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FIA Karting World Championship, Wackersdorf: KZ Final – Ippolito is world champion in a crazy final
Jacopo Colombo
10 September 2023

Tires: LeCont

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  • Paolo Ippolito (KR Motorsport Srl - KR – IAME) wins the Final and the title of KZ World Champion. In a crazy race that saw the elimination of many potential protagonists in the very first corners, Ippolito managed to stay out of trouble, taking advantage of the gap created behind him and holding the lead for all 26 laps of this final, taking home the title.

  • Viktor Gustafsson (CRG - CRG - TM Kart) started 12th and finished 2nd, also taking advantage of the errors of his direct opponents and winning the silver medal of the FIA Karting World Championship. He demonstrated throughout the weekend that he is one of the contenders for the title, but the pace he maintained during the final only allowed him to get closer to Ippolito (closing the gap from over 2.5" to just 0.4"), but without being able to attack him.

  • Stan Pex (SP Motorsport - KR - TM Kart) had confessed to us that he felt fit and could be in the game and he actually managed to prove it with a 3rd place, finishing just under 3" from the winner.

  • Matteo Viganò (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel Art - TM Kart) completed a comeback from 10th to 4th place, ahead of the first home Tony Kart driver Lorenzo Camplese (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), 5th.

  • Good result in this final also for Jorrit Pex (SP Motorsport - KR - TM Kart), who finished 6th from 11th at the start.

  • Great comebacks for Francesco Celenta (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Kart) and Lorenzo Travisanutto (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Kart). The two Parolin standard-bearers, who started 19th and 20th respectively, both managed to recover 12 positions, thus finishing in 7th and 8th place.

  • Closing out the top 10 are Luigi Coluccio (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart – Vortex), 9th, and Adrien Renaudin (DR Srl - DR - Modena Engines ). For them too, two excellent comebacks (from 15th and 17th place on the grid respectively) which put them among the 10 best in the standings.

  • Great performance also for Alessandro Irlando (Drago Corse Racing Team - Drago Corse - TM Kart) who, starting from 30th place, finished just outside the top 10, 11th, recovering 19 positions.

  • It was, as mentioned, a crazy final, which saw the elimination of several potential protagonists in just a few corners. In a single accident, David Trefilov (Maranello SRP Factory Team - Maranello - TM Kart), Tom Leuillet (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart – Vortex), Emilien Denner ( Sodikart - Sodi - TM Kart) and the European Champion Danilo Albanese (KR Motorsport Srl - KR – IAME). Jeremy Iglesias (CRG - CRG - TM Kart) and Senna Van Walstijn ( Sodikart - Sodi - TM Kart) were also involved in the collision at the start , both forced to return to the pits to retire.

  • Pedro Hiltbrand ( Birel ART Racing Srl - Birel Art - TM Kart) and Giuseppe Palomba ( Birel ART Racing Srl - Birel Art - TM Kart) also retired. For the two Birel ART standard bearers, it was a day to forget due to an accident caused by the Spaniard which also involved the Italian driver, forcing both to end their race early.


©Photo: Sportinphoto

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