Only a week after its victory at the German Kart Championship in Wackersdorf, the German team traveled to the International Circuit of Genk in Eastern-Belgium. The second weekend of the FIA Karting European Championship for OK and Junior classes took place on the 1.360-meter long “Home of Champions” track. FIA President John Todt and CIK-FIA President Felipe Massa attended the event as special guests of the Federation and Promoter RGMMC.
The weather once again a cause for trouble. On all three days, occasional rain showers mixed up the cards and an experienced instinct was needed for the choice of setup. In Qualifying, Lorenzo Travisanutto was lagging behind his usual form. However, he fought his way up throughout the heats from the 28th to the second position. In the Final, he took over the leading position and drove through rainy weather conditions to his first official win in the European Championship since Le Mans in 2017. Now, the Italian stands second in the points standings and affirms himself as a true title contender once again.
In the same class, the Finnish driver Nikolas Pirttilahti performed well within the top ten. The youngster showed constant performance in Qualifying and was rewarded with the fourth starting position. In an eventful Final, he crossed the finish line in seventh. Unfortunately, local hero Kobe Pauwels didn’t attend the Final as well as the Spanish Junior Maximus Mayer.
After this sensational victory, the Head of CV Performance Group Christian Voß was very pleased: “Until the jump onto the upper podium, we worked hard and were rewarded in the Final. Lorenzo dominated the race and dictated the speed on the top. Also, Nikolas counted into the top drivers this weekend and is ranked tenth in the championship. Now we want to get the European championship lead in the second half of the year.”
Already this weekend, the team is heading for Castelletto, in Italy, for the next installment of the IAME X30 Euro Series by RGMMC.
Report: CV Performance Group
Editing: Guillaume Alvarez
Photos: Alex Vernardis