Michimi ends season with maiden Auto GP win

by Paul Hensby

Shinya Michimi took his maiden Auto GP World Series victory in the final race of the season at Estoril, while Super Nova International clinched the Teams’ Championship.

Michimi, who started third, took over at the front during the pit stops and never looked back, taking Euronova Racing’s seventh victory of the season by 3.698s from series debutant Luis Sa Silva of Zele Racing, while Antonio Pizzonia completed the podium in Portugal in the second of the Zele Racing machines.

Race 1 winner Tamas Pal Kiss took fourth for Virtuosi UK but it was not enough to snatch the Teams’ Championship away from Super Nova International, as Markus Pommer and Francesco Dracone both secured points for fifth and seventh that ensured Super Nova finished six points ahead of Virtuosi in the standings.

Michele La Rosa finished in between the two Super Nova entries in sixth for MLR71 by Euronova, while Andrea Roda could only finish eighth for Virtuosi UK, ending his chances of finishing third in the Drivers’ Championship.

Salvatore de Plano once again finished a lap down for FMS Racing, while Vittorio Ghirelli was an early retirement when his nose assembly detached from his Super Nova International machine.

Estoril Race 2 Result

1 Shinya Michimi JAP Euronova Racing 31m02.608s
2 Luis Sa Silva MAC Zele Racing +3.698s
3 Antonio Pizzonia BRZ Zele Racing +5.208s
4 Tamas Pal Kiss HUN Virtuosi UK +6.676s
5 Markus Pommer GER Super Nova International +15.639s
6 Michele La Rosa ITA MLR71 by Euronova +28.519s
7 Francesco Dracone ITA Super Nova International +48.078s
8 Andrea Roda ITA Virtuosi UK +53.171s
9 Salvatore de Plano ITA FMS Racing +1 Lap
RET Vittorio Ghirelli ITA Super Nova International 4 Laps


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