Galvanin: A though but positive year

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Face to face with Elia Galvanin, the "star" of the Italian Rotax movement.

We will remember this year as one of the weirdest for the karting world. The Covid-19 made things hard for everyone involved in the karting business, races delayed and travel restrictions forced everyone to quickly changing their plans.

Vroom met Elia Galvanin, the best-placed Italian driver in the 2019 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals, in which he finished 3rd in the Senior MAX class. How’s the opinion of a driver who comes from one of the countries that suffered more from the Covid-19 emergency?

«For sure it’s been a tough one. Really. When Covid-19 came, my season was nearly to start. This was a crucial year for my career as it was the first one as an official driver. I had to show everyone that the podium in the Grand Finals was not something isolated. I was very worried, I admit. When you have a lot of sponsors, this situation is dangerous».

«Then we managed to start. The emotions I felt once I start my engine since the lockdown finished is something I’ll never forget.. it’s like a way to say “I’m free”. Then the racing season started and the results were good. I had some troubles in Genk, in the first round of the Euro Trophy but in the CEE Rotax MAX I was on the victory game».

«The sporting rules of the Rotax Italia didn’t give me the chance to defend my title so I preferred to focus on the CEE for grabbing the ticket for the Grand Finals and at the end I did it. I feel grown-up, I had many good memories especially with KSB Racing crew. I went out of my comfort zone and I won my personal challenge».

«Of course I would prefer to fight for the victory in the CEE, but you know we have to feel privileged for having the possibility to race in almost all the competitions we scheduled».

«If I have to tell the topic moment of my 2020 I say the RMCET round of Adria. If I compare to the 2019 edition the difference is incredibly big, as I had the chance to fight for the victory, I was always fast and I grabbed a podium step. Last year this race was a true nightmare for me». 
© photo: M. Segato

Created by: agiustini - 09/12/20

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