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FIA Karting European Championship KZ and KZ2 rd 2, Sarno: qualifying – Pole position for Albanese (KZ) and Slater (KZ2)
Jacopo Colombo
07 July 2023

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Weekend of verdicts for the FIA ​​Karting European Championship for KZ and KZ2. In Sarno there are respectively 31 and 72 riders on the track who will compete for the title of European champion.

Qualifications and the first elimination heats took place on Friday, which will end on Saturday and then face the Super Heats and the finals on Sunday.


Tyres: LeCont 

  • In KZ, the top three drivers in the championship standings are the same ones who are contending for pole position. Danilo Albanese (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) wins, who with just two timed laps manages to stop the clock at 53.324, obtaining the best time.

  • Following him, with a delay of only 78 thousandths, Senna Van Walstijn (Sodikart – Sodi – TM Kart), championship leader who is a candidate for a leading role also for the afternoon heat.

  • Jeremy Iglesias (CRG – CRG – TM Kart) opens the second row, only 120 thousandths behind the pole. After a difficult qualifying in the Zuera appointment, the 2020 world champion and winner of round 1 (in Zuera) of the 2023 European championship manages to find an excellent result on the flying lap, confirming himself as one of the three main contenders for the title.

  • In fourth position Lorenzo Travisanutto (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart), who after a complicated weekend in the previous Spanish round, obtained an excellent result in these qualifyings, collecting a delay of less than two tenths from the poleman.

  • It is Arthur Carbonnel (CRG – CRG – TM Kart) who opens the third row. The CRG home driver finds the fifth time just 195 thousandths from the first place. Behind him, Tom Leuillet (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), just over two tenths of a second. After Zuera's pole position, the French rider takes a slight step back.

  • The one that goes from seventh to ninth position is an all-Italian train, with Matteo Viganò (Leclerc by Lennox Racing – Birel ART – TM kart) driving it, followed by Francesco Celenta (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart) and Paolo Ippolito (KR Motorsport – KR - IAME).

  • Some difficulties for Viktor Gustafsson (CRG – CRG – TM Kart) and Giuseppe Palomba (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart): both, after an excellent last free practice session in which they finished respectively with the first and fourth fastest times, they are forced to chase after qualifying: 10th time for the Swedish driver, even 15th for the Italian.

  • Between the two, we find Pedro Hiltbrand (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart), 11th, Stan Pex (SP Motorsport – KR – TM Kart), 12th, Riccardo Longhi (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart) , 13th, and David Treflov (Maranello SRP Factory – Maranello – TM Kart), 14th.



Tyres: LeCont

  • The championship leader confirms his form in the FIA ​​Karting European Championship for the KZ2 category: it is precisely Freddie Slater (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart) who snatched an overall pole position, after 4 very tight timed practice sessions, with the time of 53,574.

  • Second place for Maxim Rehm (Leclerc by Lennox Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart) who with an excellent time trial that guarantees him the best time of his battery, closes just 48 thousandths from the pole.

  • It could be a redemption weekend for the Finn Paavo Tonteri (CRG – CRG – TM Kart) and Maksim Orlov (Modena Kart – Parolin – TM Kart). Both had a rather complicated round in Zuera that placed them rather behind in the championship standings, but here in Sarno they seem to have started on the right foot, setting the best times in their respective qualifying sessions and positioning themselves in 3rd and 4th position overall.

  • To open the third row we find Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse – Energy – TM Kart), followed by Bertuca Cristian (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART - TM Kart) who confirm the performance obtained on the flying lap in the previous round, both qualifying in 2nd position in the respective groups and in 5th and 6th position overall.

  • Excellent performance also for Tim Gerhards (CPB Sport – Sodi – TM Kart) who obtained the seventh place overall, ahead of Alex Powell (Prema Racing – KR – IAME). The Jamaican driver, slightly slower than his direct rival in the championship, Freddie Slater, is 8th in the general standings and is preparing to start from the second row in the heats, therefore fully in contention for the title.

  • The top ten is closed by Yevan David (CPB Sport – Sodi – TM Kart) and Artem Severiukhin (Motor Club Deportivo – Birel ART - TM Kart), respectively in 9th and 10th position.

  • Fair performances also for the third and fourth driver in the championship standings: Kean Nakamura-Berta (Prema Racing – KR – IAME) is 12th, while Daniel Vasile (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart) finishes in 21st ^ position, slightly more difficult.

  • Matteo Spirgel (CPB Sport – Sodi – TM Kart), fifth in the championship standings, does not go beyond 25th place and will be called upon to make comeback heats to fight for a place at the top in the championship.


©Photo: Sportinphoto

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