The international circuit 7 Laghi inaugurated Karol Basz ‘ new season in the SWK Super Master Series that will continue with the events in Sarno (March 20), La Conca (April 3), and Adria (May 22). Strong of his two consecutives podia in the WSL Champions Cup and Winter Cup, the Kosmic Racing World Champion had a unexpected weekend, innocent victim of a collision at the first lap of the Final that put him out of game. A strange situation to the strong Minardi Management driver, who is accustomed to see the checkered flag. We have to come back to last May to register a withdrawal.
The weekend starts uphill since the first steps when Karol signs only the sixteenth position in qualifying due to some misjudgments. Saturday, during Qualifying Heat, he is determined to get back on top of the standings, but the bad weather makes a mess of his plans, forcing organizers to nullify all the sessions (due to snow and bitter cold) and modify the race schedule. The qualifying results remain valid for the Pre-final. With the determination and speed that distinguish him in all the races, Karol becomes protagonist of a great recover, despite a problem at the drain valve that the Polish driver promptly solves on track during the race. At the end of sixteen laps, Basz is in eighth. He is ready to complete the recovery in the final, but his race finishes at the first lap when he finds himself in a carom between Sergeant and Van Leeuwen.
“It was a difficult weekend. The bad weather and the cancellation of Saturday’s free practice penalized us. In Pre-final, I started from sixteenth position and I was able to recover up to the eight position. In Final, they pushed me out and I received serious damages to the kart chassis. In Sarno I want to be ahead again” Karol Basz says.
“It was definitely an unfortunate and negative weekend, especially if we look at the final result. The bad weather and the modification in the schedule deprived us of the chance to recover. Anyway, in Pre-final Karol did well, resolving also a problem in the drain valve and recovering eight positions. The collision in the Final frustrated his effort. In the next days, we’ll come back on track to prepare our visit in Sarno at our best” manager Alberto Tonti observes.
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