The WSK Super Masters Series has just finished at the Circuito Internazionale Napoli with an intense fourth round with a large number of participants. The Parolin Racing Kart chassis put in top performances in all four categories and Parolin Motorsport recorded several outstanding successes at the end of the series. Enzo Deligny achieved a fantastic victory in OK, while Anatoly Khavalkin won in OK-Junior. Christian Costoya finished 4th in a Mini Final that went down to the wire. For his return to competition, Francesco Celenta was extremely fast in KZ2.
“We have many reasons to be happy after the competition in Sarno,” declared Marco Parolin. “Christian Costoya and Dries van Langendonck finished on the championship podium in Mini and we placed three drivers in the top 10 of the Final while the performance level of the whole team improved again. Anatoly Khavalkin managed to win in OK-Junior after a long battle and Enzo Deligny was able to get his first victory in OK with a high performance kart. Finally, Francesco Celenta’s three fastest laps in KZ2 are indicative of our competitiveness in KZ2. The team’s work has definitely paid off in terms of performance and our successes are very positive indicators less than a month before the start of the FIA Karting European Championships.”
The weather was sunny throughout the Sarno meeting, but temperatures remained cool for the region. A large field of 271 drivers entered this final round of the WSK Super Master Series. As always on the Neapolitan track, the races were exciting and hectic. Parolin was well established in the leading group in 3rd place among chassis manufacturers with strong numerical domination in the Mini class where four Parolins finished in the Final top five. The OK and OK-Junior victories were a reminder of the competitiveness of the Bassano del Grappa-based brand in the other categories.
Extended performance in Mini
The increase of the general standard of the Parolin Motorsport Mini drivers was particularly visible in Sarno. Jack Illife set the 3rd fastest time in the Qualifying session and the very young Alessandro Truchot was 6th among the 79 best specialists of the category. Bruno Gryc set two fastest laps in the heats and in the Final he gained 10 more places to 16th place. Dries Langendonck was regularly in the top two of the heats until a retirement delayed him. He still managed to finish 9th in the Final and was able to take 3rd place in the championship. William Calleja was 19th in the Qualifying Heats, but he continued to improve and reached 7th place at the end of the Final. Finally, Christian Costoya shone in the heats and fought for the Final victory. He was the leader for a long time, but then secured 4th place to finish 2nd in the championship.
Khavalkin victorious in OK-Junior
Anatoly Khavalkin had a superb meeting, regularly in the top five since Qualifying. But it was during the Final that he gave his best. After a waiting race in 2nd position, he went on the attack with three laps to go to finally take his first success of the year. He secured 4th place in the championship. Zac Drummond confirmed his very positive progress by making a superb Final climb of 11 places to finish in the top 10. It was a difficult weekend for René Lammers after qualification in 28th position as he had to retire in the Final.
OK: Deligny at the top
We hadn’t seen Enzo Deligny on track since his 6th place in Lonato in February. Very solid in Qualifying and in the Sarno heats, he was imperial in the Final. He started 9th, climbed relentlessly and took the lead after seven laps and increased his lead to celebrate his first victory at this level. On the podium, he praised the work of the team who had provided him with a perfect machine to win.
KZ2: Celenta comes back in force
Away from the circuits since his injury in Lonato at the end of January, Francesco Celenta was fast and consistent in his comeback from 29th place in Qualifying. With a total gain of 22 places, he finished 7th in the Final (+6 places) with a new fastest lap in the race.
Parolin Motorsport travelled to southern Italy to participate in the penultimate round of the WSK Super Masters Series at La Conca with 13 young drivers. The wet conditions in the Qualifying Heats and the lack of grip in the Finals made for some very special racing on a track that is usually known for its strong grip. The Parolin chassis proved to be competitive in these unusual conditions. Anatoly Khavalkin came close to the top five in OK-Junior, while Christian Costoya finished on the Mini podium just ahead of Qualifying poleman Dries van Langendonck, both of whom impressed the meeting with their speed.
