Lonato (5 March) - The 24th Andrea Margutti Trophy, to be held in Lonato (Italy) on 8-10 March is ready to go. The longest running race of the international calendar outshines the other events for the special atmosphere both on track and in the paddock. And the entry list of this 24th edition – 200 drivers from 26 countries - speaks well of the ongoing affection and the success of the Margutti.
The Italian delegation is once again the most numerous with 57 drivers (roughly 30%). The choice of categories of the past 3 years - 60 Mini, KFJ, KF e KZ2 - has been confirmed also for this edition.
Among the favourites in KF, many top names stand out, starting with 2012 KF3 World Cup winner Luca Corberi (Kosmic/Vortex), 2012 KF3 Margutti winner Martin Kodric (FA/Vortex) from Croatia, and 2012 KF1 vice World champion Tom Joyner (Zanardi/Parilla). Also standing a chance at the trophy win, the Italian brothers Andrea and Marco Moretti (Kosmic/Tm), Canadian star Lance Stroll (Zanardi/Parilla), and the Energy wonder trio Dorian Boccolacci, Sam Snell and Egor Stupenkov.
In KFJ, the list of favourites for the win must include Alessio and Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart/Vortex), Lorenzo Travisanutto (Tony Kart/Vortex), Daniel Ticktum (FA/Vortex) already in top shape with a podium finish at the Winter Cup, Nikita Sitnikov (Tony Kart/Bmb) and Logan Sargeant (Tony Kart/Vortex) winner in 60 Mini in the previous edition.
In the KZ2 queen class, a battle among 2012 Italian Champion Alessandro Giulietti (Intrepid/Tm), Massimo Dante, Marco Zanchetta (Maranello/Tm) and Paolo Bonetti (Tony Kart/Vortex) will be quite certainly nail-biting. But the Italian bunch will have to deal with 2012 KZ2 European champion Simas Juodvirsis (Energy/Tm), looking for the first break of the season, as well as a troop of outsiders ready to play a prominent role in all four categories.
The opportunity to shine and to enter the world-class hall of fame of the Margutti Trophy is just too good to be missed. Last year it was the turn of Fabian Federer in KZ2, of his Crg team-mate Felice Tiene in KF2 (who went on to grab some of the major titles of the season), of Martin Kodric after an exciting final in KF3, and of Logan Sargeant from the USA in 60 Mini.