Sarno (Salerno), 03/04/2011 – The season opener of the Italian CSAI Karting Championship held this weekend at the International Circuit Napoli of Sarno has been a success involving 173 drivers in the four categories KZ2, KF2, KF3 and 60 Mini. The major National teams were present with their most representative drivers that battled on the 1.700 meters of the circuit and produced very nice and tight races. Foreign drivers took also part in the event representing 15 countries (Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine).
Positive comments to the new championship of CSAI promoted by Aci Sport arrived from all the personnel and team managers present in Sarno and this gave further proof that this tricolored series has all what it takes to attract more protagonists starting from the coming races.
Antonio Piccioni (Parolin-M) driving for team Formula K won the finals held this afternoon (covered live on TV) and proceeded Fabian Federer (Crg-Tm) and Marco Zanchetta (Ckr-Tm). Race-1 was won by the Belgian driver Yannik De Brabander, Piccioni's team-mate, eighth after qualifying heats and started from the pole position due to the starting grid top eight inversion. De Brabander managed to get the lead and afterwards won with a good margin.
In KF2 the success in the finals was shared by the reigning Italian champion Alessio Santilli (Intrepid-Tm) and Nicola Marcon (Tony Kart-Vortex). In race-1 Santilli proceeded Marcon and Alberto Di Folco (Tony Kart-Vortex), the latter's result being sub-judice due to an alleged irregularity to the carburator. In race-2 Marcon managed to finish ahead of Gianni Vigorito (Birel-Bmb) and Di Folco, racing also in this occasion sub-judice.
KF3 lived some thrilling and tight races until the end with the hat trick done by Federico Pezzolla (Intrepid-Tm), at his first victory in the Italian championship. In race-1 Pezzolla finished ahead of Matteo Desideri and Luca Corberi, both driving Tony Kart-Vortex karts, while in race-2 he proceeded at the chequered flag Lorenzo Paggi (Tony Kart-Tm) and Simone Cunati (Top Kart-Tm). The Canadian Lance Stroll, on the spotlight in qualifying heats, has been victim of an accident at the start of race-1 and also an accident in race-2 put him out of the games when he was holding a good position.
In 60 Mini, Remigio Garofano won the first final, while the Romanian Marcu Dionisios won race two, both on Top Kart-Lke karts.
Highlights of the race will be broadcast by Sportitalia, while a summary of the race will be shown on Rai Sport in the magazine "Solo Velocità" , Go-Kart TV, Telenova, Odeon and other Italian networks.
The money prize of the Italian CSAI Karting championship is worth 60.000 euros plus what awarded by CSAI in partnership with Ferrari: the most deserving driver (aged between 14 and 15) will win a first level stage at the "Ferrari Driver Academy".
The next round of the Italian CSAI Karting Championship is scheduled for 8 May the Pista Azzurra of Jesolo (Venice).