“The weekend in La Conca started well, both in Mini and Junior“, said Marco Parolin. “In both categories we had good results in the dry on Friday, when the track was grippy and fast, and in the wet on Saturday, when we won the heats with four different drivers in both categories. Unfortunately the conditions on Sunday made it more difficult than expected. Compared to the previous dry conditions, the track was about four seconds slower in Mini and seven seconds slower in OKJ. Our drivers tried to maximise their results despite the difficult situation. We didn’t get the results we expected at the beginning of the weekend, but it was certainly an important learning experience for the whole team.
Dries van Langendonck and Christian Costoya performed very well in the rain with eight heat wins in total, including five fastest times. Costoya made a great comeback in the Final to finish 3rd ahead of van Langendonck and both confirmed their presence in the top three of the Super Master Series. Bruno Gryc continued to make progress with a top three in a heat and a 16th place in the Final, while Jack Illife came close to the top 10 in the heats.
Parolin chassis were once again well represented with almost 40% of the Mini field, pole position and half of the top 10 in Qualifying and the top four places in the Final with eight Parolin karts in the top 13. Parolin was the leader in terms of number of chassis in all categories and also achieved good results in OK-Junior. René Lammers was very convincing in the heats and was in the top three at the beginning of the race, but he gradually lost places. Anatoly Khavalkin had solid heats despite a retirement and continued his effort with success by reaching 6th position in the Final. Zac Drummond confirmed his potential with a win and a 2nd place in a heat. We will now head to the Naples region for the final round of the WSK Super Master Series next weekend in Sarno.“
The detailed performances of the Parolin Motorsport drivers at La Conca allow a better appreciation of the competitiveness of the team.
René Lammers remained well placed in the provisional Super Master standings with his 4th position. He had moved up 10 places during the heats with a win and a 2nd position with two fastest laps in the race. 2nd on the starting grid of the Final, he lost a few places as the laps went by. Anatoly Khavalkin, who had been in the top four until then, was delayed by a retirement in the last heat. He drove a good Final where a gain of three places brought him to the 6th position. Zac Drummond’s great comeback after the heats was affected by a retirement and a penalty, but he still secured 16th place in the Final.
Dries van Langendonck had dominated the Mini category from Qualifying to the heats, making a faultless run in the lead and setting three fastest times. The start of the Final did not go in his favour, but he attacked relentlessly to come back to 4th place. Christian Costoya started at the same pace. A problem in his third heat thwarted his progress. 9th on the starting grid of the Final, he drove a very good race to take 3rd position on the podium. Bruno Gryc performed well and climbed 21 places to 16th in the Final, as did Jack Illife in 17th place after a difficult Final.
The Champions of the Future by RGMMC Winter Series has just taken place on the new Italian circuit of Franciacorta near Milan with tyres identical to those of the forthcoming FIA Karting Championships: MG in OK and Vega in OK-Junior. Anatoly Khavalkin dominated the Junior class before finishing on the podium in a very competitive Final, while René Lammers also proved to be very competitive in adversity. Parolin Motorsport’s level of performance was confirmed by Maksim Orlov’s top three in OK in Qualifying and in the heats.
Marco Parolin summed up the meeting:
“FIA Karting competitions are the main focus of the season for the international categories. Therefore it was interesting for us to get to know the particularities of the Franciacorta track where the European OK and OK-Junior Championship will finish in July. It was also an opportunity to drive on FIA Karting tyres, even though we did not have Prime tyres in KZ2. So there was a lot of work to do this weekend. The 1300m circuit is fast and contact often results in crashes and retirements. The races are very competitive right up to the finish line. These are very demanding conditions for the young drivers who still have to find their bearings. We can be satisfied with the work done by the technical team. Maksim Orlov was very competitive in OK with his 3rd place in Qualifying and two top three finishes in the heats. Unfortunately, he was not able to do so on Sunday, probably because of different grip parameters in an area we cannot control. Anatoly Khavalkin was on top throughout the weekend in OK-Junior. The Final was very lively and he finished 3rd after having completed 14 of the 19 laps in the lead. René Lammers was delayed by a retirement in the first race and had to withdraw again after he had come back to 9th place in the Final. I would like to salute the perseverance of Zac Drummond who regained 27 places between Qualifying and the Final. Overall it was an interesting experience with lessons to be learnt, but our Parolin / TM Racing teams confirmed their top performances.“
pole position in Qualifying, three heat wins and a fastest lap, leader of the Super Heats, 3rd in the Final, leading 14 of the 19 laps.
