Grosjean clinches Auto GP crown
Romain Grosjean became the first ever Auto GP champion by winning the first race at Monza today
The DAMS driver recovered from a poor start that dropped him to third, passing Fabio Onidi when the Italian was delayed in the pits, and then chasing down early leader Adrien Tambay.
After a thrilling dice and many passing attempts successfully resisted by the inside-line-hugging Tambay, Grosjean finally made it past the Charouz-Gravity car into the Ascari bends and then pulled away to secure his fourth win of the year, clinching the title despite only joining the series from round five.
Tambay held on to second, with Onidi (Lazarus) taking third despite his slow pitstop.
Front row starter and pre-race title contender Duncan Tappy (DAMS) lost ground on lap one and had to settle for fourth, just ahead of Trident's Federico Leo, Super Nova's Luca Filippi and Julian Leal in the second Trident car.
Grosjean's other DAMS team-mate Edoardo Piscopo began the race just two points behind the ex-grand prix driver, but made a poor start and could not get back into the points, finishing just behind Alexander Sims (Charouz-Gravity) in 10th.
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Romain Grosjean DAMS 26m49.452s 2. Adrien Tambay Charouz-Gravity + 2.862s 3. Fabio Onidi Lazarus + 6.514s 4. Duncan Tappy DAMS + 10.785s 5. Federico Leo Trident + 12.964s 6. Jan Charouz Charouz-Gravity + 14.130s 7. Luca Filippi Super Nova + 14.666s 8. Julian Leal Trident + 15.092s 9. Alexander Sims Charouz-Gravity + 18.952s 10. Edoardo Piscopo DAMS + 19.697s 11. Davide Valsecchi RP + 25.430s 12. Giorgio Pantano Ombra + 26.327s 13. Carlos Iaconelli Durango + 39.056s 14. Stefano Bizzarri RP + 47.482s 15. Natacha Gachnang Charouz-Gravity + 47.777s 16. Giuseppe Cipriani Durango + 1m17.051s Retirements: Jonny Reid Super Nova 4 laps