Ricciardo Kart On the Podium at the CIK-FIA European Championships in Spain
Second place for Ricciardo Kart Racing and Christian Lundgaard in the first round of the CIK-FIA European Championships in the OK class.
Starting from seventh on the grid in the Final, a very competitive pace allowed Lundgaard to cross the finish line in his DR01-KF in second place, also recording the fastest lap of the race. “I am really happy. Every day was a tough battle because of small margins, but the entire package worked very well in the Final. Second place and the fastest lap is a very positive result and I look forward to achieving more great results with the team“, exclaimed Christian.
Twenty-fifth place finish for Javier Gonzalez: “It was a very difficult weekend. I struggled to find the right set-up and driving style. I am very happy for the team’s podium finish in the OK class because it shows that we have what it takes to win.”
Kiern Jewiss ended the OKJ Final in eleventh place. “The chassis set-up was fantastic. My mechanic Mansel and I worked hard on this aspect during the tests. Unfortunately, our top speed was not good enough and it is something which needs to be looked into. If we manage to solve it, I feel the overall package will be very competitive“, said Kiern after the Final.
Rasmus Lindh was unable to qualify for the Final due to an accident that forced him to retire a few meters from the finish line in the Pre-final while he was competing for the top spots. “It was a positive weekend. We were competitive and fast, but I was unlucky to have the incident in the Pre-final a few meters from the chequered flag“, said Rasmus.
Sixteenth position for Rick Dreezen in the KZ Final. “The beginning of the weekend was difficult. The wind made it more complicated to adjust fuel mixture, but we managed to find a solution for Sunday. I was optimistic of getting a good result, but some contacts during the race compromised the final result. I am happy about the podium finishes in the OK class with Ricciardo Kart and in the OKJ class with Birel ART. In the last round of the WSK Super Master I’ll try again to get onto the podium.”
Rickard Kaell, Sporting Director: “We managed to have a very positive weekend with Christian Lundgaard in the OK class. Starting from 11th place on the grid in the Pre-final, Lundgaard was involved in a twin comeback that allowed him to cross the finish line in second position overall.
Javier Gonzalez’s weekend was adversely affected by a difficult qualifying session because we were unable to exploit the new tyres. Javier nevertheless managed to be quick in the final stages, demonstrating a continued improvement.
Kiern Jewiss’ performances were very competitive: it was a shame about the difficulties in qualifying and the technical problem in one of the heats because he could have started the Pre-final further up the grid and compete for the top places in the Final.
It was a competitive, yet unfortunate weekend for Rasmus Lindh due to an accident in the Pre-final, as he had shown he had enough speed to compete at the top.
In the KZ class with Rick Dreezen, we were forced to start from the back in the heats due to a difficult qualifying session. Rick still managed to recover, despite the high level of the other competitors. We were very optimistic following the warm-up on Sunday, but a contact at the start of the Pre-final forced him to retire. Starting at the back of the grid in the Final, Rick climbed up to 16th place, despite a technical problem that affected his competitiveness.”