9th in Qualifying, retirement in Heat 1, 2nd in Heat 3, 5th in Super Heat 1 (+5 pl), retirement in Final (P9 +10 pl).
53rd in Qualifying, 29th (+24 pl) in heats, 26th in Final (+8 pl).
3rd in Qualifying, two top threes in heats, 10th after Super Heats, 22nd in Final with a penalty for badly positioned spoiler.
In a very tough WSK Super Master Series Round 2, Parolin Motorsport showed a remarkable level of competitiveness in all categories. Of course, results were more difficult to achieve with a record field of over 350 participants. Despite several setbacks, Parolin Motorsport reached 6th place in OK with rookie Enzo Deligny, René Lammers held on to 3rd place in the Junior ranking while Anatoly Khavalkin finished 6th in the Final. Dries van Langendonck was on the Mini podium followed by Christian Costoya, both in the top three of the Super Master Series.
“WSK Promotion can be proud to have broken its absolute participation record this weekend“, said Marco Parolin. “This is a well-deserved reward for the quality of the organisation and a very positive indication for high-level karting. The competition was more demanding due to the high number of competitors competing simultaneously on the track, especially during the 46 Qualifying Heats and the eight Prefinals. Fortunately, our Parolin/TM Racing equipment performed very well throughout the meeting.
Despite their best efforts, our drivers were not always able to avoid incidents and penalties. It was a difficult exercise and we had to be very successful in order to reach the top positions. I am universally satisfied with the progress of our drivers. We can already see some young talents blossoming and the rest of the season will bring us some pleasant surprises. With 48 Parolin chassis in the starting line-up, our brand is in an enviable position at this level with a third of the field and four Parolin karts in the Final top five.“
In terms of results, the KZ2 results did not match the true performance level of Parolin Motorsport. Lorenzo Travisanutto was very fast and set three best laps in the race after his superb 3rd place out of 93 participants. This was not enough to allow him to shine in the Final because of a retirement and four penalties.
In OK, the two rookies did a good job. Enzo Deligny was 6th and Maksim Orlov 11th out of 60, both had solid heats before following each other to 3rd and 4th in the Prefinal. Enzo continued his progress in the Final by finishing 6th while Maksim had to retire while making progress towards the top 10.
Anatoly Khavalkin managed to regain 16 places during the OK-Junior Qualifying Heats to climb to 2nd place out of 90 participants. He finished the Final in 6th position, which moved him up six places in the provisional series ranking. René Lammers had regained 24 positions in the heats by finishing 4th, but the Final stages were not favourable to him and he ended with a retirement. He remains in the top three of the ranking. Zac Drummond had a very solid run from his distant 61st time. After avoiding all the pitfalls in the heats, he moved up 38 places and continued his climb by moving up another 12 positions to 13th in the Final.
The Mini category had 108 participants, a record. Christian Costoya and Dries van Langendonck confirmed their talents in the face of strong opposition. With a total of six heat wins between them, they achieved their objectives. Christian won his Prefinal before taking a rewarding 4th Final position after an intense battle. Dries played a great card in a hectic last lap to reach the third step of the podium. They follow each other in 2nd and 3rd place in the series standings at the halfway point.
Jack Illife stepped up his game in a consistent performance that took him to 7th place in the Final. William Calleja posted three fastest laps in the heats, but dropped out in his Prefinal. A fine 10-place recovery allowed him to reach 13th position in the Final. Bruno Gryc developed positively during the entire event to finish 20th, despite a penalty for a badly fixed front fairing, having set the fastest lap of the Final. 65th in Qualifying, Angelo Bruno Blanco managed to qualify for the Final, but had to retire after a few laps.
