In a 24-driver field featuring some of the best names on the international karting scene, Anthony Abbasse (Sodikart/TM) repeated his World Championship performance of 2017 by taking the highest provisional spot on Saturday. The Frenchman won the first race and, then, finished second behind the reigning European Champion Jorrit Pex (KR/TM) who edged him in the points rankings with a win and a third place. Matteo Vigano (Tony Kart/Vortex) hasn’t yet been able to convert his Pole position and finished third (6th – 3rd in the heats) ahead of Alessandro Irlando (BirelART/TM, 4th – 6th) and Lorenzo Camplese (Tony Kart/Vortex, 9th – 5th).
Driving this weekend on home soil, Alexander Schmitz (Tony Kart/Vortex) put himself in the leader’s shoes in front of the 75 drivers entering the KZ2 category. The German claimed three of his four heats disputed this Saturday, one more than his closest rival in the points Emil Skaras (Energy Corse/TM) who added top-three finishes to his tally. With two victories for his name, Alessio Piccini (Tony Kart/Vortex) followed in third place overall ahead of the Swedish drivers Benjamin Tornqvist (CRG/TM) and Philip Hall (Tony Kart/TM). Seventh in the provisional points, Emilien Denner (Sodikart/TM) managed to win one heat as did Alexander Dahlberg (BirelART/TM, 9th in the rankings), Giuseppe Palomba (CrocPromotions/TM, 10th) and David Trefilovs (Maranello/TM, 25th). Despite a win and two-second places, Friday’s Polesitter Riccardo Longhi (BirelART/TM) was ranked at a distant 16th place due to disqualification for losing his transponder in his second heat.
Repeating his participation in the Academy Trophy for the second year in a row, the Dutchman Robert De Haan put his experience to good use and won his two Qualifying Heats. Lucas Mendes, from Brazil, finished twice amongst the top three and followed him in the points with the overall third place being taken by the Japanese driver Fuki Tanaka. Italy’s Paolo Ferrari followed in fourth place, with a second position as best personal result, with the Dane Magnus Daae closing up the provisional top 5. The fastest man in Qualifying, Christian Ho (Singapore) faced two retirements and was ranked a distant 25th. The other two heats (out of four) disputed this Saturday went respectively to Karlis Grava, from Latvia, and Ken Oskar Algre, from Estonia, who both made good recovery races.
|Sunday||08:00 – 09:25 Warm-up|
09:30 – 11:25 Qualifying Heats
12:45 KZ2 Final
13:50 Academy Trophy Final
14:50 KZ Final
15:40 Press Conference
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Text: Guillaume Alvarez
Photos: Alex Vernardis