Rosberg Racing Academy Leaves Belgium After a Tough Weekend
The second round of this 2019 edition of the CIK FIA European Championship is now in the books. It’s been a super tough weekend for our drivers; the weather was evolving fast… too fast sometimes, like it happened for our OK driver Barnard, who found himself having to drive on slick tires over heavy rain.
Lots of misfortune also for Han (OK) and Antonelli (OKJ), although they showed their potential and had the speed to be in the top as they’re used to!
Our Manager, Flavio:
“This week end Antonelli did a very good race!
The weather conditions were very difficult; he qualified bad because his group was driving on slicks but it suddenly started raining. Later he’s been able to recover a lot, closing his final P6. His pace was good; his lap times were as fast the drivers on the podium. So, unlucky but we have the speed.
Han also was unfortunate; likewise, during qualifying he found himself having to drive on slick tires in the rain (due to the group selection). It’s hard to recover in this Championship when you start from the back of the grid, as all drivers are pretty close in terms of performances. Anyway, he showed some good speed during the last heats; he had enough to be in the Top 10.
Barnard was the unluckiest of our drivers. During qualifying, the track was evolving continuously, as the weather conditions were changing like crazy! We chose to go on slick tires with him, right in a moment when the track was drying; but once he started his qualy run, the rain came back hard and there’s nothing he could do. Having to start from the very back of the grid on all the heats, he got involved in some crashes and didn’t make it to the final. Next round he will show his pace for sure!”
Kart Republic General Manager, Dino Chiesa:
“I’m sorry for Antonelli in OKJ, as he was one of the victims of the rain, with a tough Saturday. Anyway he was very fast; I think he could actually have won the race!
Barnard was so unlucky this time; he happened to be in the most disadvantaged qualifying group on Friday, and had to start from the very back in all the heats. It’s very hard to recover from there, and he some crashed happened in front of him that he couldn’t avoid.
I’m still hopeful for the next two rounds, since he had very good speed in dry conditions.”