|The fourth meeting of Winning Series Karting had a special importance, considered the double objective for the racing stables in Belgium. “On the one hand, our pilots had a good opportunity for scoring more points for the overall WSK ranking and on the other, this race promised to be an interesting competition from a technical point of view, because it offered a good opportunity to prepare for the European Championship, which will be held on this same Mariembourg circuit”, Intrepid Team members explained.|
The weekend started in the pouring rain, but even when the track began to dry during timed practice, the task did not become easier for technicians and pilots. But that was not enough to destabilise pilots, who showed good performances from the very first heat. At the wheel of their Intrepid chassis, Manuel Cozzaglio and Norman Nato (KZ2) finished side by side in 5th and 6th position. Manuel Cozzaglio, who runs for EGP Team, did everything he could best in his second heat and he posted the best lap. Pity for his bad luck afterwards.
Penalised in one heat and forced to withdraw in the final, Roberto Toninelli could not achieve other good results. Luckily enough, Nato’s chassis remained as performing as it always is. Very relaxed after his third position in the last heat, the French pilot confirmed his good shape by ranking 5th both in the pre-final and in the final. “I obtained a good ranking in WSK, but I am especially satisfied with the fast and constant pace that I was able to keep in race”.
In KF1, Glenn Keyaert made his debut in the Intrepid Team. “I immediately felt at ease with my chassis, which I found very easy to drive and adjust. In particular, it allowed me to score the first points in WSK”. Brilliantly 7th in the pre-final, unfortunately he suffered the consequences of a bit of hustle in the final. But it was Yannick De Brabander’s turn (EGP Team) to emerge. 24th at the end of qualifying practice, the recent winner of the Winter Cup recovered as many as 18 positions in the final phase, helped by a well-balanced chassis. The final offered the opportunity to see the Intrepid chassis driven by Jérémy Iglesias and Jamie Croxford recover many positions, but after a qualifying phase full of difficulties, they had already partially compromised their chances. Now it is time to move along the same direction at the European Championship, at the end of June.
It is with its traditional motivation and determination that the Intrepid Team has gone to Belgium to face the fierce competition that reigns at the highest international level. In KZ2, young Norman Nato once again fully exploited all the good qualities of his equipment to show a superb performance in WSK, while Glenn Keyaert did not regret his recent migration at the wheel of an Intrepid chassis: the Belgian pilot was able to fight at the same level as the best pilots in this category!
Comments by Cash Van Belle, engineer at Intrepid. “It was a nice surprise to see Glenn Keyaert (KF1) fight against pilots like Catt, Convers or Ryall, even though it was the first time that he drove an Intrepid chassis in a race. This excellent result achieved by a private pilot shows once again the effectiveness and driving easiness of our Cruiser model. Our competitiveness was also evident in KZ2, as shown by Norman Nato’s good race, 5th in the final”.