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Posted by: newsla on May 29, 2014 - 01:05 PM
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Sato Headlines The Auto GP Pack In Monza Italian Drivers Hope To Impress The Home Crowd

The Auto GP is ready to be back in Italy with two high-profile events. The series will run at Monza this weekend before moving to Imola by the end of June. The Italian fans will finally be able to witness the Auto GP action and support their favorite drivers. Many Italians are currently enjoying seasons in the Coloni-promoted championship and 10 of them took the wheel of the 550-hp Zytek-powered Lolas in the first three rounds: Kevin Giovesi, Andrea Roda, Michele La Rosa, Michela Cerruti, Giuseppe Cipriani, Vittorio Ghirelli, Loris Spinelli, Francesco Dracone, Sergio Campana and Niccolò Schirò. Some of them will be at their home round at Monza, although it’s Japanese Kimiya Sato who sits at the top of the standings, as he scored three wins out of six races and ended up onto the podium in all of them.


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He has now 114 points while his closest rival, Zele Racing’s Tamas Pal Kiss, stands with 75 points. The Hungarian, who scored his maiden Auto GP win at Le Castellet, leapfrogged Markus Pommer as the Super Nova driver failed to make it to the podium in Hungary. In must be noted though that Sato will have to miss the Zeltweg round due to a date clash with the GP2 Series at Hockenheim. Sharing fourth place in standings are two Italians, Kevin Giovesi and Andrea Roda.

The first, driving for Eurotech, cruised to the pole twice at Marrakech and Le Castellet but faced some tough luck in the races except for his Race 2 win in France. Roda also suffered some tough luck, as he saw second place slip away from here during the last lap of Race 1 at Monza.

Finally, he scored his maiden podium finish at the Hungaroring, getting a well-deserved reward for his effort in the series. Nine drivers climbed on the podium in six races. Among them, Michele La Rosa and Giuseppe Cipriani, who put together a great run at Marrakech. La Rosa, who is relying on Euronova to support his MLR71 team, took second place, while Cipriani took third for Ibiza Racing Team. After setting a new track record in preseason testing, Sam Dejonghe also got on the podium last time around at Budapest for Virtuosi UK completing the job done by team-mate Roda, and the same result was achieved by 2013 Champion Vittorio Ghirelli, at his series return.

Running in the top-10 in standings, Michela Cerruti missed the joy of the top-3 due to bad luck. At Marrakech, she was blocked by the safety car, while at Budapest she faced even more tough breaks. While fighting in 5th, she was blocked in the pits by her team-mate, who went for his pit-stop one lap too early. She’s now even more determined to rebound in her two home races. Yoshitaka Kuroda must be mentioned too as well as Eurotech’s Loris Spinelli. The Japanese, who raced for Zele Racing so far, will be back at Euronova for Monza. The Italian is constantly improving as he continues his maiden open-wheel season on some extremely tough cars.

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