Great battles in Val Vibrata for the conquest of the titles of the Italian ACI Karting Championship

Great battles in Val Vibrata for the conquest of the titles of the Italian ACI Karting Championship

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Albanese (KZ2), Ebner (KZ2 Under 18), Martinese (MINI Gr.3), Sulpizio (60 Mini), Piccioni (KZN Under), Nalon (KZN Senior), Apicella (X30 Junior), Carenini ( X30 Senior), Mariachiara Nardelli (Women) win the titles.

The fifth and final round of the Italian ACI Karting Championship at the Val Vibrata kart track ended with a spectacular final phase, in the decisive act for the assignment of the titles in KZ2, KZ2 Under 18, MINI Gr.3, 60 Minikart, KZN Under, KZN Senior, X30 Junior, X30 Senior. About 190 drivers were present, which led to a record average of 271 drivers for the 2022 season after the four previous tests in Franciacorta, Ugento, Castelletto and Sarno.

The winners of the 2022 Italian titles.
In the end, at the end of a series of beautiful and hard-fought finals of race 1 and race 2, the winners of the Tricolore titles were Danilo Albanese (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame-MG) in KZ2, Moritz Ebner (LG Motorsport/BirelART-TM Racing-MG) in KZ2 Under 18, Iacopo Martinese (Baby Race Academy/Parolin-Iame-MG) in MINI Gr.3, Edoardo Mario Sulpizio (TK Driver Academy/EKS-TM Racing-MG) in 60 Mini, Antonio Piccioni (TK Driver/TK-TM Racing-LeCont) in KZN Under, Riccardo Nalon (ErreEsse/Parolin-TM Racing-LeCont) in KZN Senior, Antonio Apicella (Team Driver/Kosmic-Iame-Komet) in X30 Junior, Danny Carenini (Team Driver/Tony Kart-Iame-Komet) in X30 Senior, Mariachiara Nardelli (Nardelli/Parolin-TM Racing-MG) in the Women ranking.

Titles already awarded previously.
The titles that had already been awarded in the previous rounds were the OK one to the Brazilian Gabriel Gomez (CRG Racing Team/CRG-Iame-MG), the OK-Junior one to the Algerian Leo Robinson (Ricky Flynn/LN-Vortex-Vega), the Rok Junior one to Gabriel Moretto (Moretto/Tony Kart-Vortex-Levanto), the Rok Senior one to Bartosz Grzywacz (KGT Motorsport/Tony Kart-Vortex-Levanto).

KZ2 – Danilo Albanese is the 2022 champion. Ebner wins the Under-18 title.
Danilo Albanese (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame-MG) was able to conquer the success in the championship already with his flawless victory obtained in race-1, in front of the new entry Alessio Piccini (Tribe One/BirelART-TM Racing) and the competitive Under-18 Alex Maragliano (Maranello Kart/Maranello-TM Racing), who, with the third place, went to greatly shorten the gap in the special Under-18 ranking with Moritz Ebner (LG Motorsport/BirelART-TM Racing), fourth on the finish line in race-1. In race-2, with the grid reversed in the first eight positions, Albanese’s teammate, Mirko Torsellini, who immediately took the lead and remained in the lead until the finish line, prevailed. Moritz Ebner prevailed in the fight for success in the Under-18, securing the title with the second place overall. Third on the podium was Alessio Piccini.

MINI Gr.3 – The championship standings are sub-judice, but the champion is Martinese.
The final classification of the MINI Gr.3 remains sub-judice due to an ongoing appeal from the Castelletto race, but the victory in race-1 and the placement obtained in race-2 at Val Vibrata shelter Iacopo Martinese (Baby Race Academy/Parolin-Iame-MG), who cannot be ousted from the top of the ranking. In race-1 Martinese preceded the Dutch Dean Hoogendoorn (Alonso Kart by Kidix/Alonso Kart-Iame) and his teammate Roman Kamyab, while in race-2 it was the latter who won ahead of the Spanish Christian Costoya (Parolin Motorsport/Parolin-TM Racing) and Filippo Sala (Team Driver/KR-Iame). Here Martinese finished with the sixth place.

