European KZ, KZ2 Champs: Wet conditions change the original order in all classes

A very difficult day for all the drivers today at Wackersdorf with the heavy rain conditions that affected the so much the grip of the track and caused many problems to all the drivers in all categories.

KZ: Abbasse takes advantage of the rain

The KZ drivers today competed in only 2 qualifying heats. Anthony Abbasse (Sodi/TM Racing/B’stone) made the most from those tricky conditions to win by a small margin over Marjin Kremers (Birel Art/TM Racing/B’stone). Abbasse made an amazing first lap in which he immediately took the lead and built a gap over Jorrit Pex (KR/TM Racing/B’stone) who was unable to keep the pace and was overtaken by Marjin Kremers in the last lap.

In the second heat, Pex took the lead immediately and defended the lead all the time from Abbasse and pole sitter Matteo Viganò. With one heat remaining before the final Abbasse leads with 2 penalty points in front of Pex, Viganò and Alessandro Irlando.

KZ2: Schmitz, Skaras and Piccini dominate in wet conditions

A very busy day in KZ2 with 12 qualifying heats taking part on track. The day started with heat B-D which was a two ways battle for the victory between pole sitter Simone Cunati (CRG/TMRacing/B’stone) and David Trefilovs (Maranello/TM Racing/B’Stone) who finally took the victory. Cunati continued showing a good pace in the following heats taking provisional 7th position overall.

In heat C-F, Giuseppe Palomba (Croc Promotion/TM Racing/B’stone) showed a great pace again wining from lights-to-flag. The Italian in the other heats was very consistent in top10 places and he is provisionally 11th in the penalty points.

Then it was the turn for the pole sitter in qualifying practice, Riccardo Longhi (Birel ART/TM Racing/B’stone). The Italian once again was magnificent over the German layout of Wackersdorf, wining the heat by almost 6 seconds over Philip Hall (Tony Kart/TM Racing/B’stone). Longhi despite this magnificent race, had to retire in heat A-F, which affected so much for his overall classification.

But the man of the day was Alexander Schmitz, the German driver won three of the four heats in which he contested. Schmitz together with Emil Skaras (Energy/TM Racing/B’Stone) was one of those drivers who was all day on top place doing stellar drives over the wet track. The Swede driver won heats B-F and D-F and is currently second in penalty points.

In the other hand, another driver to watch today was the official Tony Kart racing driver, Alessio Piccini (Tony Kart/Vortex/B’Stone). The Italian won heats B-C and C-E by a clear margin, showing a very strong potential in a wet track.



Academy: Wet conditions completely change the order

Craziness is what describes the day in the FIA Karting Academy. The youngsters of the weekend were involved in many accidents on track, and many front-fairing penalties, together with big changes in the classification during the race.

“Only” four heats took part today for the academy but what a heat and what an action. The day started with heat B-C, in which the Latvian Karlis Grava (Exprit/Vortex/B’stone) made an amazing comeback from 21st to cross the finish line in first place.

Then heat A-D was one of the best today, only 11 drivers managed to cross the finish line in a very wet condition. Robert De Haan (Exprit/Vortex/B’stone), representing the colors of Holland took the victory, while pole sitter Christian Ho (Exprit/Vortex/B’stone) was one of the many retirements. De Haan continued his great run wining heat B-D by a complete domination. The Dutch driver set himself as the one to beat this weekend under these conditions.

Finally heat A-C was a night mare for many, but a great recovery for many drivers. The top 6 drivers all of them comeback at least 9 places, with the Estonian Ken Oskar Algre (Exprit/Vortex/B’stone) wining the race that had many accidents and yet again involved the pole sitter Christian Ho.

Tomorrow last heats in all three categories to decide the starting order of the finals.

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