Pizzonia storms to race two victory in Hungary

by Paul Hensby

Antonio Pizzonia made amends for his costly race one error on Saturday to take the win in Sunday’s second Auto GP race at the Hungaroring.

After leading for a good proportion of Saturday’s opener only to lose the lead to Facu Regalia, Zele Racing’s Pizzonia climbed from seventh on the grid in race two to take victory, while FMS Racing’s Leonardo Pulcini was another star, claiming second place.

It was another race affected by the weather, with a shower late in the day making the conclusion of the race tricky for the drivers, but Pizzonia took the lead after making a good start, passing pole sitter Andres Mendez, who quickly dropped behind Pulcini and Johnny Cecotto Jr, and was then handed a drive-through penalty for a jump start.

Pizzonia pulled away from Pulcini, while the Italian was able to fend off the challenge of Cecotto when the Venezuelan driver spun off the circuit, although the Virtuosi UK driver was able to retain his third position.

Tyre wear was an issue throughout the race, with first Christof von Grunigen and then race one winner Regalia seemingly seeing their tyres falling off the cliff, dropping down a number of places before making pit stops. This enabled Luis Sa Silva to take fourth for Zele Racing ahead of Virtuosi UK’s Nikita Zlobin, while Regalia passed Giuseppe Cipriani on the final lap to take sixth.

Von Grunigen could only finish down in eighth for Paolo Coloni Racing ahead of pole sitter Mendez, who after his drive-through penalty finished ninth and last.

Hungaroring Race 2 Result

18Antonio PizzoniaBRZZele Racing32m56.764s
216Leonardo PulciniITAFMS Racing+10.247s
35Johnny Cecotto JrVENVirtuosi UK+21.334s
410Luis Sa SilvaMACZele Racing+36.325s
572Nikita ZlobinRUSVirtuosi UK+39.955s
623Facu RegaliaARGFMS Racing+43.794s
77Giuseppe CiprianiITAIbiza Racing Team+43.847s
86Christof von GrunigenSWIPaolo Coloni Racing+1m16.315s
99Andres MendezCOLZele Racing+1m28.040s

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