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FIA Karting European Championship KZ, KZ2 and Academy Trophy rd 1, Wackersdorf: heats - The provisional leaders are Denner (KZ), Van Walstijn (KZ2) and David (Academy)
Luca Basso
19 June 2021

[Translated with Google Translate]

The second day of the FIA ​​Karting European Championship KZ and KZ2 and of the FIA ​​Karting Academy Trophy saw the drivers of the three categories compete in the Qualifying Heats that will determine the starting grid for the finals. Only tomorrow, at the end of the last round of heats, will we know the final rankings.

KZ: total domination of Emilien Denner and Intrepid

Tires: MG Tires

  • Emilien Denner (Intrepid Driver Program - Intrepid - TM Racing) has something more in Wackersdorf. The French driver, after yesterday's pole position, confirms himself at the top of the provisional classification of the KZ category with two resounding victories: the first in the lead from start to finish, the second with a great overtaking on Riccardo Longhi (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) first for a handful of laps. Denner also collects two fastest laps.

  • Longhi, however, gained a position in the standings and moved to second place, ahead of Noah Milell (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex). The Swedish driver, in the second race with the Tony Kart Racing Team, needs to improve his starts but is solid in third place.

  • Despite a contact at the start in the first heat with Simo Puhakka (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) and the consequent eighth place, Jeremy Iglesias (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing) climbs two positions and is fourth. Good comeback also for team mate Alex Irlando (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing), from tenth to fifth.

  • Puhakka, due to some contact at the start, including the one already mentioned in the first heat with Iglesias, loses two positions. The Finnish driver is now in sixth place, ahead of Francesco Celenta (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), seventh, and Douglas Lundberg (Sodikart - Sodikart - TM Racing), eighth.

  • If yesterday did not impress, today Stan Pex (KR Motorsport - KR - TM Racing) is the author of two good comebacks and climbs from 21st place to ninth. Pedro Hiltbrand (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) also occupies a position in the Top 10, more precisely the tenth place.

  • An accident on lap 2 in the second heat between Marijn Kremers (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) and Viktor Gustavsson (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) ruined both of them. The Dutch driver, fifth yesterday, drops to 13th place, while the reigning European KZ2 champion remains in 20th place.

  • Matteo Viganò (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) retires in the first heat after touching Puhakka's right rear wheel, but in the second heat he puts a patch on it with a third place. However, the Italian driver drops to 14th place.

Provisional results

KZ2: no mistakes for Senna van Walstijn

Tires: MG Tires

  • Four wins out of four qualifying heats for Senna van Walstijn (CPB Sport - Sodi - TM Racing). The Dutch driver does not disappoint expectations after the pole position in qualifying and, barring big surprises in the last heat tomorrow morning, he will start in front of everyone in the final of the KZ2 category.

  • No particular upheaval of the top ten positions of the provisional standings, despite the high number of participants (95) in the Wackersdorf round. If van Walstijn keeps the first place, the same can be said for the second place of Laurens van Hoepen (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing) and the third place of Paavo Tonteri (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing) : the Dutchman wins two races and collects a third and a fourth place, while the Finn climbs only once on the top step of the podium and adds two second places and a third.

  • Giuseppe Palomba (Birel Art Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing) gets two victories, but a sixth place in the fourth race relegates him to fifth place in the provisional classification. Also stable Leonardo Marseglia (KR Motorsport - KR - TM Racing), sixth, and Jean Nomblot (CPB Sport - Sodi - TM Racing), seventh, but Giacomo Pollini (NGM Motorsport - CRG - TM Racing) gains eight positions: one victory, two second places and a third allow the Italian driver to move up to fourth place.

  • David Trefilov (SRP Racing Team - Maranello - TM Racing) is eighth, while Kajus Siksnelis (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing) is in ninth place. Danilo Albanese (KR Motorsport - KR - TM Racing) hits the tenth place with a +13 compared to qualifying.

  • A big confusion at the start, fortunately without consequences, influences the results of the B-C heats: among the many, Alexander Schmitz (Birel Art Racing KSW - Birel Art - TM Racing) is at the expense, then 18th. The German driver loses 9 positions and drops to 17th place.

  • An evaluation error by Fabrizio Rosati (KR Motorsport - KR - TM Racing) puts an end to the D-E heat of Jorge Pescador (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing). Due to this "spot" that adds up to one victory and two podiums, the Spaniard loses fourth place in the overall standings and sinks 22nd. Daniel Vasile (DR - DR - Modena Engines) collects two retreats and goes from tenth place to 45th.

Provisional results

Academy:Yevan David takes the lead

Chassis: Exprit Kart | Engine: Vortex | Tires: MG Tires

  • Fourth in yesterday's qualifying, Yevan David recovers three positions and takes the lead of the FIA ​​European Academy Trophy with a heat still to be played. The Sri Lankan driver is (almost) perfect in today's two races: two wins and a fastest lap.

  • Reno Francot is another candidate for the podium of tomorrow's final. The Dutch driver wins the second heat, gets a second place in the first and now occupies the second position in the provisional standings.

  • Luca Neuenschwander moves up four places from qualifying and takes third place, ahead of Maximilian Schleimer who, on the contrary, loses two places and drops to fifth.

  • Comeback also for Oscar Wurz (+5), Caleb Gafrarar (+3) and Tom Braeken (+5): the trio occupy, in this order, the positions ranging from fifth to seventh. Nikolas Roos remains stable in eighth place, while Salim Hanna is the best climber of the day: from 32nd to ninth. Jaakko Laitinen closes the Top 10 with the tenth place.

  • Despite the pole position, Bart Harrison does not shine in the two heats and ends Saturday "only" 11th. Maciej Gladysz, Sauber Karting Team driver, 12th, also gets off. Ricky Flynn Motorsport driver Dion Gowda loses 11 positions and is 15th.

Provisional results

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