Paolo De Conto back to international racing

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Last year, we met the multiple World Champion Paolo De Conto at an Italian Championship race in Franciacorta. It seemed like a cameo appearance (complete with pole position) to reminisce about the good old times, but De Conto decided to genuinely attempt a comeback on the international scene, this time with Parolin. (mb)

Last September, we saw him again under the CRG tent at the Italian Championship. Now, the announcement that he will compete in the 2024 season as an official Parolin driver. 
«Giancarlo Tinini told me there was no possibility of racing with CRG in 2024, so I acted accordingly. I chose Parolin because I had been considering it for years, and this time it worked out.»
What races will you participate in, and what are your objectives?
«I will only compete in KZ and will do a few races because with my job, I cannot afford to take too many days off. I will participate in six races, three in the European Championship and three preceding races. The World Championship is still uncertain because I need to test my performance for victory.»
After leaving racing in 2019, a brief appearance last year at Franciacorta, now a targeted return to international competitions. What do you expect?
«I need to understand if I am still competitive and capable of winning. I made it clear to Marco Parolin that I want to race to win, not just to participate or waste someone's time. I'll turn 32 in February, and while there are still people like Forè racing, it's not easy to stay idle for years and then come back. Plus, KZ is the pinnacle of karting. Unfortunately, I can only afford to practice on weekends. My competitors are practically always on the track, while my testing days are comparable to what my rivals do in just one of their many races each year.»
When is your first race?
«The WSK at Franciacorta on February 18. The goal, obviously, is to get back in shape and resume racing at the top.»

Created by: fmarangon2 - 23/01/24

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