Kart | Andrea Kimi Antonelli dominated Adria under the rain…but a contact in the Pre-Final kept him out of the Final

After his success in the WSK Champions Cup last week Andrea Kimi Antonelli was putting together another weekend as a protagonist on the Adria track in the first of the four rounds of the WSK Super Master Series.

Despite a difficult start due to a technical problem that meant that he slipped to twentieth place in the first round, on a wet track Saturday Energy Corse’s kart driver from Bologna put together three consecutive wins in as many rounds in the Preliminary Heat and climbed up the ladder to seventh place.

The cold shower came a few metres after the start of the Pre-Final due to an unlucky contact with another kart which forced him to retire early, keeping him out the Final.

Unfortunately it was a weekend of highs and lows. After an uphill start due to problems with his kart on Friday Andrea Kimi did not lose heart and he dominated the three subsequent rounds under the rain. Sadly, this fantastic job was nullified on Sunday morning during the Pre-Final when he went off the track. In any case we are happy with his weekend because Antonelli made further steps forward in his feeling with Mick Panigada’s new material and he is feeling increasingly at home with the team. We await the appointments at Lonato with trepidation,” commented managers Giovanni Minardi and Alberto Tonti.

Photo: KSP Reportages/Energy Corse

Fernando Alonso to debut at Le Mans and in WEC

After having followed it for all of last season, this year Fernando Alonso will reach his objective of participating in the 24 hours of Le Mans at the wheel of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid. For the World Champion this will be a season full of commitments since together with the 21 grands prix with McLaren-Renault there will not only also be the marathon at Sarthe, but he will also take part in the 18/19 WEC Super Season, always at the wheel of the Japanese car number 8, together with Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi.

This will be another debut for Nando after his positive participation in the Indianapolis 500 which ended with his retirement due to a broken motor, which was possible thanks to the blessing from the team of Woking. Coming back from the disappointing Daytona 24 hour event at the wheel of the Ligier LMP2 of the United Autosports tea, Alonso will sign on to make his debut in the World Endurance Championship at the wheel of the LMP1 in the 6 hour event at Spa-Francorchamps (May 5th and 6th) which will be run before Le Mans (June 16th and 17th) and will then only miss the 6 hour event at Fuji due to the overlap with the US Formula 1 Grand Prix which will have the priority.

“I wish Nando all the best of luck as he will be called to make a noteworthy commitment. He will find himself in situation that will not be easy, having to pass from one category to another and, above all, between cars that are different greatly from each other, The endurance races (6 hours or 24 hours) require a very different preparation compared to an F1 GP,commented Gian Carlo Minardi.

I do not condemn, nor do I support this choice, but I see a lot of discontinuity on this programme. After having taken part in Daytona with a Ligier LMP2 he will front up to Le Mans and the WEC with a Toyota TS050 Hybrid, while last year he ran the Indianapolis 500. Nando is giving a strong demonstration of the strength of his commitment to racing by seeking new challenges and this can only be good for the sport since it generates interest, but I find it excessive” concluded the manager from Faenza.

Kart | A winning debut for Andrea Kimi Antonelli for Energy Corse in the WSK Champions Cup

Andrea Kimi Antonelli began the new season with an authoritative win in his first race for team Energy Corse. On the Andria circuit the very young (he was born in 2006) karting driver from Bologna dominated the whole weekend of the WSK Champions Cup in the mini category, clocking up the fine total of 5 successes.

Assigned to Group A, Andrea Kimi Antonelli put together three wins and a third place in four of the five rounds of the Eliminatory HEAT and registered a decisive comeback in the Pre Final when he managed to make up four places which brought him the win and pole position for the Final.

The Masterpiece then came in fact in the final round when the driver followed by Minardi Management gave all the spectators a heart thumping last lap when he recovered two positions after having gone down to third place and then once again cut the finish line in first place.

This really was a weekend that was full of satisfactions beside Andrea Kimi together with his new team, Mick Panigada’s Energy Corse. Andrea Kimi showed that he has adapted quickly to the new material and the team’s new method of work and took another step forward professionally after already being been rewarded last year.

There is nothing to say about the competition, with the pole. and the wins in the rounds and the Pre Final, but the real masterpiece came in the Finale when, after having been overtaken by two drivers and going down to third spot he did not get discouraged and with superb lines won back top spot and thus the win.

We can put away this important first success with a lot of satisfaction, but we are already concentrating on the new weekend of racing which will put the seal on his debut in the WSK Master,” commented managers Giovanni Minardi and Alberto Tonti.