One week after Christian Costoya’s success in the Mini class in the WSK Champions Cup, Parolin Motorsport was back on the Lonato track for the first round of the WSK Super Master Series. This time the field was bigger and the official Parolin team fielded a 15-strong line-up in all four classes. Dries Van Langendonck won Mini with flying colours, Costoya was on the podium and René Lammers started his first full season in OK-Junior with a fantastic victory.
“To have two wins at this level of competition at the very beginning of the year is a very good sign for the 2022 season“, commented Marco Parolin. “The preparatory work by the team is an essential element to be competitive at this time, but I must also say that our young drivers have done very well despite the cold temperatures. Their determination is impressive and I congratulate them all for that.
Our excellent level of performance was confirmed in Mini. This time it was our new recruit Dries van Langendonck who won after a very good race. Christian Costoya, who took pole position, was also in a position to win, but the last laps of the Final did not go as he had planned and he finished in 3rd place. Willliam Calleja did some very good heats and progressed into the top 10, while Jack Illife completed his comeback by gaining 11 places in the Final to finish 11th. Bruno Gryc and Alessandro Truchot were rewarded for their efforts by reaching the Final.
We were very competitive in OK-Junior. We didn’t expect René Lammers to be so strong already. He completed a perfect performance and held his position at the end of the Final. This is an important encouragement for the whole team, confirmed by Anatoly Khavalkin’s incredible comeback from 67th position in the qualifiers. He managed to reach 13th place in the Final, an overall improvement of 54 places. Many positive things also happened in OK with our two rookie drivers. Enzo Deligny was able to finish 7th and Maksim Orlov 19th out of 49 participants. The main regret of the meeting was the incident in which Francesco Celenta was injured during his first run. We wish him a speedy recovery.”
WSK Super Master Series Rd 1, 27th to 30th January 2022, South Garda Karting, Lonato, Parolin Motorsport team.
Dries van Langendonck, 🇧🇪
6th fastest time, 4th in the heats, 2nd in his Prefinal, winner of the Final (+3 places) with the fastest lap, leader of the WSK Super Master Series provisional ranking.
Christian Costoya, 🇪🇸
Poleman in Timed Qualifying, three heat wins, winner of his Prefinal, 3rd in the Final and provisional standings.
William Caleja, 🇦🇺
23rd fastest time, two top three finishes with two fastest laps in the heats, 10th in the Final, 8th in the provisional ranking.
Jack Illife, 🇺🇸
34th time, top four with fastest lap in a heat, 22nd after heats and 11th in Final, an overall improvement of 23 positions.
René Lammers, 🇳🇱
2nd fastest time, three heat wins and two fastest laps, leader of the heats, winner of his Prefinal, winner of the Final, leader of the WSK Super Master Series provisional ranking.
Anatoly Khavalkin, 🇷🇺
67th fastest time, 18th in the heats, 3rd in his Prefinal, 13th in the Final. Overall progress of 54 places.
Enzo Deligny, 🇫🇷
8th fastest time, 7th in his Prefinal, 7th in the Final, 11th in the provisional WSK Super Master Series standings.
Maksim Orlov, 🇷🇺
27th fastest time, 5th in his Prefinal, 19th in the Final.
Parolin Motorsport will continue with the second round of the WSK Super Master Series from 10th to 13th February in Lonato.
The first event of the 2022 season has already highlighted Parolin Motorsport’s top performances on the international scene in the most hotly contested youth category, the Mini. A big win for Christian Costoya in the WSK Champions Cup and exciting results for the other drivers with the Italian brand based in Veneto is a very good start.
