|30 October 2016|
Josh Fife has had a solid run through the heats of the 45th annual Indsutry Trophy at Lonato, Italy, though a bumper penalty has hampered his ranking.
The Canberra driver qualified his Energy/TM/Vega 16th fastest in the huge 68-kart KZ2 field.
Above: Joshua Fife on the grid (#133, top) at Lonato (pic - Joshua Fife Racing)
He finished 9th in the opening heat, but a post-race 10-second penalty for a dislodged bumper dropped him to 21st.
He then carded 10th and 6th in the other two heats, ranking him 18th overall. Pole for Sunday's pre-final will be Maranello's Tommaso Mosca.
"Looking forward to tomorrow, I start the pre final out of 18th" he wrote on social media. "Thanks to Mick Panigada and Energy Corse and Tom Williamson for all their help. Can't wait for tomorrow!"
event press release
A lot of drivers ready for the challenge to take the victory in the 4 categories of the event: KZ2, OK Junior, 60 Mini and Prodriver. Prefinals and Finals with Live Streaming on Sunday October 30th.
Thanks to an exceptional entry list, to the renewed layout of the South Garda Karting that amplifies spectacle, great weather conditions and the efficient organization by Parma Motorsport, the 45th edition of the Trofeo delle Industrie has gone well beyond expectations, starting from the stunning presence of 214 drivers!
The queen category, KZ2, has witnessed a series of very nice battles that inflamed this edition in Saturday’s heats, after the duel for the pole position that was won by Maranello Kart’s Tommaso Mosca who was 31 thousands of a second quicker at the end of a neck and neck battle with Enrico Bernardotto on CKR-Tm.
Several drivers managed to secure a victory in the heats, alongside Mosca, who claimed two wins and took the classification lead, a surprising Riccardo Longhi on BirelArt, was third in qualifying and kept his momentum securing two heat wins, then Bernardotto took one victory as did his team mate at CKR Alessandro Pelizzari.
Mirko Torsellini also put in some strong races at his comeback with CRG, as did European Champion Fabian Federer on CRG-Modena, former European Champion Andrea Dalè on CRG-Tm and Maranello Kart’s Massimo Dante who recovered from a not very brilliant qualifying. By the look of it, a strong lot will challenge each other for the final victory.
Above: Mosca Torsellini, KZ2 (pic - Parma Motorsport)
The Russian Pavel Bulantsev has been the quickest of OK Junior in qualifying on Tony Kart-Vortex run by Ward Racing and then won the third heat of the day taking the provisional classification lead. Alessandro Giardelli also on Tony Kart-Vortex but run by team Lario Motorsport won the first heat leading Bulantsev. This result earned him the second place of the classification. The third place of the current standings is occupied by the British driver Teddy Wilson (Energy-Tm).
The second heat was won by the Swede of Ward Racing Hampus Eriksson. Among the Italian drivers, Andrea Rosso was very quick on BirelArt (but did not finish one heat), as were Danny Carenini on Tony Kart-Vortex, Christian Cobellini on BirelArt, Mattia Michelotto on CRG-Parilla and Marzio Moretti on Tony Kart-Vortex.
Above: Top of the points so far in OK Junior, Pavel Bulantsev (pic - Parma Motorsport)
The surprising Russian Nikita Bedrin of team Baby Race had the upper hand in the heats of 60 Mini on Tony Kart-Tm, as he took three wins after the fourth time in qualifying. Poleman Andrea Kimi Antonelli of team Giugliano is currently second thanks to two heat victories on Energy-Parilla.
The third absolute place went to the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto on CRG-Tm run by team Gamoto, who was second in qualifying and won one heat. The fourth time of the provisional classification is occupied by Rusian Fomin (Tony Kart-Tm), who is followed by Kirill Smal (Energy-Tm), Alfio Spina (CRG-Tm), the Dutch Ean Eyckmans (CRG-Tm), Luca Bosco (Tony Kart-Tm), the Spaniard José Gomez (CRG-Tm) and Leonardo Caglioni (Evokart-Tm).
Above: 60 Mini form up (pic - Parma Motorsport)
Poleman Riccardo Nalon (Formula K-Tm) and Luca Bombardelli (Maranello-Tm) won one heat each in Prodriver Under. Andrea Tonoli (CRG-Tm) was the quickest in Prodriver Over after taking the pole position in qualifying.
Above: Riccardo Nalon (212) and Luca Bombardelli (211) are equal in the Pro-Driver field (pic - Parma Motorsport)
Second chance races for KZ2, 60 Mini and OK Junior will take place on Sunday ahead of all Prefinals and Finals.