Silverstone Auto GP: Kimiya Sato triumphs in race two
|By Peter Mills||Sunday, June 2nd 2013, 13:49 GMT|
Kimiya Sato extended his lead in the Auto GP drivers' standings by taking his third win of the season at Silverstone.
From third on the reversed-grid, the Formula 3 graduate grabbed the lead into the first corner and thereafter maintained it throughout.
Sato emerged from his penultimate lap pitstop with a one-second lead over Sergio Campana.
But the Italian was out of range to threaten a passing move, as Sato controlled his advantage to cross the finish 0.899 seconds ahead.
"Our strategy was to fit soft tyres from the start and go for maximum [performance] from the set-up," said Euronova driver Sato. "I'm pleased because yesterday [finishing sixth] was a bit disappointing."
Campana's second position for Ibiza promotes the former Italian Formula 3 champion back into second in the drivers' standings.
Compatriot Vittorio Ghirelli, who held second spot in the championship after Saturday's race one, was a first-lap retirement after being clouted into a spin by an over-optimistic Robert Visoiu at The Loop.
After a poor getaway, Campana recovered second place from polesitter Meindert van Buuren with a committed manoeuvre around the outside at Stowe on the opening lap.
Campana trailed Sato by 2.7s when he came in for his mandatory tyre change on lap six, leaving Sato with a huge advantage over van Buuren.
The Dutch rookie was swiftly in defensive mode, and resorted to a little weave along the pits straight to keep race one's on-the-road victor Kevin Giovesi from overtaking into Copse on lap four.
Van Buuren would slip to an eventual fifth, after Giovesi's Ghinzani team opted for a relatively early stop to exploit its man's pace.
The strategy worked as Giovesi claimed the final place on the podium from Narain Karthikeyan, who picked up the Saturday race one win thanks to the Lazurus GP2 racer's post-race penalty.
Auto GP debutant Giovesi's result was a fine reward for drive from 13th on the grid. Giovesi's GP2 rival Daniel de Jong completed the top six.
The race was reduced in distance by a lap, owing to an aborted first start when Fabrizio Crestani was unable to pull away from the grid cleanly.
Results - 13 laps: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Kimiya Sato Euronova 23m55.312s 2. Sergio Campana Ibiza + 0.899s 3. Kevin Giovesi Ghinzani + 5.599s 4. Narain Karthikeyan Super Nova + 7.023s 5. Meindert van Buuren Manor MP + 9.303s 6. Daniel de Jong Manor MP + 12.551s 7. Maxim Snegirev Virtuosi UK + 13.820s 8. Tamas Pal Kiss Zele + 14.204s 9. Luciano Bacheta Zele + 16.531s 10. Riccardo Agostini Manor MP + 18.104s 11. Fabrizio Crestani Ibiza + 23.360s 12. Yoshitaka Kuroda Euronova + 27.066s 13. Francesco Dracone Super Nova + 41.096s 14. Michele La Rosa MLR 71 + 50.091s 15. Andrea Roda Virtuosi UK + 1m12.047s Retirements: Robert Visoiu Ghinzani 1 lap Vittorio Ghirelli Super Nova 0 laps