Jan 22

Sato to be first Japanese driver on the Auto GP grid

Kimiya Sato joins Euronova

Auto GP - Euronova  - Kimiya SatoAuto GP logoKimiya Sato will become the first Japanese driver to take part in the Auto GP World Series when he lines up with Euronova Racing for the opening round of the Championship at Monza in March.

Sato, who was impressively quick at the official Auto GP test at Barcelona in December, is 23 years old and has a strong history in single seater racing. Last season he competed in the Formula 3 ATS cup and recorded 4 wins and 6 podium finishes. The Japanese driver, who comes from Hyogo, has been a winner in every category in which he has competed since 2006.

Sato will take part in some private testing with Euronova next month in preparation for the first round of the Auto GP Championship.

Sato: I am very happy to be racing in Auto GP with Euronova Racing for the 2013 season. I want to say thank you very much to everyone who has worked hard to help me and who has supported me during my career so far. I will do my best to be a title contender this year and look forward to an exciting season.

Sospiri: I’m very happy to have Kimiya join our team. He was very impressive in testing at Barcelona last month and I am sure that we will be at the front this season. Auto GP is a great series which gives drivers the opportunity to learn many things and this will an important step for Kimiya in his racing career.

source: euronova-racing.com

Kimiya Sato joins Euronova for 2013

Kimiya Sato will join Euronova Racing for the 2013 Auto GP season. Just a few hours after the deal between Virtuosi UK and Andrea Roda, the Japanese racer has become the second confirmed driver in the series managed by Enzo Coloni. Sato, a 23-year-old driver from Kobe, Japan, was impressed by the Auto GP racecar during the recent Barcelona test, where he had joined Vincenzo Sospiri and his team. Kimiya, who scored great results in last season’s German Formula 3 championship including 4 wins and 6 podium finishes, will be soon on-track for a winter testing program, in order to be ready for the season opener scheduled for March the 24th at Monza.

Auto GP - Euronova Racing - Kimiya Sato

Enzo Coloni: “The silly season is roaring into action. In just a few hours, we welcomed two new drivers coming from Formula 3. They will be at their first season on a powerful and aggressive car like the Auto GP one. The arrival of Sato confirms the international interest that surrounds the series and after having seen him on-track at Barcelona, I’m sure he will be among the top contenders of 2013. I’m proud to say that we will be announcing more new drivers in the next few weeks, including many Italians in an effort to become the only international championship to line-up an high number of Italian racers”.

source: autogp.org