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Lonato Winter Cup: The Photo Review

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The 22nd annual Winter Cup in Lonato brought together 290 competitors.

Jeremy Iglesias
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Jeremy Iglesias with his FormulaK was super strong from the word “go”. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Antonio Fuoco at Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Nice to see Antonio Fuoco in the race, covered in the Ferrari Driver Academy overalls. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Chris Lulham at Lonato Winter cup 2017
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Chris Lulham, coming from some strong performances in X30 last year, was also a front runner this weekend in Juniors. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Karol Basz at Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Karol Basz, running in an engine on Sunday morning. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Roman Stanek at Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Newcomer Roman Stanek, coached by Karol Basz and Patrik Hajek, is already putting in some strong performances this year, winning a few heats already on Saturday. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Track blockage at Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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“Would you like some tea?”. But the track was dangerously blocked after this 5-kart crash in KZ2. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Theo Pourchaire at Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Theo Pourchaire, from the OKJ podium in the world championship last year, to already some really strong performances and fastest laps in the senior OK category. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Pedro Hiltbrand at Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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World Champion Hiltbrand didn’t have as easy a race as in Adria. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Paavo Tonteri at Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Paavo Tonteri with KSM Schumacher Racing, a strong performer in the opening races in Adria was not as comfortable in Lonato. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Riccardo Longhi at Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Local driver, Riccardo Longhi, was very strong in KZ2. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Patrik Hajek at Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Patrik Hajek of Kosmic waiting for the KZ2 heat. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Matteo Vigano at Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Matteo Vigano, with Tony Kart this year, in the middle of the pack in KZ2. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Jonathan Thonon at Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Jonathan Thonon in his return to racing in Europe encountered all kinds of trouble. Here he’s retiring from one heat with engine problems. A driver of his calibre however is expected to find his way back to the front very quickly, especially with all the early signs he showed with the GP kart in America. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Alex Irlando at Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Alex Irlando, from front row starts, retiring with engine problems. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Commentator office at Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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A view inside the commentator’s booth in Lonato. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Antonio Fuoco on track at Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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GP2 driver Antonio Fuoco on track in KZ2. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Davide Fore at Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Davide Fore had a weekend to forget. This was not expected after the strong showing he had with the Gold Kart all of last year, and especially the high hopes they had from their switch to Vortex engines. For sure they’ll be back strong soon. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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After the entire track was marked as “Red Zone” for photographers, everyone found the funniest spots where to shoot from. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Jack Doohan Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Jack Doohan and his mechanic waiting for the heat on Saturday. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Gianluca Petecof Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Gianluca Petecof, finishing fifth, strong with Tony Kart in OK. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Rick Dreezen Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Rick Dreezen has found his form this year after switching from Ricciardo Kart to satellite team KSW Birel ART with Vortex engines. Here ahead of Marco Ardigo and Paolo de Conto on the starting grid, and better scorer than any factory Birel ART. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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CRG Truck Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Always big crowds in Lonato, here watching the race from the top of the CRG truck. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Leonardo Marseglia Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Leonardo Marseglia very strong in the Zanardi, found his way to the podium in the OK-J final. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Lorenzo Travisanutto leads the field of OK Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Lorenzo Travisanutto was ahead of everyone from the start. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Lorenzo Travisanutto Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Travisanutto (Zanardi) dominantly wins the OK final in front of the big crowds in South Garda Karting. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Lulham
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Christopher Lulham was one of the two karts in front that collided in the final few laps in junior, handing the win to Harry Thomson, running behind them. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Harry Thomson Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Thomson winning OKJ. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Sodi team members Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Strong team spirit within the Sodi Kart team before the start of the final. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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KZ2 starting grid on track Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Count the champions in this long starting grid in KZ2. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Jeremy Iglesias Lonato Winter Cup 2017
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Iglesias with his FormulaK victorious ahead of De Conto, Lammers, Longhi, Abbasse. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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We have here the 22nd annual Lonato Winter Cup from South Garda Karting Circuit in Lonato, Italy, being held over the weekend of February 9-12, 2017.

Photos and words by Alexandros Vernardis of The RaceBox.