De Conto Nails Euro KZ Round 2; Kremers 2nd

Drivers and teams met in Belgium for the second round of the CIK-FIA European Championship for KZ on the weekend and it was CRG’s Paolo De Conto who came through for the win for the second event in succession.

The meeting also included KZ2 and in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy in which Beau Russell was competing.

Unfortunately, the young Victorian was knocked out of the competition after the qualifying heats where only the top 34 progressed to the final.

CRG's Paolo de Conto takes victory in KZ (pic - CRG)

CRG’s Paolo de Conto takes victory in KZ (pic – CRG)

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De Conto bids for the KZ title

Paolo De Conto (CRG-TM-Bridgestone), once again, made himself conspicuous in KZ. The Italian driver, after his victory in the season-opener in Sarno, won in Genk too.

The battle in the Final was a tough one since the very beginning; also the French Anthony Abbasse (Sodi-TM) – the best driver in Qualifying and the pole-sitter of the decisive race – aimed at victory but De Conto, on lap three, had already closed the gap starting from the fourth slot on the grid.

Fastest qualifier Simo Puhakka ahead of Patrik Hajek and Anthony Abbasse , KZ (pic - press.net images)

Fastest qualifier Simo Puhakka ahead of Patrik Hajek and Anthony Abbasse , KZ (pic – press.net images)

De Conto gained an early lead, while the two Dutch drivers Marijn Kremers (BirelArt-TM) and Stan Pex (CRG-TM) – who finished in second and third position – followed in close pursuit. On the other hand, Abbasse had to settle for the fourth place.

Thanks to this victory , De Conto’s leadership of the category is steadier.

KZ podium - De Conto on first step, together with Kremers, second, and Pex, third (pic - press.net images)

KZ podium – De Conto on first step, together with Kremers, second, and Pex, third (pic – press.net images)

Rnk No. Driver Equipment Gap Best Lap
1 4 De Conto, Paolo CRG / TM Racing / B’stone 52.21
2 20 Kremers, Marijn Birel Art / TM Racing / B’stone 0.172 52.192
3 17 Pex, Stan CRG / TM Racing / B’stone 1.345 52.159
4 5 Abbasse, Anthony Sodi / TM Racing / B’stone 2.432 52.205
5 94 Hiltbrand Aguilar, Pedro Tony Kart / Vortex / B’stone 2.61 52.264
6 2 Hajek, Patrik Kosmic / Vortex / B’stone 4.193 52.086
7 10 Dreezen, Rick Birel Art / Vortex / B’stone 7.354 52.346
8 12 Lundberg, Douglas Sodi / TM Racing / B’stone 8.666 52.478
9 18 Corberi, Luca Tony Kart / Vortex / B’stone 9.463 52.354
10 6 Puhakka, Simo Kosmic / Vortex / B’stone 11.207 52.183
11 9 Fore, Davide Righetti Ridolfi / TM Racing / B’stone 11.738 52.481
12 22 Torsellini, Mirko CRG / TM Racing / B’stone 11.906 52.529
13 14 Carlton, Gary Formula K / TM Racing / B’stone 14.659 52.622
14 19 Tiene, Felice Birel Art / TM Racing / B’stone 15.873 52.532
15 8 Lammers, Bas Sodi / TM Racing / B’stone 29.68 52.219
16 21 Kuovi, Jan Tony Kart / Vortex / B’stone 30.726 53.05
17 93 Deharte, Julien CRG / TM Racing / B’stone 34.957 53.347
18 16 Dale, Andrea CRG / TM Racing / B’stone 22 Laps 55.694
19 11 Pex, Jorrit CRG / TM Racing / B’stone 23 Laps
1 Ardigo, Marco Tony Kart / Vortex / B’stone DNS

 

Viganò wins in KZ2

In KZ2 the new frontrunner is the Italian Matteo Viganò. He had a good start from the front row and managed to pass the German Leon Köhler (both the drivers on Tony Kart-Vortex-Bridgestone), the pole-sitter of the Final.

