Filippi wins first Auto GP race
GP2 veteran Luca Filippi scored the first ever Auto GP win in commanding style at Brno
The Euronova driver made his mandatory pitstop early on, and strung together a series of fast laps on a clear track.
When long-time leader Fabio Onidi (Lazarus) finally made his stop, Filippi was left with a clear lead he held to the flag.
DAMS racer Edoardo Piscopo hounded Onidi throughout the race, but pitted a handful of laps before his Italian rival. This was crucial, and he was able to leapfrog into second.
It was a terrible race for Super Nova. Polesitter Jonny Reid failed to leave the grid, while team-mate Giorgio Pantano was involved in a three-car incident on the opening lap that required a brief safety car period.
A strong drive and quick pitstop took Jan Charouz to fourth in his Renault Formula 1-liveried Charouz-Gravity entry. He had to produce a stern defence against DAMS' Duncan Tappy in the closing stages, which included a great wheel-to-wheel dice through the first two corners.
Charouz's team-mate Adrien Tambay rounded out the top six.
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Luca Filippi Euronova 32m28.658s 2. Edoardo Piscopo DAMS + 5.896s 3. Fabio Onidi Lazarus + 9.236s 4. Jan Charouz Charouz-Gravity + 14.524s 5. Duncan Tappy DAMS + 16.056s 6. Adrien Tambay Charouz-Gravity + 25.073s 7. Vladimir Arabadzhiev DAMS + 25.426s 8. Adrian Zaugg Trident + 29.133s 9. Walter Grubmuller Charouz-Gravity + 29.795s 10. Julian Leal Trident + 30.466s 11. Celso Miguez RP + 36.461s 12. Stefano Bizzarri RP + 45.558s 13. Jonny Reid Super Nova + 1 lap Retirements: Giorgio Pantano Super Nova 0 laps Carlos Iaconelli Durango 0 laps Tomas Kostka Charouz-Gravity 0 laps