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Kart: Lonato Super Master / Birel ART dominates KZ2 and takes a podium in OK
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One week after the opening of the 2024 season, Birel ART achieved even better results in the face of tougher competition at the first round of the WSK Super Master Series on the same Lonato circuit.

The weather was still very cold at South Garda Karting, but there was plenty of sunshine and the track remained uniformly dry. Most of the top teams were able to compete in good conditions throughout the competition.

Cristian Bertuca led the KZ2 team brilliantly through to the Final with three heat wins and victory in the Prefinal. He led from start to finish in the Final before winning by a wide margin. Daniel Vasile, who won two heats before retiring, completed a winning double for Birel ART Racing with a very convincing end to the meeting. Pedro Hiltbrand spent a long time in 2nd place before finishing 6th and Matteo Vigano (CL) made up 11 places by finishing 9th. In their first race with Birel ART, brothers Samuel and Jean Luyet finished 11th and 12th in the Final standings, giving the Lissone-based brand six karts in the top 12. Matheus Morgatto and Samuele Leopardi were unfortunately not rewarded with results to match their speed due to bad luck.

In the CL Racing Kart colours, Ean Eyckmans was one of the protagonists of the OK category, managing to reach the podium thanks to a decisive overtake on the last lap. Noah Wolfe (VAR by Birel) proved to be very competitive. Delayed in his third heat and then in the Prefinal, he moved up 15 places to 16th in the Final, just ahead of Mees Houben, who had moved up 23 positions since Qualifying. Ludovico Busso made good progress, particularly in the Final where he made up 13 places.

In the Mini U10s, David Moscardi once again put in some excellent performances. He was unlucky in the Final, however, falling back to 35th place in the second lap from 4th. He made up some of his lost ground and regained eight places for honour. Senn Lindeman also had a very good pace until the Final, when his success didn't continue.

The Birel ART staff were justifiably satisfied with the performances of the second weekend of racing at Lonato: "Of course, it's always a pleasure to win a race", declared Ronni Sala, President of Birel ART, "Bertuca lived up to his talent and our expectations. The double with Vasile showed the effectiveness of our 2024 equipment. I congratulate the technical team on their excellent work. Eyckmans' OK podium was the reward for a good dynamic between the driver and the team. The new organisation with Riccardo Longhi in charge of the KZ categories and Jordon Lennox-Lamb in charge of OK is off to a very good start, and being competitive right from the start of the season in KZ2 and OK is a strong sign that motivates everyone at Lissone, especially as our Minis are also in the mix. We're going to take advantage of this favourable situation to continue developing our competitiveness and tackle the long programme of races ahead of us with confidence."

Birel ART Racing will now draw lessons from these first two competitions in preparation for the second round of the WSK Super Master Series at Cremona in less than two weeks' time.

About Birel Art

Birel ART is an Italian manufacturer of kart chassis that combines long experience and a keen sense of innovation with a boundless passion for motor sport.

Founded in 1959 by Umberto Sala, whose precise nickname was Birel, the company has played a pioneering role in the development of karting around the world since its very beginnings. The demand for quality has always been part of the DNA of the Lissone-based brand through its quest for success in competition. Over more than 60 years, Birel ART has won 26 world titles, countless European titles and numerous national championships.

Birel has accompanied the careers of many great racing drivers, including Riccardo Patrese, Keke Rosberg, Stefano Modena and Emanuele Pirro, as well as the more recent Formula 1 stars Mika Hakkinen and Juan Pablo Montoya, Robert Kubica, Jenson Button and George Russell. Robert Kubica, Daniel Ricciardo and more recently Charles Leclerc have called on Birel ART's expertise to launch their own chassis ranges.

Three generations have succeeded one another at the helm of Birel. Today, Ronni Sala, the founder's grandson, presides over Birel's destiny. In 2014, he ushered in a new era by joining forces with ART Grand Prix, a famous team on the single-seater scene, thanks to its association with Nicolas Todt and his partners. Birel ART was born.

Ronni has contributed to the creation of an ambitious new project that will be at the forefront of the karting industry, thanks to original sporting, marketing and communication initiatives that will benefit the brand, the dealer network and, of course, Birel ART's customers.

Birel ART has built on its prestigious heritage to enter the 21st century and make full use of technology in terms of R&D, production, logistics and communication. Its area of expertise, based on high-level competition, has been extended to include production quality control for a large number of competitors around the world, as well as the leisure sector with its Rental range with both internal combustion and electric engines. The factory at its original site in Lissone, near Monza and within easy reach of Milan, has undergone constant modernisation.

Birel ART's high level of expertise, with its well-balanced blend of tradition and innovation, is reflected in the results it has achieved in racing, offering fans around the world the opportunity to become real drivers or to have fun and experience the thrill of adrenaline on the track.


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