KZ2 start

KZ2 start

Köhler tried to keep Viganò’s pace, but after a few laps he got overtaken by the Italian Alex Irlando (Sodi-TM), the runner-up of the race. Hard luck for another Italian, Riccardo Longhi (BirelArt-TM): he placed third after overtaking Köhler but was hit by a 10-second penalty for the misplacement of his front fairing.

Vigano’s victory allowed him to grab the first position of the KZ2 standings.

KZ2 podium - Viganò on the first step, together with Irlando, second. On third step is Longhi, before his penalization

KZ2 podium – Viganò on the first step, together with Irlando, second. On third step is Longhi, before his penalization

Rnk No. Driver Equipment Gap Best Lap
1 301 Vigano, Matteo Tony Kart / Vortex / B’stone 52.465
2 302 Irlando, Alessandro Sodi / TM Racing / B’stone 1.087 52.538
3 332 Köhler, Leon Tony Kart / Vortex / B’stone 2.538 52.562
4 327 Van Leeuwen, Martijn Energy Corse / TM Racing / B’stone 3.527 52.572
5 306 Leuillet, Tom Sodi / TM Racing / B’stone 7.353 52.657
6 311 Gonzales, Nicolas Maranello / TM Racing / B’stone 7.994 52.716
7 308 Skäras, Emil Tony Kart / TM Racing / B’stone 9.103 52.738
8 322 Baciuska, Rokas Sodi / TM Racing / B’stone 10.798 52.606
9 310 Ippolito, Paolo Lenzokart / LKE / B’stone 11.603 52.739
10 358 Longhi, Riccardo Birel Art / TM Racing / B’stone 12.13 52.441
11 329 Petit, Hubert Sodi / TM Racing / B’stone 12.773 52.794
12 320 Persson Tornqvist, Benjamin CRG / TM Racing / B’stone 14.4 52.663
13 364 Rasmussen, Oliver Kosmic / Vortex / B’stone 15.657 52.69
14 303 Davies, Dylan DR / Modena Engines / B’stone 16.311 52.813
15 336 Renaudin, Adrien Sodi / TM Racing / B’stone 17.123 52.896
16 313 Iacovacci, Francesco Luxor / LKE / B’stone 17.761 52.751
17 326 Cebrian Ariza, Gerard CRG / TM Racing / B’stone 18.49 52.92
18 305 Dahlberg, Alexander Birel Art / TM Racing / B’stone 18.533 52.653
19 317 Johansson, Andreas CRG / TM Racing / B’stone 19.079 52.929
20 335 Giardelli, Alessandro CRG / TM Racing / B’stone 19.375 52.931
21 365 Luyet, Jean Tony Kart / Vortex / B’stone 21.794 52.823
22 345 Landais, Thomas Tony Kart / Vortex / B’stone 22.757 52.936
23 342 Westerholm, Jesper Tony Kart / TM Racing / B’stone 22.872 52.971
24 359 Levi, Ariel Tony Kart / Vortex / B’stone 23.219 52.98
25 331 Prosperi, Enrico CRG / TM Racing / B’stone 23.894 53.054
26 307 Piccini, Alessio Tony Kart / Vortex / B’stone 23.895 52.868
27 341 Al Rawahi, Abdullah Birel Art / TM Racing / B’stone 25.421 53.225
28 312 Picot, Nicolas Tony Kart / Vortex / B’stone 32.662 53.047
29 309 Loubere, Pierre Zanardi / Parilla / B’stone 16 Laps 52.793
30 304 Schmitz, Alexander CRG / Vortex / B’stone 17 Laps 53.082
31 314 Rosati, Fabrizio CRG / TM Racing / B’stone 18 Laps 53.164
32 325 Celenta, Francesco Praga / TM Racing / B’stone 19 Laps 53.387
33 355 Gomes E.S. Di Mauro, Gaetano CRG / TM Racing / B’stone 22 Laps 59.393
34 323 Forslöf, David Tony Kart / TM Racing / B’stone 23 Laps

van Vugt is the first leader of the Academy Trophy

The weekend of the Exprit-Vortex-Bridgestone one-make series said that, at the moment, the Dutch Mike van Vugt is the driver to beat. He finished the Heats in the top positions then, in the Final, he kept the lead until the chequered flag.

