The 19thedition of the Winter Cup got to its heart with qualifying run by 208 drivers competing in the three categories KZ2, KF and KF Junior. The quickest timeshave been set by Andrea Dalè on CRG-Maxter-Bridgestone in KZ2, Alessio Lorandi on Tony Kart-TM-Bridgestone in KF and Lorenzo Colombo on Tony Kart-TM-Vega in KF Junior.
Sportive verifications and qualifying started the 19th Winter Cup, the race that marks the opening of the karting international season which is going to have a preview of what can be the protagonists of the whole year this weekend.
208 drivers have been verified in the three categories KZ2, KF and KF Junior and, after the first two days of Wednesday and Thursday devoted to free practice, the track gave its first official verdict today in qualifying.
DALE’ IN KZ2. The quickest in KZ2 has been the driver from Brescia Andrea Dalè, on CRG-Maxter-Bridgestone, who posted the fastest lap of his session that was also worth the top place of the absolute classification in 42”414. The second time was set by Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart-Vortex-Bridgestone), from Marco Zanchetta (Maranello-TM-Bridgestone). The world champion Davide Forè (CRG-TM-Bridgestone) and the Dutch Bas Lammers (Formula K-Parilla-Bridgestone) have been among the fastest too and are ready to slide in the fight for the victory, as certainly is the other driver from Brescia, Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex-Bridgestone). Good session for the French driver Arnaud Kozlinski (Intrepid-TM-Bridgestone), whoended fourth. Among the rookies of this professional series, good 16th place for the home hero Luca Corberi (Kosmic-Vortex-Bridgestone).
LORANDI IN KF. The new KF Junior World Champion Alessio Lorandi (Tony Kart-TM-Bridgestone) came to the fore in KF where he clocked the fastest time of qualifying in 44”165. Very good performance by Felice Tiene (CRG-TM-Bridgestone), who was the fastest of his session but was fifth overall behind Diego Bertonelli (Zanardi-Parilla-Bridgestone), the Russian Egor Stupenkov (Energy-TM-Bridgestone) and the Dane Niklas Nielsen (Kosmic-Vortex-Bridgestone).
COLOMBO IN KF JUNIOR. The Milanesedriver Lorenzo Colombo (Tony Kart-TM-Vega) has been the quickest in KF Junior as he proceeded Tommaso Mosca (Tony Kart-TM-Vega) as well as the Austrian Simon Reicher (FA Alonso-Vortex-Vega).
The first two qualifying heats have taken place in the afternoon. In KZ2 Andrea Dalè (CRG-Maxter-Bridgestone) clinched the victory leading Flavio Camponeschi, the Swede Douglas Lundberg and Davide Forè.
The victories in the two heats of KF Junior went to Daniel Ticktum (Zanardi-Partilla-Vega) and to the Russian driver Alexander Vartaynan (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega).
The programme of the Winter Cup will continue on Saturday 22nd February with all the qualifying heats that will delineate the starting grid of Sunday's final stages.
Saturday 22 February
Warm-up from 8.00 to 9.55.
Qualifying heats from 10.00 to 17.35.
Sunday 23 February
Warm-up from 8.30 to 10.45.
Repechage races from 11.10 to 12.05.
Drivers presentation at 12.15.
Prefinals: at 13.30 for KF Junior; at 13.55 for KF; at 14.25 for KZ2.
Finals: at 15.00 for KF Junior; at 15.35 for KF; at 16.15 for KZ2.
All information on the race are available at the website www.southgardakarting.it