With two high-profile international meetings under its belt in 2010, Peter de Bruijn’s Maddox team proves already set for the win.
21st Andrea Margutti Trophy, Pista 7 Laghi (I), 21/03/2010
Despite unfriendly weather conditions - cold and wet all the way through to Sunday finals with light yet persistent rain – Maddox drivers showed great consistency and high-performance levels.
Best of the lot, British driver Jack Hawksworth, back with de Bruijn’s team after the successful collaboration in 2008, grabbed a promising 2nd place in KZ2, which spells good things for the races to come. Jack has something to do after qualifying, which sees him stop the 11th fastest lap. His indications to Maddox team work just fine in the heats, as he grabs 3rd and 2nd respectively. Jack starts the prefinal from 3rd on the grid, engaging a fantastic battle for 2nd, which he misses by just 4 hundreds of a second. The final is still raced in wet conditions, but his Maddox powered by Parilla has no trouble in taking the chequered flag in 2nd position.
In KF3, Maddox colours are represented by up and coming Austrian driver Lucas Auer. Young Lucas put up a solid performance throughout the weekend, stopping 5th fastest lap in qualifying, and taking 2nd and 3rd in the first two heats, and finishing 13th in the 3rd after a contact. Row 4 on prefinal starting grid for Lucas, which he turns into 7th at the chequered flag. Comes the final, and the young Austrian is fighting hard to take his Maddox in 6th place when he gets involved in a racing accident on lap 14 which forces him to retire.
In KF2, Thai driver Tanart Sathienthirakul does well to go through the heats – grabbing a good 6th in the 2nd – to start 17th in prefinal. The level of competition is quite high for him to fight with the protagonists, but the meeting proves a good experience to take advantage of Maddox full potential in the future.
“The podium is a very good result – said Peter de Bruijn after the race -. We are very motivated by the quality of our equipment, which will be a surprise to many during the season. We will be concentrating a lot of efforts in the gearbox category with Jack Hawksworth, and I promise you will be amazed by the development we have done also with Iame. I can openly say that in 2010 we aim at the European and World Championships titles.”
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