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FIA Karting World Championship KZ, International Super Cup KZ2 and Academy Trophy rd 3, Kristianstad: heats - The provisional leaders are Viganò (KZ), Trefilov (KZ2) and Gowda (Academy)
04 September 2021

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Track activities continue for the FIA Karting World Championship KZ, the FIA Karting International Super Cup KZ2 and the third round of the FIA Karting Academy Trophy at the Kristianstad circuit. After the first day of Friday, in which the qualifying took place, on Saturday the heats for all the three categories present in the race were disputed. The KZ category was the protagonist not only on the track. After the first heat, in fact, the stewards have excluded Pedro Hiltbrand from the event. The Leclerc by Lennox Racing team presented an appeal, but the Spanish driver, according to the regulations, was in any case prevented from taking part in the following heats. Tomorrow the last heats will be completed and then it will end with the finals.

KZ: Viganò in front of the Tony Karts

Tyres: MG Tyres

  • Matteo Viganò (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) takes over from team mate Pedro Hiltbrand, who seemed to be - after the first heat of the morning - the most fit driver. The Spaniard, as mentioned, is excluded from the event and the Italian finds himself with a double victory in the first two heats that brings him to the provisional first position in the combined standings.

  • Behind him, in the provisional classification, we find Noah Milell (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex). The Tony Kart Racing Team driver after the second time in qualifying on Friday, gets a second place in the morning and a third place in the afternoon.

  • In heat 2 his teammate Lorenzo Camplese (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) overtakes him. The Italian had already proved very fast in heat 1, but it is in heat 2 that he even places himself behind Viganò in second position, recovering 6 positions from the starting grid. These results give him the provisional 3rd place in the intermediate classification.

  • Fourth provisional position in the combined standings for Simo Puhakka (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) which confirms the general excellent state of form of the Tony Kart Racing Team on this Saturday. For the driver from Finland there is also the satisfaction of the best lap in the race in heat 2.

  • Andrea Kimi Antonelli (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) passes from pole position to fifth overall position. The Italian is not yet flawless at the start and perhaps he has not found, together with his technicians, the best setup for a track that is struggling to tire. The pace, however, is from the top, which is still an excellent result for an absolute rookie like him.

  • Positive day also for Paolo Ippolito (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing), particularly brilliant especially in the second heat which he closes in fifth position after having recovered from tenth position on the grid. The Italian, however, was forced to stop immediately after the finish due to a technical problem. However, this does not deprive him of the sixth position in the general classification.

  • Behind the Italian we find respectively in seventh and eighth position Viktor Gustavsson (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) and Fabian Federer (SRP Racing Team - Maranello - TM Racing), with the Italian who pays above all an unlucky heat 2: during the start he loses a lot of ground because he has Antonelli ahead, who has a bit of a delayed start and this compromises the whole heat a bit.

  • Those who close the top ten are Emilien Denner (KR Motorsport - KR - TM Racing) and Jorrit Pex (KR Motorsport - KR - TM Racing) ahead of Adrien Renaudin (Sodikart - Sodi - TM Racing) and Stan Pex (KR Motorsport - KR - TM Racing) ). The Dutchman is currently the driver who has recovered the highest number of positions in the overall standings, compared to qualifying: 8.

Provisional results

KZ2: Trefilov leads, an accident for Van Walstijn in the first heat

Tyres: MG Tyres

  • David Trefilov (SRP Racing Team - Maranello - TM Racing) had already shown that he was competitive yesterday, but today he put an extra gear. Always starting from the third spot on the grid, the SRP Racing Team bishop wins three of his four heats complete with a fast lap and finishes second in the other, thus earning the leadership of the provisional standings.

  • It is now out of the question: Lorenzo Travisanutto (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) has taken a liking to going fast even with the gearbox in hand. After setting the best time in his group in qualifying, the two-time world champion OK dominates his first three heats of the day, always printing the fastest lap and setting a race pace apparently unattainable for the others. However, the standard bearer of the Parolin Motorsport team was overtaken by three drivers during the first lap of his fourth heat and, following an intense tussle, crossed the line in third position, thus finding himself second in the provisional standings.

