Fore gives Ardigo strong opposition at Adria
Marco Ardigo continued his KZ dominance but Davide Fore had his strongest weekend yet on the Gold Kart while Leonardo Lorandi headed the KZ2 ranking.
The duel between Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Patrik Hajek (Kosmic / Vortex) quickly resumed, at least in the first timed session, with the Italian posting a lap of 48.512s, 0.06s ahead of the Czech. 3rd overall in the group, Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart / Vortex) was the fastest in KZ2 ahead of Jordon Lennox-Lamb (Birel ART / Parilla) in KZ.
Davide Fore (Righetti / TM) moved closer, to 0.04s of the reference time, on the last lap of the second group ahead of Francesco Celenta (Formula K / TM) who improved the pole in KZ2, then Anthony Abbasse (Sodi / TM), Flavio Camponeschi (CRG / Parilla) and Matteo Viganò (Topkart / Parilla).
The KZ pole was taken by Ardigo, and in KZ2 by Celenta. Abbasse took 6th position overall, Jérémy Iglesias (Sodi / TM) 14th and Bas Lammers (Sodi / TM) 21st.
Heat 1 B-C
Hajek and Fore escaped in the lead of the race from the start, while Abbasse stumbled on Lorandi on the first lap. Hajek distanced Fore on the finish line, with Abbasse finishing 3rd by a tenth. Camponeschi took 4th position despite the return of Iglesias, while Lammers was on a big rise of seven places to finish 7th ahead of Rick Dreezen (Ricciardo / Parilla) with the best lap, two tenths faster than the leader. Lammers was then excluded for being underweight, using a scales that to Sodi appeared far from infallible.
Heat 2 A-C
Ardigo took the lead in heat A-C on the second lap, overtaking Hajek, then Celenta. In 4th, Abbasse broke down on lap 4. Lennox-Lamb was ahead of Dreezen for 3rd position, while Lammers finished 5th in the wheeltracks of Dreezen with again the fastest race lap and a gain of nine positions. Luca Corberi (Tony Kart / Vortex) was 18th after starting last after missing Qualifying for academic reasons.
Heat 3 A-B
The leader of the A-B heat at the start, Fore was joined by Ardigo at halfway. But unlike the usual scenario, Ardigo met with firm and continuous resistance and Fore proved that with a little skill, it is perfectly possible to prevent an opponent from passing on the track of Adria. Lorandi, 3rd after the start, was baffled by Camponeschi, who he was trying to pass but sent him off course. The confusion allowed Iglesias to take over 3rd position with Lennox-Lamb on his heels.
The top three in the ranking of the heats are on equal points, two each, so the Qualifying order decided between Ardigo, Fore and Hajek in that order. Lennox-Lamb is 4th in front of Iglesias, Abbasse 21st, and Lammers 25th. Benjamin Tornqvist (CRG / TM) in 7th took control of the KZ2 ranking ahead of Lorandi and Celenta.
Ardigo passed Hajek without delay to take control of Prefinal A. Iglesias did not lose contact with the frontrunners, while Celenta was ahead of Lorandi in 4th position. Abbasse gained five places to take 6th, and Lammers pushed to return to 8th at halfway. Ardigo won the race by 0.6s ahead of Hajek, Iglesias 3rd with Celenta tailgating, Abbasse stuck behind Lorandi in 4th and Lammers took 6th position with the fastest lap.
Fore retained the lead in Prefinal B and then built a good gap to the chasing group led by Camponeschi in front of Lennox-Lamb. Pescador later passed Dreezen in 4th position while Marcus Armstrong returned to 6th. Fore won clearly against Camponeschi, who finally grabbed 2nd place ahead of Pescador, Dreezen and Armstrong, then Lennox-Lamb who was demoted to 6th. With the fastest lap, Corberi came back to 9th place.
Ardigo took the lead ahead of Fore when the lights went out for the KZ Final and Iglesias passed Hajek to gain 3rd place. Pescador took 5th place ahead Camponeschi, while Abbasse and Lammers were back up to 7th and 8th positions. At the halfway point, Iglesias became more pressing in the wake of Fore, who was slightly distanced by Ardigo. Lammers had overtaken his team-mate Abbasse, previously the fastest driver on the track. Ardigo took a wide lead, Fore secured 2nd place with a growing margin on Iglesias, and Lammers and Abbasse passed Camponeschi. While Ardigo won the race ahead of Fore and Iglesias, Hajek gave way in the battle on the penultimate lap against Pescador in 4th, Lammers 5th and Abbasse 6th, Lennox-Lamb having retired.
- Marco Ardigo (Tonykart Racing Team) 402
- Anthony Abbasse (Sodi Racing Team) 245
- Jeremy Iglesias (CPB Sport) 182
- Leonardo Lorandi (BabyRace) 307
- Giacomo Pollini (Renda Motorsport) 306
- Alex (Energy Corse) 190