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FIA Karting Academy Trophy rd 2, Rødby: Final – Maiden victory for a stellar Vasileios Apostolidis in a thrilling final
Mattia Livraghi
18 June 2023

[translated with Google]

Chassis: Exprit Kart | Engine: Vortex | Tyres: Vega

  • The one staged by the Academy riders is a dizzying race and Vasileios Apostolidis (Greece) wins. Started from pole after earning second place in his last heat, the Greek struggles in the first laps of the final and even slips up to seventh position. When his hopes of victory seem to vanish, Apostolidis expresses his best qualities to navigate the continuous tussle that animates the group and takes the lead of the race five laps before the checkered flag. The young man manages the final part of the race with astuteness and thus takes his first international success.

  • The final of Max Walton (Australia) was equally fluctuating, obtaining the silver medal as well as the second consecutive podium and thus taking the reins in the provisional standings of the championship. Starting next to Apostolidis after finishing his last heat in second place, the Australian rider occupies the top positions, including the first, until a slight push from Marius Barry-Berg (Norway) forces him to hike on the lawn and relegates him to ninth place. Walton maintains his coolness and recovers up to a deserved place of honor, even signing the fastest lap.

  • Santino Panetta (Argentina) climbs the third step of the podium, able to redeem himself after being disqualified from his last heat for having carried out a maneuver deemed unsafe. The young Argentine performs excellently in the various challenges that characterize the race and, thanks to an impeccable defense in the last few laps, completes a comeback of five positions compared to the start.

  • Also Ryutaro Sakai (Japan), fourth, Sebastian Garzon (Colombia), fifth, and Karel Staut (Switzerland), sixth, gain positions compared to the start and are authors of excellent performances.

  • Instead, Hugo Martí (Spain) has to settle for the seventh place finish. The Spanish driver is a protagonist in the first part of the race and manages to finish the second lap of the final in front of everyone, but then loses ground during the various tussles. After earning the place of honor in the first round in Třinec, the youngster keeps his second position in the provisional standings of the championship.

  • It was also a bitter final for Markas Silkunas (Lithuania), eighth at the finish line. The Lithuanian driver proved to be extremely incisive in the first part of the race and took the leadership of the race on lap ten thanks to a remarkable pace, but the music changed when he was attacked by Rocco Coronel (Holland) on lap 16. The Dutchman bumped him lightly and Silkunas came out slowly from the hairpin where he was overtaken, thus finding himself an obstacle for the leading group and involuntarily causing another contact with Barry-Berg.

  • Silkunas even slipped to 17th place, while Barry-Berg dropped back to 10th position and kept it until the finish line, but was then demoted to 16th place by a five-second penalty received for causing an accident. After triumphing in his last heat, the winner of the first round in Třinec drops to third place in the provisional standings of the championship.

  • Other protagonists of the final also lose their placement in the top ten due to a five-second penalty, such as the pilot of the Alpine Rac(H)er program Lisa Billard (France), 14th, and Friday's poleman Rocco Coronel (The Netherlands). , 15th and one of six different race leaders after dominating his last moto.

  • Lorenzo Campos (Angola), on the other hand, inherited a placement in the top ten, ninth after retiring from his last heat due to an accident at the start, fortunately without physical consequences, and another exceptional squad such as Klara Kowalczyk (Poland), tenth.


Championship Standings

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