In the history of CIK-FIA international competitions, never before has a Lithuanian taken a major title. That gap was filled on Sunday by Simas Juodvirsis (Energy-TM), the new European KZ2 Champion.
In this second division for karts with gearboxes, at the only meeting in Wackersdorf, Germany, fortune smiled on this 20-year-old in the Prefinal, run on a damp track. Starting from 10th place, in fact Simas rapidly took command to gain pole position for the Final. Despite the pressure, he did not falter on the grid, and his perfect start took him into the lead … which he never lost. Constantly increasing that lead, the Lithuanian was able to raise his arms to the sky as he passed the chequered flag.
“I am extremely proud to be able to promote karting in my country,” he explained. “I think that with this title some people will have a better idea of where Lithuania is on the map,” he smiled. “It was my day today. Everything went perfectly and I’m incredibly happy!”
Behind him, the Germans Michelle Di Martino (Energy-TM) and Marvin Meindorfer (Tony Kart-Vortex) were battling for second place on the last lap, finally finishing in that order. Beneath the podium, the Dutch Dylan Davies (PCR-TM) and the Danish Andreas Fasberg (Tony Kart-Vortex) finished in the Top 5, both climbing through the field from 11th and 19th place respectively.
Other Drivers might have been able to do better but the arrival of rain at the start of the Prefinal caused a number of them to leave the track, in particular ruining the hopes of the Italian Flavio Sani (Birel-TM), the Norwegian Kenneth Ostvold (Energy-Vortex), the Italian Marco Zanchetta (Energy-TM) and the French Clément Da Silva (Praga-Parilla).So among the Top 10 were the Danish Michael Christensen (Energy-Vortex), the Russian Leonid Panfilov (BRM-TM), the Czech Jan Midrla (Birel-TM), the British Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Maxter) and the Italian Luca Tilloca (Kali’Kart-TM).