Hiltbrand wins the KZ2 Final and gets the lead of the European Championship with a good margin. The other CRG drivers slowed down by a series of inconveniences. Forè 11th in KZ.
The Spaniard of CRG Pedro Hiltbrand has been successful in the second round of the KZ2 European Championship held in Zuera. Thanks to an excellent second place, that was later on modified into victory due to a penalty handed to the first at the flag, Hiltbrand got the classification lead on CRG Road Rebel chassis pushed by Master MX-S at the fast circuit of Zuera.
After the first round of Sarno, where Hiltbrand scored a great second place ahead of Felice Tiene, the momentum of Hiltbrand continued in Zuera, at his “home race”, as the Spaniard put in a great weekend. Hiltbrand came to the fore during practice posting the quickest time of his group and the fourth absolute place, that was later on confirmed in the heats. He came third in the Prefinal and eventually won the Final after the 5 seconds time penalty handed to Celenta due to a jump start. This result awarded the grit of the Spanish driver of CRG and the team’s whole technical department that turned out to be victorious once again with the CRG Road Rebel chassis pushed by Maxter engine.
Ahead of the final round of Genk (Belgium) scheduled for next 12 July, Pedro Hiltbrand is the main candidate to the European KZ2 title as he currently stands at 52 points.
Felice Tiene has been a bit more unlucky as he was slowed down by an incident in the Final. In the end Tiene closed his effort in P12, but without that inconvenience the Italian could have aimed at the podium. The Japanese Fuma Horio put in a good race ending 20th, after shining in several occasions and winning the second chance race. Fabrizio Rosati also experienced a good weekend all the way to the Final, where he had in an incident that also involved his team mate Fabian Federer, who was also penalized in a heat as he had a problem with the spoiler due to a contact.
IN KZ DE CONTO HIT BY THE SPOILER RULE
Among CRG drivers, the problem of the spoiler hit also Paolo De Conto in KZ as he was disqualified from the Prefinal where he had ended eighth. In the “highest” category, Davide Forè has been shining in P11 in the Final after a steep start, while the current European Champion Andrea Dalè, was 10th at the flag. Following a promising start with P7 in qualifying, Simo Puhakka could not put in the usual great race and had to settle for P17.
In Zuera the “penalty shower” regarding the front spoiler that is designed to detach after a contact, regardless it being a race contact, was back. Drivers competitiveness – that is destined to decrease a lot in International karting – is unfortunately the main loser as the weekend’s result.