Energy Corse in the Top Three of the European KZ2 Championship
In ‘direct-drive’ categories sauch as OK or OK-Junior, in brand cups or in 125cc gearbox categories, the Energy Corse chassis and the Italian team continue to shine. Tomass Stolcermanis is the best example. As he prepares to fight for a final podium finish in the FIA Karting European Championship in OK, the young Latvian has just completed a brilliant European campaign in KZ2. Already very fast in the opening race at Zuera, Stolcermanis further improved his position at Sarno in conditions that were difficult for everyone involved in this Championship. Taking the two events together, he finished a sensational 3rd in the final European Championship standings, while Energy Corse is currently the 4th best team in the category.
Very competitive at the end of June in the WSK Open Series at Sarno, Tomass Stolcermanis was once again among the main contenders in the KZ2 category in the European Championship. The official meeting kicked off on Friday with three fastest times in his group in Free Practice and Timed Qualifying. The Energy Corse driver therefore secured a place on the front row in all these heats. His team-mate Tigran Bunatyan finished 15th out of a total of 72 drivers entered.
Tomass confirmed this with five perfectly controlled heats (P2, P2, P1, P3, P1!) and no less than four fastest laps. In Super Heat A, where he was even faster than all his rivals, he came close to finishing 2nd, but his manoeuvre fell just short and the Latvian unfortunately lost a place in this intense duel. 6th on the starting grid for the Final after all the points had been added up, he unfortunately only finished the first lap in 7th position.
Fortunately, his speed on the track was still very high, and this time he set the 2nd fastest lap of the race. Tomass Stolcermanis came home 4th in the wake of 3rd place and was rewarded for his efforts with a 3rd-place podium finish in the FIA Karting European KZ2 Championship.
“I’m very proud of the performance we achieved at this very high level of international competition. It’s rewarding to finish on the podium at such an event,” commented Mick Panigada, head of Energy Corse. “Tomass put in an incredible number of fastest laps. These events are also played out on small details. The two corners after the start were shaky and the time he lost at that point probably
deprived him of a top three finish in the Final. With the heat, conditions were difficult, but that didn’t stop our Energy Corse-TM Kart equipment from proving ultra-competitive. I’d also like to congratulate young Tigran Bunatyan, who drove a faultless race. 15th in the Final was his best result at this level, given that he was still a Junior in 2022, with limited experience of KZ2. My technical staff did a great job, as did our engine builder Galiffa Racing Service, whom I would like to thank. Energy Corse is currently 4th in the team standings, and we’ll be looking for a top three finish in September at Wackersdorf.”