Two podiums, a pole position, and many great performances at the Champions Cup in Muro Leccese

The second round of the 2014 inaugural WSK series gives Zanardi Strakka Racing plenty of satisfaction, beginning with the podiums by Ticktum and Ilott in KF and KFJ. Some disappointment for Dreezen, whose role as absolute protagonist in the KZ was thwarted by contacts in the very aggressive final.
KFJ
Daniel Ticktum
As in round one of the Champions Cup, Zanardi Strakka Racing’ s English driver gets off to a very strong start. He drives the fastest time in the qualifyings and wins three out of four heats. With such an impressive pace
Ticktum becomes one of the men to beat. In his pre-final (A), starting from pole, he engages in an early battle with Max Fewtrell, but in the second half of the race the experimental set-up chosen under the tent doesn’t
yield the desired results, especially when havoc ensues in the last lap: Ticktum ends 5th. Starting from this position on grid, the final is an up-hill run, but the English driver does a great job at closing third. This also means
the third step on the final Champions Cup podium: a very good result for the first true “test” of a season that is about to get hot.
Marta Garcia Lopez
Marta Garcia Lopez again gives signs of excellent speed. The Spanish driver could use a steadier pace, but time is definitely on her side. After placing eleventh in timed practice, in the heats Lopez alternates 4th and
5th place with 20th and 22nd, for a total of penalties that sets her 27th. Then in the pre-final (A for her as well) Lopez does a perfect race: she doesn’t let the battle intimidate her and climbs up six positions, closing
8th. The final doesn’t go as well and she ends 19th, in part set back by several contacts with David Beckmann’s kart. Yet even here her fastest lap is below 48”, on par with the top finishers.
Lucas Legeret
The bad luck encountered in round one continues to play tricks on the very young Swiss driver. An accident on Friday leaves Legeret with an injured arm (thankfully just a sprain). His Champions Cup is ruined and
he has to wait for the next competition to get back on track. The team firmly believes in Lucas and wishes him all the best for a speedy recovery.
KF
Tom Joyner
The defending World Champion gets a big disappointment. 12th in the qualifyings, he does decent heats that set him 11th at the penalties count. In his pre-final he starts from 6th on grid and, as the field comes
plowing forward into bend one, he is involved in an accident that leaves him “parked” on the side of the track. This is where his Champions Cup ends. “It’s a shame that the event format didn’t include a second chance race,” says Zanardi Strakka Racing team manager Rickard Kaell. “The way things were set up, going out in the pre-final meant game over.”
Callum Ilott
The English driver is author of a great performance. After not so brilliant qualifyings and up and down heats, his pre-final is a small masterpiece: he climbs up 8 positions to a 2nd place finish that sets him up as a top
player for the final. Here Callum battles for the top spot on even ground with the leader and closes second by a mere 84 thousandths, driving an incredible overall best lap precisely on the very last round, a sign that the material was perfect and that, perhaps, with a slightly more mature race conduct, he could have won. His overall third place in the Champions Cup is, in any case, an excellent taking to start the season with, also considering the fact that– as Rickard Kaell pointed out – the Zanardi chassis and Parilla engine are responding very well to the weather getting warmer.
The European and World Championships promise flaming battles, in every sense of the word.
KZ2
Rick Dreezen
A lot of anger: this is what remains of a round in which (too many) race contacts turned out to be the determinant factor. “I’m not saying Rick would have won” – explains Kaell with disappointment – “but he could
have certainly been up there contending for the top three.” The team manager has a point, considering the results collected. The Belgian proved to be in top shape as early as the qualifyings (2nd best
time), was standing 4th overall after the heats, and from there went on to rule his pre-final with over 1 second to spare. Then the flurry of contacts that characterized the initial phase of the final compromised Dreezen’s race for the top spots and relegated him to a 5th place finish, which set him below the final Champions Cup podium. It is a real shame, considering the winning potential displayed in both rounds and how well chassis and engine performed.

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