Alex Irlando returns home from the second round of the FIA Karting OK European Championship in Genk with 20 points and the 8th position in the championship. Ups and down during the Belgian weekend for Alex Irlando: Locorotondo’s driver starts the weekend with the third chrono overall in wet condition, at his first experience with the OK chassis on a wet track.
Positive vibes are under BirelART’s tent also on Saturday, when Alex finishes 7th, 1st, 2nd and 10th the qualifying races. The last heat ruins the average score and on Sunday morning Alex takes home another 6th. All the points gained throughout the heats give him the 7th spot on the grid for the final race.
Immediately after the start Alex gains two positions and settles for 5th for the first part of the race. Making the most from a battle for the leadership, Alex tries to overtake Pedro Hiltbrand who was slipped from 2nd to 4th. In this battle, Alex moves on the outside line, but the dirty line costs him three positions in one turn and five positions overall in just one lap. At the begin of lap #8 Alex is running on P10. For the remaining laps, Alex tries to close the gap and recover some position, but in the end, the red flag comes out while he is 9th.
"The weekend was a good one overall, but the final didn’t match the expectations. I’ve been stuck in a fight for the 4th position and I lost some positions. The positive side is taking home some points for the championship. There are still two rounds to go and the material is really good. We still can play for podium positions…"
Here are the result of the weekend.
Alex will return on track next week for the 3rd round of the FIA Karting OK European Championship in Kristianstad, Sweden.