World Cup for KF2: all glory for Loris Spinelli

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Winner of the CIK-FIA World Cup for KF2 following a Final over a hard battle of some 30 kilometres Loris Spinelli (Tony Kart-Vortex) fully deserved hearing his national anthem played in his honour at Sarno.


Already leading after the qualifying heats, the Italian took full advantage of his pole position to lead the Prefinal from lights to the chequered flag, which allowed him to be at the front of the grid for the start of the Final, the sole decisive race. Having taken the best start Loris was unable to build up a gap. Not only was he rejoined but even overtaken by Antonio Maria Giovinazzi (PCR-Parilla) and by the Thai driver (competing with an Irish licence) Tanart Sathienthirakul (Tony Kart-TM). But Loris Spinelli did not panic. Just before the half-way mark, he retook the lead never to relinquish same. At the young age of only 15, he can proudly add a victory in the KF2 World Cup to his record of achievements.

Second to cross the line, the Dane Christian Sorensen (Tony Kart-Vortex) was almost as delighted as the winner having climbed back from 7th place on the grid and especially after having lapped Giovinazzi in the final lap. The Italians Paolo Ippolito (Tony Kart-Vortex) and Stefano Cucco (Birel-Parilla) also rejoiced the local spectators, with four of their representatives finishing in the first five. The top-10 was completed by the Frenchman Pascal Belmaaziz (DR-Parilla), lapped by Cucco in the final lap, the Italian Gianni Vigorito (Birel-BMB), Tanart Sathienthirakul, who fell back to 8th place, the Brit Sam Snell (Energy-TM) and the Frenchman Victor Sendin (Tony Kart-Vortex).

Others might also have been able to claim, at minimum, at top-5. This was the case for the Dane Nikolaj Moller Madsen (FA Kart-TM), who had climbed up from 17th to 4th place in the Pre-Final. However the 2010 European Champion was unable to start his engine and had to set off from the back of the pack. Having come back into 8th place on the starting grid for the Final, after a 46th best lap time, the Belgian Sami Luka (Energy-TM) hardly got any further: an accident in the first bend put an end to the reigning European Champion’s ambitions. Last but not least, the Danish female driver Michelle Gatting (Birel-BMB) looked as though she was heading for a 4th place when her engine betrayed her.

Press Release by: FIA Karting - 19/09/11

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