1st in Academy Trophy, Mike van Vugt

1st in Academy Trophy, Mike van Vugt

Behind him, the Belgian Xavier Handsaeme seemed to be able to arrive in second despite a bad start, but the Dutch Tijmen van der Helm – sixth on the grid –  did even better and passed the Belgian to gain the second place.

So, after today’s first appointment, the top positions of the Academy Trophy standings are occupied by van Vugt, Helm and Handsaeme.

Academy Trophy podium (pic - press.net images)

Academy Trophy podium (pic – press.net images)

Rnk No. Driver Equipment Gap Best Lap
1 506 van Vugt, Mike Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 56.358
2 505 van der Helm, Tijmen Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 7.959 56.653
3 508 Handsaeme, Xavier Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 8.844 56.813
4 502 Taylor, Joseph Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 9.275 56.744
5 541 Day, Jamie Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 10.666 56.852
6 507 Pauwels, Kobe Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 10.994 56.654
7 511 Meguetounif, Sami Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 12.079 56.695
8 546 Zanfari, Suleiman Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 12.467 56.849
9 510 Leger, Dylan Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 14.372 56.853
10 516 Daniele, Joseph Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 14.998 56.658
11 528 Ferati, Jasin Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 15.319 56.588
12 503 Nord, Gabriel Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 16.117 56.642
13 533 Nurmi, Luka Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 16.427 56.635
14 521 North, Jordan Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 16.689 56.668
15 509 Skov Skjellerup, Oliver Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 21.369 56.571
16 543 Caglioni, Leonardo Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 23.614 57.063
17 504 Wernersson, Theo Tomas G. Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 24.493 56.606
18 534 Wagenknecht, Jan Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 29.854 57.039
19 537 Akabi, Ali Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 29.977 57.162
20 551 Zagazeta Castro, Matias Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 30.28 56.647
21 501 Simmonds, Alexander Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 31.032 56.834
22 514 Fontecha Martinez, Ayrton Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 32.044 56.839
23 512 Jakobsen, Jenny Susann Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 35.191 57.21
24 520 Visser, Charl Michael Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 35.814 56.714
25 517 Denmark-Gessel, Jace Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 36.135 56.5
26 535 Skulj, Mark Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 39.914 57.249
27 544 Chandra, Akhelaa Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 40.471 57.185
28 549 Pino Munoz, Nicolas Ignacio Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 41.091 57.701
29 513 Bergmeister, Jakob Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 7 Laps 57.487
30 518 Okuzumi, Jiei Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 10 Laps 57.145
31 515 Moya Lopez, Ruben Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 11 Laps 57.626
32 525 Melo D. Porto, Francisco Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 14 Laps 57.048
33 523 Gu, Ziyue Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 18 Laps 01:06.8
34 548 Fabris, Nicolas Exprit / Vortex / B’stone 19 Laps
Genk kart shop (pic - press.net images)

Genk kart shop (pic – press.net images)

Academy Trophy - Xavier Handsaeme leads Kobe Pauwels and Jiei Okuzumi (pic - press.net images)

Academy Trophy – Xavier Handsaeme leads Kobe Pauwels and Jiei Okuzumi (pic – press.net images)

Anthony Abbasse leads Rick Dreezen, KZ2 (pic - press.net images)

Anthony Abbasse leads Rick Dreezen, KZ2 (pic – press.net images)

Leon Kohler, 3rd in KZ2 having earlier qualified pole for the heats (pic - press.net images)

Leon Kohler, 3rd in KZ2 having earlier qualified pole for the heats (pic – press.net images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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