ON THE TRACK OF SARNO, FOR THE FIRST ROUND OF THE WSK EURO SERIES, GOOD RESULTS FOR MARANELLO KART IN WET CONDITIONS TOO
IN THE WET OPENING EVENT OF THE WSK EUROS SERIES, DESPITE THE DIFFICULTIES DUE TO THE GREAT QUANTITY OF WATER ON THE TRACK, STEFANO CUCCO ACHIEVES AN EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE IN KF2 ON A RS9 CHASSIS, AS WELL AS MATTEO GHIDELLA IN KZ2 ON A RS10.
Sarno (Salerno-Italy). it was a tough start that of the WSK Euro Series on the International Circuit 'Napoli' in Sarno, where the weather conditions were a hard test for karts and drivers and turned the race into a thrilling fight. But even in such a situation the Maranello Kart Official team got its satisfactions with its drivers achieving remarkable performances in the KF2 and in the KZ2 categories.
In KZ2 Stefano Cucco immediately reacted after a time trial session heavily conditioned by the rain which relegated him rather behind in the starting grids of the qualifying heats. But the he young Italian driver, after finding the right setup for its Maranello RS9 chassis, got satisfactory results: he even managed to recover 10-12 positions at once until reaching the group of the top drivers.
Then Cucco was excellent in the Pre-Final, where he arrived 5th after starting from the 22nd position on the starting grid and where he managed to record a series of overall fastest laps. Unfortunately, in the final, immediately after the first curve, Cucco was pushed off track and his race became rather hard. Besides, the bad weather conditions, in some cases almost treacherous, did not allowed the Maranello Kart driver to express himself at his best. At the end of the race, he was disqualified for having occupied a wrong position at the start, a mistake greatly due to the poor visibility during the launching lap.
“In the Prefinal I performed very well - says Stefano Cucco at the end of the race - and from the 22nd position I had managed to finish fifth thanks to very fast laps especially in the last part of the race. In the Final I started from the fifth position, but the track was much worse, with the track literally flooded with water if compared to the previous race. Anyway, it was really hard: you couldn't make out anything for at least 15 metres from the curve. We had a sort of wall of water in front of us... I suffered from aquaplaning and my kart kept skidding both when braking and when accelerating, the track was flooded. However, the Maranello RS9 chassis behaved well on the slippery track too, but not when the track was flooded. Now I hope that the next race in Val d'Argenton will have better weather conditions."
In KZ2 too, Maranello Kart got good results thanks to Matteo Ghidella: his performance was as good as the one he achieved in the last WSK Master in Castelletto. Ghidella, for this race, chose the Maranello RS10, which he judged fitter for a slippery track; he managed to perform well in the first final where he achieved a fifth place after recovering from the 14th place on the starting grid. In the second final, with even more unfavourable track conditions and with a ten second penalty for a jump start. Ghidella had to be content with the 14th place, nevertheless he was rather satisfied for the performance of his RS10 chassis and of the Maxter engine.
Matteo Ghidella's comment on the race: “This race in Sarno was really tough because of all the rain which fell on the track. In Final 1 things went quite well: I placed fifth recovering from the 14th place. But on Sunday there was a lot of water and I got a ten second penalty at the start for a jump start, but, to be honest, you couldn't make out anything, even the traffic lights. I placed 14th, but it's fine: it was a really impossible situation. We used the RS10 Maranello chassis, because on the track of Sarno it is more advisable to have a better grip in the rear and that's what the RS10 gives you. The asphalt was slippery also for the various tyres we had: the KZ1 started before us and they used several kinds of tyres and the asphalt was as slippery as ever: it was really hard to find the right setup. The engine was fine, Maxter is doing a great job."
Next round of the WSK Euro Series on 6th May in France in Val d’Argenton.