“We have a lot to be satisfied with after the first meeting of the season”, said Marco Parolin. “Parolin Racing Kart was the best represented brand in all categories in Lonato this weekend and we had 33 chassis out of 92 in the Mini class. We confirmed our competitiveness right from the start of the season with a top four in Qualifying, five chassis in the top 10 in the heats and six out of 10 in the Final, which represents a success rate twice as high as our presence in Mini. Our official team, Parolin Motorsport, was very successful. Christian Costoya shone all weekend and won the Mini Final while Dries van Langendonck reached 4th place. William Caleja finished 9th and Jack Illife progressed to 11th place. At the same time Bruno Gryc and Alessandro Truchot showed great potential.“
Moved at the last moment from Adria to Lonato, the WSK Champions Cup was marked by very cold temperatures, at the limit of what a winter karting competition can accept. Fog and then ice affected the timing of the first two days. It was therefore not an easy game to play for the youngest drivers who had to grit their teeth against the bite of the cold. As always, the Mini category saw a very close battle to the finish line among the 92 international participants.
WSK Champions Cup, 20th to 23rd January 2022, South Garda Karting, Lonato.
Parolin Motorsport, Mini category
Christian Costoya, Spain
2nd fastest in Qualifying, four heat wins with two fastest laps, 2nd in the heats, 2nd after the Prefinals and winner of the Final.
Dries van Langendonck, Belgium
4th fastest in Qualifying, 4th in Prefinal with fastest lap, moved up seven places to 4th in Final.
William Caleja, Australia
3rd fastest in Qualifying, a win and a fastest lap in the heats, 6th in the Prefinal, 9th in the Final.
Jack Illife, USA
13th fastest time, a top three in a heat, 9th after the heats and 11th in the Final.
Parolin Motorsport will continue to the first round of the WSK Super Master Series from 27th to 30th January in Lonato.
The last race of the season, the WSK Final Cup in Adria, was a great success for Parolin Motorsport. There was complete domination and victory for Celenta in KZ2 followed by Travisanutto in 4th position, a double podium for Orlov and Khavalkin in Junior, 2nd place for Costoya in Mini and 4th place for van Langendonck.
“The weekend was very satisfying“, declared Marco Parolin. “Our drivers showed a remarkable level of performance in all three categories and six of them were able to obtain the results they deserved despite the intensity of the races. It is very rewarding for the whole team to end the season on such a positive note. We have a solid base to start 2022 with confidence. The development work will not stop and we are already looking forward to next year with great potential. It will be an exciting challenge. Of course, the year-end break will be welcome for everyone and it was important to end on a positive note.“
The WSK Final Cup brought together 275 drivers from more than 40 different nations at Adria Karting Raceway. Parolin Racing Kart was ranked 2nd among the manufacturers with 46 chassis in competition, of which almost 25% of the field was Mini. With four Parolin karts in the top eight of the Mini Final, two in the top four in KZ2, two in the top three in OK-Junior, the competitiveness of the productions of the Bassano del Grappa brand is not in debate.
Parolin Motorsport – WSK Final Cup 2021 – Adria
Francesco Celenta won everything in Adria from Timed Qualifying to the Final with a 2” lead that allowed him to win the 2021 WSK Final Cup, a very competitive event where he kept the lap record. Lorenzo Travisanutto also had an excellent run in the top three of the heats with a 4th place Final position.
Anatoly Khavalkin impressed in the OK-Junior class, dominating the race until the Prefinal. The Final race was more successful for Maksim Orlov, who started 22nd and finished 2nd ahead of his team-mate Khavalkin on the podium. René Lammers completed the success of Parolin by securing good heats, 7th position with the fastest lap in the Prefinal and an 8th place after a gain of five positions in the Final.
Enzo Deligny had the ability to make his mark after his 5th place in the heats, but the start of the Prefinal A marked the end of the meeting for him. Lauritz Sachse from Denmark was doing well in the heats in his first participation at this level.