GT Italian | Karol Basz at Mugello to close an exciting season

The Mugello circuit will close the Karol Basz’s debut season in GT with the seventh and final round of the Italian Gran Turismo championship. After having missed the Vallelunga round due to a clash with the CIK FIA kart world championship the Polish driver will once again be at the wheel of the Antonelli Motorsport team’s Lamborghini Huracan Super GT Cup with which he put himself in the spotlight in his first race by taking pole position in the debut weekend at Imola’s Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit and going on to take podium finishes and collecting points.

It was in July on the demanding Tuscan circuit in the fourth round of the Italian championship that Karol convincingly took the podium in both races with second and third place in race 1 and 2 respectively, gathering a harvest of twenty seven points of the season’s sixty eight points.

“I am really happy to be able to close my first season in GT at Mugello. It is a track I like a lot where I had one of the best weekends of the season with the double podium. I am ready and after having missed the round at Vallelunga I am anxious to get back behind the wheel of the Lamborghini. It has been an intense and positive season which I will try to close in the best way possible,” commented Karol Basz.

“We are coming to Mugello after nearly a month away from GT racing, but Karol is determined to close the season in the best way after the disappointment in the kart world championship. He put a lot of work into the simulator and we hope to file away the first season with a deserved win after two podium finishes in July. The car has always performed well and Karol really likes the track,” was the analysis of managers Giovanni Minardi and Alberto Tonti.

The green light for race-1 will come on at 5.05pm on Saturday 7th while the curtain will come down on the season in the second race scheduled for 12.35pm on Sunday 8th.

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GT Italy | Karol Basz once more on the podium at Imola after an incredible comeback

It was another podium finish for Karol Basz at the Enzo and Dino Ferrari Circuit which was the stage for the fifth of the seven rounds of the Italian Gran Turismo championship when he took third place at the end in race-1 on Saturday afternoon.

After a quick start from the front row with the second fastest time in qualifying-1 the Antonelli Motorsport’s Polish driver, together with Takashi Kasai, became the protagonist of a comeback after having been forced to make an unexpected pit stop due to the puncture of a tyre in the early part of the race that took the “black and orange” Lamborghini Huracan Super GT Cup to last place. Despite the tricky track the pair of Karol and Kasai became the protagonists of an incredible comeback and thus continuing the series of positive results (third consecutive third place) and also setting the fastest lap for the race.

“The first race was really incredible as we were forced to change tyres due to a puncture in the first part of the race that put us in last place. It was very exciting to overtake all those other cars and finishing in third place. Unfortunately the presence of the safety-car in race-2 did not give us the chance to repeat the feat. In any case it was a very positive weekend and I must thank all the Antonelli Motorsport team which gave us a fantastic car and my managers Giovanni Minardi and Alberto Tonti,” commented a satisfied Karol Basz.

“It was a weekend that legitimized Karol’s potential also in GT competitions. After having gained the front row of the starting grid in qualifying he became the protagonist of race-1 following a great comeback after a puncture and without committing the slightest error. We also applaud his team mate Kasai. Unfortunately the long presence of the safety car in the second race reduced the chances of a comeback, but we can put away another weekend with a podium on the plus side. We are ready for the final part of the season,” commented managers Giovanni Minardi and Alberto Tonti.

In two weeks the championship will go to the capital on the Vallelunga circuit for the sixth and penultimate round. In the meantime Karol will be involved in the World Kart Championship in England.

GT Italy | Karol Basz at Imola “The holidays are finally over”

This weekend Karol Basz will be back on track for the Italian Gran Turismo championship after the double podium finish on Mugello’s picky track. Fresh from his podium finish in the European karting round, the young Polish driver will return to Imola’s Enzo and Dino Ferrari Circuit for the fifth round of the Italian championship to continue the series of positive results at the wheel of the Antonelli Motorsport Team’s “black and orange” Lamborghini Huracan Super GT Cup.

It was on the track next to the Santerno River that Karol made his debut in GT competition with the car from the factory at Sant’Agata Bolognese by taking pole position and the podium in round-2 and five months later he is determined to better these results.

“The holidays are finally over after a very long break from the Lamborghini. We hope to repeat the results we achieved at Imola the last time by showing great speed. It would be wonderful to go even better. It’s a track that I like a lot,” commented Karol Basz.

“Karol is in a period of great form as he showed with his latest results in both the Lamborghini and kart with the podium finishes at Mugello and Sweden. We come back to Imola to better the results of the start of the season. Imola is a very tricky track and it will be vital that he concentrates on not making mistakes,” was the analysis of managers Giovanni Minardi and Alberto Tonti.

The motors will light up on Friday 8th with the free practice sessions of 45’ each in preparation for the two qualifying sessions (at 8.50am and 9.10am) scheduled for Saturday morning which will set up the starting grid for race-1 (at 2.35pm) and race-2 at 3.50pm Sunday.

