The reigning KZ2 International Super Cup winner Matteo Vigano (Tony Kart/Vortex) couldn’t dream of a better start to his 2019 FIA Karting season this time as a full-time KZ driver. The Italian put himself ahead of the pack with a lap of 46.991 preceding for just 0.018 seconds the reigning European KZ Champion Jorrit Pex (KR/TM). Winner of the KZ2 International Super Cup two years ago on that same track of Wackersdorf, Alessandro Irlando (BirelART/TM) took the third-best performance ahead of Anthony Abbasse (Sodikart/TM), who had the honor of Pole position at the 2017 World KZ Championship, and Lorenzo Camplese (Tony Kart/Vortex). The Qualifying Heats of Saturday promise to be thrilling in the most experienced of all categories as the first eight drivers drove within the same tenth of a second.

303, Longhi Riccardo (ITA), Birel ART(BirelART/TM/Bridgestone), Wackersdorf, 03 May 2019. FIA Karting European Championship, © 2019, Alexandros Vernardis / The RaceBox.


Just like he did back in 2017 at the International Super Cup, Riccardo Longhi (BirelART/TM) clinched Pole position in the KZ2 class. The Italian set the overall fastest lap time in 46.996 seconds in the first of the three Qualifying series that opened the afternoon. Fastest in the second series, Simone Cunati (CRG/TM) conceded 0.96 seconds to his countryman and will start tomorrow’s heats in front of the Group B. As third-fastest came Giuseppe Palomba (CrocPromotions/TM, first in the Group C) followed by one of the local drivers David Trefilovs (Maranello/TM, ahead of the Group D), Senna Van Walstijn (KR/TM, first of the Group E) and Emil Skaras (Energy Corse/TM, on top of the Group F).

Academy Trophy

Christian Ho, from Singapore, put his Exprit/Vortex chassis up front the international field of youngsters taking part in the 10th edition of the FIA Karting Academy Trophy. The battle against the stopwatch proved to be tight in the first of the two Qualifying series as Italy’s Paolo Ferrari (first in the Group B) felt short for 0.004 seconds behind the Polesitter. Filip Jenic, from Serbia, took the third-fastest lap (leader of the Group C) in front of Netherlands’ Robert De Haan (first in the Group D).

Click here for the full Qualifying practice classification in KZ, KZ2 and Academy Trophy.


Saturday08:00 – 09:25 Warm-up
09:30 – 16:20 Qualifying Heats

16:40 – 17:10 Press Conference
Sunday08:00 – 09:25 Warm-up
09:30 – 11:25 Qualifying Heats
12:50 KZ2 Final

13:55 Academy Trophy Round 1
14:55 KZ Final
15:40 Press Conference

How to follow the event?

Like for every event in the FIA Karting calendar, The Racebox provides you with a special page featuring live timing and live streaming plus our daily reports and social publications to keep you up to date with the results and info from Wackersdorf.

Text: Guillaume Alvarez

Video editing: Alex Vernardis