|Three weeks after the WSK, the Sodi Team came back to the Mariembourg circuit for the second round of the European KF1 Championship. Although a few technical problems slowed down the progression of Sodi pilots on 28 and 29 June, Anthony Abbasse finished his weekend with a superb 16-position recovery! The previous weeks, the Sodi chassis also showed all its qualities at the WSK as well as at the Viking Trophy|
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Just like at Angerville eight weeks earlier, Benjamin Da Silva achieved excellent results at the European Championship with his Sodi chassis. “In Belgium, I was in a position to regularly finish in the top 10 of the heats, which was my objective in order to qualify”, Benjamin commented. “Unfortunately a puncture prevented me from reaching the final phase. In this KZ2 category, with over 80 pilots at the start, even a tiny problem can be fatal. Pity…!
After Alban Varutti at Angerville, it was Anthony Abbasse’s turn to score his first points in the high level European KF1 Championship. “It is on this circuit that I conquered the 4th place in the World Championship, in 2007 and I wanted to improve that result
by reaching a podium, or even a victory” Anthony said.
“Unfortunately the team suffered the consequences of a series of race mishaps during the weekend. But I held on and although I was forced to withdraw in Race 1, I took advantage of the effectiveness of my Sodi chassis to climb from 31st to 13th place in Race 2”.
Varutti too had to withdraw in the first final, but his performance
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Abbasse in Race 2. Despite it all, the Sodi pilot showed a positive
attitude. “I had an excellent heat on Saturday, when I recovered nine places thanks to the speed of my kart, so I think I deserved a better result. But this is part of the game”.
Pierre-Henri Nanot also showed a remarkable performance. After leaving the world of karts almost five years ago, this pilot from Braun Racing Team reached the top 20 in Race 2 in his second official appearance of the season.
Thanks to the qualities of the Sodi chassis and to the know-how of the Scandinavian teams, the French brand brilliantly emerged at the Viking Trophy, a classic of the CIK/FIA international calendar. In KZ2
(125cc gearbox), Finnish Gleb Shirshov conquered the pole position and then reached the third step of the podium at Lappeenranta. Joung Jari Huttunen did the same in KF3 (Junior). He preceded his team mate from MPT Teemu Team Markus Petjoi, winner of a heat and third in pre-final. The Sodi chassis was just as effective in KF2 (Espoir) when driven by Jarno Hampi, also Finnish. Hampi was very fast and conquered
the third step of the podium too. Conclusion: a Sodi chassis in
the top 3 of each category!
The Sodi Team moved to Mariembourg on 7 and 8 June for the fourth round of the Winning Series Karting. The Sodi chassis achieved excellent results in KF1. “Performances were as good as expected, already in timed qualifying”, Anthony Abbasse stressed. “I gained access to the Super Pole, where the 10 fastest pilots during timed qualifying compete. I was 6th after the qualifying heats, but unfortunately I was penalised at the beginning of the final phase”. Then Alban Varutti took the relay. Starting from 31st position after his withdrawal in the pre-final, he staged a superb 20-place recovery and finished 11th, thus clearly showing the potential of his chassis. “The positive aspect of the weekend is that I could keep a very high pace from the beginning to the end of the race, setting the
same times as race leaders”. In KF2, Alban Authié from Eurokarting Team showed his talent throughout the weekend, after setting an excellent 2nd best time in timed qualifying.