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FIA Karting European Championship rd 2, Sarno: KZ Final – KZ: Gustafsson wins the race, Albanese the title
Jacopo Colombo
09 July 2023

Tires: LeCont

[translated with Google]

  • It is Viktor Gustafsson (CRG -CRG – TM Kart) who takes home the gold medal in the final of this second last round of the KZ FIA Karting European Championship, in Sarno. He started off well from the second box on the grid, immediately taking the lead of the race and never leaving it from that moment on.

  • An emotional Danilo Albanese (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) finished 2nd, but conquered the champion title. His race was very intelligent: the Italian was very careful right from the start and avoided contacts or overtaking attempts which could jeopardize the race and the championship. For all 20 laps he closely follows Gustafsson without ever attacking him, aware that the second position is enough to win the title. For the KR team it is the second consecutive European cashed in without winning a single final.

  • If Albanese is European champion, Paolo Ippolito (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), his teammate, is no less. At the start he gains 3rd place and puts himself in "protection" of Albanese, allowing him to create a sufficient gap from his pursuers and leaving him paired with Gustafsson. After the first stages, Ippolito increases the pace and gets closer to the first two, definitely securing the third step of the podium.

  • Senna Van Walstijn (Sodikart – Sodi – TM Kart) starts ninth and finishes 4th (a result that earns him third place in the championship), who completes his comeback with a heated duel in the middle of the race with Jeremy Iglesias (CRG – CRG – TM karting). The Frenchman, on the other hand, winner of the first round in Zuera (and therefore on the eve of one of the most likely contenders for the title) never finds a pace up to the one shown by Gustafsson over the weekend and finishes with a 5th place finish which earned him second place in the championship.

  • Behind them is Stan Pex (SP Motorsport – KR – TM Kart). The Dutchman, on his comeback, takes advantage of the retirement of Pedro Hiltbrand (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart): the Spaniard is in a fight with Iglesias but in the end Van Walstijn opens the door and overtakes them both.

  • A train of four Italian drivers opens, Giuseppe Palomba (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart), 7th, followed by Lorenzo Travisanutto (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart), 8th, Riccardo Longhi (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart), 9th, and Matteo Vigano (Leclerc by Lennox Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart). For this last very complicated weekend due to an injury that hit him before the appointment in Sarno, which significantly affected his results.


Championship standings

©Photo: Sportinphoto

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