RacerViews photographer, Steve Sziklai was at the WTCC in Hungary for a great weekend’s racing. Here we look at the Auto GP with a race gallery and rundown.
Kimiya Sato (Euronova Racing) captured a spectacular Race 1 win at Budapest. The Japanese racer, who was taking-off from the rear due to his tough luck in qualifying, recovered to fourth place at the end of the opening lap. At the front, Zele Racing’s Tamas Pal Kiss had passed Markus Pommer (Super Nova) for the lead, while Giorgio Roda (Virtuosi UK) moved on Super Nova’s female racer Michela Cerruti on lap 2 and Kevin Giovesi, driving for Eurotech, cruised to 7th in front of MLR71’s Michele La Rosa.
It’s been a perfect weekend at Budapest for Kimiya Sato (Euronova Racing). The Japanese racer won both races at the Hungaroring and increased his lead in the series’ standings. He’s the third driver in Auto GP history to sweep an entire weekend after Antonio Pizzonia and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs did the same in Brazil and Portugal in 2012.
Sato, who dedicated his wins to the memory of Ayrton Senna 20 years after the sad Imola crash, edged returning Vittorio Ghirelli (Super Nova). The reigning Auto GP champion started from the pole but, having lined-up on an intermediate set-up, he couldn’t match the pace of his rival and settled for second.
Photos by Steve Sziklai
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