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Cold temperatures but heat on the track for the start of the season ! Unsurprisingly, the weather was not very good for the first three international events of the 2018 season. The cold at both Adria and Lonato gave a marked winter taste to races that do not necessarily presage the sporting year to follow. In terms of equipment, Parolin and Energy shared successes in the Mini categories. Parolin also created a sensation in OK-Junior with rookie Gabriele Mini and in KZ2 with Alessio Lorandi. After winning the WSK Champions Cup, Paul Aron scored a third consecutive success for the RFM team at the Winter Cup in Junior, while Kirill Smal shone with Ward Racing in the WSK Super Master.

 

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Hannes Janker showcased Dino Chiesa's new Kart Republic chassis in both the WSK Super Master and the Winter Cup, with Nicklas Nielsen (Tony Kart) and Lorenzo Travisanutto (Kart Republic) as the two best-in-class players. Alex Irlando imposed his Sodi on Adria, but Ben Hanley won at Lonato on his Drago Corse made by Croc Promotions. 3rd in WSK and 5th in the Winter Cup, the young Frenchman Adrien Renaudin (Sodi - CPB Sport) was the revelation of the early races. The popularity of TM Racing engines seems to be increasing this year in KZ.


The OK category has again gained participants for its third year of existence, while OK-Junior appears to have a more competitive entry than in 2017, the year of the change of age. With the confirmed success of KZ and KZ2, everything seems to be on place for a season rich in drivers and high level battles. Everywhere, pressure from the young drivers upsets the hierarchy.


We are now looking forward to a rise in temperatures to appreciate the performance of both. Everyone is well aware that near 0 ° C, the engine, chassis and tyres are not able to give their full potential.


The South Garda Karting circuit broke a record with 322 drivers on the track for the Winter Cup. Lonato presented new improvements at the start of a season marking the return of the WSK and CIK-FIA events to the shores of Lake Garda.

 

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Team > RFM Motorsport

LThe 2018 Winter Cup deserved its name: temperatures remained cold throughout the weekend at Lonato, in addition to a rain shower on Saturday that left traces of moisture up until the Finals on Sunday. That did not stop Ricky Flynn Motorsport from adding a third consecutive success to its winning series in OK-Junior thanks to the victory of Paul Aron who succeeds Fin Kenneally in 2016 and Harry Thompson in 2017.

 

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A great classic at the beginning of the season, the Winter Cup is often characterised by a significant entry and highly contested races. The 23rd edition did not fail in its reputation of a tough test, sometimes leaving top drivers behind. The fact that all categories race on Bridgestone tyres is one of the peculiarities of this competition that gives the teams a lot of work. The close cooperation with the engine maker One Engines has once again paid off to power the FA Kart chassis of the British team.

 

At the circuit of South Garda Karting, Paul Aron confirmed his form that has been evident since the beginning of the season. The young Estonian has negotiated all the traps to ride the wave from one end of the meeting to the other. After 3rd in Qualifying among 86 participants in OK-Junior, he was 4th after the Super Heats and put in a good effort in the Final to reach 2nd place and go on the attack in the closing laps. At the same time, Kai Askey had his best result to date, finishing sixth in the competition, while Matthew Rees moved up from 37th to 19th. Fast in Qualifying and in the heats, Zak O'Sullivan had to retire early in the Final, while Conrad Laursen met with several incidents in the final stages after an encouraging start to the meeting.

 

Harry Thompson had chosen to join his two teammates in OK at the Winter Cup. Still a long way back in Qualifying, he progressed to 8th place in the Super Heat, but that was not enough to open the doors of the final. Setting the 8th time out of 70 participants, Zane Maloney stayed on the pace despite a retirement in the heats. He fought bravely in a lively Final to finish 20th. Starting from a distance in Qualifying, Dan Skocdopole could not gain enough back in his heats to qualify.

 

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The next event, the second of the WSK Super Master Series, will take place in early March at the same circuit of Lonato, offering the RFM team and its drivers the opportunity to learn the lessons of the Winter Cup.

 

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The traditional Andrea Margutti Trophy will once again have a great participation. More than 200 drivers already entered the 29th edition of this historic race organized by Parma Motorsport for next March 9-11 at the South Garda Karting circuit in Lonato.

