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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.

Photo: KSP Photo Agency

Bitter Sunday in Sarno for Alex Irlando: after an amazing weekend he had to give up the fight for the European crown.

The Apulian started the weekend greatly missing the pole position by only 0.041". Starting on first row, Alex took home a 3rd, a 2nd and a win in the heats, earning the second spot on the starting grid.

At the start of the final, Alex grabbed the holeshot and defended his leadership from Simo Puhakka at the first hairpin, while his title contenders, Anthony Abbasse and Matteo Viganò, collided and were out of the race since the first corner. During the second lap, at the hairpin in front of the paddock, Alex defended his position cornering close to the kerb, but, despite that, Puhakka tried to overtake him and they crashed.

The Tony Kart rejoined the race while the BirelART #9 was too damaged.

"I don’t really know what to say. Being pushed out during the second lap while leading the race and the championship it's so frustrating. We were so close to bring a title back to Lissone. The whole team and all our partners deserved this. Thanks everyone for the support, we’ll come back stronger than ever next time!"

Here are the results of the weekend.

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.

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Alex Irlando takes his first KZ podium in Wackersdorf

The German track in Wackersdorf is always a good one for Alex Irlando who finishes third the first round of the FIA Karting KZ European Championship.

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Alex Irlando returns to Wackersdorf

After almost two years from his KZ2 International Super Cup win, Alex Irlando returns to the ProKart Raceland in Wackersdorf.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FIA Karting KZ European Championship Podium drivers
Exciting Finals at the foot of Vesuvius

Multiple twists in the KZ Final steal the show on Sunday.

Academy Trophy drivers on track in Sarno
Fierce battles for qualification in the sun at Sarno

For this second day of the Italian Kart Grand Prix, the heat wave continued on the outskirts of Naples and the temperatures again exceeded 30°.