Unstable weather characterized the eve of the fourth round of the Italian Karting Championship in Adria. The double finals for categories KZ2, 60 Mini, Iame X30, Rok on Sunday, July 28th. Live TV coverage on AutoMotoTV from 9.40 for race-1 and from 13.25 for race-2.
Following the two initial practice days and qualifying on Friday afternoon with track temperatures reaching 60 degrees Celsius, heats on Saturday, July 27th were run on better weather conditions until mid-afternoon when a thunderstorm made temperatures drop but made it tricky to continue with the race that was underway, the second heat of KZ2.
The temperature at this fourth round of the Italian Championship was mitigated also by the heavy rain fallen on Friday night, which challenged some of the structures set up by the conductors. Categories KZ2, 60 Mini, Iame X30 Junior and Senior, Rok Junior and Senior are the categories on track.
Palomba strong in KZ2, but the Finn Tonteri shining in the deluge
The performance of Giuseppe Palomba on Croc-Tm in KZ2 has been strong and he claimed the pole position before winning the first of the two qualifying heats. He led Leonardo Marseglia (BirelArt-Tm) and classification leader Simone Cunati (CRG-Tm) in the first one, while the rain started to fall at the start of the second heat and it soon turned into a violent thunderstorm that made the circuit impracticable. In this second heat, the Finn Paavo Tonteri (Tony Kart-Vortex) took the lead during the last lap and led Marseglia and Francesco Comanducci (Tony Kart-Tm) at the chequered flag, while Palomba slipped down to P4 in the closing laps after leading the race up to that point. Cunati was fifth, Davide De Marco (KR-Tm) sixth.
KZ2 standings after the heats: 1. Palomba; 2. Marseglia; 3. Tonteri; 4. Cunati; 5. Comanducci; 6. De Marco; 7. Zani; 8. Amati; 9. Tormen; 10. Nilsson.
Scognamiglio charging 60 Mini
Category 60 Mini is quite uncertain with the presence of 70 drivers. In the 10 heats run so far the victory went to Manuel Scognamiglio (Tony Kart-Tm) in three occasions, the Norwegian Marcus Saeter (Energy-Tm) won twice, while the Briton William MacIntyre (Parolin-Tm), Sebastiano Pavan (Parolin-Tm) the Pole Ian Przyrowsky (Parolin-Tm), the Russian Kirill Kustkov (Energy-Tm) and the Briton Coskun Irfan (Tony Kart-Vortex) claimed one win each.
60 Mini standings after the heats: 1. Scognamiglio; 2. MacIntyre; 3. Powell; 4. Saeter; 5. Irfan; 6. Olivieri; 7. Costa; 8. Kustkov; 9. Przyrowsky; 10. Proietti.
Badoer surprising all in Iame X30 Junior
In Iame X30 Junior Brando Badoer (Parolin-Iame), son of former F1 driver Luca Badoer, surprisingly claimed a double win. In the third heat the victory went to the reigning champion Francesco Pulito (KR-Iame), while provisional classification leader Cristian Bertuca (BirelArt-Iame) was ninth in the first and 23rd in the second heat. Enzo Trulli (KR-Iame) was also among the quickest and claimed a third and a fifth place. The fastest in qualifying practice, Alessandro Cenedese (KR-Iame) had to settle for P4 and P6. Michael Barbaro Paparo (KR-Iame) also came to the fore taking two second places.
X30 Junior standings after the heats: 1. Badoer; 2. Pulito; 3. Paparo, 4. Gallo; 5. Trulli; 6. Cenedese; 7. Barbieri; 8. Elkin; 9. Pozzi; 10. Malek.
Caglioni scoring a double win in Iame X30 Senior
Leonardo Caglioni (KR-Iame) claimed a great double win in Iame X30 Senior. He recovered a lot of ground on classification leader and pole-sitter Edoardo Ludovico Villa (TB Kart-Iame). Caglioni won both heats, while Villa's run was delayed in the first heat due to the contact with a rival, but managed to bounce back in the second one ending behind Caglioni. Leonardo Fornaroli (KR-Iame) put in a strong first heat ending second, while Valentino Baracco (Croc-Iame) did the same ending third.
X30 Senior standings after the heats: 1. Caglioni; 2. Fornaroli; 3. Carenini; 4. Baracco; 5. Villa; 6. Gulizia; 7. Ingolfo; 8. Russo; 9. Comanducci; 10. Moretti.
Rok ready to award its titles
Category Rok is at its third and closing round of the season. The victory of the first heat of Rok Senior went to Nicolò Cuman (Tecno-Vortex), who led Leonardo Moncini (Exprit-Vortex) and Marco Bernardi (Mach1-Vortex), while Giorgio Molinari (Exprit-Vortex) had the upper hand on Moncini and Cuman in the second one. Classification leader David Locatelli (Kosmic-Vortex) was seventh in the first heat and fifth in the second one. In Rok Junior, classification leader Pietro Ragone and Eliseo Donno claimed on win each, both on Tony Kart-Vortex.
Rok Senior standings after the heats: 1. Cuman; 2. Molinari; 3. Moncini; 4. Bernardi; 5. Cordera; 6. Cardamone; 7. Locatelli; 8. Sisti; 9. Ortenzi; 10. Biagioli.
Rok Junior standings after the heats: 1. Ragone; 2. Donno; 3. Colombo; 4. Zaffarano.
Provisional classfications of the ACI Karting Championship
KZ2: 1. Cunati points 113; 2. Palomba 97; 3. Iacovacci 86; 4. Marseglia 72; 5. De Marco 69; 6. Tormen 68; 7. Irlando and Zani 63; 9. Albanese 54; 10. Baldi and Forè 35.
60 Mini: 1. Powell points 126; 2. Macintyre 115; 3. Scognamiglio 112; 4. Filaferro 90; 5. Trentin 84; 6. Marenghi 63; 7. Olivieri 56; 8. Tsolov 48; 9. Helias 41; 10. Irfan 35.
X30 Senior: 1. Villa points 150; 2. Caglioni 120; 3. Carenini 86; 4. Baracco and Comanducci 72; 6. Fornaroli 70; 7. Ingolfo 69; 8. Coluccio 57; 9. Russo 42; 10. Scognamiglio 33.
X30 Junior: 1. Bertuca points 150; 2. Pulito 118; 3. Paparo 91; 4. Gallo 70; 5. Elkin 61; 6. Pujatti 55; 7. Cenedese 52; 8. Kucharczyk 46; 9. Trulli 40; 10. Megna 36.
Rok Senior: 1. Locatelli points 73; 2. Molinari 68; 3. Moncini 53; 4. Biagioli 44; 5. Cordera 42; 6. Zuccante 29; 7. Bernardi 27; 8. Mira 22; 9. Ortenzi 19; 10. Gaglianò 18.
Rok Junior: 1. Ragone 66 points, 2. Colombo 39; 3. Simion e Zaffarano 36; 5. De Palo 26; 6. Chiurato and Donno 20,5; 8. Ladina 11; 9. Maynes 10,5.
The program in Adria
Sunday, July 28th: double final for all categories from 9.40 and from 13.25.
Complete classifications are available at www.acisport.it
LIVE ON TV AND WEB. AutoMotoTV (Sky 148) will cover the races live on Sunday 28th, while the Facebook webpage of the Italian ACI Karting Championship will provide the live streaming feed.
Live Timing and Results at www.acisportitalia.it.