Next to the headlines of the fast laps in qualifying and heat winners, there is another side to the KZ1-KZ2 World Cup in Sarno that deserves to be highlighted. The presence of a few drivers on KZ2 starting grid which reveals the real importance of the event.
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Kyle Ensbey and Ricky Capo from Australia, Daniel Bray from New Zealand and Philip Orcic from Canada, four tough kids from the other side of the world, made the trip to Southern Italy “to learn from the best” as Capo pointed out. And despite the politics, and the dirty tricks, this is what the sport is really all about: travelling across the world to compete against the best and with oneself to improve your skills, no matter what.
“It’s a big learning curve – says Kyle Ensbey – it’s a lot different from what we have in Australia, the grip and the kart are a lot different. It’s a big step trying to learn to drive, we’re getting there slowly but we’re getting there!”
“Hopefully today it will rain so we’ll see how that goes…” So you’re hoping it will rain? “Well, I don’t know, these guys are good in the rain too, so I don’t know if it’ll make much of a difference! If we can move forward in the next few races and get to the final we will have reached a lot.”
“It’s a new challenge and a big learning experience for Ricky, Kyle and myself – says Daniel. This is a great opportunity for me to come and learn after several years of collaboration with my team. We don’t have that much rubber on track in New Zealand and it’s a completely driving style from what I’m used to. Also the way the kart is set up is quite different, so I’m eager to learn.”
16 year old Ricky Capo was no less enthusiastic. “Racing is somewhat rougher here, Europeans definitely like to use the bumpers a lot more, but for me also it’s a big learning experience.”
You can follow Ricky, Kyle, Daniel and Philip’s action on CIK Live Timing page here