|French Tony Lavanant really dominated the KZ2 category. Although he did not reach the pole position, which was conquered by another Energy pilot (Kevin Jansen), Lavanant took the lead during the qualifying heats, by winning four heats out of five. Then Tony dominated the two final races. He crossed the finishing line the first time with a 4-second advantage and a second time with almost 3 seconds!|
“My equipment was perfect throughout the weekend”, the Energy pilot remarked. “The chassis was really effective, the engine was extremely performing and I could easily control the two races. Now we must focus on the title, because I lost some points after I was penalised by 10 seconds in Race 2. I did not have an early start, but I only moved slightly before the lights went off so commissioners thought I had made a mistake. Therefore I was penalised from 1st to 9th place”.
Lavanant had to content himself with just one victory in Belgium,
but after conquering two best laps in the two finals, Lavanant and the Energy Team clearly showed their superiority.
Gallepe on the podium
Lavanant’s team mate Mathias Gallepe was never very far from his compatriot in the leading pack. The French driver never left top 3 in all his heats and managed to keep a very high pace in the two finals. One of the few pilots to cross the 57 second threshold in Race 1, he was rewarded for his efforts by reaching 3rd place. “I was looking forward to reaching this podium in the European Championship and now I am really happy” Mathias rejoiced. “The chassis helped me a lot, it was really fast and reliable, regardless of the tyre wear level”. 4th in Race 2, the Energy pilot showed a superb performance in the Championship by ranking third!
Mathias Gallepe raced in the first round of the French Cup 125cc Long Circuit. On the fast Carole circuit, where all the best French pilots
dream of adding their names to the list of winners, the Energy chassis driven by Mathias did not go unnoticed in the final. “The equipment effectiveness quickly made me feel more confident and even if a collision in the pre-final pushed me back behind 20th place in the starting grid, in the final, I felt I had some winning chances”, the French pilot commented. Indeed, Mathias quickly reached the best pilots and then took the lead of the pack. Race end did not cause any problem to Mathias, who imposed himself brilliantly.
Energy Corse official team continues to collect excellent results and
victories. After winning at Angerville on the European Championship debut, Tony Lavanant repeated his success during the second round at
Mariembourg. His team mate Mathias Gallepe has also shown his remarkable qualities over the last few weeks. Winner of French Cup 125 Long Circuit, he conquered his first European podium in Belgium. The two Energy pilots now occupy the 2nd and 3rd place in the Championship provisional ranking!
Energy Wins in KF2
After winning in KZ2, the Energy brand also conquered the Viking
Trophy in KF2. On 15 June at Lapeenranta, in Finland, Joël Johansson run alone towards victory.
“We knew that our chassis works equally well in the KZ and KF categories and it is great that also Johansson achieved important
results”, Michele Panigada, Energy Team Manager commented. After showing his remarkable qualities in WSK (5th in the final at Lonato, 4th in the pre-final at Mariembourg), the Swedish pilot unfortunately
failed in a heat. But he managed to climb from 11th to 3rd place in the pre-final, before crossing the finishing line with an advantage of almost six seconds and setting the best time in the two races of the final phase. Russian Mikhail Mitrokhin went from 19th to 4th place and thus added the final touch to the successful performance of Energy chassis.
Besides the victory of Tony Lavanant and the podium of Mathias Gallepe, Energy did extremely well also thanks to the performances of Fly Kart pilots. Dutch Kevin Jansen won the pole in timed qualifying. “Kevin is a very promising pilot” stated team manager Alberto Tonti. “He was fourth twice at the beginning of the European Championship at Angerville and would have deserved the podium at Mariembourg”. Jansen started from the first row next to Tony Lavanant in race 1 thanks to two victories in the heats and a best lap and maintained the third position for a long while. Unfortunately, another driver pushed him two laps before the end and Kevin ended sixth. Jansen kept his position in race 2 and he now ranks fourth in the European Championship, where three Energy pilots are in the four top positions.
Jansen’s team mates took advantage of the competitiveness of Energy-TM karts. Kenneth Ostvold, Kevin Leijtens and Christian Krognes did very well in the qualifying rounds and ended 8th, 12th and 13th in the first final. This means that there were as many as 6 karts in the top 13. Even if Ostvold had bad luck in the second final, Krognes (11th) and Leijtens (14th) scored very important points for the Championship. “It was an extremely favourable weekend for Energy and Fly Kart”, continued Alberto Tonti. “I would like to congratulate the pilots and the technical staff for the victories and excellent performances in the European Championship in Belgium and in the Viking Trophy in Finland”. Energy Double Victory in the Viking Trophy
Pekka Seppänen demonstrated all his strength and value at the Viking Trophy, held on 14 and 15 June on the Kimi de Lappeenranta racetrack in Finland. After taking the lead in the first heat, he continued his brilliant performance until the end of the final, and set the best lap in a heat and in the pre-final. Energy’s karts brilliant performances were completed by the second position of Norwegian Kenneth Ostvold, who gave a double victory to the Italian brand. The third Energy-Fly Kart driver, Christian Krognes did well too with a sixth place in the second pre-final.
Winner in the Netherlands
On 15 June Kevin Leijtens brilliantly won the KZ2 race for the Dutch
national championship (NAB) on the racetrack of Emmen. Energy and Fly Kart Team could even have obtained a double victory, had Kevin Jansen not been betrayed by the engine.
After the two victories of Pekka Seppänen in KZ2 and Joel Johansson in KF2 in the Viking Trophy, the second round of the European KZ2 Championship confirmed the competitiveness of Energy drivers. The team Fly Kart, Energy’s partner, played a major role in this series of good results.
Michele Panigada’s viewpoint, team manager of Energy: “The work accomplished on the materials and the quality of our structure continue to bear fruits. I’m extremely satisfied with the results obtained since the beginning of the season, in the European Championship, in WSK, in the Viking Trophy and in many countries, where the number of drivers choosing our brand in all categories (KZ, KF, Rotax...) is constantly growing…”