Everything is set for the 20th edition of the Andrea Margutti Trophy, one of the most important international karting events of the season. Over 150 drivers already signed up, despite the ongoing crisis that’s hitting the karting world. Entries will be open until 8th March.
The history of the Margutti Trophy is well known to all, but it’s worth spending a few words. It all started with the fatal accident that involved the driver from Rome Andrea Margutti during the Industry Trophy practice session in Parma on Saturday 14th October 1989. The tragedy was turned into legend, and a race in Andrea’s memory was the spontaneous outcome. The Margutti Trophy was organized in less than two months, thanks to the support of many of the people involved in karting and Andrea’s parents. After the early editions were held at Pista D’Oro in Rome, the event moved to Parma circuit in 1992, more suitable to host international events and to make the event into a classic. Year after year, the Margutti Trophy grew in importance, almost being comparable to the World Championship. And in 1995 the event scored an important result, with 308 entries representing 20 countries. In 2003, the countries represented were 26! Things have changed now, and karting has changed too. The Margutti Trophy surely can neither solve the problems coming from the questionable policies of international karting, nor the actual economic crisis. But it is and always will be one of the most important international karting events, which saw its spontaneous birth out of sheer passion, an event that reminds us of the good old days, when karting was just fine. The Margutti Trophy lingers on thanks to the perseverance of mum Patrizia and the Pellegrini’s. And just like on Day 1, Vroom accepts the bet and is game, supporting the Margutti Trophy as in the past 20 years, in Andrea’s memory, and for the good of our sport. And everyone else involved in this sport should do likewise, also to honour the Italian karting tradition of which the Margutti Trophy is part, which has been for so long the training ground of the most important drivers in motorsport’s recent history.
This year, the 20th Margutti Trophy with "FIA Authorised Series" acknowledgement has moved to 7 Laghi Circuit in Castelletto di Branduzzo (PV). Already more than 150 drivers from 25 countries have signed up to the event. Among them, in KF3, the Dutch talent Nick De Vries on Zanardi; in KF2, 2008 Open Masters champion Kevin Ceccon, Lorenzo Camplese, David Da Luz and Matteo Viganò will fight for the win; in KZ2, Tommaso Cerquetti and Alessandro Giulietti will have a dash a the title as well as Manuel Renaudie and Alban Varutti.
Birel, Zanardi, Maranello, Pcr, Lenzokart, Sodi, Energy, Comer, Maddox, Brm, First, Ckr, will all be present with the respective official teams, just like F1 drivers Fernando Alonso with FA and Robert Kubica with the new RK chassis. It’s peculiar to see that Alonso and Kubica, not so long ago racing for the Margutti win in the drivers seat, now face each other as manufacturers.
To note that the number of drivers is restricted to 80 in KF2 and KF3, and 50 in KZ2. Entry forms must be returned to Parma Karting ASD, Via Emilia Ovest 239b, 43100 Fraore (Parma, Italy) by 8th March
Find more information and entry form on "Trofeo Andrea Margutti" official website www.trofeomargutti.com