Facu Regalia returned to the Auto GP series for the first time since 2012 and took victory in the season opening race at a wet Hungaroring on Saturday after capitalising on a mistake from his chief rival on track.
The twenty-three-year-old Argentine racer pressurised long time leader Antonio Pizzonia throughout the nineteen lap race, and was rewarded when the Brazilian made a mistake, allowing Regalia through to take his first victory since winning the GP3 Series race at the Nurburgring back in 2013, something he was very happy about.
“After one year away from racing, I’m back and winning,” said a delighted Regalia, who is racing for FMS Racing this season. “I was keen to finish on top of the podium again, as my last time was two years ago in the GP3 Series at Nürburgring.
“Hungaroring is a sort magic place for me. I am so happy because this win is so important. I dedicate it to my family, friends and fans. Of course I have to mention my team as well, as they gave me a great car, mainly in the second half of the race.
“I pushed every lap and finally it paid off, as Antonio made a mistake and it was crucial for overtaking him. It is a nice result. Tomorrow I will start 8th on the grid but I don’t rule out another podium.”
FMS Racing team-mate Leonardo Pulcini was unfortunately deposed of the final podium spot by Christof von Grunigen, but a strong fourth on debut will do wonders for the young Italian racer. He will start fifth on the grid on Sunday for race two.