60 Mini – Sulpizio wins the title in extremis. Coco forced to surrender.
The epilogue in 60 Mini was incredible and thrilling, where in race-1 some favorites excluded themselves in an accident at the start. In the first final to claim the victory was Mariachiara Nardelli (Nardelli/Parolin-TM Racing-MG), winner among other things of the Women classification, with a first place obtained in front of Gioele Girardello (Girardello/IPK-TM Racing) and Giuseppe Prozzo (Prozzo/Parolin-TM Racing). Partly saved from the race-1 accident, Edoardo Mario Sulpizio (TK Driver Academy/EKS-TM Racing) came fifth, but then sensationally won race-2 and consequently became the Italian champion of the category. Pietro Lilli (LGK Racing Kart/BirelART-TM Racing) and Gioele Girardello were also on the podium in race-2, while the previous ranking leader Domenico Coco (Modena Kart/Energy Corse-TM Racing), after the retirement accused in race-1, recovered in the second final, but only up to 13th place without being able to defend his leadership anymore.

KZN Under – Piccioni is champion for a few thousandths of a second on Tuia.
The final phase of the KZN Under was also exciting, where Antonio Piccioni (TK Driver Academy/TK-TM Racing-LeCont) and Denis Tuia (VZeta Racing/BirelART-TM Racing) fought for the title, while the championship leader Massimiliano Casagranda (TecTav/BirelART-TM Racing) had a particularly bad weekend. In race-1 the success went to Denis Tuia on Antonio Piccioni, who, with the second place, went to the top of the standings by a few points on Tuia. On the podium of race-1 with the third place Leonardo Pelosi (Pelosi/Maranello-TM Racing) stood out. In race-2, Piccioni and Tuia fought for the title in an exciting duel, finishing at the finish line in a sprint that with the fifth place gave the title to Antonio Piccioni, who was a few thousandths of a second ahead of Denis Tuia. In race-2, the success was won by Simone Ragno (Karting Club Cesano/Tony Kart-TM Racing) on ​​Andrea Canavese (Italcorse Racing Team/Italcorse-TM Racing) and on Irnerio Cittadini (Cittadini/Sodi-TM Racing).

KZN Senior – Nalon is the champion, Profico consoles himself with the victory in race-2.
The absolute protagonist of KZN Senior was undoubtedly Riccardo Nalon (ErreEsse/Parolin-TM Racing-LeCont), former championship leader, who, with the victory in race-1 in Val Vibrata, was able to definitively secure the title. Paolo Gagliardini (Gagliardini/BirelART-TM Racing) and Sebastiano De Matteo (De Matteo/Sodi-TM Racing) were also on the podium in race-1. In race-2 it was the outgoing Italian champion Roberto Profico (Profico/Tony Kart-TM Racing) who took the satisfaction of the victory, ahead of Maurizio Giacchetti (Giacchetti/BirelART-TM Racing) and Riccardo Nalon, who thus, going back on the podium, was able to conclude the Val Vibrata weekend in the best possible way.

X30 Junior – Apicella secures the title with victory in race-2.
In X30 Junior, the spotlight was Gino Rocchio (DR/DR-Iame-Komet), winner of race-1 ahead of Riccardo Paniccià (PRK/Tony Kart-Iame) and Giacomo Maman (TB Kart Racing Team/TB Kart-Iame) at the end of a hard-fought final full of twists and turns with many penalties. Difficult weekend, instead, for Antonio Apicella (Team Driver/Kosmic-Iame), championship leader, who was able to secure the title only in race-2 with a victory that gave him final certainty. In race-2, another good performance by Gino Rocchio, who finished in second place, with Riccardo Leone Cirelli (Autoeuropeo/Tony Kart-Iame) in third position. On the other hand, Riccardo Paniccià, who had finished in first position at the finish line, was penalized.

X30 Senior – Nice double victory by Ianniello, the title is in Carenini’s hands.
Another excellent driver was able to stand out in Val Vibrata: Riccardo Ianneillo (KGT Motorsport/Tony Kart-Iame-Komet), author of an excellent double victory in X30 Senior with two victories in both finals. Ianniello himself was the winner of the 2021 ACI Sport Karting stage and of the financial support obtained thanks to the agreement with Cetilar Racing. In race-1, in second place was Manuel Scognamiglio (T Motorsport/Tony Kart-Iame) and in third the Polish Bartosz Grzywacz (KGT Motorsport/Tony Kart-Iame). In X30 Senior, the championship was already in the hands of Danny Carenini (Team Driver/Tony Kart-Iame), who was able to celebrate with the second place in race-2 behind Ianniello at the end of a daring last lap. Still on the podium was Manuel Scognamiglio with third place.

Results and standings: https://www.acisport.it/en/CIK/home

Corriere dello Sport. A special report on the round of the ACI Sport Italian Karting Championship at the Kartodromo Val Vibrata published on Wednesday, September 28, in the sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport.

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