Seven of the ten qualifying heats were run on Saturday afternoon in Sarno as part of the first event of the European Championship. Kartcom’s unofficial intermediate ranking gives an overview of the hierarchy but it should be borne in mind that Group B only had two heats against three for the other groups.
The races proved to be very intense at all levels of the ranking, probably an effect of the new format of the competition which has now dispensed with the Prefinals between the heats and the Final. Several favourites have already paid the price.
Gabriel Bortoleto (CRG / Parilla) and Zak O’Sullivan (FA Kart / Vortex) are leading with two victories each against Jonny Edgar (Exprit / TM), Harry Thompson (FA Kart / Vortex) and Luigi Coluccio /Vortex). Leonardo Marseglia (Zanardi / Parilla) and poleman Kas Haverkort (CRG / Parilla) are waiting to ambush not far behind.
With a missed heat, drivers like Andrea Rosso (Tony Kart / Vortex), Chris Lulham (Tony Kart / Parilla), O’Neill Muth (Zanardi / Parilla), Giuseppe Fusco (Evokart / Parilla), Xavier Handsaeme ), Mattia Michelotto (Zanardi / Parilla), Roman Stanek (Kosmic / Vortex) and Zane Maloney (FA Kart / Vortex) have dropped down more or less severely.
The consistent Hadrien David (Zanardi / Parilla) is the best ranked Frenchman with a beautiful card to play for the races to come. Evann Mallet (Exprit / Vortex) is also in the game. Things are less favourable for Gillian Henrion (CRG / Parilla), Loris Cabirou (Sodi / TM) and Jules Mettetal (Kosmic / Parilla).
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