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For the last round of the FIA Karting season, the Tony Kart Racing Team was the author of excellent performance. At the FIA Karting World Championship – KZ and KZ2 International Super Cup run on the South Garda Karting circuit of Lonato, our drivers were constantly fighting for top positions and took a prestigious second place in the KZ2 Final.
David Vidales delivered an almost perfect weekend at the International Super Cup. Two victories, two second and a third places gained in the heats allow the Spaniard to start from the third row of the grid for the most important final of the year. His Tony Kart Racer 401 R powered by Vortex helped him to stand out brilliantly during the first exciting stages of the race, characterized by a very tight battle behind the leader. Vidales manages to gain the second position with a great overtaking and, from then on, showed off an unstoppable pace leading him to score the fastest lap cross the finish line just a few meters from the winner!
The excellent result obtained by Vidales is accompanied by the great debut in an FIA Karting race within the Tony Kart Racing Team of Danilo Albanese. The Italian immediately proved to be at his ease, both in the starts and in the fights with more experienced drivers: two victories and three-second places prove it unequivocally. An unlucky withdrawal, however, forces him to a late start in the Final and a race in the middle of the brawl at the end of which he was able to improve his position.
A withdrawal in one heat also compromized the starting position for the Final of Alessio Piccini who once again proved not to draw back when he had to recover, overtaking six opponents in the decisive race. This is a pity since Alessio carried out an excellent weekend, gaining two second and two third places in the Heats where he was often fighting for the victory.
Overall, five victories in the heats, seven second and three third places, besides the second step of the final podium, proved once again all the competitiveness of the Tony Kart / Vortex material.
Also in KZ, our standard bearers at the wheel of the Tony Kart 401 R were a constant presence in the very first positions. Matteo Viganò beat his opponents in a Heat and, with two third places, was third at the end of the qualifying races. Simo Puhakka was always on the podium (two times second and once third, centering also a best lap). Also, Marco Ardigò was always close among the first Five, improving the position obtained in Qualifying.
The overall performance was excellent in the Final too where Simo Puhakka came very close to the podium, finishing fourth after a hard race. Also, Matteo Viganò and Marco Ardigò, racing the last World Championship of his career, ended in the Top Ten, close to the first, together with the other Tony Kart driven by Lorenzo Camplese. A bit unlucky, however, Noah Milell ruined a very competitive weekend after a crash in a heat.
The next race meeting for the Tony Kart Racing Team will be again on the South Garda Karting of Lonato. From October 24th to 27th we will compete in the first round of the WSK Open Cup with the 60 Mini, OK-Junior, OK and KZ2 categories.