Two weeks after the encouraging results of the Champions of the Future Euro Series in the Czech Republic, Parolin Motorsport outdid itself in the second round of the OK & Junior European Championship at the same track in Trinec with five top 10 finishes and two podiums. Rene Lammers took a magnificent 2nd place in OK, while Miguel Costa finished 9th. Zac Drummond finished 3rd in OK-Junior, followed by Jack Iliffe in 6th and Christian Costoya in 7th. Parolin Motorsport also participated in the opening round of the Italian Championship in Cremona with Andrea Manni achieving success in Mini and Alessandro Truchot in Mini U10.
The Steel Ring track was as selective as ever and sensitive to the slightest weather variations. The data recorded by the Parolin Motorsport technicians allowed them to use the best set-up from an already very competitive base. This allowed the drivers to concentrate on the subtleties of driving and to express their talent in their races.
“The double weekend between Trinec and Cremona was a successful campaign for the team,” said Marco Parolin. “I am personally satisfied that we were able to compete simultaneously in both events without failure and to achieve victories and podiums. Besides the results which are remarkable, I am proud of the standard of performance of the whole team. In Trinec, we were able to win the Qualifying Heats and Super Heats in both categories, and place three drivers in the top seven in OK-Junior, and two rookie drivers in the top nine of the OK European Championship. Moreover, the fastest lap of the Final was by Tiziano Monza, from our satellite team Shamick Racing. This was certainly a good demonstration of the competitiveness of our Parolin/TM package. Currently Parolin Motorsport is 2nd in the OK teams championship and 3rd in OK-Junior – this is an encouraging result and we will work to keep our name at the top.”
Rene Lammers – NLD
2nd in Qualifying, four heat wins, 2nd in the intermediate ranking, winner of Super Heat B with the fastest time, 2nd in the Final and 2nd in the Championship. Leader of the FIA International Karting Ranking (IKR) in OK.
Miguel Costa – BRA
11th in Qualifying, 5th and 3rd in heats, 7th in Super Heat A, 9th in the Final (+4 places) and a direct entry in 18th place in the Championship.
Zac Drummond (GBR)
6th in Qualifying, twice winner in the heats, 5th in the intermediate classification, winner of Super Heat A with the fastest time, 3rd in the Final (+2 places) and 4th in the Championship (+2 places).
Jack Iliffe – USA
9th in Qualifying, four top three finishes in the heats, 7th in the intermediate ranking, 5th in Super Heat A, 6th in the Final (+1 place) with the second fastest lap.
Christian Costoya – ESP
7th in Qualifying, four top three finishes in the heats, 6th in the intermediate ranking, winner of Super Heat B with the second fastest lap, 7th in the Final and 8th in the Championship (+5 places).
In the European Championship team ranking, Parolin Motorsport climbed to 3rd place in OK-Junior and 2nd place in OK.
Satisfaction in the Italian Championship in the Mini categories to
The first round of the Italian Championship took place simultaneously on the Cremona circuit. Parolin Motorsport fielded two Mini drivers despite the bad weather. Their performances were of a very good level in this difficult competition.
The Monegasque Andrea Manni made his mark in Mini Gr3 with an incredible 14-place climb to 2nd place in Race 1. 11th in Race 2, he is now 3rd in the provisional Championship standings.
In Mini U10, the French-American Alessandro Truchot progressed from 11th to 3rd place in Race 1, then won Race 2 with a gain of five places. He is currently the leader of the provisional Championship ranking.
Parolin Motorsport put in a solid performance in the second round of the Champions of the Future Euro Series, which was marked by the debut of the Trinec circuit and variable weather conditions. Rene Lammers finished 6th in OK while Zac Drummond finished 7th in OK-Junior and Christian Costoya 9th.
The Trinec track in the Czech Republic offered a twisty, technical and selective layout on which overtaking was not always easy. Teams and drivers had to familiarise themselves with the new circuit in different weather conditions before concluding in the rain during the Finals.
“Our overall performance was very positive on the new circuit,” said Marco Parolin. “Parolin Motorsport adapted quickly to the new conditions in both categories. However, we regretted the absence of our Russian drivers for political reasons. Rene Lammers was a consistent front-runner in OK despite a retirement in his last heat. Fast in the dry as well as in the rain he came close to the top five. I’m delighted with Miguel Costa’s progress to 14th position. In the Junior class, Christian Costoya was very consistent, notably by winning his Super Heat with the fastest lap. He may not have had the ideal set-up for the wet track conditions in the Final, as did Jack Iliffe who followed him in 4th place on the grid. Zac Drummond was able to maintain his speed in the rain to take a good 7th place in the Final. The consistency of our equipment throughout the meeting is a very positive element that we will capitalise on to prepare for the FIA Karting European Championship that will take place in Trinec in less than two weeks”.
