More incisive than ever, Christian Costoya won his first OK-Junior race at Franciacorta, where he finished 2nd in last year’s World Championship. In the third round of the WSK Super Master Series, the young Spaniard was able to rely on the competitiveness of his Parolin / TM and the efficiency of the Parolin Motorsport team to experience the joy of the top step of an international podium. Sensational comebacks and other remarkable performances, such as Paolo De Conto’s return to racing, added to the overall performance of the Parolin chassis at the start of the season.
“We finally managed to take a well-deserved victory with Christian Costoya, after a weekend at the top,” said Marco Parolin. “I’m also very pleased with the performance of Qarrar Firhand, who made a remarkable comeback – after a difficult Qualifying session, he managed to bounce back and finish in the top 10 in a class that’s really hotly contested this year. Our equipment proved competitive in all categories. In Mini, our standard-bearers Gioele Girardello and Priam Bruno were always very competitive, while in OK, after a difficult start to the weekend, we managed to find a good pace. As for KZ2, I was very impressed by Paolo De Conto, who immediately proved his worth, confirming once again his calibre as a driver after several years away from international competition. Maksim Orlov, another of the weekend’s protagonists, was equally satisfied, as he remains highly competitive and is constantly improving.”
After the rain at Cremona, Parolin Motorsport’s potential was once again confirmed in every category on the dry Franciacorta track. The hazards of the race sometimes delayed the Parolin drivers, but many of them were able to conclude the meeting with strong comebacks.
Multiple World Champion and European KZ Champion until 2017, Paolo De Conto didn’t take long to find his bearings, fighting his way into the top three until he retired in the Final. With the Modena Kart Racing Team, Maksim Orlov was once again among the best in KZ2, finishing in the top 10, while Menyhert Krozser made good progress.
Alp Aksoy achieved his best result in OK with a magnificent Final progression of 15 places into the top 10, while Zac Drummond made up 21 positions. Anatoly Khavalkin had made up nine places and was aiming for the top five when he was forced to retire.
Christian Costoya’s victory in the OK-Junior class opened up new horizons for this promising driver. After finishing 4th in Qualifying and winning three heats, he went on to win the Final and move up to 3rd in the championship. Meanwhile, Qarrar Firhand climbed 16 places to finish in the OK-Junior top 10.
In the Mini Gr.3 category, the Parolin / TM Kart team confirmed its high level of performance with Gioele Girardello finishing 6th and Bruno Priam moving up 14 places to 9th.
Babyrace Driver Academy deserves congratulations for taking the Parolin chassis to the second step of the Mini Gr.3 podium with William Calleja and Mini Gr.3 U10 thanks to Mason Robertson.
Parolin Motorsport is now preparing for the fourth and final round of the WSK Super Master Series with serious ambitions at the Sarno track in less than two weeks’ time.
The weekend in Cremona was marked by very wet weather for the second round of the WSK Super Master Series. Rain was a feature of all phases of the competition before starting to ease on Sunday morning. The Finals provided the opportunity to use slick tyres for the first time, but grip was far from perfect and there were numerous pitfalls awaiting the competitors on the 1,210-metre track.
Most of the participants went off track and had a number of incidents, and the Parolin drivers were no exception to the rollercoaster ride. In these conditions, it was difficult to achieve any significant results. Parolin Motorsport in OK, OK-Junior and Mini, as well as the KZ2s of the Modena Kart Racing Team, nevertheless recorded some important data on rain tyres, which may prove useful later in the season. It was also a very rewarding experience for the drivers as they adapted to the tricky conditions.
Parolin Motorsport’s best result at Cremona was Bruno Priam’s 3rd place on the Mini podium, while Gioele Girardello finished 6th. In OK-Junior, Christian Costoya was once again excellent, starting from 5th place in Qualifying. He scored two wins and two top threes in the Qualifying Heats, but his retirement at the start of the D-E heat weighed heavily in the balance. 3rd in his Prefinal, he made up ground in the Final before being pushed back to 18th after the halfway point. Despite this, he made up six places in the last six laps to finish in 12th position, which enabled him to maintain his lead in the championship.
It wasn’t easy in OK either. Delayed by two retirements, Anatoly Khavalkin made it a point of honour to climb seven places in a lively Final to finish in the top 20. After making progress throughout the Qualifying phases despite penalties, Zac Drummond got off to an excellent start and was 5th at the end of the first lap of the Final. Unfortunately, the track did not favour his set-up and he eventually retired. Jenson Graham and Vivek Kanthan were also forced to retire, but their performances were not in vain.
