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    The second round of the 2015 CIK-FIA Academy Trophy has probably been one of the most brilliant achievements of Parolin Racing Kart who again proved their expertise in Belgium. Providing 50 very close in performance and reliable machines remains a demanding challenge to meet in every race. The experience of the Italian team allows them to meet this challenge with great consistency.

    Particularly difficult technically, the Genk circuit had very different conditions from those of the first event at Zuera. In addition, the weather varied from heat to rain from Saturday until Sunday morning. Despite this, the best drivers in Spain shone again in Belgium, proving again the Academy Trophy's ability to reveal talent and minimizing the importance of the equipment in the results. This important point is the essence of the formula established by the CIK-FIA.

    "We are very satisfied with the meeting at Genk,” says Marco Parolin. "We have a good knowledge of the Belgian circuit and its specific conditionsfor our third time here in the Academy Trophy. This facilitated the work and the choice of the carburetion for our 50 karts. In the dry or in the rain, the FIM engines ran very well. All karts reached the finish, except in case of accidents, but that is not our responsibility.Throughout the weekend, we saw some very hotly contested races with small gapss between the competitors. The pole position was shared in full equality to three decimal between Spanish Lloveras Brunet and Russian Slutskiy with a lap in 55''635!This what we talk about when we talk about victory for Parolin Racing Kart!"

    The satisfaction index is very high among the competitors in the Academy Trophy implemented by Parolin. Drivers from distant countries areenthusiastic to participate in an international competition in Europe. Without the Academy most of them would never race on our continent. It is certain that many of these drivers take a liking to the competition with the Academy and then enter KF or KF-Junior with other teams to develop their talent in European Karting. The attractiveness of the Academy Trophy is undeniable with this plan.

    "Parolin Racing Kart has always been convinced of the need to offer inexpensive one-make formulas to broaden the base of competitors,” continues Marco Parolin. "We run our monobrand Championkart in Italy and we also work in other countries. We have several ongoing projects where our experience with the Academy Trophy gives us a head start. Given the difficulties facing competition karting today accessible schemes like this have a vital role to play."

    After the success of the Genk race, the next meeting is at the prestigious Le Mans circuit in September, alongside the World KZ Championship, promises to be very exciting to conclude the sixth season for Parolin Racing Kart with the Academy Trophy and to prepare for the future.



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    The Italian driver Francesco Celenta shone at sunny Zuera during the second round of the European KZ2 Championship driving his Parolin / TM to remarkable effect especially as the resources of his team NGM Motorsport are nothing like those of the factory teams racing in the competition. Although some clouds darkened the result, Celenta remained as the winner on the track in the KZ2 final. Encouraging evidence that karting can still be a passionate affair.

     "There was no question of us preparing for the Zuera competition by coming to test in advance," said Francesco Celenta. "NGM Motorport scheduled a standard chassis configuration and for the TM engine, we trust Gianfranco Gallifa. Most of the work was done on Thursday during practice."

    As with most teams, Zuera is a long way from the base of NGM Motorsport, but the largest Italian teams are in the same position and no longer have the advantage of knowing the track by heart due to changes in tyres. In this configuration, passion and expertise really have an influence. Hard working and knowledgable, NGM Motorsport and Gallifa Kart therefore used all their talent to provide a competitive kart for Francesco Celenta in the early test sessions. Regularly running in the top five in free practice, Celenta confirmed with 5th in his group during qualifying practice, which placed him 8th overall.

    With a victory in the first heat, then two 3rd and 4th places, Francesco went up to 3rd position in the ranking of the qualifying heats on Saturday night. He then took the lead in the prefinal from the second lap and won the race with great mastery. The poleman in the final, Francesco gradually increased his lead as the laps went on and crossed the finish line almost 2'' ahead of his opponents. He was recognised with the top step of the podium, before being penalized 5'' for a jumped start. Although it was a blow for the team, the level of competitiveness demonstrated throughout the weekend will be the best memory of Zuera.

    "It was great to be able to measure up to the international elite in KZ2 with our small team," concluded Francesco. "After the clashes at Sarno, we could show our true level here by dominating the finals. Without this questionable penalty that did not really give me an advantage in the race, I would now be in 3rd place in the European Championship. It was a beautiful performance! "

    Celenta and NGM must now consider whether to travel to Belgium for the last European round at Genk in addition to their national programme in Italy, but we can count on them in the International Super Cup in KZ2 at Le Mans in September.

    The passion and the work of a handful of men helped Celenta to fight against the leaders of the KZ2 category without a big budget, facing many factory teams. Beyond the well-deserved satisfaction for NGM Motorsport, the message of hope must be heard by all competitors in karting at present. A win in KZ2 is not a matter of money, provided there are strong technical partners and a good driver at the wheel. Fortunately, the talent can still be rewarded. Spread the word!


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    After a season of transition, the CIK-FIA has given a new impetus to the Academy Trophy in 2014. Through well-organized promotion, the entry was quickly filled almost to capacity at the first event held at Genk in Belgium. For Parolin Racing Kart, the technical partner to the Trophy since its inception in 2010, there is the satisfaction of facilitating the intense competition that fulfilled all of its promises.

    The 2014 CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy shows a welcome revival for the one-make formula which was launched in 2010. The amount of drivers and nations engaged in the competition marks the interest in the concept, supported from the outset by Parolin Racing Kart, winner of the tender of the international federation. This year, no less than 49 participants - almost 50 - from 29 countries worldwide, with four continents represented, met at Genk. Among them were already well experienced drivers but especially newcomers to international competition. The 2014 Trophy also saw the emergence of nations that haven't been well-represented in Karting so far like South Korea, Iran, Israel and Lebanon, alongside heavyweights such as the USA, Brazil, Turkey, Russia, China and Japan.

    With reliable, efficient and above all perfectly equal equipment that consists of the chassis from Parolin, FIM engines and Bridgestone tyres, as well as the know-how of the Parolin Racing Kart team, participants were able to compete on equal terms during a high-level competition. The Dutchman Richard Verschoor was fastest in qualifying ahead of the British driver Ross Martin and the Brazilian Murilo Della Coletta. Verschoor confirmed his dominance in the heats, joined in second position by compatriot Rinus Van Kalmthout, while the Turkish driver Berkay Besler slipped into 3rd place. The situation changed during the pre-final with victory for Besler ahead of the Briton Oliver York and the South African Bradley Lienbenberg. In the final, the hierarchy changed again as the Japanese Kakunoshin Ota quickly moved ahead and won the race. Van Kalmthout finally returned to second position ahead of Martin, who had risen from 16th place. The top 10 finally included 9 different countries, with five Asians and four Europeans and South Americans, half making their International Karting debut on this occasion, which was the case for the winner.

    Whether they are beginners or experienced competitors, they and their mechanics have very much enjoyed the format of the event and the equipment that was provided for them. Caused by the intensity of the fighting on the track, including the dreaded first corner of the track at Genk, rare technical problems were quickly fixed by the Parolin staff who know everything about it.

    "We are very excited after the first round of the 2014 Academy Trophy," admitted Marco Parolin. "The CIK-FIA did a great job of promotion to attract new participants. The motivation of the international bodies goes straight to the heart and we thank them for their efforts and their confidence. The consistency of the field is a reward and we are convinced that this is just the beginning. An International one-make formula like the Academy Trophy, requiring few major expenses for competitors, deserves a prominent place in today's karting. We have believed in it from the beginning and are ready to unveil the concept in several countries".

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