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FIA Karting European Championship KZ, KZ2 and Academy Trophy rd 1, Wackersdorf: qualifying – Pole position for Denner (KZ), Van Walstijn (KZ2) and Harrison (Academy)
Luca Basso
18 June 2021

[Translated with Google Translate]

The FIA ​​Karting season also kicks off for the categories with the gearbox, once again accompanied by the very young members of the FIA ​​Karting Academy Trophy. From tomorrow, the drivers will compete in the Qualifying Heats which will last until Sunday morning.

KZ: Denner surprises everyone

Tires: MG Tires

  • A tight qualifying session (the first 20 drivers out of 25 are within 418 thousandths of a second) saw the French Emilien Denner (Intrepid Driver Program - Intrepid - TM Racing) stand out at the end, marking the time of 46.994 which earned him pole position.

  • Less than a tenth of a second and separated by only one thousandth, in second and third positions are Noah Milell (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) and Riccardo Longhi (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing).

  • Fourth position, about a tenth and a half behind the pole, for Simo Puhakka (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) who precedes Marijn Kremers (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) by a few thousandths.

  • Sixth position for the reigning world champion, Jeremy Iglesias (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing) 196 thousandths from pole. The Frenchman precedes Francesco Celenta (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), seventh, followed by Douglas Lundberg (Sodikart - Sodikart - TM Racing), Matteo Viganò (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), ninth and returning after a period of pause, and Alex Irlando (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing), tenth.

  • The 13th place of Pedro Hiltbrand (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) was a bit disappointing. The Spaniard, in this beginning of the season, had accustomed us to leading performances, as well as the Pex brothers, Jorrit, 15th, and Stan, 21st (KR Motorsport - KR - TM Racing), who usually occupy positions of truth in the international competitions.

  • Bad day also for Viktor Gustavsson (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing): the reigning European champion of KZ2 is 20th.

  • Absent Jaime Alguersuari (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing) in Germany. Due to a cracked rib after a race in the Spanish Karting Championship, the former Formula 1 driver preferred to take time off and recover in view of the next rounds.


KZ2: Senna van Walstijn commands the platoon of 95 drivers

Tires: MG Tires

  • Out of a total of 95 participants, it was Senna van Walstijn (CPB Sport - Sodi - TM Racing) who emerged ahead of everyone in qualifying. The Dutch driver achieved a time of 47.085 in group 2 and clearly traverses Jorge Pescador (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing), still at 47.349.

  • Pescador, with the combined classification, is fourth: in front of him we find Laurens van Hoepen (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing), second, and Paavo Tonteri (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing), third. Giuseppe Palomba (Birel Art Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing) wins fifth place, ahead of compatriot Leonardo Marseglia (KR Motorsport), sixth.

  • Seventh place for Jean Nomblot (CPB Sport - Sodi - TM Racing), about four tenths behind his teammate van Walstijn in pole position. Alexander Schmitz (Birel Art Racing KSW - Birel Art - TM Racing) is eighth, while to close the Top 10 we find David Trefilov (SRP Racing Team - Maranello - TM Racing), ninth, and Daniel Vasile (DR - DR - Modena Engines), tenth.

  • The Tony Kart Racing Team drivers are more distant, whose best representative is Jean Luyet (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) in 18th place. Ferrari Driver Academy driver James Wharton (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) also does not shine in qualifying and is 19th, one position ahead of Juho Valtanen (KR Motorsport - KR - TM Racing), 20th.

  • Lorenzo Travisanutto (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) continues his apprenticeship in the category of running karts and is ranked 26th.


Academy: Bart Harrison is the fastest

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

  • Bart Harrison takes to the track in qualifying group 2 and sets the fastest time in 50.755. Despite the times, Reno Francot (50.793) and Maciel Gladysz (50.797), respectively second and third behind Bart, are third and fifth in the standings: Maximilian Schleimer is the fastest in group 1 (50.831) and due to the combined standings he is second.

  • Yevan David slips into fourth place. Dion Gowda is sixth, followed by: Luca Neuenschwander, seventh; Nikolas Roos, eighth; Caleb Gafrarar, ninth; Oscar Wurz, tenth.


©Photo: Sportinphoto

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