.368s
5 Markus Pommer GER Super Nova International +9.872s
6 Vittorio Ghirelli ITA Eurotech Engineering +15.022s
7 Christof von Grunigen SWI Zele Racing +21.879s
8 Andrea Roda ITA Virtuosi UK +25.398s
9 Tamas Pal Kiss HUN Zele Racing +26.076s
10 Francesco Dracone ITA Super Nova International +26.652s
11 Michele La Rosa ITA MLR71 by Euronova +45.057s
12 Salvatore de Plano ITA Euronova Racing +1m44.830s
RET Giuseppe Cipriani ITA Ibiza Racing Team 3 Laps