Parolin Motorsport’s 11 drivers performed very well in three of the four categories at the opening round of the WSK Euro Series in Lonato. Rene Lammers finished on the second step of the OK-Junior podium while Enzo Deligny finished in the OK top five after a fantastic 19-place climb. The Mini Final was tough despite Dries van Langendonck’s 7th place and Christian Costoya’s 8th place.
It was hot, very hot even, on the South Garda Karting circuit during this WSK Euro Series event. The thermometer often exceeded 30° under an azure sky and relentless sunshine.
Parolin Racing Kart was the best represented chassis brand in Mini with 35% of the field, as well as in all categories with 20% of all participants, totalling over 50 chassis. The progress of the Bassano del Grappa brand in OK and OK-Junior, with the recent European Championship, did not go unnoticed.
“It was a very satisfying weekend in terms of performance, a little less in terms of results,” Marco Parolin confided. “Enzo Deligny was dominating OK until his mechanical problem in the Prefinal. His superb 19-place recovery in the Final showed the competitiveness of the driver and his machine by obtaining an unexpected top five. The bad luck for Anatholy Khavalkin, our OK-Junior European Champion, was compensated by the admirable performance of Rene Lammers who led him to 2nd position. Zac Drummond achieved a real feat from his 54th place in Qualifying to 8th place in the Final. In the Mini class we started well with William Calleja in 5th place in Qualifying, Dries van Langendonck in 4th place and Christian Costoya in 6th place in the heats. Dries and Christian fought it out in the Final to finish 7th and 8th, but William dropped out on his way to the top 10. Our equipment confirmed its performance with Jack Illife in 15th place (+0 pl) and Alessandro Truchot in 17th place (+12 pl). Our progress included fastest laps in the three categories. We will learn from this meeting to prepare for the second round in Sarno in a fortnight, on the circuit that will host the FIA Karting World Championship – OK and OK-Junior in mid-September.”
Dries van Langendonck
9th in Qualifying, 4th after the heats (+5), 7th in the Final and the Championship
11th in Qualifying, 6th after the heats (+5 pl) with two wins, 8th in Final and Championship
5th in Qualifying, 20th after the heats with two fastest laps in the race, retired in the Final
20th in Qualifying, 2nd after the heats with three wins, two fastest laps in the race and a gain of 18 places, 2nd in Final, 3rd in Championship
54th in Qualifying, 21st after heats (+33 pl), 3rd in Prefinal (+8 pl), 8th in Final (+9pl) and Championship
2nd in Qualifying, 11th after the heats with one win and one fastest lap in the race, retirement in the Prefinal and Final
2nd in Qualifying, 1st after the heats with two wins and two fastest laps in the race, retirement in Prefinal, 19 places gained and 5th position in Final and Championship.
The fourth and final round of the FIA Karting European OK and OK-Junior Championship in Franciacorta saw a succession of top performances for Parolin Motorsport. Anatholy Khavlkin managed to win the OK-Junior title while Zac Drummond finished 2nd in the Final. Enzo Deligny took the OK pole position and won all the heats to secure his 4th position in the Championship while Maksim Orlov secured 8th place in the Final and the Championship.
The battles were fierce throughout the weekend in the heat of Franciacorta. Well supported by their ultra-competitive equipment and the responsiveness of the technical team, the Parolin Motorsport drivers managed to avoid most of the difficulties of this intense meeting. Khavalkin withstood the pressure of an explosive OK-Junior Final to win the European title brilliantly.
“My first reaction is to congratulate Anatholy. The end of the OK-Junior European Championship was tough. The risk of losing everything was there and he had to show great composure to stay the course until the end. To bring home the European title in these conditions is a superb achievement. He built up his success with four heat wins before confirming in the Super Heat. Starting on pole in the Final was an asset, but the crazy intensity of the race itself was difficult to predict. 6th on the first lap, he came back to the lead after eight laps before falling back to 5th. He then managed the last laps perfectly to finish 3rd and win the title. There were many reasons to be satisfied in Franciacorta. Zac Drummond did better than confirm his progress over the last few races. Amongst his achievements of the weekend, we will remember his four top five finishes, his eight-place improvement in the Super Heat and his 10-place climb to 2nd in the Final.”
“In OK, we could hardly have hoped for better than Enzo Deligny’s 4th place in the Championship. However, the Frenchman undoubtedly deserved a better result in the Final after his pole position and his five heat wins. He set the fastest lap in Super Heat B, but was penalised for a race incident and lost his win. He managed to refocus for the Final and waited for 4th place in this difficult race. On the other hand, Maksim Orlov had a very good race with very few mistakes and an 8th place to conclude.”
“Parolin Motorsport can be proud of the competitiveness of its equipment and the level reached by several of its drivers. Our team is capable of aiming for high results in the important events at the end of the season, and this is the goal we have set ourselves.”
7th in Qualifying, four heat wins, 2nd in Super Heat B, 3rd in Final, European Champion
11th in Qualifying, four heats between 2nd and 5th place, winner of the Super Heat B (+8 pl), 2nd in Final with a gain of 10 places, 7th in the European Championship (+6 pl)
26th in Qualifying, 24th after the heats, gain of eight places and 4th in Super Heat B, retirement after three laps in the Final, 8th in the Championship
Poleman in Qualifying, five wins out of five heats, 1st on the finish line of Super Heat A with the fastest lap, 10” penalty, ranked 13th. 3rd at the start of the Final, 5th at the finish, 4th in the European Championship
8th in Qualifying, 4th in the heats, 10th in Super Heat B, 5th at the start of the Final, 8th at the finish, 8th in the European Championship