|As usual, the Winter Cup opens the sport season, introducing the first challenge among all the protagonists of the international season. The race in Lonato, like the next one in Parma for the Margutti Trophy, has the precise aim at bringing the Tony Kart Racing Team to perfection, allowing us to experiment with new solutions and to help the newcomers, Oliver Rowland and Petri Suvanto, to integrate in the group. The extremely particular climatic conditions, only at the Margutti Trophy we will still find such rigorous temperatures, make the race at South Garda very interesting. |
Tony-kart gained great results in the 13th edition of the Winter Cup, the Racing Team drivers arrived in the top positions and the victory was within our drivers’ reach, in particular with Rowland in KF2 and with the couple Catt and Ardigò in KF1. The technical material worked in a perfect way also with the awful climatic conditions, temperatures were around 0°. The team got a further satisfaction with the results of sporting customers, able to fight for the victory and often reaching it.
In the KF2 Category Rowland and Suvanto were on the top of the rating since the qualifying and going on to race in an excellent way in the heats. In this phase, the Tony-kart drivers managed to win a heat each. Later Rowland led the semi-final of his group (GHI), gaining the front position for the super final. Unfortunately Petri was forced to withdraw in one of the heats and this damaged the grid position of our Finn, compromising the final result.
During the super final Oliver fought for the top positions, ending with a 6Th place. He was very close to Rob Foster Jones (FA Kart-Vortex) and Jasper Wernerson (Tony Kart-Vortex), respectively 1st and 2nd classified. The general rating was extremely clear: in the top ten positions there are seven Tony Kart with Vortex engine and the winning FA Kart added to them.
In the best category, the KF1, Gary Catt performed one of his strong points, the speed lap, scoring the best time. During the races our drivers stood up, Stevens and Catt, as winners of a round each and Ardigò obtained the semi-final of his group (ABC). At the starting grid our drivers Ardigò and Catt were in the first and the second line, whereas Laine and Stevens were a little bit behind them owing to accidents during the different rounds, but they all had great performances.
The final was very short for Gary Catt, at the 7th lap he had to give up the race after an electrical breakdown. The race became exciting thanks to our World Champion Marco Ardigò, who fought with great tenacity, exploited his kart in the best way and improved lap after lap, his race climax was at the 23rd lap when he overtook De Brabander. The satisfaction for the gained leadership lasted only a few seconds, unluckily Marco’s race ended after a contact at the exit of the “spiral”.
The result of the first international event is positive, obviously it has to be taken with the right precautions. The material competitiveness is clear and since the first moment the Team worked with the rhythm and the methods that have always distinguished us. We were also satisfied with the competitiveness level proved by Tony Kart-Vortex technical material, managed by satellite teams such as Italsport, Ward Racing, second classified with Wernerson in KF1 and Ricky Flynn Motorsport, leader in KF2 with Foster Jones. These are other confirmations of the quality and high standards that Tony Kart is able to offer to its partners.
Giacomo Aliprandi, Tony Kart Racing Team Team Manager
“We don’t discuss about the situation of Marco Ardigò, the race is always the race, and it will be like this forever, with ambiguous events that can decide the result. Concerning the technical aspect, which we are really interested in, I would say that Marco can always handle the race in an excellent way, he knows very well the material that we give to him and so he exploits it in the best way. Gary was impeccable and we don’t worry about the technical fault, at this point of the season an inconvenience like this compromises only a partial result. Concerning Suvanto and Rowland début, they both went well, we can’t pretend much more from them at their first race, with a new material and without track ideal conditions.”
Alberto Viglino, Engineer responsible for Tony Kart Research and Development
“We all did our best, we seldom find this climatic conditions and only in this period of the year. In KF2 our material was perfect and this is proved by the first, the second, the fourth positions we reached… All our drivers, both dealer and official, were at the top positions to fight for the victory. With this track and with this conditions I would say it went in KF2 very well too. The newcomers have still to work, they have to gain some experience and knowledge about the material, this aspect is very important and races at the beginning of the season have the following target: improve all the components of our team in order to gain the best performances.
Marco Ardigò-Tony Kart Racing Team driver, KF1 category
“The start was a little bit uncertain, maybe I was hesitant. After that, I fought hard with Thonon, Forè, Gary and as soon as I I’ve got rid of them, I had a gap of about twenty minutes from the first, I went well, I reached them and I gained the first position. Then happened what happened…Until that moment I think to have done a great race. Today we have to consider that the Team is always very important, in order to have excellent performances, it’s not only thanks to me… as always in the previous days we worked hard to develop the material for the final. In this way, on Sunday race we could obtain something more compared with our rivals.”
Gary Catt-Tony Kart Racing Team driver, KF1 category
“The race beginning wasn’t very good, in the first lap I slid at 5th position, but then in the first five laps I went well and overtook Marco and Forè. I was fast and I thought I could reach the first two drivers. Unfortunately I ended the race in a bad way, due to a banal electrical fault.”
Oliver Rowland-Tony Kart Racing Team, KF2 category
“We did well all the week, I did a lot of tests and I’ve always improved my performances. In the rounds I arrived first and second, this is very good and I had the possibility to start as second in the final. The final was great and I learned many things in this week-end, we were fast and want to be like this for the rest of the year.”