280 Entrants for the 18th Winter Cup of Lonato for a promising beginning of season

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All the categories - KZ2, KF and KFJ - are “overbooked”. Great names in KZ2 for a top level challenge with many champions starting with new teams.
In KF Corberi is at his debut and he will have to face Verstappen and lots of other big names. In KFJ there is the debut of Jean Alesi’s son, but there is also the duel between the Lorandi brothers.

Lonato del Garda (Brescia). Another great beginning of season for the South Garda Karting circuit of Lonato for the 18th edition of the Winter Cup, in schedule from 15th to 17th February 2013 in the classic race of the CIK-FIA calendar.
In the three categories - KZ2, KF and KFJ - there are 280 entrants, with the participation of all the major manufacturers and all the top international teams.
The race of the most performing gerabox category, the KZ2, is going to be particularly gripping: this year there are lots of new protagonists and several big names at their debut with new teams, all looking for more glory. Among the many new protagonists in this category, the presence of the KF1 world champion Flavio Camponeschi with Tony Kart is outstanding; he will race side by side with the winner of the past edition, the Belgian Rick Dreezen, and his teammate Marco Ardigò, Mirko Torsellini and the Indonesian Armand Philo, at his debut in KZ2 and near to move to car-racing.
Among the excellent debutants in KZ2 also Charles Leclerc with Art GP, last year's protagonist in KF2 thanks to his win in the WSK Euro Series. With Art GP also Ben Hanley, among the best drivers of the last edition of the Winter Cup.
In KZ2 Energy confirmed its participation with the European Champion and winner of the WSK Euro Series, the Lithuanian Simas Juodvirsi, besides the 2011 WSK Euro Series champion Joel Johansson. Birel will race with Paolo De Conto, Roberto Toninelli and their new driver Jan Midrla. At his debut on a Birel chassis (but always with the AVG-Racing team) also the 2009 World Champion Arnaud Kozlinski.    
Maranello Kart, too, seems to be very competitive in KZ2 thanks to its new drivers Yannick De Brabander (at his comeback to the Italian manufacturer after winning the KF2 Winter Cup with Maranello in 2007), Massimo Dante and Marco Zanchetta, while CRG will be represented by the 2011 European Champion Fabian Federer, besides Davide Forè (but on thisoccasion racing with the Czech team DTK). Among the private teams, always for CRG, also Andrea Dalè and the Austrian Marcel Mueller.
Also Praga team stands a good chance with the 2012 KZ1 World Champion, the Dutch Bas Lammers, besides the Czech Patrick Hajek (winner of the Winter Cup in 2011) and Martin Doubek, as well as the DR team of Danilo Rossi with Riccardo Negro, excellent protagonist of the category and winner in the recent WSK Final Cup.
In KF (formerly KF2), among the about 100 entrants, Luca Corberi is at his debut in the category. He is the 2012 KF3 world champion with the Kosmic official team. With Kosmic also the French Armand Convers. Among the favourites also the quick Dutch Max Verstappen, winner of the last edition and, for this season, confirmed as official CRG driver. The other drivers for CRG are the Finnish  Niclas Nylund, the Brazilian Vitor Baptista, the Canadian Zachary Claman De Melo and the French Ingrid Girard.   
Among the favourite teams also Art GP, which has among its drivers the English  Ben Barnicoat, reigning European champion. With Birel the English George Russell, the European champion, will make his debut.  LH Racing fields lots of drivers too: many Swedish drivers at the start. The same can be said for the Chiesa Corse team, which has  Lance Stroll and Tom Joyner among its drivers. With Energy sarà the strong French Dorian Boccolacci, at his debut in KF2.
The junior category, the  KFJ (formerly KF3) is very "crowded" too, with more than 100 entrants. Among them Giuliano Alesi's name is outstanding: he is the son of the former Ferrari F1 driver Jean Alesi, racing for the Intrepid team.
In KFJ the duel between  the two brothers Alessio and Leonardo Lorandi is going to be very interesting, given that Leonardo has just arrived from the 60 Mini (where he has won almost all, from the Italian championship to the WSK  Euro and Master Series, besides the WSK Final Cup) to race in the major category next to his brother Alessio (recent winner of the KF3 Italian championship).
Press Office
South Garda Karting
21st 01 2013
All the information on  www.southgardakarting.it
Picture shows the start of the KZ2 category of the Winter Cup in 2012.
