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Preview: WSK Euro Series, Round 2

press release 21 March 2013

On the circuit of Zuera, near the ancient town of Zaragoza, the second round of the WSK Euro Series is getting ready next weekend from 21st to 24th March. This is the 5th time, in eighth season, that one of the rounds of the Series is run on the 1,700 metres of the Spanish circuit. The circus of the WSK is moving there from Muro Leccese (Italy), the most eastern circuit of the 2013 calendar and venue of the first round two weeks ago. The climate, just at the foot of the Pyrenees in Aragon, changes a lot. What does not change is the hot temperature of the challenge, which is always very high in the WSK. Supporters are expecting a hard battle to pull down the leaders of the rankings.

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Above: Preparation for a start at the Zuera circuit during last season's WSK Euro Series
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Bianchi and Bottas Formula 1. This year they make their debut as official F1 drivers. They are Jules Bianchi and Valtteri Bottas, winners in 2006 of the WSK International Series respectively in the 125 IcC and in the 100 F.A. The WSK paddocks are now dealing with rankings and race programmes and look at these ties they have with the F1 World Championship - which has started today from Melbourne with Bianchi and Bottas who represent not only Marussia and Williams teams, but also all the drivers who are now running in WSK events.

KZ1: Max Verstappen. The Dutch Max Verstappen (CRG-TM), is ready to fend off his fellow countryman and teammate Jorrit Pex's attacks. The latter is 45 points behind the leader of the ranking: it seems that the final result of the category is going to be a sort of family feud. However, with the English Ben Hanley (ART GP-TM) and the Italian Paolo De Conto (Birel-TM) in pursue of the two leaders, the race to the podium of Zuera is going to be more eventful than expected, considering also the Czech Patrik Hajek (Praga-Parilla), the Italian Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex), the French Jeremy Iglesias (Lenzo-LKE), the Italian from Bolzano Fabian Federer (CRG-Modena) and the English Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Maxter), who follow in the ranking.

KF: Ben Barnicoat. Two English drivers lead the ranking: Ben Barnicoat (ART GP-TM) and George Russell (Birel-TM), divided by 25 points and pursued by the Polish Karol Basz (Tony Kart-Vortex) and the French Dorian Boccolacci (Energy-TM-Vega). In this case too, the range of possible protagonists is much wider given that few points divide drivers  such  as  the  Danish  Nicklas  Nielsen  (Kosmic- Vortex), the Russian Vasily Romanov (Energy-TM), the English Sam Snell (Energy-Parilla), the Canadian Lance Stroll (Zanardi-Parilla) and the French Armand Convers (Kosmic-Vortex).

KZ2: Riccardo Negro. In Zuera the Italian Riccardo Negro (DR-TM) is defending his leadership of the KZ2 category from the attacks of the other Italian driver Marco Zanchetta (Maranello-TM), second despite a victory in Final 2 achieved in La Conca. These two will have to keep at bay the Czech Jan Midrla (Birel-TM), third of the ranking, followed by the Rumanian Tomi Dragan (Lenzo-LKE), closely followed by the Swedish Joel Johansson (Energy-TM), the Italian Loris Spinelli (Tony Kart-Vortex), the Lithuanian Simas Juodvirsis (Energy-TM), the Norwegian Emil Antonsen (DR-TM), the Italian  Francesco Celenta  (Zanardi-TM) and the French Maxime Roy (Birel-TM).

KF Junior: Lando Norris. Lando Norris (FA Kart-Vortex-Vega) wants to show that he is the new talent of the KF Junior taking the leadership before the Italian Alessio Lorandi (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega), second with a 38 point gap. The other surprise of the category is represented by the Italian Alessio Pulcini, third before the Russian Vladimir Atoev (both on Tony Kart-Vortex) and the German David Beckmann (Zanardi-BMB). The other drivers in the top ten are within a ten point range: the British Tom Bale (FA Kart-Vortex), the Canadian Parker Thompson (Energy-TM), the French Gabriel Aubry (Birel-TM), the Dutch Martijn Van Leeuwen (Zanardi-Parilla) and the Russian Alexander Vartanyan (Tony Kart-Vortex).



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