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FIA Karting European Championship rd 1, Wackersdorf: KZ Final – Masterpiece for Longhi
Luca Basso
20 June 2021

Tires: MG Tires

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  • Riccardo Longhi (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) scores a masterpiece: the Italian snaps perfectly from second position and takes the lead immediately, defending himself from attacks at the first braking. From that moment on Longhi began an impressive ride, very tight, perfect, without ever committing a mistake for all 26 laps of the final. An impeccable conduct that gives him the victory with only 0.360 seconds ahead of the runner-up.

  • Big disappointment for Emilien Denner (Intrepid Driver Program - Intrepid - TM Racing) who, despite the excellent second place, does not collect what could have been expected considering her performance throughout the weekend. The Frenchman scores pole, is unapproachable during the heats, but in the final he does not start perfectly, he is overtaken by Longhi and then also by the CRG duo and finishes 4th. The comeback is furious, but still fails to completely fill the gap with Longhi who was really fast and perfect in the final.

  • Third step of the podium for Alex Irlando (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing) who manages the whole race very well after a perfect start that brings him to third position. Alex then also overtakes his teammate Jeremy Iglesias (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing) and then gives way only to the wild Denner. For Iglesias, on the other hand, after a very aggressive start, there is only a 10th place at the finish.

  • Super comeback for Stan Pex (KR Motorsport - KR - TM Racing) who overturns a weekend that started very badly, with 21st place out of 25, but then gradually improved in the heats where he finished ninth. His lap time, 47.390, is the only one in line with that of the two star drivers of the race, Longhi (47.376) and Denner (47.346, best lap of the race).

  • A good comeback also for Adrien Renauden (Sodikart - Sodikart - TM Racing), who started tenth and finished fifth, and Matteo Viganò (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), who finished 7th after starting from 14th position on the grid. Between the two, the Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), 6th on the finish line.

  • Eighth and ninth place, however, for Simo Puhakka (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) and Jorrit Pex (KR Motorsport - KR - TM Racing), with the Dutchman recovering 6 positions and the Finn instead loses two compared to the start.

  • Out of the race even before starting due to an injury remedied in the last heat of the morning, Francesco Celenta (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) and Marijn Kremers (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing). The two are forced to be examined at the Medito Center due to the bruises remedied in the accident: the Italian does not start the final, while the Dutchman retires almost immediately.


©Photo: Sportinphoto

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