The prestigious location of Rio Hotel Park hosted the seventeenth edition of Vegas’ Supernationals, which has been a positive one for Parolin Racing USA, represented in the biggest American race by its partner Russell Karting Specialties.
In spite of an unexpected heavy rainy weather that made many others struggle for the big part of the weekend, the team was well prepared to face any condition. Moreover, the latest version of Parolin Le Mans chassis, with different tubing and improvements on details, showed high performances both with wet and dry track.
Russian driver Nerses Isaakyan, grown in Italian Championkart series, was the only one competing in a shifter class, the Honda S2; at his very first race in this category, he immediately found the right feeling with the kart. After an excellent third place after qualifying practices, he was able to win two out of three heats; only a problem with the clutch while starting heat two cut him out of the race and relegated him in eleventh position on Super Sunday. With grit and determination, the young driver has been able to comeback until the fourth position, keeping his laptimes among the fastest ones.
However, the man of the weekend is Jim Russell Jr, who made another amazing comeback in Tag Master becoming the XVII Vegas Supernats Champion. The American driver rewarded his prudency and no-risk strategy during wet days with an amazing final victory: he waited until Super Sunday to soar and climb into the top, starting from the ninth position. We should say as quick as clever! His teammates Chuck Gafrarar and Brent Lyman were also fast and they both ended in top ten (P5 and P9) even though they started their race from backwards.
A great way to close the current season and at the same time a good point to begin next one!
Thanks to its solid three-year experience, the Parolin team was not taken by surprise by the oppressive heat that lingered on the circuit of Ortona during the second round of the 2013 CIK-FIA Academy Trophy. Drivers suffered from high temperatures, a bumpy track and dust more than their karts on the Circuito Internazionale d'Abruzzo during a very demanding meeting.
Three chicanes have been eliminated from the new Ortona track, which is now very fast, but the young Trophy entrants faced it with the same ease. During timed qualifying, there were still evident performance gaps between some of the protagonists, since it took them some time to become familiar with the track, but these differences subsided progressively during the race. Engine changes during the meeting are part of Parolin's usual procedure validated by the CIK-FIA, mostly to reassure participants than to adjust to actual variations.
The competition took place in the most sportsmanlike manner possible thanks to Parolin's know-how in the field of chassis construction and FIM's competence in engine production. Thanks to their driving ability as well as race strategy, a few young talents running for the final title to be awarded at Varennes (France) at the end of September, emerged during the competition. At Ortona, the race was mostly a matter between the Brazilian Pedro Piquet - son of the famous F1 champion - who won the two races, and the Belgian Maxime Potty, who was twice second and always very fast, increasing his lead in the Trophy overall standings. Positions are now very close around Pedro Piquet's second place, which is coveted by at least four drivers, including the Estonian Ralf Aron, third in Race 1, and the Spaniard Arturo Melgar, third in Race 2 behind the Turkish driver Berkay Besler. It will be a very close finish in the final meeting!
«Race after race, our products haven proven to be reliable and have shown a very even level of performance » explained Marco Parolin at the Italian meeting. «Our concept works very well and could provide a valid alternative to current widespread financial problems and constant decrease in traditional classes. Karting needs to meet important challenges to evolve as a popular sport easily accessible to as many people as possible, like in its early days. Our "turnkey" competition formula could raise a lot in interest in several countries. Definitely this formula has great development potential!»
Thanks to the trust of the CIK-FIA and to its extraordinary experience in this unique formula based on karts tested in all conditions for more the three seasons, Parolin has some solid arguments to establish itself in all the countries wishing to offer their drivers a solution which is both effective from a sporting viewpoint as well as economically viable, in order to favour kart competition growth.
The project launched by Parolin Racing at the beginning of the year is going to move another important step tomorrow, by visiting the high-tech branch of Formula Medicine, the medical leading company in motorsports.
The young drivers involved in Talent Program will be divided in two groups and take an interactive tour throughout the location, monitored by the very competent Formula Medicine staff, headed by Dr. Ceccarelli who will welcome Parolin’ talents. The cornerstones of the day will be mental and athletic aspects, which will be illustrated and then practiced thanks to the support of professional equipment such as Mind Band or developed technics as Formula Medicine tests.
These are just few previews of what Talent Program sixth lesson will be like, waiting for drivers’ thoughts of tomorrow.
This year Parolin - a pioneer of the new promotion class created by the CIK-FIA in 2010 - has begun another three-year period of work in the Academy Trophy. Thanks to its extensive know-how and huge expertise in this specific field, the Italian company is an undisputed leader and offers a range of karts with the same level of performance as well as the associated racing department. Its turnkey formula has attracted again a large number of drivers and observers during the first meeting of the season held in Belgium, which has offered a high-quality sporting event of the track of Genk.
Very close to KF-Junior karts performances, Academy Trophy karts are composed of a Parolin chassis and a FIM engine capable of boosting the performances of beginners as well as satisfying the needs of demanding drivers. Today’s winner Maxime Potty, a Belgian driver who has competed in several classes, commented as follows: «Adjustment options are voluntarily limited, but the chassis is very effective anyway. We drove in the dry and in the wet with Vega tyres, on the European KZ Championship rubber buildup, and everything went just fine: the kart has been easy to drive all the time, and it never jolted. And what is more, the performances of these karts were very close and at times we were all in the same tenth of a second!
After three months of very hard work, Parolin can now be proud of having provided 34 karts with very similar levels of performance and reliability. Changing weather conditions in Belgium did not make its task easy, though. But despite all this, no failure disrupted the Trophy and thanks to a uniform kart level, races were very hard fought and all the drivers had a chance to «show off». Some quick motorisation changes during the competition enhanced the fairness of the battle.
High Level of Satisfaction
At the end, everybody was happy. The triple F1 World Champion Nelson Piquet, who accompanied his son Pedro at the meeting, did not regret choosing this class. Like other drivers who made their debut in this formula, he learned a lot during the weekend. The most battle-hardened drivers found some new competitors on their way, who had just entered international karting competitions but who learned very quickly how things worked. Female drivers had the opportunity to compete on equal terms with their male counterparts and two of them are currently in the top 10. For a first race with top classes, feedbacks were positive both from drivers and stewards. Those who competed in the Trophy for the first time were surprised at the intensity of races and the level of karts.A Formula
Ready to Move to the Next Level
Several national bodies have shown their interest in Parolin’s expertise. The Academy Trophy could be adopted in several countries as entry formula to top competitions, and would be accessible to a high number of drivers thanks to its simplicity, fairness and reasonable cost. Parolin’s experience, as witnessed by CIK-FIA’s renewed confidence, makes it a player to be reckoned with. This formula is the ideal solution to attract a large number of kart fans to competition karting. Today, this is definitely a major asset for this discipline and could ensure great growth potential.