  • To interrupt Travisanutto's dominance with a braking at the limit is Samuel Luyet (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), who wins two heats and finishes two more in the top three. The standard bearer of the Tony Kart Racing Team is therefore confirmed as an absolute protagonist with the third place in the provisional standings.

  • Also confirmed at the top are Danilo Albanese (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) and Giuseppe Palomba (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), respectively fourth and fifth. Always starting from the front row, the KR Motorsport team driver wins two heats and finishes second in another, but completes his day with a fifth place in the last heat, also thanks to a complicated start that sees him parade seventh. The driver of the Birel ART Racing team, on the other hand, finishes two heats in second place and another two in the top five.

  • Sixth in the provisional standings is Paavo Tonteri (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing), who gains six positions compared to qualifying, above all thanks to the victory in his last heat of the day. Thomas Imbourg (CPB Sport - Sodi - TM Racing) follows him, recovering eight positions compared to qualifying. The CPB Sport team driver always remains in the top five and also scores a fastest lap.

  • A surprising Viktor Oberg (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) also earns eight positions compared to qualifying, taking eighth place in the provisional standings, gaining two top three finishes and one fastest lap.

  • Another positive day for Alessio Piccini (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), who finished two heats in third position and kept ninth place in the provisional standings.

  • An excellent James Wharton (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) completes the provisional top ten, recovering 12 positions compared to qualifying. The Ferrari Driver Academy driver even signs two fastest laps.

  • In addition to Samuel Luyet, the only one to beat Travisanutto on Saturday is his brother Jean Luyet (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex). The Swiss rider finds himself 11th in the provisional classification, slowed down by a penalty in one heat due to the nose in the wrong position, and precedes Kajus Siksnelis (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing) and Joey Van Splunteren (CPB Sport - Sodi - TM Racing), which gains eight positions with respect to qualifying.

  • A complicated first heat pushed poleman Senna Van Walstijn (CPB Sport - Sodi - TM Racing) back to 14th position. After being accompanied on the grass by Samuel Luyet in the fight for leadership, the CPB Sport driver makes contact with his teammate Arthur Carbonnel and starts last, detached from the group. The Dutch standard bearer then wins two heats and finishes second in another.

  • Complete the top 15 Fabrizio Rosati (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), still at the top of the standings.

Provisional results

Academy: Dion Gowda scores a brace and takes the lead

Chasis: Exprit Kart | Engine: Vortex | Tyres: MG Tyres

  • Dion Gowda starts first in his two heats of the day and never gives up the leadership. The Singapore driver wins two victories and thus takes the lead of the provisional standings.

  • Oleksandr Bondarev crosses the finish line of both his heats in second position, always gaining three compared to the start, and thus climbs to second place in the provisional classification.

  • Maciej Gladysz keeps the third position thanks to a second and a third place in the heats.

  • After losing the lead on the last lap and finishing seventh in his first heat, poleman David Walther wins his second heat and finds himself fourth in the provisional standings.

  • Caleb Gafrarar completes the top five, confirming his competitive position.

  • Darius Babaioana, who recovers six positions compared to the qualification, Nicolas Ambiado, who recovers ten, Leon Ochiai, who loses three, Jaakko Laitinen, who recovers 18, and Noah Monteiro, who recovers 12, close the top ten.

  • Following are Ludvig Fransson and Riccardo Ianniello, who wins his first heat and finishes third in the second, only to be relegated to 15th place by a ten-second penalty for causing an accident.

  • Salim Hanna was forced to retire in his first heat due to a contact at the start and finished seventh in the second, finding himself 25th in the provisional classification. A complicated day also for Oscar Wurz, 20th, Leon Zelenko, 23rd, and Nando Weixelbaumer, 24th.

Provisional results

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