Ricciardo Kart at the CIK-FIA World Champs
Results failed to match expectations for Ricciardo Kart Racing in the CIK-FIA World KZ Championships and in the CIK-FIA International KZ2 in Kristianstad, Sweden.
Troy Loeskow was 22nd in KZ2: “Because of a penalty for the front fairing, a crash and a technical problem in the Heats, we had to use our second set of new tyres in the final heat. However, we managed to move up to 16th in the Prefinal and 22nd in the Final. My aim for my first World Championships was to qualify for the Final and with help from Ricciardo Kart, IAME and all my backers in Australia I managed to do that and the results clearly show I’m making progress as a driver.”
Javier Gonzalez missed out on qualifying for the Final by 6 tenths of a second: “The week in Sweden was positive but difficult. It was incredible racing in the International Super Cup, beating 50 other drivers. It’s a shame I missed the Final by so little, because of bad luck.”
It was Jason Pringle’s first time at the World Championship: “After a bad qualifying, we began making progress, but some technical problems in the last two legs made qualifying difficult in the final stages. Even if the results weren’t what we expected, I continued to learn, not just in terms of chassis and engine set-up and how to drive in different conditions, but also when it comes to organisation and the professionalism required to be the best in the world. It was also an experience to spend so much time alone in a foreign country and it was fantastic to race with Ricciardo Kart, especially working with my mechanic Fred and Sporting Director Rickard Kaell and it’s an experience I’ll never forget.”
Rick Dreezen retired in the KZ Final: “We had a difficult start but improved with every session and were in the fight for a good result. On Sunday we tried a different set-up but unfortunately, it didn’t work out. We gave it our best shot as always, but that wasn’t enough to get a good result.”
Rickard Kaell, Sporting Director: “A less than ideal engine set-up affected our performance in both categories. After a positive showing in the KZ Qualifying and Heats, Rick Dreezen had a technical problem in the Pre-final which also conditioned his starting position in the Final. Starting from the back in KZ2 meant that Troy Loeskow was unable to fight for a top position, which was a shame as he was quick enough for the top 10. Penalties and accidents in the Heats unfortunately prevented Javier Gonzalez from getting to the Final. In his first race in Europe, Jason Pringle’s performance was affected by the level of grip from the track increasing over the weekend.”
Next event: WSK Final Cup: 29 September – 2 October 2016