BAD LUCK CURBS MARANELLO DRIVERS' PERFORMANCE IN THE WSK EURO SERIES OF LA CONCA
IN THE THIRD ROUND OF THE WSK EURO SERIES, STEFANO CUCCO IN KF2 AND MATTEO GHIDELLA IN KZ2 WERE COMPETITIVE UNTIL THE FINAL BUT GOT STOPPED BY CONTACTS DURING THE RACE
La Conca (Lecce - Italy). After the rain of the European championship in Wackersdorf, also the third and last but one round of the WSK Euro Series on the international circuit La Conca of Muro Leccese had the weather as leading actor: this time it was the torrid heat which raged in the appointment of 22nd 24th June in Southern Italy. The great heat gave drivers and equipment a hard time; the situation was really unusual, especially for the great grip the asphalt had because of the high temperature.
Despite the difficulties due to the heat - the average temperture of the racing days was 40 celsius degrees! - Maranello Kart , on this occasion too, was protagonist of excellent performances thanks to its two official drivers Stefano Cucco in KF2 and Matteo Ghidella in KZ2: they could have stepped onto the podium without a couple of very unlucky episodes.
In KF2 Stefano Cucco, on a RS12 chassis, performed well in the qualifying heats: he even achieved the fastest lap in the first Friday heat and placed always among the top ten drivers. In the pre-final, after the first hard-fought laps, the Maranello Kart driver did not manage to prevail and placed 16th.
This unlucky performance was mainly due to the setup used during the race, which was not good for the particular track conditions. Then, in the final, a contact with another driver pushed him back because of the damaged chassis.
This is Stefano Cucco's comment at the end of the race: “In the qualifying session we behaved well and we were only a couple of tenths of a second from the pole position. Then I did well in the heats; I even achieved the best lap time and I always finished among the top drivers, with the exception of the last one where I had some troubles. In the pre-final there were slight changes in the temperature and that penalized us a bit, while in the final, after a contact with another driver, I had my chassis damaged. I couldn't keep the pace of the top drivers. I'm rather disappointed because I come back from this circuit without a trophy, and I've always behaved well on this track. I had good expectations for a good result on this occasion too. This year we have always been rather unlucky in the finals: after doing well in the heats we've always missed something to prevail, especially a little bit of luck!"
In KZ2 Matteo Ghidella was among the leading actors of the gear-box category in La Conca. Right from the time trials, the driver of the Maranello Kart made himself conspicuous thanks to the sixth time, with excellent results also in the two heats. In the first Saturday final, unfortunately, he suffered a lot from the tyre wear and was forced to retire. Ghidella, then, redeemed himself in the two Sunday heats, where he managed to enter the top positions and to finish sixth and fifth. But in the final he paid dear the consequences of a contact with Lennox at the beginning of the race and he was obliged to retire once again. That is a real shame, because Ghidella could have definitely aim at the podium.
Here what Ghidella said at the end of the race: “When I started, in the final, I was sure I could reach the podium. The chassis I used on Sunday, the RS10, was perfect and everything made me think that I could do a great race. Also the Maxter engine I used was really performing. On Saturday, with a RS7 chassis, I had such troubles with the tyres that on the straight I couldn't exploit the full power of the engine. On Sunday I chose the RS10 and, with that track condition, despite the rubber on the track, I found more at my ease. Unfortunately in the Final, at the first hairpin bend, Lennox, who was before me, slowed down suddenly and I got on his kart. In the crash I damaged the beams of my chassis and I was forced to stop. Now my commitment is for the World Cup of Sarno on the second of September where I hope to struggle for victory."
27th June 2012