The weekend of 11th-12th March was a busy one for Parolin Motorsport, who had to split their efforts between Spain and Italy. The Champions of the Future Euro Series started at the Kartódromo Internacional Lucas Guerrero in Valencia in preparation for the FIA Karting European Championship - OK and OK-Junior. At the same time, the WSK Open Series started in Lonato for the younger drivers. On both fronts, Parolin was reaping the rewards of his work since the start of the season.
"The Valencia event was very important as we were learning a new circuit in OK and OK-Junior," said Marco Parolin. "The Spanish track has enough specificities to justify a lot of work from the drivers and the technicians. In the end, it went well as the progression was notable with encouraging results from Rene Lammers in 9th and Anatoly Khavalkin in 11th in OK and good performances in OK-Junior from Zac Drummond in 6th and Jack Iliffe in 7th. We will take advantage of the short time between now and the start of the European Championship to fine-tune the equipment and to tackle the European challenge in the best possible conditions.
"The team was also mobilised in Lonato for the opening of the WSK Open Series. Alessandro Truchot was again very combative in the Mini U10 class with his pole position and his Final top five. Our Mini Gr.3 drivers continued their positive development in the wake of Dan Allemann, who achieved his best result in 22nd position. Billi Jordan Van Staveren was again in the Final while Bruno Gryc made a strong comeback of 24 places."
Champions of the Future Euro Series – Valencia (ESP)
After l good progress during the heats (+9 places) with two top fives and a 2nd place, Rene Lammers regained three positions in the Super Heat and set the fastest lap in the race. He joined the Final top 10 thanks to his good 9th place. Anatoly Khavalkin was back on track after a few weeks away from the circuits. His last two heats proved to be convincing and he concluded with a seven-place climb in the Final to 11th position. Miguel Costa started from a distance in Qualifying, but recovered 11 positions at the end of the heats and gained another eight places in the Super Heat.
Zac Drummond was the best in the Super Heat and then in the Final where he made a six-place gain to reach 6th position. Jack Iliffe had two top fives and a P2 in the heats, but a retirement delayed his progress. He was 5th in his Super Heat, and also gained six places in the Final and finished 7th. Vivek Kanthan had an excellent run to 14th place in the heats, but a retirement in the Super Heat delayed him in the Final, which he finished 24th. Christian Costoya, P10 in the Super Heat, had to withdraw after a massive collision at the start of the Final.
WSK Open Series – Lonato (ITA)
Parolin Racing Kart was again the most represented chassis brand in Lonato with almost 20% of the karts present at the first round of the WSK Open Series with 202 drivers in its five categories.
Alessandro Truchot opened the hostilities in pole position. Always very fast, he remained in the top three of the rankings despite some problems in the Prefinal. He finished with a very rewarding 5th position in the Final. John Han confirmed his progression in the top 20, but lost ground in the Final with a penalty for a badly positioned front fairing.
Despite a big improvement of 24 places during the Qualifying Heats, Bruno Gryc just missed his qualification for the Final. Billi Jordan Van Staveren also made up 20 places in the heats and was again in the Final. Dan Allemann took advantage of his good time to finish 15th in the heats, 27th on the second lap of the Final and finished 22nd after a good effort.