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FIA Karting European Championship KZ and KZ2 rd 2, Sarno: heat – The leaders are Albanese (KZ) and Bertuca (KZ2)
Jacopo Colombo
08 July 2023

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On the Saturday of this second round of the FIA ​​Karting European Championship for KZ and KZ2, the last elimination heats which draw up the starting orders for the Super Heats on Sunday for both categories took place.

KZ: Loot full for Albanese

Tyres: LeCont

  • The Sarno track must be particularly congenial to Danilo Albanese (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) who on this Saturday does not give anyone any discounts and conquers everything there is to win. After the pole position obtained on Friday and the second place (he had won, but was penalized for an early start) in the first heat on Friday, he scores full points by winning all the Qualifying Heats on Saturday, applying for the role of leading actor on Sunday as well.

  • After a complicated qualifying (10th position), Viktor Gustafsson (CRG – CRG – TM Kart) finds the right pace to recover positions in the first heat (in which he gets the victory also thanks to the 5" penalty inflicted on the drivers arriving in front of him ), confirming his excellent form on Saturday as well. Two second places today, in as many heats, give him second place on the grid for tomorrow's Super Heat.

  • Great consistency for Francesco Celenta (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart) who is positioned in 3rd place at the end of the day, thanks to two third places and a fourth. Also favored by the penalties inflicted at the end of the first heat, he maintains his position and puts himself in the running for the victory of the final round.

  • Fourth overall position for Jeremy Iglesias (CRG – CRG – TM Kart), the winner of the final of the 1st round. He too receives a penalty at the end of the first heat (which makes him climb to sixth place at the start of the second), but recovers one position in the race by concluding the third heat in fourth place.

  • Behind the French driver, we find Paolo Ippolito (KR Motorsport – KR - IAME), who takes a good leap forward after qualifying, recovering four positions thanks to the results of the heats.

  • Opposite path for Lorenzo Travisanutto (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart), who after good qualifications that had given him 4th place at the start of the first heat, closed Saturday with a 6th place overall.

  • A complicated weekend for Senna Van Walstijn (Sodikart – Sodi – TM Kart): the championship leader, second at the start of the first heat, is one of the drivers who runs into the 5” penalty for an early start, finishing 4th. He gains a position in the second race, finishing 3rd, but retires two laps from the end in the last heat due to a rear tire puncture. Penalized by this last result, he will start from 7th position in the Super Heat.

  • Pedro Hiltbrand (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart) closes the top 10, followed by Arthur Carbonnel (CRG – CRG – TM Kart) and Alessandro Irlando (Drago Corse Racing – Drago Corse – TM Kart) who, thanks to the results of the heat, recovers several positions compared to qualifying.


KZ2: Bertuca leads the group

Tyres: LeCont

  • Four victories and a third place: this is the roadmap for Cristian Bertuca (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART - TM Kart) in the Qualifying Heats. A weekend so far certainly better than the one we had in the first round in Zuera, which shows how much the Italian rider feels at ease on this track.

  • The current championship leader Freddie Slater (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart) closely follows him, obtaining results very similar to those of Bertuca: four victories and 5th place, which put him in second position overall at the end of Saturday races. Freddie, in the only heat in which he didn't take a victory, was very cautious from a championship point of view.

  • Behind him, Maksim Orlov (Modena Kart – Parolin – TM Kart). Also for the Parolin standard-bearer, high-level heats: two victories, three second places and third place in the standings. Orlov, together with Bertuca and Slater, looks like one of the fastest on the track at the moment.

  • Maxim Rehm (Leclerc by Lennox Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart) loses two positions compared to qualifying, who, despite the excellent results obtained in the heats, is unable to go beyond fourth position. On equal points with him, at the end of this day, Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse – Energy – TM Kart). The Energy Corse driver seemed particularly performing in the second half of the heats, a trend that bodes well for the final which will be held over the longer distance, compared to the heats, of 20 laps.

  • Paavo Tonteri (CRG – CRG – TM Kart) gets the 6th position, followed by Genis Civico Espona (Modena kart Racing – Parolin – TM Kart) - who climbs from 11th place to 7th with some good heats - and Artem Severiukhin (Motor Club Deportivo – Birel ART - TM Kart), 8th.

  • Big leap forward for Daniel Vasile (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart) who, after an unsatisfactory qualifying and not in line with the performance shown up until just before in free practice, gains over ten positions in the general standings from 21° to 9°.

  • Difficult weekend for Alex Powell (Prema Racing – KR – IAME). In the first heat on Friday he burns the clutch at the start and retires; in the fourth race, on the other hand, in attempting a risky overtaking, a driver loses control of his kart and closes on the back: enough to place himself 21st, in the general classification, a rather uncomfortable position also in terms of the title.

  • Difficulties also for his teammate, Kean Nakamura-Berta (Prema Racing – KR – IAME), forced to chase after an unlucky first heat due to a technical problem that complicated his weekend: he is 11th in the intermediate classification .

Interim results

©Photo: Sportinphoto

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