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EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP SPECIAL CIK FIA KZ/KZ2/OK/OKJ Final OK podium in Genk. Although not a brilliant season for Novalak, he manages to end it in glory, but also English Tony Kart driver pays for lack of experience in OK, being the first year for the class. Experience that instead, the Russian starts capitalising as he steps on the European Championship podium for the first time. Right, Pedro Hilbrand European Champion of the new-born OK class. Spanish Crg standard bearer is fast and determined throughout this hard fought European championship.

during the last lap while in third behind Hiltbrand and Joyner. What a pity for him and for all of us who were already awaiting an exciting championship final, however the duel has only been postponed.

MARTA GARCIA LOPEZ (Evo Kart/ Parilla) The Spanish girl who came out into the open last year from the Academy Trophy, despite it being her first year in an important super competitive class like the OK she has surprised everyone. Furthermore, also team manager Antonio Penna, is in his first year in an international event with the newly born Evo Kart. Together they have done very well indeed. Marta has difficulty on the wet track and in Adria this was evident. However, apart from Alonso and Hiltbrand the wet track isn’t really an ideal track for the Spanish drivers. Marta is one of the fastest in practice. You only need to look at the time she has stopped in qualifiers in the four championship meetings. Third place in Zuera, first in Portimao, second in Adria and second in Genk. Well, let’s say that with this sequence she would have won the title. She deserves acknowledgement. She only needs

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more experience and make the best of the starting grids. He has to become a bit wicked to be able to match her skill with her crafty male colleagues. Also because once she has picked up the right rhythm she is an authentic hammer. Well done.

LOGAN SARGEANT (FA Kart/Vortex) Something more was expected from the American who is already the Junior world champion last year. He is the fastest in the practice in Adria. And, always in Adria he took podium after having raced final showing his skill and leading on Joyner up to a few laps from the finishing line mounting rain tyres on a dry track. In Genk he is third in qualifiers. He doesn’t come out Scott free from heats … then it’s all uphill. Will he get his own back at the world championship?

BENT VISCAAL (Tony Kart/Parilla) & A. SMOLYAR (Tony Kart/Vortex) Bent Viscaal & A. Smolyar The 14-year-old private driver from Holland and the 15-year-old Russian assisted by Ward are fairly balanced and their championship performance is quite similar. They are among the

leading group, very good indeed, the future looks good. Viscaal grabbed Dutch Championship Mini title in 2011 and last year he was among the finalists at La Conca at the KFJ championship where he came 19th . Di Alexander Smolyar was born on 1st July 2001 and we know that he has had some experience in the Rotax challenge from 2012 to 2014 and in 2015 he won the Russian KFJ championship. He has a bit more experience than Viscaal. In the Swedish championship he has also competed in KZ Last year in the German Championship, he was in force with the Smp Racing team.

CLEMENT NOVALAK (Tony Kart/Vortex) This English Tony Kart official driver took second place in the Junior world championship last year, in Genk he was really fast and deserved final win after having grabbed prefinal win too. It took him a bit to warm up in this European, for him too, you pay for the lack of experience in OK. Now, we’ll have to wait and see if already from the world championship in Bahrain he will show his skill like he seems to have done in this last round of the European Championship.

Vroom Kart International #183 - September 2016  

In this issue: FANTASTIC 4 Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart/Vortex – KZ), Fabian Federer (CRG/Modena Engines – KZ2), Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG/Parilla –...

Vroom Kart International #183 - September 2016  

In this issue: FANTASTIC 4 Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart/Vortex – KZ), Fabian Federer (CRG/Modena Engines – KZ2), Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG/Parilla –...

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