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FIA Karting World Championship, Le Mans: KZ final – A masterful Viktor Gustafsson is the new world champion
Luca Basso
04 September 2022

[Translated with Google]

Tires: LeCont

  • He seemed not to be one of the main names for the final victory on the eve of the weekend, but Viktor Gustafsson (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing) puts everyone in line with a wonderful performance at the Le Mans circuit. The Swede gets rid of poleman Simo Puhakka (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) in the first lap and never gives up the lead until the end of the race. With full merit, he is the new world champion in the premier category of shifter karts.

  • Equally excellent performance is that of Noah Milell (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex). The reigning world champion starts fifth, but quickly places himself in third position. With Jeremy Iglesias (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing) "held back" by Gustaffson at the end of lap 16, the Swede took the opportunity to overtake the French. Unfortunately, there is no way for him to overtake Gustaffson before the checkered flag.

  • If Gustaffson and Milell together sign an all-Swedish double, with the third position of Iglesias the podium sees the last three world champions in the category climb. Nice race by the Frenchman, who emerged during the qualifying heats after the 15th position in qualifying.

  • At the foot of the podium concludes Puhakka, who came very close to winning his first world title. Sodikart ends the home championship with the fifth position of Senna Van Walstijn (Sodikart - Sodi - TM Racing) and the sixth of Emilien Denner (Sodikart - Sodi - TM Racing).

  • After the incident in the super heat and despite starting from 14th position, Stan Pex (SP Motorsport - KR - TM Racing) made his way through the rivals and finished seventh. Excellent first appearance in the world championship in the premier class by the reigning champion of the International Super Cup KZ2 Lorenzo Travisanutto (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), eighth.

  • Positive also the performance of the reigning OK world champion Tuukka Taponen (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), the youngest to take part in the final and ninth at the finish. Closes the Top 10 Adrien Renaudin (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), tenth.

  • Taken wide at the last corner during the third lap, Pedro Hiltbrand (Birel ART Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing) is no longer able to climb up and, on the contrary, progressively drops to 11th position. Retired in super heat A due to a contact with Lorenzo Camplese (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), Jorrit Pex (SP Motorsport - KR - TM Racing) ranks 12th, ahead of Anthony Abbasse (Sodikart - Sodi - TM Racing ), 13th, and to Francesco Celenta, (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), 14th.

  • Not in the best of his form, Matteo Viganò (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing) wins the 15th position. After retiring in one of the qualifying heats of the last few days, the 2019 world champion Marijn Kremers (Birel ART Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing) climbs up the ranking by 10 positions and finishes 16th.

  • Reigning European champion Paolo Ippolito (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) does not go beyond 22nd position, while the difficult weekend of former Formula 1 driver Jaime Alguersuari (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing) ends with a 24th position. A spin in the early stages of the race pushed Riccardo Longhi (Birel ART Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing) back to 28th position, while the reigning world champion Camplese was forced to retire.


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