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FIA Karting European Championship rd 1, Valencia – OK Final: double for CRG with Gomez and Iglesias
Luca Basso
24 March 2024

[Translated with Google]

Tires: Maxxis

  • A weekend worth remembering for Gabriel Gomez (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME) in the first round of the FIA Karting European Championship OK in Valencia. After obtaining pole position in qualifying, finishing the qualifying heats at the top of the standings and winning the super heat, the Brazilian put his stamp on the final thanks to a dominant performance from the start until the checkered flag.
  • Nobody was able to worry Gomez for the entire match. Finishing in second place is teammate Louis Iglesias (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME), who did very well in taking his first podium in the category and recording the fastest lap of the final.
  • Always at the top of the rankings throughout the weekend, Lewis Wherrell (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM Kart) remains in contact with Iglesias, however he is unable to overtake him. Nonetheless, the Briton also reached the podium in an OK class race for the first time.
  • After a slow start to the race, Joseph Turney was involved in a contact with Sebastiano Pavan (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) which caused the latter to retire while he was in second position. The Brit slipped behind Iglesias and Wherrell, but was unable to battle with them and finished fourth.
  • With a nine-place recovery, Thibaut Ramaekers (VDK Racing – KR – IAME) achieved a solid fifth place. Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart) and Zac Drummond (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart) are sixth and seventh respectively.
  • A spin resulting in retirement in super heat A ruins the victory plans of Matheus Morgatto (CL Racing Team – Birel Art – TM Kart). The former world champion classified eighth, ahead of Davide Bottaro (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME), ninth, and Markas Silkunas (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME), tenth.
  • Thanks to a nice recovery of 10 positions, Luna Fluxá Cross (Prema Racing – KR – IAME) takes home a nice 11th place. Behind him we find Dmitry Matveev (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 12th, and Xavier Avramides (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), 13th. Noah Wolfe (VAR by Birel – Birel Art – TM Kart) rises from 25th to 14th, while Fionn McLaughlin (VDK Racing – KR – IAME) rises from 28th to 15th.
  • It's a shame for Vivek Kanthan (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart), who retired in super heat B and 29th in the final. Oleksandr Bondarev's (Prema Racing – KR – IAME) weekend ended with a disappointing 30th place. An accident puts an end to the race of Miguel Costa (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart), who was also in form in the qualifying heats.


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