On the track of Portimao, in Portugal, the spotlights turned on on the European Championship CIK-FIA KF category, the first of three appontiments of the championship that will touch even the boundaries of England and Sweden.
A weekend that did not follow the plans of the Polish driver from Krakow, Karol Basz, who was victim of an accident. The event, which affected significantly the final result, took place during the pre-final, when Jordon Lennox-Lamb, the driver that Karol was trying to overtake, closed the bearer of the Kosmic Racing Team towards the corner. The Polish driver was forced to retirement due to important damages reported. Without getting caught up in despair, the bearer pink-blue Kosmic team put together a good comeback, recovering until the thirteenth final position, after having started from the 29th placement and finishing at 11″ from the winner, racing at 2” from best lap of the race.
“It was an unlucky weekend, conditioned especially by the accident in the pre-final that forced me to start backwards, from the 29th position, in the Final. Unfortunately, the chassis was not 100% OK, but despite this, I was able to recover up to 13th position in the Final, scoring good lap time. There’s still the satisfaction with the seventh place in Qualifying Heats”, the driver of Minardi Management, Karol Basz, comments.
“If we look purely at the result, it was not the weekend we expected. Unfortunately, the incident in the pre-final affected the entire weekend, forcing Karol to start from the bottom in the Final and with not perfect frame. However, I have to congratulate him for the great recovery and the Kosmic Racing team of Olivier Marechal for the excellent work in the development of the material. In this season, tyres will be a very important and they’re showing to have the right balance”, Alberto Tonti analyses.
Thanks to the scored points, Karol greeted Portugal with the tenth place in standings, turning his mind directly to the next challenge: England, International – on June the 21st. “We are only at the beginning. In England we will start again from the tenth position, with the aim to regain all lost ground here in Portugal, in order to race for the Final victory in Sweden”, Minardi Kart Supervisor concludes.
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