Birel ART Racing Team makes a successful comeback to competition: podium Riccardo Longhi

Published on Monday, July 6, 2020

Birel ART Racing Team makes a successful comeback to competition: podium Riccardo Longhi

Eighteen weeks after the last WSK in Lonato, the Birel ART Racing Team was back in competition at Adria for an intense week bringing together the third and fourth rounds of the Super Master Series. The team from Lissome resumed the work of preparing the equipment as soon as possible while the drivers took care of their physical condition. The result of this return to racing highly satisfying regarding the performance on track despite the heat and the unusual length of this double race meeting.

“There  was  plenty  of  satisfaction  throughout  the long  week  in  Adria,”  said  Ronni  Sala,  President  of the Birel ART Group. “First of all, we have to salute the  work  of  WSK  Promotion  for  this  first  double race and also to be delighted with a large and very competitive  international  line-up.  Of  course  we would have preferred Palomba to have won the WSK Super Master Series in KZ2, but a blister on one of his tyres prevented him from defending his chances in the final on Sunday. Our drivers fought well as we finished 2nd with three of them in the top five. In the Junior class, Kucharczyk had a very good run and it was not long before he reached the podium of the series. The development work continues in the other categories  with  interesting  progress  especially  in OK

We  are  also  proud  to  see  our  chassis  are  also  very performant  in  the  official  Charles  Leclerc  by  Lennox Racing  team.  This  double  event  was  demanding  for everyone and I would like to congratulate all the team members for their courage and determination.”In  KZ2,  the  KZ  World  Champion  brand  lived  up  to  its reputation  by  keeping  its  drivers  at  the  forefront throughout the meeting. The competition was not easy on a track known to be difficult to overtake and it was pleasing to see the Birel ART brand in the top five of each race day with remarkable consistency. Giuseppe Palomba  finished  5th  in  the  Final  on  Saturday  after his  3rd  fastest  time  and  2nd  place  in  the  Round  3 heats. Qualifying in Round 4 was less favourable, but that  didn’t  prevent  Riccardo  Longhi  from  winning his Prefinal and mounting the podium in the Final on Sunday. His team-mates Palomba and Irlando followed him in 4th and 5th places for a great team result.

Leonardo  Marseglia  was  unlucky  and  forced  to retire in both Finals after he had put in some good performances  in  the  Prefinals.  In  the  official  team Charles Leclerc by Lennox Racing, the performance of the chassis produced by Birel ART enabled Matteo Vigano and Viktor Gustafsson to achieve exceptional results.  They  totalled  6  victories  in  the  heats, Gustafsson signed the two pole positions, the leader of  the  heats  Vigano  won  his  pre-final  on  Saturday and finished 3rd in the final.

Tymoteusz Kucharczyk once again put in a very good performance at the wheel of his Robert Kubica Kart chassis, coming straight from Lissone. Consistently in the top three of the heats, twice setting the fastest lap in the race, he always fought hard to stay in the leading group and took two 4th places in the Finals to conclude the Championship in 6th place. Cristian Bertuca  did  not  spare  his  efforts  in  the  heats.  A spoiler penalty deprived him of a top 10 finish in the first Final, but that didn’t prevent him from finishing 15th in the series. Keanu Al Azhari’s adaptation to the Junior category was delayed by the long break, but his performance should improve in the coming races.

Clayton  Ravenscroft  continued  the  development  of the  OK.  Despite  difficulties  during  the  quallifying, he climbed up to 20th and then 18th in the finals.The two drivers of the official Charles Leclerc by Lennox Racing  team  confirmed  the  potential  of  their  Birel ART chassis by finishing in the top ten of qualifying. Jamie Day climbed from 33rd to 6th place in the final phase on Saturday and earned a superb 2nd place in the final on Sunday, which allowed him to take 6th place in the championship, while Gray finished 9th in the final.For his part, Emanuele Olivieri was able to progress in the Mini’s strong field where he achieved a top 10 in the Prefinal and a 22nd position in Final 3. The  Birel  ART  Racing  Team  will  continue  its  racing commitment  from  next  weekend  at  Sarno  for  the start of the WSK Euro Series.

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