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Editorial | Impossible overtakings: Ardigò & De Conto 2012 WSK Master Series in La Conca

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Impossible overtakings: Ardigò & De Conto 2012 WSK Master Series in La Conca

13 March 2022

Overtaking is one of the key moments of a kart race, if not the "key moment" par excellence. But not all overtakings are the same, the contrary is true: it can be easy, risky, clean, spectacular...

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Among all of them, in this special edition of the "Editorial" column we are, however, solely interested in one type: that of "Impossible Overtakings" . Gestures for the most unthinkable, almost insane. Flashes of genius that happen because someone believed in the impossible and because, often, someone else wanted to avoid ending up out of the race, facilitating the manoeuver that would in fact otherwise be... Impossible! Like the time in Muro Leccese (round 1 of the 2012 WSK Master Series) when De Conto overtook a certain Marco Ardigò on two wheels. It happened like this (the protagonists tell us about it). Cyclically, there is a video that bounces like a ping pong ball around the social media message boards of karting fans. Not “seasoned” material from the last century, but not too recent either. The images are grainy, but a kart poised on two wheels stands out perfectly: stuff from a Hollywood action movie, like Fast and Furious to be clear. Instead it is real, immortalized in the 2012 WSK Master Series, the first round of the championship at the La Conca International Circuit, the second and last final of the KZ1 weekend, in the premier class of shifter karts.

Born in 1983, Marco Ardigò is one of the most successful drivers in the history of karting: 5 European Championships (FA: 2005, 2006, KF1: 2007, 2008 and KZ in 2016) 3 World Championships (KF1: 2007, 2008 and KZ in 2014 with two World Cups in 2007 and 2008), an avalanche of successes in WSK (the Final Cup of 2015, 2016, the Master Series 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 up to the most recent Euro Series 2019) and three SKUSA SuperNationals titles : in 2007 in SuperPro and in 2010 and 2012 in KZ2. He hung up his helmet in 2019 and he is now the Team Manager in the Tony Kart Racing Team, a team to which he has been associated with since 2005.

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