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WSK Final Cup rd 1, Lonato: KZ2 Final – Matteo Zanchi makes magic
Mattia Livraghi
19 November 2023

[translated with Google]

Tyres: LeCont

  • Matteo Zanchi (Zanchi Motorsport – CRG – TM Kart) was not willing to let the victory slip away and obtained it with an almost unimaginable race. The owner of the Zanchi Motorsport team makes a very strong start from the second spot on the grid and takes the reins of the race, immediately accumulating a good advantage over his direct pursuers, but decides to manage his vehicle without pushing to the limit, aware of having prepared together with his team a setup aimed at favoring the second half of the race.
  • This is how Zanchi actually slipped to third on the ninth lap, overtaken first by Cristian Bertuca (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart) and then by Alex Maragliano (Renda Motorsport – Sodikart – TM Kart). The representative of the Zanchi Motorsport team maintains a disarming coolness and manages to get back in front of both opponents thanks to two breathtaking maneuvers. Once he regained the reins of the race on the fourth to last lap, Zanchi defended himself admirably and thus scored his first WSK success, climbing to the top of the provisional championship standings.
  • He has to settle for second place both in the final and in the provisional ranking of the Cristian Bertuca championship. The winner of Prefinal A slipped to third in a complicated start after being involved in a slight off-track excursion on the reconnaissance lap, but was quick to get back in front of everyone on the fifth lap. The reigning champion of the WSK Super Master Series and winner of the WSK Champions Cup at the start of the season then had to give in to Zanchi's mastery.
  • He also has to give in to the fury of his two opponents and compatriots Alex Maragliano (Renda Motorsport – Sodikart – TM Kart). After occupying second place for most of the final, the Renda Motorsport team driver secured the bronze medal to return to the podium.
  • David Trefilov (Maranello SRP Factory Team – Maranello – TM Kart) tasted the podium instead. The winner of Prefinal B lost a position at the start and found himself eighth, but then recovered in style to cross the finish line in third place. However, last year's KZ2 European vice-champion was demoted to fourth place by a one-place penalty, received for pushing Maragliano at the last corner of the last lap. The Maranello SRP Factory Team rider still maintains third place in the provisional championship standings.
  • Maksim Orlov (Modena Kart – Parolin – TM Kart), who set the fastest lap, also came close to the podium. The reigning Italian champion suffered a slight contact with Maragliano in an attempt to overtake him and finished sixth under the checkered flag, behind an excellent Maximilian Paul (DR – DR – Modena Engines), who gained four positions compared to the start.
  • Even last year's KZ2 European champion Tom Leuillet (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), seventh, Paavo Tonteri (CRG Racing Team – CRG – TM Kart), eighth, Markus Kajak ( KH Racing Team – Birel ART – Modena Engines), ninth and still at the top of the ranking despite losing five positions compared to the start, and Slavik Putiatin (Sodikart – CPB Sport – TM Kart), tenth after climbing to the third step of the podium in the WSK Champions Cup right here in Lonato.
  • Gabriel Gomez (CRG Racing Team – CRG – TM Kart) completed a remarkable debut weekend in the premier class of karting, 11th. The reigning OK European vice-champion precedes Marek Skrivan (Sumako IPK Racing – IPK – TM Kart), 12th, Sandro Holzem (CPB Sport – Sodikart – TM Kart), 13th, Nicola Rossini (Maranello Kart – Maranello – TM Kart), 14th, and Norton Andreasson (Tony Kart Racing Team – OTK – Vortex), who closes the top 15 thanks to an extraordinary comeback of 16 positions.
  • Facing a more exciting final are Ken Oscar Algre (Maranello SRP Factory Team – Maranello – TM Kart), 16th, Menyhert Krozser (TB Racing Team – KR – IAME), demoted from ninth place to 17th by a five-second penalty due to a incorrect position, and Friday's poleman Artem Severiukhin (Racing Line – Birel ART – TM Kart), relegated from 13th place to 18th by a five-second penalty due to the nose cone being in an incorrect position.
  • The epilogue for Daniel Stell (Dorr Motorsport – KR – IAME), forced to retire, is even more bitter.


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