Two weeks before the World Championship, the fifth and final round of the Champions of the Future Euro Series at Franciacorta was of particular value to the teams and their drivers. Parolin Motorsport demonstrated its competitiveness in both categories on a dry and slippery track. The intensity of the races may have caused a few problems in terms of results, but the performance was there for all the team. Rene Lammers finished in the top five in the OK Final, while Christian Costoya secured 7th place in OK-Junior.
“We can be very satisfied with the team’s overall performance on the World Championship circuit,” explained Marco Parolin. “The Finals didn’t live up to our expectations in terms of results, but the balance remains very positive and the drivers will be able to learn from the weekend before tackling the world meeting. Rene Lammers was delayed by a retirement in one heat, but he was able to show his worth in 5th position in the Final with the fastest lap of the race after an incredible 30-place recovery from an incident at Turn 1. Miguel Costa improved from 29th in Qualifying to 16th in the Final, while Anatoly Khavalkin moved up from 33rd to 24th. In the OK-Junior class, Christian Costoya put in a solid performance that deserved better than his 7th place finish. Our new recruit Sebastian Lehtimäki also had a good run in the Final top 10. Jack Iliffe was very fast and was ranked 6th before the Final. Zac Drummond and Vivek Kanthan came back well after a difficult Qualifying session, but like Iliffe, they were unable to reach the finish of the Final due to on-track incidents.”
4th in Qualifying, 1 win, 1 P2 and a retirement in the heats, 4th in the Super Heat (+3), 5th in the Final with the fastest lap and a 10-place recovery. 11th in the championship.
29th in Qualifying, 12th in the Super Heat (up 2 places), 16th in the Final (up 10 places).
33rd in Qualifying, up 10 places in the heats, 9th in the Super Heat (up 3 places), 24th in the Final.
3rd in Qualifying, 3 wins in the heats, 11th in the Super Heat (5″ penalty), 7th in the Final and Championship.
18th in Qualifying, 5 heat wins, one collision, 13th in the intermediate rankings, 10th in the Final (up 3 places).
4th in Qualifying, one win, three 2nd places in the heats, 7th in the Super Heat with the fastest lap, retirement in the final, 10th in the Championship.
42nd in Qualifying, improved by 20 places in the heats, 4th in the Super Heat (up 6 places), retired in the Final, 8th in the Championship.
63rd in qualifying, up 19 places in the heats, 10th in the super heat (up 11 places), retired in the final, 13th in the championship.
Parolin Motorsport is preparing for the OK and Junior World Championships at the beginning of October on the same Franciacorta circuit, with the ambition of achieving results in line with its potential in both categories.
At the start of the Final, Maksim Orlov was one of the favourites in the KZ2 World Cup, as was Daniel Bray in the KZ2 Masters International Super Cup. Unfortunately, they were both eliminated at the start of the race. Genis Civico finished 9th in KZ2, while Riccardo Nalon finished 4th in KZ2 Masters. In the World KZ Championship, Francesco Celenta and Lorenzo Travisanutto made a superb comeback to finish 7th and 8th.
“It’s a real shame that we weren’t able to fight to the end for victory in the two categories where we had a real chance,” explained Marco Parolin. “We’re very proud of the work done by the whole team to put in such good performances at Wackersdorf. Maksim Orlov had been brilliant in the KZ2 World Cup with his pole position, then two heat wins, then in the Super Heat with the best lap. He was the victim of a race-ending incident on the second lap. Genis Civico had put in five good heats in the top three before having to retire in the last one. He put in a good performance in the Final, finishing 9th and gaining five places.
“Daniel Bray started in 1st position in the KZ2 Masters Final after two heat wins and then winning the Super Heat with the fastest lap. A puncture forced him to retire on the third lap. Riccardo Nalon had put in a good performance in the top five and finished 4th in the Final of the KZ2 Masters International Super Cup.
“In KZ, things were not easy at the start of the meeting. Francesco Celenta was held up in Heat 3, while Lorenzo Travisanutto gradually built up his strength. They were both able to take advantage of the chaos on the first lap of the Final to make up 12 places and finish 7th and 8th respectively in the World Championship. Travisanutto also set the second fastest time of the race.”
Parolin Motorsport is now preparing for the Champions of the Future Euro Series on the Franciacorta circuit as a prelude to the OK and Junior World Championships at the beginning of October, where the Bassano del Grappa-based brand is showing great potential in both categories.
Thanks to Rene Lammers in OK and Christian Costoya in OK-Junior, Parolin Motorsport showed an excellent level of competitiveness at Franciacorta for the first round of the WSK Euro Series. After top-class performances in the Qualifying stages, Lammers and Costoya rounded off a solid weekend with 7th place in the Finals. In the Senior class, Miguel Costa and Anatoly Khavalkin rounded off a positive weekend with 13th and 15th places.
The Franciacorta circuit will soon be hosting the Champions of the Future Euro Series as a prelude to the OK and Junior World Championships at the beginning of October. Preparations for the world event are already well underway at the Bassano del Grappa factory, with results in both categories already promising.
“We could have hoped for better Final positions given the weekend’s performances, but the race decided otherwise,” explained Marco Parolin. “We’re still very satisfied with our overall performance at Franciacorta. Everything we learnt from this competition will enable us to prepare effectively for the World Championship. Our OK European Champion Rene Lammers is at the top of his class. He set the 2nd fastest time in Qualifying and went on to take four wins in the heats. We’re going to work hard to help him keep up this level of performance right through to the end of the Final. Lammers has Miguel Costa and Anatoly Khavalkin in his wake, who can improve their performances. Christian Costoya had an excellent run in the OK-Junior class, with three heat wins. He finally made up another five places in the Final to finish 7th. Jack Iliffe put in another fine performance ahead of Sebastian Lehtimäki, while Zac Drummond suffered from a distant Qualifying position. Shamick Europe drivers Tiziano Monza and Andy Consani confirmed the good form of the Parolin / TM Kart team in 8th and 12th positions. In Mini Gr.3, Bruno Priam bounced back from a difficult series of heats to finish 12th, gaining 14 places, while Gioele Giradello fell short in the Final.”
For the moment, however, the priority is the World KZ Championship at Wackersdorf, in which Lorenzo Travisanutto and Francesco Celenta will be defending the colours of Parolin Motosport alongside David Beckmann and Mario Schettino. Modena Kart ASD will field Jay Cool (AUS), Nathan Crang (NZL) and Jake Kalrich (AUS) on Parolin / TM Karts in the KZ2 World Cup.