The Sodikart brand and its partner CPB Sport once again demonstrated the quality of their equipment in KZ2, dominating the opening round of the WSK Open Cup. In the wet as well as in the dry, the Sodi-TM packages proved to be impressive in Lonato. Senna Van Walstijn finished as the winner, while Adrien Renaudin completed his magnificent comeback with a 3rd place in the Final.
Two weeks after their podium finish at the KZ2 world event in Sweden, the CPB Sport team and Senna Van Walstijn made a winning return to South Garda Karting, where they won the Andrea Margutti Trophy at the beginning of the season. "It's never easy to win at Lonato," enthused French team manager Paul Bizalion. "It is the test track for most of the Italian factories and the best drivers have all their references there. The standard is always very high."
Performing well in all conditions
With heat finishes of 3rd, 1st and 2nd, accompanied by a fastest lap in the race, Senna Van Walstijn made an excellent start to the meeting and positioned himself as a serious contender for victory at the beginning of the last day of competition. The rain arrived for the Prefinal and the Dutch driver was the fastest in these conditions, while ensuring his place on the front row for the Final. He made a perfect start to the race, took the lead in the Final and quickly extended his gap, before managing his lead until the end.
"A big thank you to the CPB Sport team, to the manufacturer Sodikart and to my engine tuner Cédric Sport Motors for having prepared such a high-performance kart for me. My only regret is that I won't be able to defend my place as leader in the WSK Open Cup which will finish on October 3rd in Adria. However, on the same day, I will be in Ampfing to try to win the German Championship, as I am also leading the DKM."
Renaudin: 32nd place to the podium
Adrien Renaudin's Sodi-TM completed the KZ2 podium in Lonato. However, everything changed for Adrien in the second heat, when he was in the lead. "In WSK, each heat determines the starting order of the next one. As I dropped out in the second heat, I had to start 32nd in the next," Adrien regretted. Thanks to a high level of performance, especially in the rain of the Prefinal, the French driver achieved a significant improvement to come back to 3rd in the Final.
Winner of one of the two races of the German Championship event the week before in Mülsen in DSKC, Thomas Imbourg was also part of the CPB Sport squad in Lonato. In this tough environment, he did not fail to show his talent, as he finished the race in 7th position. Unfortunately, he lost places in the Prefinal due to a penalty, before coming back to 13th in the Final.
"Sodikart and CPB Sport are having a wonderful season, with many podiums and many drivers of different nationalities at the front. In addition to the competitiveness of the equipment, our team is particularly well structured and organised, which is one of our strengths," concluded Paul Bizalion.