The third round of Academy Trophy and U18 World Championship made the history: it was the first Cik-Fia event held in the night, and, unfortunately, it also was the very last race of the successful U18 World Champ, probably one of the most clever karting-aimed projects launched by the Cik-Fia authorities in the latest years.
The event took place, as anticipated by the title, in the fantastic Viva Karting Track, an amazing facility close to the famous Formula 1 circuit of Sakhir, Bahrain: there was no location who could have better welcomed the meeting but this.
Moreover, the circuit was fast and very technical, in fact it presented a set of turns with a 15 meters height difference which put on the test both chassis and engine. If the track could have been a serious obstacle for most of manufacturers, Parolin chassis and Fim engines weren't afraid of that and they have well behaved also in this tricky situation.
Academy Trophy's final round was totally dominated by Thomas Bale from UAE, who managed to win both Race 1 and Race 2, even if the real protagonist of this championship is the Finnish Joonas Lappalainen, who conduced a strategic race weekend and achieved a 4th and a 6th position that crowned him as the 2012 Academy Trophy winner.
In the U18, Russian Seva Gagen (Parolin/Fim) was one of the fastest drivers since Thursday free practices and he confirmed his supremacy by achieving the pole position the day after. All the heats were good except last one, when he got pushed-off road during the final laps, complicating his bid for victory. Otherwise Sergio Lopez from Venezuela, who had some problems in the qualifying practices, found the right feeling with his kart and he made a series of great comebacks in order to reach the Final A. Bad luck for Armando Iannacone who didn't manage to gain the necessary penalties to take part of the first 34 drivers.
After two good performances in prefinals, Gagen & Lopez were starting their final from 11th and 13th position. The first turn was not friendly with the Venezuelan driver, who had to comeback from last rows and ended in 20th position. On the contrary, Gagen shaped up his motivation into a brilliant race, reaching the 5th position before being pushed-off again and concluding 7th.
Such a satisfaction for Parolin team, which concluded its 3-years-experience with Cik-Fia in the best way possible. All compliments and the kind comments we received from the paddock are proof of our great work during last three years!