Fifth 2014 Win for Sato after Red Bull Ring Fight back

by Paul Hensby

Kimiya Sato made a bad job of his maiden Auto GP World Series pole position in Austria, but still struck back to take victory. The Euronova Racing driver fought back superbly to take the race one spoils ahead of Virtuosi UK duo Tamas Pal Kiss and Andrea Roda.

Sato was third at the first corner after fluffing his start, ending up behind Pal Kiss and FMS Racing’s Kevin Giovesi. An early mandatory pit stop for the Japanese driver was the reason he jumped Giovesi, while he passed Pal Kiss on track on lap thirteen and was able to pull away to win by almost four seconds.

Pal Kiss held onto second ahead of Roda, who managed to jump ahead of Giovesi in the pit stop cycle. Giovesi was just able to stay ahead of Markus Pommer, with the German Super Nova International driver coming through from tenth on the grid to finish right on the tail of Giovesi.

Shinya Michimi had a strong race for Euronova Racing in sixth, ahead of Zele Racing’s sole representative in their home race, Christof von Grunigen. Michele La Rosa was eighth for MLR71 by Euronova, Giuseppe Cipriani ninth for Ibiza Racing Team and Salvatore de Plano tenth for FMS Racing.

There was only one retirement in the race, with Michaela Cerruti ending her race on the opening lap, her first non-finish of the season.

Red Bull Ring Race 1 Result

1 Kimiya Sato JAP Euronova Racing 32m06.607s
2 Tamas Pal Kiss HUN Virtuosi UK +3.924s
3 Andrea Roda ITA Virtuosi UK +4.218s
4 Kevin Giovesi ITA FMS Racing +5.540s
5 Markus Pommer GER Super Nova International +5.788s
6 Shinya Michimi JAP Euronova Racing +13.631s
7 Christof von Grunigen SWI Zele Racing +18.556s
8 Michele La Rosa ITA MLR71 by Euronova +43.203s
9 Giuseppe Cipriani ITA Ibiza Racing Team +1m12.689s
10 Salvatore de Plano ITA FMS Racing +1 Lap
RET Michela Cerruti ITA Super Nova International 0 Laps


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