|Despite the exceptionally gloomy weather over Parma, last weekend, the 19th edition of Trofeo Internazionale Andrea Margutti assumed a special importance, due to the fact that it was the last edition in Parma kartdrome. |
The Margutti Trophy was created about 20 years ago to pay homage to and keep alive the memory of young Andrea, a karting pilot who had competed with Giancarlo Fisichella, Jarno Trulli, and Danilo Rossi, among others. This trophy is inextricably linked to Parma kartdrome, a
circuit that quickly enabled it to become an international sporting event, a must at season debut.
Real motor racing stars were among the protagonists of this unique race: Fisichella and Trulli, of course, but also Robert Kubica, Vitantonio Liuzzi, not to mention all those who took part in the
event without winning.
At the end of the year, the closing down of this circuit will mark the end of an era, but also the beginning of a new one. The emotion was palpable when pilots were introduced, while the history
of the Trophy was being recalled. However, the Margutti Trophy will not disappear. Mrs. Patrizia Margutti, Andrea’s mother, officially announced that next year the 20th Trofeo Margutti will be organised in Valencia (Spain), in a brand new karting circuit in the Spanish city. The Margutti family deserves our utmost respect for the character and dynamism it has shown in shaping a new future for Andrea’s trophy.
In KF3, young Finnish prodigy Aaro Vainio, a newcomer in Italian races, repeated his winning performance at the Winter Cup and came very close to the final victory at Margutti Trophy. However Ignazio D’Agosto took the final win for Tony Kart. Kevin Ceccon finished third and gained the last podiumposition ahead of Michelle Gatting. The fast Danisch gilr triumphed in Parma: 2nd in the rain, 2nd in the semi-final, Michelle obtained an excellent 4th place in the final ahead of Michael Heche, Nyck de Vries and Carlos Sainz Junior.
Groman Zednek on his Maranello was succesfull in KF2. The Czeck driver won ahead of Giacomo Patrono and Tom Grice from the PdB Racing Team. In KF1 Gary Catt showed his pace. The Tony Kart–Vortex, driven by Gary Catt, was first in the ratings from qualifying, in every kind of condition, both wet and dry, Gary won the rounds and led in the pre-final and in the super final. Next to the great winner, on the podium there were also the Italian Alessandro Bressan, the Kosmic Kart-Vortex driver and another Tony Kart champion, Marco Ardigò. Manuel Renaudi brought Gillard a promosing fourth position ahead of Will Stevens.