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Upward weekend in OK for Alex Irlando

KZ2 reigning world champion raced his first race of the season in OK, improving session after session.

Alex Irlando.

Locorotondo’s Alex Irlando concluded a positive weekend in Sarno at his seasonal debut with direct drive karts. In the first round of the CIK-FIA European Championship, the Sodikart driver had some technical problems to his engine on both Thursday and Friday morning. The weekend didn’t look like a good one, but during the last session of free practice, he changed his engine once again and finally it worked properly.

Without a developed chassis, Alex took 40th in qualifying out of 79 drivers. On Saturday he poured his heart into heats finishing three times 9th, 4th and 7th. After qualification races, he was 15th overall for the final race.

In the afternoon, he hadn’t the pace to keep up with fastest drivers. He pushed as hard as he could, but in the end he settled for 12th overall.

“We had too many problems during the weekend so we were not perfectly ready for the final. I recovered lot of positions, during heats my kart was pretty good, but in the final I hadn’t the possibility to do something more. I’d like to thank Sodikart and TM Racing for the amazing effort, my sponsors and family for the support. Looking forward to back in KZ in Salbris!”

The next race is the CIK-FIA KZ European Championship in Salbris, France, from May 4th to 6th.

Here are the full results.

CPB Sodi Kart team celebration
CPB Sport and Sodi winners at Sarno & European Vice-Champion in KZ2

Emilien Denner took the victory and the opportunity to finish as 2019 European Vice-Champion.

Extraordinary triple podium for Sodi in the European Championship at Sarno

While the official Sodi drivers were fighting for the KZ title, three young drivers were making a splash by monopolising the KZ2 Final podium with a rare triple win at this level.

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Contact ruins Alex Irlando's championship

BirelART's Alex Irlando was flying to his first KZ title when, on second lap, a contact forced him to retire.

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Sixth place in Salbris for Alex Irlando

Alex Irlando finished sixth the first round of the CIK-FIA KZ European Championship held in Salbris, France.

Colin Queen
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Driving through the field, American Colin Queen gains experience in Europe

Queen overcomes qualifying deficit to make a name for himself in the WSK Super Masters program.

Leonardo Marseglia
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Solid P6 at the CIK-FIA European Championship for Leonardo Marseglia

Leonardo Marseglia returns from Sarno with the 7th position in championship after an amazing comeback in final.

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Alex Irlando is the 2018 WSK Super Master Series Vice-Champion!

Second only to Marco Ardigò, the Apulian driver Alex Irlando defeats Paolo De Conto and grabs the second position in the series.

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A dramatic comeback concludes an unlucky weekend for Alex Irlando

A fast Alex Irlando was pushed out at the first corner in the final race, forcing him to recover from the back.

Tony Kart first at the European Championship in Sarno for KZ

The Tony Kart Racing Team at the Naples International Circuit, Italy, is constantly at the top for the final and decisive stage of the KZ and KZ2 FIA Karting European Championship.

Fabian Federer full speed on track in Sarno
Touch luck for Maranello Kart and Federer at the European Championship in Sarno

Fabian Federer had to retire from the Final of the KZ2 European Championship after hitting several technical problems connected to the very high temperatures.

KZ drivers prepared to launch from the grid
Top performance for Birel ART at Sarno

Alessandro Irlando in KZ and Riccardo Longhi in KZ2 positioned themselves as serious favorites in the double title race.