Antonio Pizzonia won the second race of the Auto GP championship at the Hungaroring, in a run made tougher by a rain shower that added further excitement to the latter stages.
The Zele Racing Brazilian got his Hungarian revenge after having to settle for second behind Regalia yesterday due to a late mistake. The second place scored by 16-year-old rookie Leonardo Pulcini wasn't any less exciting.
The young Roman, fielded by FMS, delivered a great start from the fifth place on the grid and held onto the second place all the way to the checkered flag. Johnny Cecotto, driving for Virtuosi UK, ended up on the third podium spot despite a visible understeer situation.
After a tough weekend start, the Venezuelan delivered a constant improvement, completing the weekend in a positive fashion. Also starting from the back, Pizzonia was off to an extraordinary start, moving into the lead straight away in front of the hustling Pulcini.
The latter eventually managed to stop Cecotto, who couldn't rely on a top-performing car. Rounding out the top-5 were Angolan Sa Silva (Zele) and Russian Zlobin (Virtuosi UK) while Race 1 winner Regalia had to content with 6th place. Auto GP will be back on-track on the 24th of May at Silverstone.
Pizzonia: “It's been a tougher race compared to yesterday as I was starting from behind. I had a really good getaway and also took care of the rear tires. After what happened in Race 1, this time I stayed focused in not committing a single mistake. I want to thank the team for the great job they made. This time I rewarded them in the best possible way”.
Rookie Pulcini scored a sensational second place: “I definitely made a good debut. I started really well from the 5th position on the grid. Then I administrated my tires well throughout the whole distance. The closing stages, with the rain falling, have been really difficult, but I kept cool and brought home the podium”.
Cecotto made it to the third step on the podium: “My race was plagued by understeer which also put the tires in trouble. I'm usually quick with the slick tires on the wet, but it wasn't the case today because the car got worse with the understeer. We didn't have a lot of running during the weekend and that damaged me because the set-up wasn't great in Race 1 either”.