Despite missing two events, Kimiya Sato waltzed to the 2014 Auto GP World Series crown, winning six races and finishing on the podium in all bar two races all year. We at The Checkered Flag now look at those who have impressed most of all in 2014, counting down our own top 10 drivers of the season
Despite his domination, and with entry levels fluctuating between ten and fifteen cars per event, it was a good fifth season of Auto GP, with seven different race winners and good on-track scraps up and down the field.
We at TCF rate our top 10 drivers of the season, including new and popular race winners, rookies performing superbly almost immediately, and Gentlemen drivers showing good competitiveness.
10) Michele La Rosa
Michele La Rosa’s best Auto GP result in his career before 2014 had been eighth place in two years of trying, and not much was expected of the Gentleman racer this season.
However, before the season began, La Rosa’s own MLR71 team joined forces with Euronova Racing to enable the Italian driver to focus more on his driving, and it was a pleasant surprise when in the opening round of the season, he finished in an excellent second place around the streets of Marrakech in Morocco.
He would not return to the podium for the rest of the year, but aside from race two at Monza and both races at Imola, he was always in the points, with his consistency the reason why he placed seventh in the championship.
He finished fifth at both Monza and the Red Bull Ring, but ultimately a long way back from the leaders, and was not able to compete with those up front.