Marco Ardigò announces his retirement from racing

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Tony Kart standard-bearer Marco Ardigò announces his retirement from racing. Lonato will be the last World Championship race for the Italian driver from Brescia.

A multi-champion driver and one of the main symbols of the premier class, Marco Ardigò reaches the end of his career as he himself confirmed through his social networks. A long journey full of sentiments, so Ardigò defined it, now ready to leave the steering wheel aside after about twenty-eight years of racing.

"Concludes in Lonato where it all began", a choice that once again reveals the purest side of motorsport, that is the emotional side of those who, season after season, decide to end with the last big event, his hometown World Championship race.

Ardigò greets the world of driving karts after writing important pages of this sport, one inextricably linked to the Tony Kart history. Among the most important results, three World Champion titles (2007/2008 KF1, 2014 KZ), five European Championships (2005/2006 KA, 2007/2008 KF1, 2016 KZ), a World Cup, two Asian Pacific Championships, and six WSK titles including the latest Euro Series.

A gold record book, Ardigò's, which he said was ready to be expanded with new projects, naturally linked to the Prevalle house in the near future.

Marco Ardigò's announcement:

"I think the time has come to tell you about my decision I made a few months ago. At the end of the year I will withdraw from competitions. Sunday, 22 September 2019, I'll race my last World Championship, right here, where it all started, about 28 years ago.

I am sure that when I cross the finish line and take off my helmet it will be an emotionally intense moment. I still don't know what I'll feel; I only know that in there, hidden behind that visor, I've lived my world for all these years. Actually, more than behind a visor, I felt myself before a mirror, measuring myself, first of all, with myself. This allowed me to compare myself with others without fear, leading me to expect a lot from myself in the first place, as well as from others. Inside my helmet, many thoughts, feelings, frustrations, joys have passed …

I thought a lot to understand what the right moment would be .... I wanted to choose the moment in which I would still be able to give my all physically and mentally, but the truth is that there isn't really a right moment .. . there is only the moment.
All this in front of my audience, the people who love me, those who have supported me with love in this long and wonderful adventure.

My karting journey, however, doesn't end here; an equally stimulating project will begin shortly, and you will always see me busy on the race tracks, always tied to Tony Kart, always with the same hunger to face and win new challenges. I want to thank all the people who have been close to me and who have supported me in my successes and those who have somehow been part of this long journey.

It was nice! Beautiful! Thanks! Stay connected, as lots of news are forthcoming.

Simone Corradengo
Photo: FM Images - Vincent Franken

Created by: scorradengo - 15/09/19

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