For the Modena Racing Team, Maksim Orlov once again proved his worth, making steady progress despite a few setbacks. After finishing 20th under the clock and 4th in the Prefinal, he made further progress to reach the final top 10. Eril Holm made a fine 15-place recovery over the weekend as a whole. Menyhert Krozser and Miguel Costa, who weren’t given much of a chance, showed encouraging signs for the future.
“Cremona was a very difficult weekend for the teams and drivers,” said Marco Parolin. “I’m happy for Bruno, who claimed his first international podium in Mini Gr3, even though I’m sorry we couldn’t do better. Similarly in OK-Junior, it was possible to achieve a much better result, with Costoya leading throughout the weekend, but that’s racing. The situation was more difficult for the OK section of our team. We were never able to find a good rhythm in the wet, despite our excellent speed in the dry during Free Practice. Congratulations to our partners Babyrace Driver Academy who took the Parolin brand to victory in Mini Gr3 with Calleja, who will soon join the official team in OK-Junior, and on the U10 podium with Kosztrewa.”
Christian Costoya claimed his first podium of the 2024 season on the second race weekend, the WSK Super Master Series at Lonato. Temperatures remained cold, but the weather was fine. The number of drivers had increased since the WSK Champions Cup and the competition was really intense on the 1200 m of the famous Italian track. Christian Costoya made a remarkable comeback in 3rd place in the OK-Junior Final after his unfortunate retirement in the Prefinal. Zac Drummond confirmed his current excellent form by again finishing 7th in OK after a formidable 22-place recovery. The Parolin Motorsport Minis were also very competitive, as shown by Gioele Girardello’s 9th place and Bruno Priam’s 11th. Modena Kart also put in a strong performance in KZ2, with Maksim Orlov finishing 4th.
“It was another good weekend for Parolin Motorsport at Lonato,” Marco Parolin. “The good impressions from the WSK Champions Cup were confirmed. The team can be confident in the technical base developed for 2024 and development is continuing on all fronts to remain in a good position for the future. Costoya is already one of the top Junior drivers and we must continue to provide him with equipment that matches his potential. The competition was very strong in OK and Mini. I’d like to congratulate our entire team for tackling this intense weekend with dynamism and efficiency, as well as our friends from Babyrace Driver Academy who used Parolin chassis for their two podium finishes, William Calleja in Mini Gr.3 and Lorenzo Di Pietrantonio in Mini U10. The performance of our KZ2 chassis in the Modena Kart Racing Team bodes well for the future, with Maksim Orlov finishing 4th in the Final with the fastest lap. See you in Cremona in less than two weeks’ time for Round 2 of the WSK Super Master Series”.
Christian Costoya started by setting the fastest time in Timed Practice out of 82 entries. He then put in some superb heats, but was forced to retire in Prefinal A despite being in 2nd place with the fastest time. His determination to make up nine places in the Final gave him the deserved reward of 3rd place at the finish.
Qarrar Firhand, in 20th place, once again put in a very convincing performance, but his run in the heats was delayed by a retirement. Efim Derunov also showed good form, climbing to 21st place, while Alexander Chartier made up a lot of ground to qualify, unfortunately without being able to complete a single lap in the Final.
The potential is there in OK, as demonstrated by Zac Drummond’s unbelievable 22-place climb to 7th place. Ranked 3rd after the heats, Anatoly Khavalkin was weighed down by two retirements in the Prefinal and then the Final. Vivek Kanthan also retired in the Final. Jenson Graham, in 28th place, would have had a very decent weekend had it not been for a difficult Final and a fairing penalty before he came within a whisker of the Final top 10. Juan Diego Garciaarce also finished on a positive note with a surprising 14-place recovery.
Maksim Orlov came agonisingly close to the KZ2 podium with the Modena Kart team after a Final gain of six places in which he set the fastest lap, less than two tenths off the top three, which was made up of seasoned KZ drivers. There were also convincing performances from Menyhert Krozser in 18th place and Miguel Costa, who rounded off a promising first weekend in KZ2.
Gioele Girardello finished 9th in a hard-fought Mini Final, while Bruno Priam made up four places in Prefinal A, setting the fastest lap before finishing in sight of the top 10.
Parolin Motorsport returned to action last weekend at the first round of the 2024 international season, the WSK Champions Cup, held in cold weather at the Lonato circuit. Three categories were on the programme for the official Parolin team, with the return of KZ2 scheduled for a later date. Christian Costoya was very competitive in OK-Junior, among the contenders for victory. Anatoly Khavalkin also came close to success in OK. The team’s final score after the various ups and downs of the race was one top five and three top 10s, but more importantly, the technical level of Parolin / TM Racing 2024 is already very interesting.