No less than 126 drivers competed in Mini. Christian Costoya made up 10 places during the heats by finishing 4th and improved his score by finishing 2nd in the Final. Dries van Langendonck followed a similar progression to reach 4th in the Final. William Calleja, who qualified 5th, had three very difficult heats and did not manage to qualify for the Final, despite a 10 place improvement in the Prefinal. Oliver Kinmark also had difficulties in the heats and did not reach his goal, as did Angelo Blanco. Alessandro Truchot put in a remarkable performance, regaining no less than 33 positions from his distant Qualifying. Simas Baciuska remained handicapped by his 111th place in Qualifying.
This year, the Winter Cup had to give up its usual spot at the beginning of the season to wait until mid-November on the South Garda Karting circuit in Lonato. The race started on a dry track and ended on Sunday in a downpour. The two Parolin Motorsport drivers entered in KZ2 put in solid performances with Celenta 8th in the Final and Travisanutto 11th. The Parolin chassis were present in large numbers in the other categories, with some very convincing results such as 2nd place for van Langendonck (AV Racing) in the youngest category.
“The end of the season is near and we are already concentrating on the preparation for next year”, explained Marco Parolin. “2022 will start a new homologation cycle for chassis, brakes and bodywork. There is plenty of work to do. Our two drivers Francesco Celenta and Lorenzo Travisanutto have continued the development programme of our equipment with very satisfactory results. They proved to be competitive both in the dry and in the rain, which showered the Final stages. It’s a pity that Celenta couldn’t reach the finish of his first race when he was in 3rd place because he was in a very good rhythm. After that, he progressed steadily in the rankings to reach 8th place in a tough Final. Travisanutto took advantage of another opportunity to increase his experience in the 125cc gearbox, especially on a wet track. He completed his mission by coming close to the Final top 10 after some solid heats. Parolin Racing Kart was second most popular among the chassis manufacturers in the Winter Cup, which was very satisfying for our brand. In the front rank of the Mini Rok chassis, the teams and drivers who trust us achieved good results with three places in the Final top 10 including 2nd position for Dries van Langendonck (AV Racing). Coskun Irfan (Shamick Europe) also finished in the Junior top 10. 2022 should give us even more reasons to be happy.“
Parolin Motorsport – 2021 Winter Cup – Lonato – KZ2
8th in Qualifying, 16th in the Qualifying Heats, 7th in Super Heat 2 (+1pl.), 8th in the Final (+5pl.).
13th in Qualifying, 11th in the Qualifying Heats, 4th in Super Heat 1 (+4pl.), 11th in the Final.
One week after Enzo Deligny’s victory in the Junior class, Anatoly Khavalkin reached 3rd place in the Junior World Championship on the same circuit of Campillos. Parolin Motorsport confirmed its excellent competitiveness at the highest level in a variety of conditions by qualifying four drivers for the Final in the 101-strong OK-Junior class and being the only team to finish on the podium in both races at Campillos.
“Although we prepared for it, the weekend was not easy”, said Marco Parolin. “It is obvious that the World Championship brings together the best drivers and that the motivation is stronger than for any other race. The weather added a layer of difficulty with intermittent light rain on Saturday morning and throughout Sunday. The work of the teams was crucial. I think our performance did not go unnoticed. Our Juniors were not very experienced: they were either racing their first full season in OK-Junior or had moved up from Mini to Junior within the year. Already in Qualifying we had three very fast drivers around the top 10. The heats were difficult to manage, René Lammers being the best placed at this stage. Anatoly Khavalkin was brilliant throughout the meeting. He didn’t make any mistakes and his last effort to regain another nine places in the Final earned him a place in the world top three. It’s fantastic for us to achieve such a result. Not only is our equipment very good, but we have also shown our ability to train young drivers. Our bet on the future is very satisfying!”“
The races were exciting to experience on the Campillos circuit, which offers many opportunities for overtaking. The precarious grip at many points added even more selectivity to the event. The big favourites of the season sometimes found themselves in trouble. In the Qualifying Heats René Lammers was already 8th, Matias Orjuela 10th and Enzo Deligny 11th. Consistently in the top five of the heats, Lammers ensured a great 7th position for the start of the Final. Orjuela had lost too much ground to qualify for the 36 finalists. Eric Géné showed an increased level of performance since the Champions of the Future event, but it wasn’t enough, while Guillaume Bouzar probably lacked recent driving to make the most of his abilities.
