Federer wins his second European Championship while Vigano wins the race
Fabian Federer won his second European KZ2 Championship at Genk despite not qualifying for the Final, thanks to the points accumulated in the first two meetings of the Championship. Matteo Vigano showed his talent by winning the race ahead of Ireland’s John Norris.
Pierre Loubère (Sodi / Parilla) proved the fastest of the first session of KZ2 Qualifying with a lap of 51.110s against Alexander Schmitz (Birel ART / Parilla) and Alessandro Irlando (Energy / TM). 5th went to Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart / Vortex), 11th to Alessio Piccini (Tony Kart / Vortex) ahead of Felice Tiene (CRG / TM) who has abandoned his OK for this meeting.
Luca Corberi (Tony Kart / Vortex) went ahead of Fabian Federer (CRG / Modena) on the wire in the second session with a lap of 51.72s. Matteo Vigano (Top Kart / Parilla) in 3rd was slightly faster than Stan Pex (CRG / Vortex).
Pole in KZ2 went to Loubère ahead of Schmitz and Corberi, Irlando 4th ahead of Federer, with Pex 9th.
Schmitz wasn’t fighting for the title, but that didn’t prevent him from aiming for victory at Genk. He assured his dominance by winning his three heats. He was just ahead of Irlando, twice a winner. Federer, Corberi and Pex, protagonists of the European Championship with Irlando, were in 3rd, 4th and 5th places ahead of Vigano. Poleman Loubère had much to do against the European heavyweights, but was still in 9th place. Dylan Davies (Birel ART / Parilla) and Lorandi took 10th and 11th positions, followed by Tom Leuillet (Sodi / TM) although he was delayed in his last race.
Rain was not forecast for the Prefinals of the European KZ2 Championship at Genk. Alexander Schmitz (Birel ART / Vortex) kept the lead in Prefinal 1 but Fabian Federer (CRG / Modena) was right behind him. Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart / Vortex) took 3rd ahead of John Norris (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Dominik Schmidt (CRG / TM), while Stan Pex (CRG / Vortex), after a bad start, moved up to 6th ahead of Pierre Loubère (Sodi / Parilla ). Lorandi took control on lap 3, Federer dropped to 4th. The differences increased from halfway between the top four. In a big surprise, Federer retired on lap 8: his title hopes vanished. Norris was increasingly threatening for Schmitz’s 2nd place. Felice Tiene (CRG / TM), starting last, returned to the top 10 with the fastest lap. Norris attacked Schmitz at the start of the last lap and took 2nd place by 1.1 ‘’ from the winner Lorandi. Schmitz was 3rd, Pex 4th, Tiene 8th with 19 seats gained and Paolo Besancenez (Tony Kart / Vortex) 10th with a gain of 9 positions, Loubère 11th, and Nicolas Picot (Tony Kart / Vortex) 13th.
Tom Leuillet (Sodi / TM) rushed at the lights of Prefinal 2, but made contact with another kart and was left last. Alessio Irlando (Energy / TM) kept control of the race against Matteo Vigano (Top Kart / Parilla) and Luca Corberi (Tony Kart / Vortex) was overtaken by Andre Matisic (ART Birel / TM). Vigano took the lead on lap 2. Vigano and Irlando escaped, Corberi took 3rd position. Tommaso Mosca (Maranello / TM) was 5th ahead of Emil Skaras (Tony Kart / TM). Vigano got away, and Irlando had to face Corberi back on the attack, but Matisic (non-championship) immediately took his 2nd place. Mosca then passed Irlando who found himself 5th. Vigano wo ahead of Matisic, Corberi was 3rd, Mosca 4th and Irlando 5th. Thomas Landias (Tony Kart / Vortex) qualified 13th, Paul Fontaine (Sodi / TM) 15th, but Leuillet finished 20th.
Luca Corberi (Tony Kart / Vortex) only went a few metres before leaving the scene of the Final of the European KZ2 Championship following a clash with Tommaso Mosca (Maranello / TM). Matteo Vigano (Top Kart / Parilla) was quickly replaced by Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart / Vortex) in front of the race, with John Norris (Tony Kart / Vortex) 3rd, Stan Pex (CRG / Vortex) 4th and Alexander Schmitz (Birel ART / Vortex) 5th. There was a good performance from Paolo Besancenez (Tony Kart / Vortex) in 6th by the third lap.
Vigano then replaced Lorandi in 1st place and took a few steps ahead. But Norris took 2nd and closed the gap on the leader while Schmitz was launched in pursuit of Norris.
The top two widened the gap, but Viagno remained out of reach of Norris. While we waited for his attack on Pex, Schmitz was overtaken by Besancenez with four laps to go. The Frenchman attacked Pex with panache.
Vigano won brilliantly against Norris, Lorandi was 3rd on the line, but penalised 10‘’ for ignoring a yellow flag. Beasancenez took 3rd place ahead of Pex. Schmitz didn’t keep 6th place due to a dropped spoiler. Matisic was therefore 5th and Irlando 6th. Felice Tiene (CRG / TM) finished 7th, Tom Leuillet (Sodi / TM) 16th with a gain of 17 seats, Nicolas Picot (Tony Kart / Vortex) 18th and Paul Fontaine (Sodi / TM) 20th.
Although non-qualified for the Final, Fabian Federer (CRG / Modena) has enough points to win the title of European Champion ahead of Pex and Vigano, separated by a single point.