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TKART magazine Editorial | Giuseppe Mioso: world surprise
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17 November 2016

It was 1986, I had been in IAME for 12 years, but I was such a huge motor-head that I’d hit the track every weekend. That’s how I became friends with Gianni Piazza, an esteemed tuner that had just launched the Nordikas team.

It was a nice outfit, brand new, and at first I’d lend a hand push-starting karts. But with time I felt useless hanging around just to do that, so I started helping out as a mechanic. During the week, I’d work for IAME and whenever there were races, I’d ask for permission to follow them with Nordikas, since they used our engines. That’s how I ended up in Jacksonville, Florida, to support an unknown Brazilian driver in the Formula K World Championship, Augusto “Guga” Ribas. I’d never seen him before and I never crossed paths with him again. When I first laid eyes on him, so skinny, in that unbearable heat and humidity, I didn’t think he’d amount to much. Instead, already in the first practice sessione, he was stamping very nice times.

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