PAOLO DE CONTO:
WHEN A CHAMPION
2 After that, though, did you improve quickly?
My dad had a friend whose son raced. He lent me his kart and I started. Afterwards, we bought a Top Kart Comer 50 cc and I ran my first races and then continuing into the 60 Mini class. Everything was done at home with my dad as the mechanic. A regular evening, Wednesday, everything was dismantled, cleaned and the materials prepared for the weekend. That’s how I started to take an interest in the technical aspect of karting. In 2006, when I moved to the 100 Junior, I had a mechanic who followed me, but I didn’t think about international classes yet. I raced against my older sister; she was really good! In a race at the Triveneto Regional Championship that we competed in together, she won. I came in second place.
3 Was 2008, on the other hand, a more difficult year?
It was a tougher year, with a few more chassis issues. It was at the end of 2008 that I said, ‘I want to try the KZ’. I did a couple of outings, a race in Jesolo (Italy) and the Bridgestone Cup. I immediately thought, ‘This is great!’, even though at the beginning getting comfortable with the gears was a mess. Nobody had explained anything to me. In fact, during the first race final, I had an accident because I got my timing wrong. I touched the driver in front of me and we both ended up withdrawing from the race.
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