Hiltbrand does the double at Kristianstad
Pedro Hiltbrand has won his second major title at the International Super Cup for KZ2, after winning the European OK Championship earlier in the summer, with the rare achievement of winning a gearbox and a direct-drive championship in the same year. Fabian Federer finished 2nd and local driver Benjamin Törnqvist 3rd, making up an all-CRG podium.
The sky was overcast at Kristianstad on Friday afternoon for the start of a series of four Qualifying sessions for the KZ2 International Super Cup. The thermometer read 20 ° C, but the wind was refreshing.
Matteo Viganò (Top Kart / Parilla) took control of the 1st session in the last two laps with a time of 49’‘259 against Francesco Ioccovacci (Luxor / LKE), only 6/100 behind. Max Tubben (CRG / TM) came in 3rd position ahead of Benjamin Törnqvist (CRG / TM) and Alessandro Pelizzari (CKR / TM). Not until the last two minutes of the second session did we see a significant time with Alessandro Irlando (Energy / TM) at the top of the table. But Tommaso Mosca (Maranello / TM) finished ahead by 23 thousandths with 49’’279. Lisard Santos Gomez (Croc Promotions / TM) was 3rd ahead of Tom Joyner (Zanardi / Parilla) and Daniel Stell (CRG / Modena), 5th by three tenths.
More sessions took place, and the drivers took the risk of starting late and some reduced their track time to two laps. Felice Tiene (CRG / TM) pulled off the fastest lap so far, with 49‘‘221. Marta Garcia Lopez (Evokart / Parilla) took the 2nd place by two tenths, followed by David Forslöf (Tony Kart / TM), Paolo Ippolito (Lenzo / LKE) and Sean Babington (Energy / Parilla). Francesco Celenta (Formula K / TM) didn’t complete a lap. Pedro Hiltbrand successfully applied the same tactics in the fourth session and took pole position – 49’‘101 – 0.175 ’’ ahead of Luca Corberi (Tony Kart / Vortex), John Norris (Tony Kart / Vortex), Tom Leuillet (Sodi / TM) and Paolo Besancenez (Tony Kart / Vortex).
Hiltbrand is the poleman in KZ2 ahead of Tiene and Viganò, with Corberi 4th, Mosca 5th, Irlando 6th, Iaccovacci 7th and Norris 8th.
Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG / Maxter) completed a beautiful demonstration this Saturday during the qualifying heats of the KZ2 International Super Cup so that he has the highest rating for the final victory. The Spaniard dominated four of his five heats easily. He is followed in the intermediate classification by five Italians … Tommaso Mosca (Maranello / TM) may be satisfied with his progress punctuated with three wins enabling him to overtake Matteo Vigano (Top Kart / Parilla), Felice Tiene (CRG / TM), Alessandro Irlando (Energy / TM) and Fabian Federer (CRG / Modena). It was a good day also for the Frenchman Tom Leuillet (Sodi / TM) in 7th and Paolo Besancenez (Tony Kart / Vortex) in 9th. It was very complicated for Luca Corberi (Tony Kart / Vortex), 4th in qualifying, but only 21st after the heats due to various troubles. The top 68 gather on Sunday morning for the qualifying Prefinals, a formidable test for the decisive final.
Despite the pessimistic forecasts, there is dry weather at Kristianstad this Sunday morning. The sky is partially clear and the temperature is over 15 °. It’s time to get into the thick of things with the KZ2 International Super Cup with the two qualifying Prefinals.
Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG / Maxter) made the best start when the Prefinal 1 lights went out, ahead of Matteo Vigano (Top Kart / Parilla) pushing in 2nd position then Paolo Besancenez (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Tom Leuillet (Sodi / TM), closely followed by Benjamin Törnqvist (CRG / TM). Max Tubben (CRG / TM) then attacked and captured 4tg position. In 8th, Luca Corberi (Tony Kart / Vortex) pushed to get back to the leaders. Alessandro Irlando (Energy / TM) didn’t make a very good start and he wasn’t satisfied with his position. Tubben was fastest, Besancenez attacked before mid-race and chased Vigano, while Hiltbrand increased his advantage to almost a second. We were watching Tom Joyner’s (Zanardi / Parilla) ascent to gain his place in the Final, followed by Nicolas Picot (Tony Kart / Vortex). Tubben managed to take 2nd place against Vigano, Törnqvist passed Besancenez for 4th while Leuillet approached. The pressure from Gerard Cebrian Ariza (CRG / TM) and Corberi behind him intensified. Tubben quickly returned to Hiltbrand in the last two laps. Hiltbrand retained his 1st place on the finish line, 3/10 ahead of the amazing Tubben, with Vigano 3rd despite the threat of Törnqvist, Besancenez 5th, Leuillet 6th, Corberi 7th, Joyner 12th, Picot 15th, some of those who qualified, although Irlando was unfortunately placed 18th.
Tommaso Mosca (Maranello / TM) was not sufficiently responsive at the start of Prefinal 2 and Felice Tiene (CRG / TM) took the lead, followed by John Norris (Tony Kart / Vortex). But Mosca attacked on the first lap to recover 2nd position, followed by Fabian Federer (CRG / Modena). Marco Zanchetta (Maranello / TM) moved up to 5th ahead of Daniel Stell (CRG / Modena). Then Francesco Iacovacci (Luxor / LKE) passed Stell for 4th, with Marijn Kremers (Birel ART / Parilla) and Paolo Ippolito (Lenzo / LKE) in his wake. At the front, with the gap widening the gap with Tiene and Mosca, Federer perfectly controlled Norris. The situation hardly changed at the finish with victory for Tiene against Mosca, Federer 3rd, Norris 4th and Stell 5th. Antonio Cavalieri (Kosmic / Vortex) qualified 13th after a rise of 10 places, Alexander Smolyar (Tony Kart / Vortex) 17th with a gain of 15 positions.
The weather was very good for the start of the decisive Final with alternating blue sky and clouds, but best of all no no rain. There was a large audience in the stands and at the perimeter of the track.
Hiltbrand slid a bit initially, Tiene took the opportunity to secure the lead and Mosca took 3rd ahead of Vigano. Besancenez was 5th, Törnqvist 6th ahead of Federer, Norris and Corberi.
Mosca increased the pressure on the leader Tiene, 0.2s ahead of Hiltbrand. The pass took place on lap 6, with Tiene falling to 6th in the manoeuvre, Hiltbrand now 2nd, Vigano 3rd and Besancenez 4th. But Federer posted the best time and dislodged the Frenchman. The battle escalated between Federer and Vigano who manfully responded. Mosca suddenly disappeared on lap 10, probably due to an engine problem.
Hiltbrand recovered the lead with a big gap to Federer and Vigano and then Törnqvist and Norris. Tiene passed Besancenez who was now 7th ahead of Leuillet. Stell and Corberi completed the provisional top 10 shortly after halfway.
Hiltbrand and Federer had pulled away, but the battle raged for 3rd position between Törnqvist, Tiene, Vigano and Norris. With no distractions, Hiltbrand set the fastest laps over 3s ahead of Federer.
Already crowned the European Champion in OK at Genk, Pedro Hiltbrand won the KZ2 International Super Cup in Kristianstad with panache, 3.8s ahead of Fabian Federer, with the fastest lap, to whom Benjamin Törnqvist closed up at the end of rhe race. Tiene, in 4th, allowed CRG to monopolise the top four places in this global competition. Vigano took 5th position ahead of Norris, the top Tony Kart, Leuillet was 7th, Besancenez 8th, Stell 9th and Kremers 10th.