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FIA Karting European Championship rd 1, Zuera: KZ Final – A masterful Jeremy Iglesias writes his monologue
Mattia Livraghi
16 April 2023

[translated with Google]

Tyres: LeCont

  • To be able to teach a lesson at the university of motorsport, you need to be a true professor of the wheel. Jeremy Iglesias (CRG – CRG – TM Kart) undoubtedly is, who expresses the best version of him on the Zuera circuit. The 2020 world champion sprints strong from the second box on the grid and immediately takes the reins of the race, to then fly away in a triumphal ride. Thanks to an excellent set-up work, the CRG team standard bearer finds a special feeling with his material and seems able to manage the race calmly, so much so that he crosses the finish line with a second and a half advantage. Although he never goes in search of the "qualifying lap", Iglesias is the only driver capable of breaking down the 58-second wall and thus puts the icing on the cake of an exceptional weekend.

  • Matteo Viganò (Leclerc by Lennox Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart) also ended the weekend on a more than positive note, gaining four positions compared to the start and surprisingly taking the place of honor. The reigning European vice-champion is shrewd in climbing to second place in just three laps thanks to a remarkable pace and able to withstand the pressure of his pursuers in a less incisive second phase of the race. The Leclerc by Lennox Racing team driver shows his class as well as the fruits of the work done by the whole team to allow him to improve in view of the final and grab a podium that seemed almost impossible.

  • Instead, Senna Van Walstijn (Sodikart – Sodi – TM Kart) had to settle for a bittersweet third place. Fresh from another victory in the Super Heat, the Sodikart team rider suffers a complicated sprint from pole position due to his mistake in releasing the clutch and slips to fifth position. The young protagonist quickly recovered up to third place and in the second half of the race he stamped himself on Viganò's rear bumper, but was unable to find a gap.

  • The leader on Saturday then had to defend himself from the attack of Emilien Denner (Sodikart – Sodi – TM Kart), who slipped his teammate right on the last lap with braking at the limit. The Dutchman crosses the trajectory and the two find themselves wheel to wheel, even reaching contact. However, Van Walstijn manages to keep the third step of the podium as well as the first position in the provisional standings of the championship, ahead of Iglesias, while Denner trudges to the checkered flag and finishes fifth after occupying second place at the start of the final. The Frenchman is even forced to park his kart a few meters after the finish line and clearly appears disappointed.

  • To take advantage of the dispute between the two teammates is Lorenzo Camplese (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), who grabs fourth place thanks to a noteworthy performance. The 2021 world vice-champion thus returns to the top of the standings, just like Riccardo Longhi (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart). The 2021 European champion and team manager of the Birel ART Racing Team skilfully juggles the tussle and concludes a highly contested weekend in sixth place.

  • Instead, he loses four positions compared to the start Danilo Albanese (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME). Slipped fifth already at the start, the KR Motorsport team driver returned to contend for the podium in the first half of the race, but then lost ground in the most frantic challenges of the final and finished seventh. The young Italian nonetheless completes an admirable debut weekend in the premier class and finds himself third in the provisional standings of the championship.

  • Stan Pex (SP Motorspot – KR – TM Kart), eighth, the winner of the FIA Karting International Super Cup KZ2 of 2021 as well as two-time OK world champion Lorenzo Travisanutto (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart), can also draw a positive balance. ninth, the winner of the 2016 CIK-FIA International Super Cup KZ2 as well as OK world champion in the same year Pedro Hiltbrand (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart), tenth, the reigning European champion Paolo Ippolito (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 11th, and Giuseppe Palomba (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart), 12th at his debut in the maximum expression of karting.

  • The top 15 closes thanks to excellent comebacks Marek Skrivan (Sumako IPK Racing – IPK – TM Kart), 13th, the reigning European KZ2 vice-champion David Trefilov (Maranello SRP Factory Team – Maranello – TM Kart), 14th at his first appearance in the queen category, and Luis Laurin Speck (TB Racing Team – TB Kart – TM Kart), 15th and just ahead of another comeback driver such as the multiple world champion Davide Forè (Renda Motorsport – Sodi – TM Kart).

  • On the other hand, the winner of last year's FIA Karting World Cup KZ2 Arthur Carbonnel (CRG– CRG – TM Kart) loses a placement in the top 15 following a five-second penalty due to the nose in an incorrect position, 18th at the debut in the premier class. Two other promising rookies also conclude a weekend characterized by ups and downs, such as Jean Luyet (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), 20th, and the 2021 OK world vice-champion Luigi Coluccio (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), demoted from 19th place to 21st by a five-second penalty due to the nose being in an incorrect position.

  • Protagonists of the category such as the 2018 KZ2 European champion Adrien Renaudin (DR – DR – Modena Engines), the reigning world champion Viktor Gustavsson (CRG – CRG – TM Kart), the 2015 world champion Jorrit Pex (SP Motorsport – KR – TM Kart), Francesco Celenta (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart) and Friday's poleman Tom Leuillet (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex).

  • Only tenth in the Super Heat, in which he made a spectacular save following a contact with Van Walstijn, which occurred in the full straight during the third lap while the two were contending for the leadership, Friday's poleman immediately loses ground in departure, putting two wheels on the grass due to a slight belly bump by Danilo Albanese. The reigning KZ2 European champion leaves the scene a few laps later and thus concludes a debut weekend in the maximum expression of karting that had begun under the best auspices.


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