17/08/14 - NÜRBURGRING AUTOGP: WINS FOR SATO AND KISS AS SATO TAKES THE CHAMPIONSHIP
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Race 1: Kimiya Sato (Euronova) takes win in wild race

Kimiya Sato (Euronova Racing) captured his sixth win of the year today at the Nürburgring, in Race 1 of the seventh Auto GP round of 2014. The Japanese racer, who started last after experiencing brake issues and ending up off-track in qualifying, also captured his sixth fastest lap so far and had to serve a drive-through penalty for not respecting the yellow flags following an off by Salvatore De Plano (FMS). On the other hand, he wasn't the only driver hit with a penalty.

Virtuosi UK's Tamas Pal Kiss, who was handed the winner's trophy on the podium by Adrien Tambay, was then assessed a 25-second penalty for the same reason. And, in the end, all today's finishers were caught out by the same circumstances. Seven of them, including the revised podium, had to pass through the pits during the race, while the position of Pal Kiss (who maintains second place in standings) and Francesco Dracone required some additional checks from the stewards, resulting in post-race additions to their total times.

The top-3 was completed by Kevin Giovesi (FMS) and by pole-sitter Markus Pommer (Super Nova), who had lost the lead at the first corner. The Italian thus moved to third place in standings with 149 points, just one less than Pal Kiss, while Sato is almost untouchable at 208. Rounding out the top 5 behind Pal Kiss was Andrea Roda (Virtuosi UK) and fellow Italian Michela Cerruti (Super Nova). The front row for Race 2, given the reversed top-8 grid, will be shared by Yoshitaka Kuroda (Euronova Racing) and Francesco Dracone (Super Nova).

Race 2:
Tamas Pal Kiss (Virtuosi) wins, Kimiya Sato (Euronova) clinches 2014 title.

Kimiya Sato is the new Auto GP Champion. The Japanese driver, fielded by Euronova, took third place in Race 2 at the Nürburgring and finally clinched the 2014 title after leading the way from the early stages of the season. After ending the 2013 championship as a runner-up, Sato scored six wins, seven fastest laps, one pole positions and 10 podium finishes out of the 12 races he entered this year.ù

The race win went to Hungarian Tamas Pal Kiss (Virtuosi UK) who cruised to the front despite starting from row 3. At the first corner, he was already in second and took the lead on lap 2 from Super Nova's polesitter Francesco Dracone, who spun while battling with team-mate Markus Pommer. Dracone was later penalized with a drive-through for jumping the start.

At his home race, Pommer took second place by holding off Sato, who started from 8th following to his Race 1 win, while Andrea Roda (Virtuosi UK) managed to get by Super Nova's Michela Cerruti for fourth right after the pit-stop. Kevin Giovesi (FMS) was prevented from fighting for the podium and had to fend off the attacks of Yoshitaka Kuroda (Euronova) after opting for a late pit-stop on lap 19. The points zone was completed by Italians Michele La Rosa (MLR71 by Euronova), Giuseppe Cipriani (Ibiza Racing) and Dracone.
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