Anatoly Khavalkin managed to improve 27 places during the heats and never fell back. 39th in Qualifying, he started from 12th in the Final. Fully confident in his equipment and his abilities, he immediately went into attack mode and was in the top five after only six laps. He then closed the gap to the top three and moved into the top three with four laps to go, passing the poleman without hesitation. He still had time to secure the podium by distancing his opponents before the finish.
The young René Lammers showed himself to be a brilliant driver by finishing 7th in the heats. However, he was attacked from all sides in the Final battle on rain tyres. He nevertheless managed to finish his first World Championships in 20th position, despite a broken spoiler. Maksim Orlov put in his best performance of the weekend, making up 12 places in the Final to finish 23rd. Despite an encouraging Qualifying, Enzo Deligny did not find the ease he had shown the week before. After two good heats in 5th and 3rd positions, he crashed in the last. He was pushed back to the bottom of the ranking at the start of the Final, but he made his comeback to 25th position with consistency.
For his first season in OK, Jesse Carrasquedo showed an interesting competitiveness by regaining four places during the heats, which allowed him to reach his objective of qualifying among the 36 finalists. Less comfortable in the Final on a track with little grip, he finished the first lap in second-last position, but then climbed back up to 26th place. Arnur Shabdar was slightly far behind after the timed laps and two retirements in the heats did not allow him to qualify.
The Parolin Motorsport team has taken up residence in the south of Spain in preparation for the upcoming OK and Junior World Championship. The last meeting of the Champions of the Future by RGMMC series was a very important preparation event for the Italian team’s OK-Junior drivers. The performance of the Italian team was very noticeable, especially thanks to the victory for Enzo Deligny.
“It’s good for the mentality of the whole team to show such a high level of performance a week before a world event,” explained Marco Parolin. “Like all the teams, we have only recently encountered the Campillos circuit, but our preparation has proved to be effective. In a category with almost 100 participants, four of our OK-Junior drivers performed very encouragingly among the best. Enzo Deligny had been getting closer to victory for several races and I am delighted that he has done so in Spain. It is a very positive result for him and for the team. Maksim Orlov, Anatoly Khavalkin and Matias Orjuela were also very competitive and I hope that their performance will reflect on the whole team. We have some time to learn from this event, both for the equipment and the drivers, so that we can do even better at the World Championship.”
Enzo Deligny was immediately at ease on the Spanish circuit’s steep terrain and he drove a faultless race at the front. Very solid heats, in which he obtained two best laps, allowed him to return to the top five on Saturday evening. He confirmed this by finishing 2nd in the Prefinal before driving a superb Final. He started well and took the lead from lap 5 and then distanced his rivals to win with a 1.6” lead and another fastest lap.
Maksim Orlov was also in a position to get an excellent result. Twice winner in the heats, he was 2nd in this Qualifying phase. After a great fight in the Prefinal, he unfortunately had to retire immediately after the start of the Final. Matias Orjuela showed very convincing speed from his 7th position in Qualifying. Once in 2nd and twice in 3rd place, he finished 9th in the heats. An incident delayed him shortly before the end of the Prefinal, but he made up 10 places in the Final.
Anatoly Khavalkin had to deal with a distant 39th place during the heats. He still made up 12 places, but a retirement lost him all the benefit of his efforts in the Prefinal. Undiscouraged, he went back to work in the Final and reached a rewarding 12th place after a 23-position climb.
Guillaume Bouzar, René Lammers and Eric Gené encountered various setbacks along the way during the heats and could not make it to the Finals despite their potential.
In OK, Jesse Carrasquedo showed interesting competitiveness by regaining five places during the heats despite a retirement. The Final stages were more complicated for the Mexican. Arnur Shabdar was a little bit far back after Qualifying to be able to make it to the Final.