Winter Cup 2012 – Strong success for Rick Dreezen in KZ2 final, after a huge scrap with Kozlinski, Abbasse, Torsellini, Thonon and Hanley, the latter forced to retire while being overtaken for the leadership. In the prefinal, Ardigò and Foré made contact ending both on the gravel. In the direct drive categories, Max Verstappen dominated in KF2 over Fuoco, while George Russell had the better of the opposition in KF3, with Hansson second as Lorandi and Albanese overdid it in the last lap.
Huge shocker in the early stages of KZ2 prefinal, when Foré tried to pass Ardigò who started from pole, the two ending up with a DNF and Ardigò with a bent axle too. From then on it was all on Thonon’s hands, as the Belgian went on to grab final pole start. After the green lights, the Crg driver could not withstand Hanley’s pressure in the early stages, and later was also inflicted 10” penalty for jump-start. With Hanley in the lead, a group of six drivers fought hard until Dreezen went from 5th to the lead in a couple of laps with some very exciting late braking passes which granted him the win.
Kozlinski was another superb protagonist, using all his late braking skills to move up to second place, as his French compatriot Abbasse managed to grab the 3rd step of the podium over Torsellini, author of a consistent weekend.
Brilliant comeback by Ardigò, who after starting dead last managed to gain position after position, lapping 2-3 tenths faster than the rest to grab 5th at the last lap off Zanchetta.
After such intense racing in KZ, the KF finals risked bringing boredom, and so it was... KF2 saw the unconditional supremacy of Verstappen, who took the command after dealing with Helgheim and went on to a straightforward win. Fuoco, Olsen, Joyner and Helgheim followed behind for almost the entire race without any major fighting.
KF3 was slightly more exciting, with Russell shadowed by Albanese all the way through but never actually menaced, while Lorandi put up a great show. The Italian driver was author of a fantastic comeback, managing to reach the leading duo in the closing stages. But he spoiled it all when he tried overtaking Albanese, making harsh contact instead and forcing blameless Albanese well wide. Hansson took full advantage grabbing 2nd, followed by Lorandi 3rd (later penalized) and Albanese.