Top 5 for Birel ART at Adria
Despite the extremely changeable weather, Birel ART Racing and Ulysse De Pauw finished fifth in the OKJ Final. Ulysse: “The speed was there, but the conditions in the Final were very difficult: 12th after the start, I recovered to fifth place. We scored some points for the championship, but we need to be stronger in the next two rounds if we want to fight for a top position in the championship. Thank you Birel ART and IAME.”
Caio Collet was forced to retire in the Final. The Brazilian driver said: “We were fast throughout the weekend: we were sixth after the Heats and were fourth in the Pre-final. Despite the rain in the early stages of the Final, I managed to recover: fifth on the last lap, I tried to achieve a better position, but another driver tried to overtake and we had an accident. I am a little disappointed, but I am sure we will do better in Portimao.”
Tenth place and fourth fastest lap of the OK Final for Switzerland’s Lucas Légeret: “We were always quick. Like others, we had a problem with the tires in qualifying and this affected the results in the heats. Starting 25th in the Pre-final, I moved up to 11th. In the Final, we lost a bit of time at the beginning but then we fought back. Overall, it was a great weekend and we have to work hard to be even more competitive in Portimao.”
Seventh at the finish line, Martijn van Leeuwen was classified 12th after a 10-second penalty due to the front fairing coming off after a contact. “The speed was very good. In qualifying we were fourth fastest, but in the first heat I was forced to retire and therefore, we started the Pre-final from the middle of the group. In the Final I made some mistakes, but we had the right speed to finish in the top 5 and also to fight to achieve a position on the podium” said Martijn.
Taymour Kermanshahchi was forced to retire in the Final: “It was an eventful weekend. Thanks to a plenty of hard work with Birel ART and IAME, we were able to find enough speed to achieve a top 20 finish, but, unluckily, in the Final I was taken out by another driver. I am really pleased with the progress we have made since the previous WSK race and I am looking forward to getting back for the next round.”
Marijn Kremers finished 15th in the KZ2 Final. Marijn: “It was one my worst weekends ever. I made many mistakes and I really struggled earlier in the week. We showed our speed, but in the Pre-final we had a flat tyre and in the Final we lost a bit of time at the start because of some very defensive driving from another driver. When we overtook him, we showed our real speed. Then, it started raining and I spun. I am very sorry for the Team because everyone worked very hard and they deserved a better result. I want also to thank my mechanic Alberto and Gianluca Beggio for working hard to get back up with the front-runners.”
Gianluca Beggio, Technical Director: “It was a positive weekend and we showed the competitiveness of our chassis-engine package once again. Despite the difficult weather conditions, we won a Junior manche with both Collet and De Pauw, and we were at the top in the Prefinal and Final. With Martijn van Leeuwen (OK) we competed with the best drivers, but the changing conditions and some problems from the driver while overtaking influenced the final result. A great growth weekend for both Lucas Légeret and Taymour Kermanshahchi: in their first year in the OK class, Lucas and Taymour are both acquiring more experience and confidence at every race. With Marijn Kremers (KZ2), we always competed in the top 5, but in the last laps of the Final, it started to rain and a mistake compromised the result.”