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Kart: valuable experience gained in the European Championship
Reportagem: Jesse Carrasquedo

The first half of Jesse Carrasquedo's 2021 racing season was marked by active participation in the major events of the OK category, which represents the highest international level in karting for motor sport hopefuls. In total, the 14-year-old Mexican raced in 12 events and was frequently in the spotlight. His progress was steady and he was able to gain a lot of experience, as was the case during the FIA Karting European Championship which ended in Spain on the Zuera circuit.

With a total of 101 drivers from all over the world, high performance karts from highly professional teams and F1 teams represented by their driver academies, the European OK Championship is now a must for young racers. In the Parolin Motorsport team, Jesse Carrasquedo benefits from an ideal working environment to acquire the skills needed to become a complete competitor. The Mexican recently got his first taste of the benefits of this training during his F4 debut in the Danish Championship, where he has already managed to win a race despite his tender age!

A disrupted and disruptive timed session

The European Championship ended in Spain from 22nd to 25th July. "We prepared optimally for this event by racing in the Champions of the Future series the week before at this circuit in Zuera," commented Jesse. "This time we encountered even more extreme heat conditions, with the thermometer sometimes passing 40 degrees! So it was not easy to set up the equipment, but I managed to improve as the Free Practice sessions went on. On Friday morning I set the 7th fastest time in my group and I hoped to qualify in the top 30 to have a chance of reaching the Final on Sunday."

Unfortunately, an incident occurred with another driver during the Qualifying session and Jesse found himself relegated to 52nd position. "In every heat I had to start from the back of the pack, hoping to work my way up. Fortunately I was quite competitive with my Parolin-TM Racing package, especially when I compared my performance with my more experienced teammates. In one heat I was able to move up eight places and even nine in the next. But the other two heats were more competitive and there were a few setbacks in the pack. I couldn't move up enough to have the possibility of qualifying."

Further tests in both karting and F4 are planned in the coming weeks for Jesse Carrasquedo, who will have made further progress during this FIA European Karting Championship.

About Jesse

Born on 27th April, 2007, Jesse Carrasquedo Jr is today one of the great Mexican hopes. Already behind the wheel of a kart at the age of six, the discipline that he started for fun quickly became a passion. Since then, he has been devoted 100% with motivation, work and determination to reaching his ultimate goal: Formula 1.

Winner of several karting events on the American continent, Jesse has progressed a lot thanks to Sergio Perez's racing school located in Guadalajara and the team of Antonio Perez, the brother of the famous driver. The Mexican didn't hesitate to come to live in Europe to compete against the best karting hopefuls. Competing in Mini in 2017 and 2018, then in Junior in 2019 and 2020, this promising driver finished 5th in the Rok Cup International Superfinal in Italy last year at the end of a season that was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now 14 years old and a member of the official Parolin Motorsport team, in 2021, Jesse has moved up from Junior to OK, the category before ascending to single-seaters. The young Mexican is preparing his debut in Formula 4 racing very seriously. Closely followed by Red Bull Racing Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez, he is training intensively with the prestigious Campos Racing academy, which has produced drivers such as Fernando Alonso, Luca Di Grassi and Sergio Perez. He benefits from the advice of a driver trained by Adrian Campos, Marc Gené, the former F1 driver, winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and still a test driver for Ferrari.


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