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The championship leaders after Val Vibrata: in KZ2 Bertuca, in OK-N Junior Rocchio, in OK-N Albanese, in MINI Gr.3 U10 Gorski, in MINI Gr.3 Baglin.
With the halfway point of the Italian season in the last third round in Val Vibrata, the 2023 Italian ACI Karting Championship is heading towards the second part of the season with the fourth round scheduled at the Circuito Internazionale Napoli in Sarno on August 27 and the fifth and final test on September 24 at Franciacorta Karting Track. But the appointment in Val Vibrata produced a series of changes at the top of the Championship standings which make the final phase even "hotter", also due to the increase in scores in each round which will be even higher in Sarno and Franciacorta.
KZ2 – Bertuca sees the top of the standings again.
Cristian Bertuca took the lead again in KZ2, with a spectacular victory in Val Vibrata in Race 1 and second place in Race 2, displacing his color mate Daniel Vasile, author of a podium in Race 2, from first position. But the one who has come close to the top of the standings is Alex Irlando, making his debut this year with the Drago Corse team and author of a podium in Race 1 and then an excellent victory in Race 2. In the Under 18, Cristian Bertuca commands with a good margin.
Championship standings in KZ2:
1. Cristian Bertuca (ITA #105 LG Motorsport/BirelART-TM Kart-MG) 188 points
2. Daniel Vasile (ROU #145 KCS/BirelART-TM Kart) 157 points
3. Alex Irlando (ITA #114 Drago Corse/Drago-TM Kart) 143 points
4. Alessio Piccini (ITA #107 TribeOne/BirelART-TM Kart) 118 points
5. Maxim Orlov (#149 Modena Kart/Parolin-TM Kart) 102 points.
Championship standings in KZ2 Under 18:
1. Cristian Bertuca (ITA #105 LG Motorsport/BirelART-TM Kart-MG) 239 points
2. Maxim Orlov (#149 Modena Kart/Parolin-TM Kart) 163 points
3. Enrico Martinese (ITA #120 King Racing/KR-Iame) 156 points.
OK-N Junior – Great recovery for Rocchio, who remains the leader.
The qualifying phase hadn't turned out to be the best for classification leader Gino Rocchio, but the DR driver managed to make up for it in Race 1 with fifth place in a record recovery of 14 positions and then in Race 2 with an impeccable victory that allows him to keep the lead in the standings. The Polish Bruno Gryc is approaching the top with first place in Race 1 and also Giovanni Toso thanks to two double podiums. Unlucky weekend, instead, for Nikita Nikishov for not having been able to take advantage of his excellent qualifying phase.
Championship standings in OK-N Junior:
1. Gino Rocchio (ITA #339 DR/DR-Modena Engines-Vega) 155 points
2. Bruno Gryc (POL #315 MLG Racing/Parolin-TM Kart) 138 points
3. Giovanni Toso (ITA #334 NGM Motorsport/Kalì Kart-TM Kart) 114 points
4. Nikita Nikishov (#323 Gamoto/Tony Kart-TM Kart) 88 points
5. Asher Ochstein (USA #342 CRG Racing Team/CRG-TM Kart) points 66.
OK-N - Albanese "king" of Val Vibrata.
In Val Vibrata the "king" of the day is Federico Albanese, author of a double victory that propels him to the top of the championship standings, also thanks to the double podium with a success in the previous race in La Conca. Francesco Marenghi thus momentarily gives up the leadership despite racing an excellent first final in Val Vibrata. The Polish Grzywacz Bartosz is in third position, unlucky in Race 2 due to a penalty on the positioning of the spoiler that made him lose the victory, which went to Albanese. Antonio Apicella is also entering among the protagonists of OK-N, who took the podium in Race 2 and is growing rapidly.
Championship standings in OK-N:
1. Federico Albanese (ITA #439 Italcorse/Italcorse-TM Kart-Vega) 169 points
2. Francesco Marenghi (ITA #414 Modena Kart/Parolin-TM Kart) 157 points
3. Grzywacz Bartosz (POL #402 KGT Motorsport/Tony Kart-Vortex) 153 points
4. Antonio Apicella (ITA #416 Team Driver/Kosmic-TM Kart) 113 points
5. Giacomo Maman (ITA TB Kart Racing Team/TB Kart-TM Kart) 71 points.
MINI Gr.3 Under 10 – Excellent weekend for Gorski, new leader.
Great weekend in Val Vibrata for the Pole Leonardo Gorski who conquers the top of the classification with the victory in Race 1. On the other hand, the finals of Niccolò Perico were not productive, losing the leadership and nullifying the good things he had done in the first two rounds of Cremona and La Conca, just as the away match in Val Vibrata was negative for the American Alessandro Truchot, first championship leader after the Cremona race. Heavy points were scored by Lorenzo Di Pietrantonio with BabyRace, winner of Race 2 after a good fourth place in Race 1, and the Spanish Daniel Miron Lorente with Team Driver, author of a double podium.
The Championship standings of MINI Gr.3 Under 10:
1. Leonardo Gorski (POL #218 BabyRace/Parolin-Iame-MG) 163 points
2. Niccolò Perico (ITA #237 Energy Corse/Energy-TM Kart) 107 points
3. Alessandro Truchot (USA #AV Racing/Parolin-Iame) 90 points
4. Antoine Venant (BEL #278 Kidix/KR-Iame) 85 points
5. Oleksandr Legenkyi (UKR #230 KR-Iame) 73 points.
MINI Gr.3 – Baglin maintains the leadership.
The positions in MINI Gr.3 have not changed compared to the previous round in La Conca. The English Noah Baglin maintains the leadership thanks to the fourth place in Race 1 and the victory in Race 2, the Turkish Iskender Zulfikari is still in second place with the podium obtained in Race 1, the Australian William Calleja saves the third place with the victory in the first final, but he could have achieved much more if he hadn't run into a penalty in Race 2. Among the best, the Spaniard Bosco Arias Chavarri stands out again with two second places in the two finals, as well as the other Spaniard Nicola Stanley with the podium in Race 2.
The Championship standings of MINI Gr.3:
1. Noah Baglin (GBR #21 iKart/KR-Iame-MG) 169 points
2. Iskender Zulfikari (TUR #49 BabyRace/Parolin-Iame) 136 points
3. William Calleja (AUS #10 BabyRace/Parolin-Iame) 128 points
4. Bosco Arias Chavarri (ESP #3 Team Driver/KR-Iame) points 98
5. Nicola Stanley (ESP #43 Gamoto/EKS-TM Kart) 75 points.
The next events of the 2023 Italian ACI Karting Championship:
4th round - August 27 - Circuito Internazionale Napoli, Sarno (Salerno)
MINI Gr.3, OK-N, OK-N Junior, KZ2, KZN
5th round – September 24 – Franciacorta Karting Track, Castrezzato (Brescia).
MINI Gr.3, OK-N, OK-N Junior, KZ2, OK, OKJ
The classifications: https://www.acisport.it/it/CIK/classifiche/2023
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