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FIA Karting European Championship rd 2, Sarno: KZ2 Final – Slater wins race and championship
Jacopo Colombo
09 July 2023

Tires: LeCont

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  • Freddie Slater (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart) achieved what can be defined as a practically perfect weekend, dominated by the Qualifying Heats (all won, except for a fifth place) and concluded in the best possible way with the victory of the European Championship KZ2. The British driver proved throughout the weekend that he is the man to beat, despite being a rookie in the category, by forcefully taking the title of champion

  • Daniel Vasile (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart) closes in second place. Complicated weekend for him, due to lackluster qualifying, but which ends with an excellent podium in the final, as well as the title of European vice-champion. Considering the starting point, with the 21st place in the general standings at the end of Friday's qualifying, we can certainly say that we are very satisfied with the final result.

  • To complete an all Birel ART podium, Cristian Bertuca (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart) takes care of it. The Italian is always among the first during all the sessions, so much so that he is in command of the general classification at the end of the day on Saturday. In the final he fought with all his strength to hold on to the third step of the podium despite the attacks of his opponents

  • To block Birel ART's domination is precisely that Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse – Energy – TM Kart) who tries in every way to overtake Bertuca, without however ever sinking even just one overtaking attempt. His speed in the first and second rounds as well as his skill - not obvious for a rookie - in staying away from contacts and accidents, allow him to obtain the bronze medal in the championship.

  • Paavo Tonteri (CRG – CRG – TM Kart) concludes in fifth position. The Finn is very fast at times and capitalizes on a weekend that is certainly more positive than that of Zuera.

  • Great leap forward for Egor Nosov (IPK Official Racing Team – IPK – TM Kart). Started 16th, he closed the final 6th, recovering ten positions: he is the real surprise of the final! He was followed by Genis Civico Espona (Modena kart Racing – Parolin – TM Kart), 7th, and Jean Nomblot (CPB Sport – Sodi – TM Kart), 8th.

  • Similar speech to the one made for Nosov also for Andrea Dale (private team - CRG - TM Kart). In his case, nine positions have been recovered, which place him in 9th place at the end of the final and allow him to obtain the first points for the final championship standings.

  • Tim Gerhards (CPB Sport – Sodi TM Kart) closes the top ten, also recovering from 17th place on the grid.

  • A weekend to forget and a title that vanishes for Alex Powell (Prema Racing – KR – IAME). He reaps little of what he sowed in the first round in Zuera and runs into a few too many mistakes that put him out of action already at the end of the Super Heat. Also in the final he makes a mistake while trying to climb up the standings, then slipping into last position.

  • Finish the weekend with a 24th place and the championship 5th. Similar fate also for his teammate Kean Nakamura-Berta (Prema Racing – KR – IAME) who, after an error in the first laps, was forced to retire shortly after.

  • Definitely no final for Maksim Otlov (Modena kart Racing – Parolin – TM Kart): after winning Super Heat A and with a start from second position on the grid in the decisive race of the weekend, he loses the lead and finds himself fighting for a place in the top ten, despite a decidedly top-of-the-table pace. But that's not all: after the race he was even disqualified for causing an accident


Championship standings

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