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FIA Karting European Championship rd 1, Genk: KZ2 Final – Tom Leuillet completes his masterpiece and returns in style
Mattia Livraghi
15 May 2022

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Tyres: LeCont

• A few months ago Tom Leuillet (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) was in hospital, engaged in a long rehabilitation process following a frightening accident in a race in Lonato. The French driver found the courage to get back on track as soon as he could and today in Genk he put on a true masterpiece. After being beaten, for the first time this weekend, by David Trefilov (Maranello SRP Factory Team - Maranello - TM Racing) in Super Heat A, the standard bearer of the Leclerc by Lennox Racing team sprints strongly from pole and maintains the leadership until at the finish. Leuillet seems to struggle a bit in the first few laps, but defends himself very well and then resumes the pace shown throughout the competition to fly towards a symbolic success, complete with a fast lap and more than two and a half seconds ahead of him. direct pursuer. Chapeau.
• Second under the checkered flag is Super Heat A winner David Trefilov. Friday's poleman tries to worry Leuillet during the first laps, but the French driver is impeccable and then becomes impregnable. The standard bearer of the Maranello SRP Factory Team must therefore be satisfied with the silver medal and is already projected to the second and final round of the championship to be held in Cremona in mid-June.
• Among the surprises offered by the KZ2 final there is certainly the race of Kris Haanen (SP Motorsport - KR - TM Racing), who finished in third place thanks to a comeback of seven positions. After suffering a drop in performance with used tires, the young Dutchman was confident that he could express himself in the final with new tires, but getting his first FIA podium in this way was still difficult to imagine.
• After finishing an excited Super Heat B in sixth place, Markus Kajak (AIX Racing Team - Tony Kart - TM Racing) slips well from third place on the grid and keeps his position, but then has to give in to Haanen's fury. The Estonian standard bearer ends an excellent weekend at the foot of the podium.
• Arvid Lindblad (SP Motorsport - KR - TM Racing) still suffers a few flaws at the start, both in Super Heat B and in the final, but he still gives a great show. Having slipped from fourth place to eighth in the very first meters of the race, the Red Bull Junior Team rider comes back with a series of breathtaking maneuvers and crosses the finish line in fifth place. Danilo Albanese (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), sixth, is also the author of an exceptional comeback of eight positions. After being relegated from fifth to tenth position in Super Heat B due to a 15-second penalty, the KR Motorsport team rider is the only one, together with Lindblad and obviously Leuillet, able to sign times under the 51-second wall.
• Super Heat B winner Jorge Pescador (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing), seventh, Robert Kindervater (Birel ART Racing KSW - Birel ART - TM Racing), eighth, Jean Luyet (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), ninth, and Norton Andreasson (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), tenth after being relegated from second to fifth in Super Heat A following a five-second penalty due to the incorrect position of the front fairing, complete the top ten thanks to convincing performances.
• A contact on the first lap deprives two protagonists of the weekend such as Daniel Vasile (DR - DR - Modena Engines) and Samuel Luyet (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) of the opportunity to compete for a result in the top ten. On the other hand, Thomas Imbourg (CPB Sport - Sodi - Tm Racing), 11th, Genis Civico (Modena Kart - Birel ART - TM Engines), 12th, Alessio Piccini (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), 13th, Giuseppe Palomba (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), 14th thanks to a comeback of ten positions, and Kristijan Habulin (TBkart Racing Team - TB Kart - TM Racing), who finishes in 15th place to conclude a weekend that saw him improving continuously, confirm their presence at the top of the standings.


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