Snow, ice, cold: no grip. Driving high-performance vehicles in these conditions would be insane. Then you watch a Red Bull promo that shows a Formula 1 plowing a track and you think... why not give it try on karts? Done! So, we went to Riva Valdobbia in the Italian Alps, on the Ice Rosa Ring circuit, home turf of the Ice Series, featuring any kind of car willing to crush through ice. If we have any hopes of tackling this track we know we have to call on winning drivers on winning karts: 2012 KF World Champion Flavio Camponeschi on Tony Kart/Vortex, multiple World title holder Davide Forè on his CRG/Maxter and two-time KZ1 World Cup winner Bas Lammers on Praga/TM. (At the time, these were the pairings. Now, a short while later, they have all changed teams. However, they’re still competing for international karting’s main trophies).
We barely have time to meet up on track with drivers and technicians that we run into the first problem: the three team vans can’t get over the snow-covered pass that takes to the circuit.
So we decide to turn the service area into our race paddock, or better, our base camp. After spending the afternoon setting up and equipping the karts for our snow fight, we make our way to the track and, even if it’s dark, Lammers does to do a shakedown to get a sense of actual drive conditions: “There’s no grip,” this is his verdict.
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