Second Place for Birel ART at the CIK-FIA European Championships in Spain
In the first round of the CIK-FIA European OKJ Championships in Zuera, Birel ART Racing finished second, thanks to an excellent performance by Caio Collet.
Starting sixth, the Brazilian driver climbed up the standings and crossed the finish line in second place in his RY30S8. Caio: “It was a very positive weekend. We found a very good set-up for the Final and the engine was extremely competitive: everyone in the Team did a great job, we are second in the overall standings and this is very positive in the fight for the title.”
A comeback and a 12th place finish for Ulysse De Pauw. “It was not the weekend we were hoping for because we didn’t have the speed. Despite qualifying 38th, we managed to score some points. 19th at the start in the Pre-final, we were able to climb up to ninth and from 17th on the grid in the Final, we crossed the finish line 12th. I’d like to thank Birel ART/IAME and congratulate my teammate Caio Collet, as well as Christian Lundgaard of Ricciardo Kart on their second place. I’m eager to get back onto the track for the final round of the WSK Super Master Series at Adria“, said Ulysse.
Despite setting good times, Michael d’Orlando didn’t qualify for the Final. Michael: “Zuera was a great experience for me. I really like working with Birel ART and they helped me to learn, because racing in Europe is very different to the USA. Although we didn’t have the results we were hoping for, we have made huge progress and I am looking forward to coming back on track for the next round.”
In the OK class, Martijn van Leeuwen came ninth in the Final after having finished sixth in the Pre-final. “It was a good weekend and I was competitive throughout. Unfortunately, our performance and result in the Final suffered from a broken water pump belt that caused a loss of engine power“, said Martijn.
Taymour Kermanshahchi crossed the finish line in 28th position: “The opening round of the European Championships has been filled with ups and downs. It was my second race with the Team and in the OK category and I still have plenty to learn. Overall, I am pleased with the progress we’ve made and I am looking forward to getting back on track in Adria for the Super WSK Master Series.”
Due to a technical problem, Lucas Légeret was unable to take part in the Final. Lucas said: “Some technical problems affected the weekend’s outcome. It’s a shame that we were unable to take part in the Final, because we were quick enough to finish in the top 10.”
Jordon Lennox-Lamb crossed the finish line of KZ class Final in seventh, scoring the fastest lap of the race. “I’m disappointed because expectations on the eve of the race were high. A less than brilliant qualification and an accident in the first heat affected our weekend and, considering our pace on Sunday, our chance to achieve an important result in the Final“, Jordon concluded.
Gianluca Beggio, Technical Director: “Caio Collet’s debut in the OKJ class at the CIK-FIA European Championship was very positive: we scored some important points and this allows us to go into the next races in a good position to win the title. Indeed, besides achieving a podium finish, Caio was competitive throughout the weekend: he fought for the top places in the heats and finished third in the Pre-final.
Ulysse De Pauw’s weekend was affected by the qualifying outcome, as we were unable to post the perfect lap. Despite starting from behind in the heats, Ulysse managed to recover, thanks mainly to the double recoveries in the Pre-final and Final.
In his debut with the team and at the Europeans, Michael D’Orlando managed to be competitive, although some contacts stopped him from qualifying for the Final. Michael nevertheless demonstrated enough potential to compete at the top and has room for improvement.
In the OK class, Martijn van Leeuwen was quick both in the heats and in the Pre-final. Unfortunately, his race in the Final was adversely affected by a technical problem and we were unable to fight for a podium finish.
Taymour Kermanshahchi also had a positive weekend and he showing a continuous improvement: indeed, race after race he is becoming more and more accustomed to the high technical level of European competition.
Lucas Légeret had a competitive, albeit unlucky weekend. Starting from the back in the Pre-final, Lucas was author of a good pace and, thanks to several overtakes, he managed to climb up to 19th position. It was a shame that he was unable to feature in the Final due to a technical problem before the start.
Jordon Lennox-Lamb’s weekend in the KZ class was a difficult one. We worked hard to find the engine optimal set-up, but we managed to climb up the standings in the Final: starting from the back of the grid, Jordon finished in the top seven, as well as scoring the fastest lap of the race.”