Lammers continues his form in OK
Rene Lammers convinced the observers by his determination throughout the weekend. Delayed by a retirement in Heat 5, he nevertheless progressed to 11th position in the intermediate classification. He gave his all in the Super Heat with a P2 and the best lap on slicks before making up three places during an epic Final in the rain and finishing 6th. Lammers moved up 10 places in the FIA International Karting Rankings for all categories and is 3rd in OK.
Miguel Costa made up eight places in the heats and then moved up four places to start from 20th position in the Final. He was at his best at the end of the race to reach 14th place despite a penalty for a dropped spoiler.
A strong trio in Junior
Christian Costoya led the Parolin Motorsport team for a long time in OK-Junior. He was deprived of a second victory in his last heat due to a penalty received during the slow procedure. His superb success in the Super Heat with the fastest lap allowed him to get back into the top three. The Final did not allow him to keep his position and he finished 9th. Jack Iliffe confirmed his place among the protagonists by obtaining remarkable results in Qualifying as well as in the heats. 6th on Saturday evening, his 4th place in the Super Heat brought him back to 4th on the starting grid of the Final. He was unfortunately delayed in the mass incident on the first lap and did not find all his competitiveness afterwards where he finished 17th.
Zac Drummond proved to be the most consistent throughout the competition. 5th in Qualifying, 10th in the heats, he made up ground in 3rd place in his Super Heat. Starting 7th in the Final, he fought his way into the top three and crossed the line in 4th position, but a penalty relegated him to 7th place. In the process he gained 18 places in the FIA International Karting Ranking.
The 2023 WSK Super Master Series has just finished with its fourth and final round at the Cremona circuit. Parolin Motorsport reaped the rewards of its hard work by reaching the championship podi-um twice in the most popular categories, OK and OK-Junior, thanks to Rene Lammers and Chris-tian Costoya. As the team continued to develop, it was the growing consistency of performance that stood out.
“We can be happy with the results obtained in the whole WSK Super Master Series”, analysed Marco Parolin. “Parolin Racing Kart chassis are now a major force in the field with a very strong representation that is confirmed at each race. Almost 50 Parolin karts took part in the Cremona event, all categories included. The popularity of our equipment went far beyond the Mini category, which is an important breakthrough for our products. At the same time, Parolin Motorsport recorded convincing performances from more of its drivers. While the Finals were not generally favourable for us, we showed great potential in most categories. Rene Lammers’ great comeback in the OK Final allowed him to secure 3rd place in the Championship, while Christian Costoya moved up to 3rd place in OK-Junior despite the adversity. I would also like to congratulate the Babyrace Academy team for the victory of William Calleja and the title of Iskender Zulfikari in Mini on Parolin chassis”.
The weekend started well with Christian Costoya in Junior and Bruno Gryc in Mini taking 2nd place in Qualifying. Costoya continued to lead the OK-Junior class with three heat wins and a 2nd place in the Prefinal, which gave him pole position at the start of the Final. The race did not go as well as expected. After 10 laps in the lead, he had to give up some ground at the end of the race and had to settle for 8th place at the finish. Zac Drummond had made an excellent start to the meeting, 4th in the heats and 4th in the Prefinal. He was fighting for the Final top three when an incident forced him to retire with two laps to go. Jack Ilife was able to finish 9th in the Final. Vivek Kanthan came close in the Prefinal where he started 21st in Prefinal B, but came back strongly after an excellent start. He was 7th with five laps to go when he had to retire.
Gryc did well in Mini, 7th after the heats and 13th in the Final. Newcomer to the team Andrea Manni from Monaco put in some interesting performances, finishing 3rd and 5th in his last heats before starting 15th for the Final. Alessandro Truchot obtained a 3rd and a 2nd place in the Mini U10 heats and confirmed his 2nd place in the Prefinal A.
In OK, the Qualifying Practice did not bring the expected results, but the Qualifying Heats showed good progress. Miguel Costa and Anatoly Khavalkin came 3rd and 5th respectively in the Prefinal before finishing 10th and 7th in the Final. Rene Lammers finished 4th and 3rd in the heats and made up eight more positions in the Final to keep his 3rd place in the Championship, while Costa made up 15 places in the standings.
Francesco Celenta was 9th in KZ2 and lost a lot of ground when he retired in the second heat and had a disastrous first lap in the Prefinal. Still very fast, he managed to gain six places to 12th in the Final with the second fastest lap of the race.
The Champions of the Future Euro Series at the new Třinec track in the Czech Republic is the next meeting for the OK and OK-Junior categories, in preparation for the second round of the European Championship.