1^ WINTER CUP 1996
100 Junior       O. Tami (I)                              Tibikart/Vortex
100 ICA           Vitantonio Liuzzi (I)                Kalì/Crg          
100 FA            Natale Maggio (I)                    Tony Kart/Vortex
2^ WINTER CUP 1997
100 Junior       Andrea Bonetti (I)                  Rakama/Parilla
100 ICA           Martin Jensen (DK)                Tony Kart/Vortex
100 FA            Matteo Gamba (I)                   Crg/Crg
100 FSA         Roberto Toninelli (I)                Haase/Titan
3^ WINTER CUP 1998
100 Junior       Marco Ardigò (I)                     Crg/Crg          
100 ICA           Francesco Basilico (I)                       Top Kart/Comer
100 FA            Patrick Long (USA)                Crg/Crg
100 FSA         Roberto Toninelli (I)                Crg/Crg
4^ WINTER CUP 1999
100 Junior       Sodergberg (S)                      Tony Kart/Vortex      
100 ICA           Marco Ardigò (I)                     Crg/Crg
100 FA            Dos Santos (BR)                    Crg/Crg
100 FSA         Ronnie Quintarelli (I)               Tony Kart/Vortex
5^ WINTER CUP 2000
100 Junior       Carlo Van Dam (NL)               Trulli/Vortex
100 ICA           Davide Gaggianesi (I) Crg/Crg
100 FA            Nelson Van der Pol (NL)        Tony Kart/Vortex
100 FSA         Davide Forè (I)                       Tony Kart/Vortex
6^ WINTER CUP 2001
100 Junior       Filippo Tedeschini (I)              CRG/Parilla
100 ICA           Bart Kramer (NL)                   Tony/Vortex
100 FA            Ben Hanley (GB)                    Kosmic/Vortex
100 FSA         Mauro Piu (I)                           Haase/Titan
7^ WINTER CUP 2002
100 Junior       Matteo Chinosi (I)                   Maranello/TM/Vega
100 ICA           Edoardo Mortara (CH)            Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega
100 FA            Andrea Tressino (F)              Top Kart/Rotax/Vega
100 FSA         Sauro Cesetti (I)                     Kosmic/Vortex/B’stone
8^ WINTER CUP 2003
100 Junior       Andy Zanella (I)                     Top Kart/Comer/Vega
100 ICA           Oliver Oakes (GB)                 Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega
100 FA            Davide Forè (I)                       Tony Kart/Vortex/B’stone
9^ WINTER CUP 2004
100 Junior       Alessandro Ruggeri (I)          Italsistem/Italcorse/Vega
100 ICA           Atte Mustonen (FIN)               Birel/TM/Vega
100 FA            Ben Hanley (GB)                    Maranello/Maxter/B’stone
10^ WINTER CUP 2005
100 Junior       Roberto Merhi (E)                   Birel/Iame/Vega
100 ICA           Ollie Millroy (GB)                    Birel/TM/Vega
100 FA            Sauro Cesetti (I)                     Birel/TM/B’stone
11^ WINTER CUP 2006
100 Junior       Luca Genini (I)                       Birel/Parilla/Vega
100 ICA           Ollie Millroy (GB)                    Birel/TM/Vega
100 FA            Sauro Cesetti (I)                     Birel/TM/B’stone       
12^ WINTER CUP 2007
KF3                 Viktor Oberg (S)                     Gillard/Mrc/Vega
KF2                 Yannick De Brabander (B)     Maranello/Parilla/Vega
KF1                 Michael Christensen (DK)       Gillard/Parilla/Vega   
13^ WINTER CUP 2008
KF3                 Aaro Vainio (FIN)                    Maranello/Xtr/Dunlop
KF2                 Rob Foster Jones (GB)          FA Kart/Vortex/Vega
KF1                 Yannick De Brabander (B)     Intrepid/Tm/Vega
14^ WINTER CUP 2009
KF3                 Daniil Kvyat (RUS)                  Tony Kart/Vortex/Dunlop
KF2                 Brandon Maisano (F)              Intrepid/Tm/Bridgestone
SKF                 Gary Catt (GB)                       Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega
15^ WINTER CUP 2010
KF3                 Egor Orudzhev (RUS)            Intrepid/Tm/Dunlop
KF2                 Michael Heche (CH)                Intrepid/Tm/Bridgestone
SKF                 Toman Libor (CZ)                   Birel/Bmp/Vega
16^ WINTER CUP - 2011
KF3                 Dennis Olsen (N)                    Energy/Tm/Vega
KF2                 Teemu Suninen (FIN)              Maranello/Maranello/Bridgestone
KZ2                 Patrick Hajek (CZ)                   Tony Kart/Vortex/Dunlop     
17^ WINTER CUP - 2012
KF3                 George Russell (GB)              Intrepid/Tm/Vega
KF2                 Max Verstappen (NL)             Intrtepid/Tm/Vega
KZ2                 Rick Dreezen (B)                    Tony Kart/Vortex/Bridgestone

Press Release by: South Garda Karting (Lonato) - 21/01/13

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