European KZ, final rush at Sarno

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The final act of the KZ European Championship staged at Sarno lived up to the eve's predictions, with the top drivers holding their own. Starting with Albanese, and then Senna and Iglesias who do not disappoint expectations. Among them also Celenta and Gustafsson who can both play an important role in the outcome of the championship.

Temperatures are indeed boiling hot, a further test to be passed for vehicles and drivers, but the atmosphere will become even more inflamed as the Super Heats and the Final approach, which will be contested in the hottest hour of the day.

Danilo Albanese (KR/Iame) proved in this eve to be the fastest in practice (53"324) and to conquer the pole of the Super Heats thanks to the two heats he won against one of Gustafsson (CRG/Tm). The Italian is the driver to beat, while the Swede, reigning world champion, although out of the running for the title, could support his team mate Iglesias who closely marks the leader Senna Van Walstijn. The Dutchman of Sodi ran into a retirement (puncture) on the very last lap of the third and last scheduled heat while he was in third position just ahead of the French driver of CRG, his direct rival in the championship.
Albanese is forced to win the Super Heats and also the Final if he wants to hope for a turnaround in his favour in the Championship standings... Gustafsson permitting. While Iglesias, who will have to watch out for Celenta, could use his advantage over Van Walstijn who will instead face the Super Heats from the fourth row. In short, an ending to behold.

In KZ2, Freddie Slater maintains his status and it will be tough for Powell, Vasile & Co. to dethrone him. The British driver of the BirelArt/Tm at the top of the provisional Championship standings, with the best time in practice has further increased the margin of advantage over his direct pursuers... Game over?

Created by: cggiuliano - 08/07/23

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