CIK FIA | A difficult weekend in Finlandia for Karol Basz

It was definitely a weekend to forget for Karol Basz who was involved on Finland’s Alaharma track in the fourth and penultimate round of the CIK FIA European Kart Championship, The weekend was strongly conditioned by contacts that nullified the final result, irreparably compromising his position in the ladder.

The Kosmic Racing Team’s Polish driver had put himself on show from the very beginning of the qualifying heats, just missing out on success in the first round with a second place and fourth place in the third round which was the result of an imposing come back after a lightning start from sixteenth place following a time penalty due to the damaged nosecone in the previous round.

However, his excellent pace was completely nullified at the first curve of the final session when Karol was forced to start from the back of the grid after a contact. In any case, he set the second fastest time for the race but had to be satisfied with 22nd place.

With an excellent start from twentieth position after having scored in the warm-up, Minardi Management’s Krakow born flag bearer managed to reach up to fifteenth place before being hit with another time penalty for the fall of the nosecone and thus closing the weekend outside the points.

“It was surely not our weekend. Qualifying did not go as I would have wanted and so I was forced to start the Final well back in the grid. Making up on this track is really difficult despite our good race rhythm and after having made the fastest lap in the final. I will try to make up for it quickly in Sweden next week,” commented Karol Basz.

“There must be more control by the race director during the races because ever more often the work of an entire weekend is thrown away by too much impetuousness of many younger drivers which is then left unpunished. This behaviour is carried on even when they reach Formula 4 where these same drivers cause dangerous accidents.

“We came to Finland with the objective of making up important points to fight for the title in Sweden. Instead, we are forced to leave the track without points despite that fact that Karol was amongst the fastest drivers. A real pity,” was the analysis of managers Giovanni Minardi and Alberto Tonti.

The closing chapter of this European championship will take place next week in Kristiansad (Sweden) where Karol will try to reach the podium at the last gasp and which today is fifteen points away.

Photos by Alex Vernardis & Loredana LRN / The RaceBox

GT Italy | A podium double for Karol Basz at Mugello

On Mugello’s choosey track which was the venue for the fourth appointment of the Italian Gran Turismo Championship Karol Basz once more put himself on display, just missing out on victory and putting himself on the podium both times thanks to his second and third places respectively in race-1 and race-2, putting together a haul of twenty seven points.

Together with Japanese driver Takashi Kasai, Antonelli Motorsport’s Polish driver conquered the front row of the grid in qualifying just missing out on the pole with his black and red Lamborghini Huracan numbered 102 in second place just 2 tenths of a second behind the best time. It was an important result which confirms Karol as one of the best debutants in the category and racking up the season’s best weekend.

“From the beginning of the weekend we did excellent work and reached the podium in both races with a second and a third place which was certainly a great result. Unfortunately in race-1 we lost some time as we started in fifth position, anyway we managed to make a comeback and reaching second place. I am truly happy and now I anxiously await the next appointment at Imola,” commented Karol Basz.

“We finally crystallized what Karol had showed he deserved. Twice on the podium in the same weekend and in the end also an excellent come back in race-1 after having taken back the car from Kasai. He gave us two breathtaking overtaking manoeuvres. We are now lacking the last piece to complete the puzzle, a win,” were the comments from managers Giovanni Minardi and Alberto Tonti.

As we await the fifth round of the championship at Imola’s Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit on the weekend of September 10th Karol Basz will return behind the wheel of his kart in the final two rounds of the CIK FIA European championship in Finland and Sweden.

GT Italy | Karol Basz ready for Mugello “It will be a hot weekend”

On the occasion of the fourth double round of the Italian Gran Turismo championship at Mugello this weekend (July 14th – 6th) Karol Basz will be back behind the wheel of the “black and orange” Antonelli Motorsport team’s Lamborghini Huracan Super GT Cup after the positive weekend at Le Mans in the European CIK FIA karting championship.

After having gathered many positive plaudits from insiders since his debut in the championship, on the demanding Tuscan circuit the Minardi Management’s Polish driver will try for a quick come back after the difficult appointment at Monza which was conditioned by the left rear wheel problem due to an explosion of a screw nut at 230km/h, in any case he managed to control the car before parking it at the side of the track.

“It will surely be a very hot weekend, but I am ready to get back to the wheel of the Lambo and to gain another important result on the most demanding track. It has been an intense period between the Kart and GT appointments,” commented Karol Basz.

“Karol is showing once more that he is a great professional with a great spirit for adapting skilfully between the kart to the GT races. External events conditioned the Monza weekend, yet he again confirmed that he is one of the fastest drovers on the track. At Mugello it will be a very hot weekend that will subject the physique of the drivers to a hard test. Another challenge,” was the analysis of managers Giovanni Minardi and Alberto Tonti.

