BITTER EUROPEAN ROUND FOR MARANELLO
After plenty of satisfaction throughout the season, Maranello drivers face a bitter weekend on the second round of the European Championship, where they seem to have a score to settle with misfortune.
Pro Kart Raceland, Wackersdorf, Germany – 13 July 2014
In the second round of the European Championship, Maranello Racing steps on track with its lead drivers, Lorenzo Camplese and Marco Zanchetta. The two start off the German weekend on the right path: in the qualifyings Zanchetta is 19th and Camplese is 22nd (out of 64 drivers).
In the heats, Camplese confirms his potential with a 5th place finish, then fails to keep up the pace and in the other races he ends 8th, 10th and 18th. The end result is an inconvenient starting position for the prefinal.
Marco Zanchetta has an even tougher time: he is 11th in heat one, in the middle ones he struggles and ends twice 21st and 19th, and finally wraps up the set with a great 4th place finish. This last result again proves what the driver and his material are capable of and, in fact, in the Second Chance Heat Zanchetta places 5th and gains his right to be a finalist.
Zanchetta finally seems to have found the right speed and in the prefinal he does an outstanding race, charging from the last row and rising past 16 rivals: he ends 16th, in a phenomenal “train” of 4 drivers who are packed within 4 tenths of a second.
For Camplese, instead, the prefinal only lasts 5 laps: he shows he is capable of a great start, dashing up 4 positions, but his withdrawal is a bitter bite to swallow.
Things don’t go any better in the final: Camplese is out after 13 laps and has to say goodbye to this unlucky weekend.
In the final Zanchetta starts off strong and catches up to the top ten after just one lap. Unfortunately, he doesn’t rise any further and he too is forced to retire five laps from the end.
The whole team is bitter, because it knows it has the material and the skills required to compete with the best. The Maranello boys hope that, if luck finally turns their way in the closing round in Sweden, they can still get some European satisfaction.
In the photos: Lorenzo Camplese e Marco Zanchetta Team SGRace Maranello Kart.
Photos: Giovanni Cuna