Federer wins showery KZ2 at Adria
The KZ2s bore the brunt of the changeable weather at the second round of their European Championship at Adria with several races stopped early including the Final. Fabian Federer won for CRG and Modena Engines ahead of Stan Pex and Dylan Davies.
After a full day devoted to free practice at Adria, Francesco Celenta (Formula K / TM) with 47.192s slightly outpaced Matteo Vigano (Top Kart / Parilla) and Luca Corberi (Tony Kart / Vortex), while Fabian Federer (CRG / Modena) was not far away in 4th position. The American Sting Ray Robb (CRG / Maxter) posted a good lap ahead of Alessandro “Alex” Irlando (Energy / TM) in 6th. Stan Pex (CRG / Vortex) was in 12th place for the day just ahead of Nicolas Gonzales (Sodi / TM), while Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart / Vortex) posted the 15th time and Paolo Besancenez (Tony Kart / Vortex) 20th.
The sun began to break through the heavy cloud cover over the Adria Karting Raceway for Qualifying.
Viganò was the fastest of the first session with 47.258s, followed closely by Federer and Irlando. Tom Leuillet (Sodi / TM) confirmed his good form in the warm-up before finishing 4th ahead of Marijn Kremers (Birel ART / Parilla). Besancenez took 10th position by 0.4s from the points leader Corberi.
The best times of the second session were set in the very last moment of the session. Celenta finished with 47.445s slightly ahead of Pex and Lorandi. By a tenth, 4th went to Paolo Ippolito (Lenzo / LKE), followed by Francesco Iacovacci (Luxor / LKE). Pierre Loubère (Sodi / Parilla) set a nice 6th time, two places ahead of Gonzales in 8th by 0.287s.
Vigano therefore clinched pole in KZ2 ahead of Federer, Irlando and Tom Leuillet, with Celenta ending up 5th overall followed by Pex, Lorandi and Kremers.
The KZ2 heats were disrupted by rain, and one of them had to be red flagged before being restarted. The Intermediate Ranking reflects the difficult conditions of this unique day.
Irlando had a solid course leading to the lead ahead of the poleman Vigano and Pex. Qualified 26th, Matteo Zanchi (GP Racing / TM) achieved the feat of the day by returning to 4th ahead of Celenta. Corberi took advantage of the rain where he is very comfortable, to come back to 9th position, while Lorandi lost out in 11th position.
While cumulo-nimbus clouds were gathering around Adria, Irlando went ahead of Prefinal 1 ahead of Pex. Besancenez gave up on the first lap, after being destroyed in a collision. Lorandi was immediately installed in 3rd position. Tom Leuillet kept pace in 4th place with Corberi a few lengths back, and Celenta yielded ground. The differences were gradually increasing, especially to the leader Alex, well detached ahead of Pex. Lorandi finished 3rd, Leuillet 4th by 0.5s and Celenta took Corberi for 5th on the last lap.
Vigano started perfectly at the lights of Prefinal 2 followed by Federer, Davies and Zanchi. Ippolito had hit Dionisios, stuck on the starting line, and Kevin Petit (Sodi / TM) did not leave the grid. Federer went ahead before halfway, and Kremers moved up to 3rd. Federer took the lead irretrievably and won the race by more than 2s ahead of Vigano, with Kremers 3rd, Davies 4th and Zanchi 5th.
The Final started on a dry track with no real threat of rain for the next few minutes. Starting as the leader, Irlando was quickly passed by Federer and Viganò, while Pex maintained the pressure. Davies got the better of Lorandi for 5th place.
After taking the 3rd place from Irlando, Pex attacked Vigano successfully for 2nd then tried to reduce the gap with Federer. But the rain made its return on lap 15, causing many spins. Pex and Federer fought man to man at low speed until the red flag was waved and the ranking was declared as the order on the 19th of 24 laps. Federer was declared the winner ahead of Pex, Davies 3rd, Mosca 4th, Irlando 5th and Vigano 6th. Loubère took the opportunity to return to 11th ahead of Lorandi, Celenta and Piccini. Corberi only finished 21st.
“The race went really well. I have always been very quick, thanks to my Team SRP, to the Modena Engines unit, and to the whole CRG that supported me a lot. After the first laps run carefully, I started pushing. Keeping the lead in the rain has been quite tricky as braking points changed all the time. I am really happy, the weekend went well and now I am leading the championship. We will play all our cards in Genk’s closer.”