“We have achieved most of our objectives for our return to competition,” said Marco Parolin. “It’s not easy to draw definitive conclusions after an event held in temperatures close to 0°. However, this phase was necessary for our drivers to get back into shape. In spite of everything, we were able to see that the 2024 equipment was more than equal to our ambitions and we’re looking forward to continuing our development work from next week at the first round of the WSK Super Master Series, again at Lonato. The weather is expected to be less cold and the field will be bigger.”
Zac Drummond had a good result in OK despite some setbacks. Qualifying in 2nd position, he missed his first Qualifying Heats before winning the next one. After finishing 3rd with an excellent time in the Prefinal, he made up further places in the Final to finish 7th. Anatoly Khavalkin could count on some very good heats in the top three to put him among the favourites. Unfortunately, over-enthusiasm in the Prefinal broke his momentum and he had to settle for 11th place in the Final.
Christian Costoya put in a magnificent performance in the OK-Junior class. 3rd in Qualifying, he won three of his four Qualifying Heats. He secured his dominant position by finishing 2nd in his Prefinal. Outpaced at the start of the Final, the young Spaniard fought bravely to finish 5th. Indonesian Qarrar Firhand achieved the best result of his career in his first experience with Parolin, finishing in the top 10. A better result was also achieved by Canadian Alexander Chartier, who finished 15th on the finishing line, having been placed 18th because of an incorrectly positioned front fairing.
In the Mini Gr.3 category, Priam Bruno got the year off to a good start with his 6th place finish, while Gioele Girardello climbed to 14th.
The pressure of competition will ease over the next two months for Parolin Motorsport, which will be able to devote itself entirely to preparing for 2024. The 2023 season ended positively for the Italian brand thanks to strong performances in the main categories at the second round of the WSK Final Cup on the Franciacorta circuit. Parolin / TM won four Prefinals and finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the various Championships thanks to Costoya’s Final top 10 in OK-Junior, Khavalkin’s top five in OK and Orlov’s (Team Modena Kart) 2nd place in KZ2.
The WSK Final Cup once again brought together more than 340 participants at Franciacorta last weekend for the final event of the season. Parolin Motorsport has therefore completed its 2023 programme of more than 25 international races with a host of successes.
“The team put in another great effort last weekend,” said Marco Parolin. “We confirmed our excellent potential in all categories, despite Finals that didn’t always go our way. Anatoly Khavalkin made up for his disappointment at Lonato. A regular in the top three of the OK Qualifying Heats, he finished 5th in the Final and made a spectacular leap up to 4th in the Championship. Vivek Kanthan undoubtedly made progress in his new category with several excellent results. Zac Drummond had put in a solid performance right up to the Final, where success deserted him. Forced to retire in his first two heats, Miguel Costa could no longer qualify for the Final.
Christian Costoya confirmed his position as one of the best OK-Junior drivers with a 10-place improvement in the heats and a fine victory in the Prefinal. His 9th place in the Final ensured him 3rd place in the Championship. Jack Illife continued his rise through the heats, finishing 14th in the Final. For his part, Gioele Giradello had climbed to 1st place in the Mini Prefinal, but his Final performance was ruined by an incident a few laps from the finish.
Finally, I’d like to congratulate Team Modena Kart, which enabled Maksim Orlov to finish in 2nd place with the fastest lap in the KZ2 Final and take 2nd place in the Championship.”
As the WSK Final Cup got underway in Lonato with 340 participants, Parolin Motorsport once again put in an excellent performance in all categories. The competition ended with an OK-Junior podium thanks to Christian Costoya and a top 10 finish for Jack Illife. 12th in OK, Zac Drummond moved up 20 places over the weekend, while Miguel Costa climbed seven places to 13th. Gioele Giradello finished an interesting 6th in Mini and Maksim Orlov (Team Modena Kart) secured 5th place in the KZ2 Championship.
Under a beautiful autumn sun, the WSK Final Cup in Lonato proved to be a demanding event due to the large number of participants. The Parolin Motorsport team approached this final phase of the season with its sights already set on 2024, where the line-up is currently being prepared. Next weekend at Franciacorta, the second and final round of the WSK Final Cup will mark the end of a successful year of competition for the Italian team.