The intense programme for the weekend will begin at 9.00am Friday with a single free practice session of 45 minutes before the two 15’ qualifying rounds (at 5.00pm and 5.25pm) which will assign the starting grid for the two races of 28’ + 1 lap scheduled for Saturday at 4.00pm and Sunday at 1.15pm.

CIK FIA | Important points for Karol Basz at Le Mans

It was weekend with positive implications for Karol Basz, protagonist on the Le Mans track of the third appointment of the CIK-FIA European championship.
Kosmic Racing’s Polish driver managed to win important points in terms of the championship despite sixth place which was the result of a contact at the second passage of the final round of the qualifying heats with Collet (who would then be penalized 10 seconds), thus nullifying the two wins and fourth place achieved in the previous rounds.

“Our rhythm was always very good during the weekend, even if a small problem in the end and the contact in the final round of qualifying conditioned the final result. Despite all this, I managed to make up a number of points in the table in view of the last two rounds in Finland (July 23rd) and Sweden (30 July), “commented Karol Basz.
“In the first three qualifying rounds Karol showed that he was on pace with this track with two wins and a fourth place. Unfortunately Collet’s action nullified the work done up till that moment and forced Karol to start the Final in ninth place where he also had a problem with water temperature. In spite of all this he managed to pick up points over his direct opposition. Now we are preparing for the last two races,” was the analysis of managers Giovanni Minardi and Alberto Tonti.

In two weeks (from July 14th to 16th) Karol Basz will return to the wheel of the Antonelli Motorsport Team’s Lamborghini Huracan for the fourth double round of the Italian Gran Turismo championship on the Mugello track where he has already made his mark amongst the best debutants.

GT Italia | Karol Basz at Monza on the hunt for his first success

Two weeks after his near win at Misano Karol Basz is ready to make his debut at the temple of speed that is Monza in the third appointment of the Italian GT championship.

The multi winning kart driver from Krakow who has just come from the European Clk-FIA championship round will return to the wheel of the black and orange Antonelli Motorsport Team Lamborghini Huracan Super GT Cup on the hunt for the season’s first success after having obtained pole position and a podium finish in the first round at Imola and having led the race in his stint on the track thanks to a lightning start.

It has been an exciting beginning to the season for the driver assisted by Minardi Management in which he has had the chance to test the ultrafast straights, together with his team mate, during the day of testing.

“I truly like this circuit very much and I can’t wait to take to the track in my Lambo. It is very fast and I hope to have a perfect weekend. But this will also need a touch of luck,” commented Karol Basz.

“Karol’s start in the championship has been more than positive considering that he began totally hungry even though, for the moment, he has missed out on a win. We will certainly try here at Monza. At Misano he went very close, making himself the protagonist with a perfect stint. Kasai’s penalty was a pity. He has adapted quickly to the Lamborghini and the team taking his place solidly in the top positions. Now we have to carry on with our job,” was the analysis of managers Giovanni Minardi and Alberto Tonti.

The two practice sessions of an hour each will start on Friday from 10.30am and 2.40pm in preparation for the official sessions programmed for Saturday 17th beginning at 9.30am. The first of the two races of the Super GT Cup will start at 5.00pm Saturday. Race-2 will begin at 5.30pm with direct streaming on www.acisportitalia.it.

CIK FIA | Karol Basz limits the damage in Alonso’s “home”

It was a troubled weekend for Karol Basz on the Spanish track owned by F1 world champion Fernando Alonso, the setting for the second round of the European kart championship.

The multi winning Polish driver limited the damage in the final by making himself the protagonist of an important fight back and of a solid race by crossing the finishing line in twelfth place after starting the race in thirty third spot.

On a track that proved that it was not up to the standard of an important appointment such as the European championship Karol fought against a number of problems that conditioned the result from the first sessions despite a good rhythm and managed to obtain a purse of four points.

“It was a very unlucky weekend, but once more the race rhythm was very good. During the qualifying sessions I threw myself into the fray wheel to wheel but unfortunately it cost me a penalty, even though I did not agree with some of the judges’ decisions regarding cutting the track. These episodes form part of motorsport and now I will concentrate on the next appointment with the Lamborghini at Monza in preparation for Le Mans,” was the comment from a bitter Karol Basz.

“Despite a weekend that was anything but easy Karol showed that he is a true professional making himself a protagonist of a solid Final which ended with a concrete result after climbing up the ranking in view of the championship. The track did not live up to expectations where the performances were distorted by inadequate kerbs and some cutting of corners was not punished which did not give the drivers the chance to express their true worth,” commented managers Giovanni Minardi and Alberto Tonti

As we await the their round on French soil the next weekend Karol will return to the wheel of the Antonelli Motorsport Team Lamborghini Huracan in the Italian GT championship appointment at the temple of speed that is Monza.