Saturday afternoon saw the first Auto GP race for the weekend at the German round.¬† As the lights went out Super Nova‚Äôs Markus Pommer bogged down from pole position, and was attacked on the run to the first corner by Goivesi and Pal Kiss. In trying to get ahead he braked a shade too late and ran wide as he turned in, and lost two positions.¬† Michela Cerutti made a good start and held her fourth position shadowing the leaders on the run to turn one.¬† Francesco Dracone made a good start from sixth, but soon had championship leader Kimiya Sato on his tale, who was charging through the field from his last place starting ¬†position.¬† Francesco defended well, but unfortunately he was no match for the determined Sato.
Meanwhile Markus was having a great battle at the front with Tamas Pal Kiss and Kevin Giovesi.¬† The majority of the field were given drive through penalties for improving their sector time during yellow flag periods. The exception was Pal Kiss who continued uninterrupted to take the win, but post race was given a time penalty for the same reason which dropped him to fifth.¬† The revised results meant Super Nova‚Äôs Markus Pommer, Michele Cerutti and Francesco Dracone were rewarded with third, sixth and eighth respectively, giving Francesco the pole position for Race Two.
With Francesco on pole for Race Two, and¬† Michela and Markus starting third and sixth respectively, all three Super Nova drivers made a good start, with Francesco leading the field into the first corner defending strongly against Tamas Pal Kiss in second.¬† As they started their second lap and the pair battled, Pal Kiss put a move on the Italian on the inside into the first corner. Pal Kiss locked his brakes which compromised Francesco and forced him wide onto the dirty side of the track which resulted in the Italian spinning and losing several places.
Fellow teammates Markus and Michela were lucky to avoid Francesco‚Äôs spin and continued in second and third.¬† With the German leading his home race, Super Nova stopped Markus on lap 15 for his compulsory stop, hoping that he could build a significant gap to allow him to retain the lead after his pit stop.¬† Unfortunately it didn‚Äôt work out as hoped, as Pal Kiss grabbed the lead demoting Markus to second.
Markus drove a strong race, keeping Championship leader Sato behind him in third, and brought home important points moving him up to third in the Championship.¬† Michela took fifth place, adding to her score and strengthening her sixth place in the Championship standings.
Francesco received a surprising drive through penalty for a jump-start which ruined his race and the resulting time loss meant he could only finish tenth.
Kimya Sato clenched the Championship ahead of the last round at Estoril, Portugal, in eight weeks time.¬† Markus still has his sights set on Vice-Champion with a maximum of forty-nine points to play for.