“The team worked well throughout the weekend,” explained Marco Parolin. “Our OK drivers have made good progress, making some very convincing comebacks since Qualifying. Zac Drummond is already very competitive for his second race in his new category. Miguel Costa used his great sense of attack to regain a total of over 30 places by finishing 13th, while Vivek Kanthan was also on an upward trajectory. It was a pity that Anatoly Khavalkin lost his chances at the start of the Final.
Christian Costoya was more successful in OK-Junior. He proved he belonged in the top three and is currently 2nd in the provisional WSK Final Cup standings. Jack Illife had made an excellent start to the weekend, confirming his very positive season. Delayed at the start of the race, he was unable to show his full potential in the Final. A big well done to Gioele Giradello for his solid performance in Mini Gr.3. Congratulations also to Maksim Orlov and the Modena Kart Team for his 6th place in the Final and fastest lap of the race.”
The second and final round of the WSK Euro Series 2023 was a real challenge for both the drivers and the technicians of the Parolin Motorsport team, as it was run in difficult weather at the Circuito Internazionale Napoli. Their efforts were rewarded by Anatoly Khavalkin’s superb victory in the OK Final, which took him up to 2nd place in the Championship. Zac Drummond finished 9th, in the top 10 in his first competition in OK and Bruno Priam scored a top five in Mini Gr.3 to end the Championship in 6th position, as did Christian Costoya in OK-Junior.
“We’re delighted to be back on the top step of the OK category,” said Marco Parolin. “Especially in a difficult weather situation full of changes throughout the weekend. We proved that we were competitive from the Mini to the Senior category, which is important for us. Bruno Priam surprised everyone in the Mini class, with an exceptional comeback in the dry Prefinal, and another fine race in the wet in the Final, finishing in the top five. In the OK-Junior class, Jack Iliffe claimed his first pole position, but struggled thereafter. It was a disappointment for Christian Costoya, who was involved in contact when he was 2nd in the Final. Elsewhere, we are delighted that our satellite teams Modena and MLG were on the podium with their drivers: Bati Ege Yildirim became OK-N champion and Bruno Gryc finished third in OK-N Junior.”
5th in Qualifying, 4th in the heats, 3rd in the Prefinal with the fastest lap and winner of the Final. 2nd in the Championship.
First race in OK. 3rd in Qualifying, 5th in the heats, 9th in the Final, moves straight up to 11th in the Championship.
16th in Qualifying, 14th after the heats, retired in the Prefinal, 15th in the Final despite a penalty for an incorrectly positioned front fairing.
First race in OK, 18th in Qualifying, 19th after the heats, 16th in the Final despite a front fairing penalty and a gain of four places.
Pole position in Qualifying, two top three finishes in the heats, 5th with a gain of six places, 2nd in the Prefinal, 13th in the Final with a penalty and 6th in the Championship.
Pole position in Qualifying, 16th in the intermediate standings, 6th in the Prefinal, 24th in the Final with a front fairing penalty.
19th in Qualifying, 14th in the heats, 4th in the Prefinal (up 10 places) and 5th in the Final (up eight places) with the fastest lap. 6th in the Championship.
The high point of the season, the 2023 FIA OK and Junior World Karting Championship lived up to its promise in terms of difficulty and selectivity. With over 100 drivers in each category, the challenge was worthy of the event. Parolin Motorsport demonstrated its top-class competitiveness by regularly battling for victory. Rene Lammers in OK and Christian Costoya in OK-Junior both managed to finish 2nd in this formidable competition.
“The Franciacorta weekend was extremely long and complicated,” explained Marco Parolin. “The record number of participants in each category meant that there were many Qualifying Heats, which demanded a sustained effort from the team. In the end, we managed to come close to glory in both categories. We were really hoping for victory, but I can’t hide my satisfaction with these two superb 2nd places. It’s a great reward for the exceptional work of Christian and René, and of course for all those who worked hard to achieve it – with a special mention for Franco Drudi and Gordon Finlayson. We now look forward to the end of the season with confidence, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
2nd in Qualifying, 2 wins, 3 P2s and 1 P3 in the heats, winner of Super Heat B, 2nd in the Final and runner-up in the World Championship.
33rd in Qualifying, climbed 27 places in the heats, 2nd in Super Heat B, 7th in the Final.
pole position in Qualifying, 4 wins in the heats, 2nd in the Super Heat, 2nd in the Final and runner-up in the World Championship.
32nd in Qualifying, 2nd place in a heat, 16th in the intermediate ranking (up 16 places), 7th in Super Heat A (up 16 places), retired on the fourth lap of the Final.
Despite their good speed, Zac Drummond, Vivek Kanthan and Sebastian Lethimaki were unlucky in Qualifying, which seriously compromised their weekend.
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.