A lot of strong national and international drivers will challenge each other in the categories KZ2, OK, OK-Junior, 60 Mini and X30 Senior, the latter will contest the first round of the X30 Trophy 2018 in the occasion. As usual, a cap to the number of entrants has been set and the subscription deadline is February 28th in order to organize the best possible event.

Among the teams lining up the highest number of drivers, CRG Racing Team, Baby Race, Gamoto, Ward Racing, Evokart and Solgat, lead the way, but other important teams of the likes of Maranello Kart, BRM, Formula K, Team Driver, HK Motorsport, SRP Racing Team, Parolin, AF Competition, KSB, TB Kart, Ricky Flinn, Koski Motorsport, TB Racing, Praga VMS Racing, NGM Motorsport, Kart CZ, Renda Motorsport, Autoeuropeo, Modena Kart, GP Racing, and several others will be present too.

A lot of protagonists will get to Lonato resolute to be part of the Hall of Fame of this important event. Riccardo Longhi won the latest edition of the race in KZ2, Callum Bradshaw alike in OK, Andrea Rosso in OK-Junior, Vittorio Maria Russo in X30 and Alfio Spina in 60 Mini.

All categories will fit Vega tyres with the only exception of X30 Senior that will use Komet tyres.

The provisional program of the 29th Andrea Margutti Trophy follows (local time):
Thursday March 8th: Free Practice from 8.30 to 17.30, Sporting Scrutineering from 10.00 to 17.30.
Friday March 9th: Sporting scrutineering from 8.00 to 8.30 (X30 Senior); Transponder collection from 8.00 to 10.00; Free practice with transponder from 8.30 to 13.00; Technical Scrutineering from 9.00 to 13.30; Tyres draw from 9.00 to 13.30; Briefing from 11.00 to 13.00; official Practice from 13.00 to 15.00; Qualifying Practice from 15.15 to 17.30.
Saturday March 10th: Warm-up from 8.30 to 10.30; Qualifying heats from 10.45 to 17.30.
Sunday March 11th: Warm-up from 8.30 to 10.30; Second chance races from 10.40; Prefinals from 11.40; Finals from 14.30; Prize Ceremony at 17.40.

 


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CIK-FIA

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At the age of 18, Bavarian Leon Köhler was internationally acclaimed this season after winning the CIK-FIA European KZ2 Championship. Well supported by Ralf Schumacher and all of the KSM Schumacher Racing Team, the young German quickly adapted to the various conditions of the Competition. He finally won thanks to great consistency against the best specialists to give Germany its first European Karting title for more than 10 years.

 

Leon, can you introduce yourself?

- I am passionate about motor sports and technology. I am continuing to study so I can combine my passion and my professional life. I discovered karting very young thanks to my father who took me to a circuit near our home. I got in a kart for the first time at seven years old. But it's only been four years since I started racing in major races. I like the gearbox kart a lot and in KZ2 I have been able to give my best.

 

What happened during this great year?

- I had the opportunity to move to International Competition after rather encouraging results in Germany last year. I have to say that I could not have succeeded without the support of Ralf Schumacher. He provided me with all the essential advice to quickly find my level. The Tony Kart / Vortex from the KSM Schumacher Racing Team that I drove this year was at the top.

 

Were you surprised to win the European Championship?

- It was more a great joy than a real surprise for me. Not that I was sure of winning in advance, but the first race at Genk (BEL) immediately gave me confidence. I started with pole position and then I held 1st place in the Qualifying Heats. It was then magical to get on the podium. I was not sure if I could be at Le Mans (FRA) because of my studies, but luckily everything worked out in this respect and I was able to score points in 4th place. At Kristianstad (SWE), the grip conditions were a little crazy in the Final, but I managed well despite a penalty. Most of my opponents did not have this chance!


 

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Team > France

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Les tout nouveaux châssis Minime / Cadet Redspeed, homologués 2018 par la FFSA depuis la mi-février sont désormais disponibles chez Kartland, l'importateur français de la marque du groupe OTK.

 

N'hésitez pas à contacter la boutique de Kartland pour toute demande d'information ou réservation.

Le châssis en configuration 950mm permet d'être conforme à la catégorie Minime mais également à la catégorie Cadet. Plus besoin de changer de châssis lors du passage de l'une à l'autre catégorie.

Le tarif du châssis Redspeed est de 2890€ TTC.

 

Informations et réservation au 01 64 41 96 61. www.kartland.fr

 

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