KART REPUBLIC WINS THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN OK!
Another fantastic week end brought us to the conclusion of this 2019 edition of the European Championship, and after 4 rounds Lorenzo Travisanutto made it to seize the title after an intense fight with his opponents!
Big congratulations to Lorenzo and CV Performance for this big achievement!
Kart Republic was also fighting for this Championship with Dexter Patterson, our driver with Sauber Karting Team; the Scotsman also had big chances, after a pretty solid season, but a contact happened in the early stages of the final took him out of the fight. He still made it to get the bronze medal for this Championship.
Awesome news in OKJ as well, with two drivers on the first two steps of the podium! Antonelli won the race in Le Mans with a fantastic performance for Rosberg Racing Academy, and took the second place for the Championship. Also, our driver Alfio Spina finished this last race in 2nd place, scoring a well-deserved podium after a solid week end.
Here’s what the protagonists have to say
2019 OK EUROPEAN CHAMPION, LORENZO TRAVISANUTTO, FROM CV PERFORMANCE:
“This week end wasn’t really easy for us; starting from qualifying, I did my run in the least performing group and found myself in 9th place overall. After keeping it tight in the heats, we decided to put new tires on for the last heat, and that proved to be a good decision. In the end, we jumped on the podium with a little bit of luck as well, but we’re extremely satisfied and happy for this achievement, after all the great work done during this Championship.
Big thanks to CV Performance, Kart Republic and Iame for the amazing effort!”
CV PERFORMANCE TEAM MANAGER, JOCHEN:
“Nice week end, with two of our drivers starting from the first row for the final, and very good performances from Pauwels as well. A bit more difficult this time for Lorenzo, as he had to start with new tires on the last heat, just to set himself to a better position for the final; clearly, this caused him a lack of performance during the final, when all the other drivers had new tires.
In the end, it was enough to grab the title; we made it possible thanks to the positive results we achieved during the previous rounds.”
ANTONELLI, WINNER IN OKJ:
“This is one of my favorite tracks, and we’ve been very fast throughout the whole weekend. I started P2 in the final and I immediately noticed I had enough pace to make my move and take the lead. In the final part of the race, I had a little moment when I found some dirt on track that I couldn’t avoid, but after cleaning my tires, I kept enough margin to win the race. I’d like to congratulate Alfio for securing a podium, and also I would like to say thank you to my mechanic Giulio, Kart Republic, Iame, Lucky Design, Alpinestar, Bengio and Mercedes for their support.”
KR GENERAL MANAGER, DINO CHIESA:
“I’m happy for Lorenzo; he won this Championship thanks to his experience and skills, and I can say he’s still the most competitive driver on the OK grid today.
We’ve had a bit of a strange week end with Patterson (Sauber Karting Team); something wasn’t simply working fine. Unfortunately, his race finished very soon because of a contact; it was a racing moment, things that just can happen! In the end he won a podium at the European Championship, which is still very good actually.
Anyway, we have young drivers coming up closely, like Barnard (Rosberg Racing Academy), who scored a nice podium this time. Pauwels was fast too; he scored pole position, and probably lacked a bit of experience in the final.
I’m happy about OKJ, with a great win from Antonelli and a well-deserved podium for Spina, finally! It pays back for the hard work we’ve done in OKJ during the season, preparing our self for this event and the World Championship.”
The next big event is going to be the CIK FIA World Championship, in Alaharma, Finland, on September 8!