|At the World Cup for KZ1 as well as at the European KZ2 and KF3 karting Championships, many of the drivers who fought for leadership and a podium at Varennes sur Allier, in France, were racing at the wheel of an Intrepid chassis. The final result could have been even better, because these drivers had all the qualities and performances to succeed.|
The World Cup for KZ1 – which is a very competitive and difficult event, both for the top level of drivers and for the intensity of the fight – has once again shown the extraordinary value of the Intrepid
Team, whose chassis achieved top level performances. “Just like us, many pilots used TM engines, and the fastest among them were often those with an Intrepid chassis”, the Italian team pointed out.
Therefore, from the very start of timed qualifying, the group of Intrepid drivers achieved some excellent results, with Norman Nato, Roberto Toninelli and Jérémy Iglesias in the first eleven places. Nato confirmed his very good shape by winning a heat and was fifth on the starting grid of the pre-final. But this 7th September in France was not a good day for Intrepid drivers. After Manuel Cozzaglio – who was third in one heat – and Iglesias, it was Nato’s turn to face a few
problems. The Frenchman had therefore to content himself with 11th place in the final ranking. The situation turned out even more frustrating for Toninelli. “From the very beginning of the final, I felt that my equipment was working great. I had a very good start and I was already 4th after the first lap. I really thought I could climb the podium, but then I was thrown out on the following lap. I am disappointed for myself, but also for the Intrepid Team that worked very had throughout the weekend”.
Heche: the Fastest in KF3
Following his successes at the WSK, at the French Championship and at the qualifying round of the European Championship, Brandon Maisano wanted to conquer the European title at the wheel of his Intrepid-TM from LM Karting Team. After a good 6th place at the end of the pre-final, he was still one of the candidates to victory, but an accident forced him to abandon the race. Pity, because the Intrepid France driver had just set the best lap time at this moment of the race. On the following lap, it was Michaël Heche’s turn to set the lap record time of the final with 57”603. Starting 33rd, the Swiss driver staged a superb recovery and finished 8th. Given his competitiveness, he could have won a podium, had he not been forced to abandon in the pre-final!
Intrepid Makes Sparks Fly in KZ2
Winner of a heat in the French Championship, where he ranked third overall, Emilien Grosso also achieved a good performance in the European KZ2 Championship final at Varennes. With his Intrepid-
Pavesi, the Frenchman was equally fast in dry and in wet weather conditions. 8th after a spotless performance in timed qualifying, he reached 7th place in Race 1. “In Race 2, I was already sixth at the start of the race and I felt I could target a place on the podium, but then a collision spoiled my chances. A real pity!”
Comments by Mirko Sguerzoni, in charge of Intrepid:
“Unfortunately our drivers suffered too many accidents in the race to achieve good results, but anyway they had the time to show the effectiveness of Intrepid chassis. Now that we are only a few months away from the new type approvals, this is all very encouraging and proves that we have been working in the right direction. From a sport point of few, Intrepid will certainly have many other chances to conquer more victories."