In the fourth round of the OKJ European Championship in Finland, Francesco Pizzi, fresh from a victorious weekend in the Italian championship in his LKE LKJ1-engined Luxor, managed to recover from a troubled qualifying session.
Alahärmä, Finland. The fourth, and penultimate, CIK-FIA European Championship event in the OK and OKJ classes took place on the Mika Salo circuit. The Novalux team took to the track in the OKJ class, fielding the drivers Francesco Pizzi and Robin Särg in LKE-engined Luxor chassis.
Pizzi’s weekend started off uphill, with a troubled qualifying session that saw him claim 34th place. Unfortunately, traffic prevented the young driver from showing his potential, but the qualifying heats all involved impressive comebacks, with lap times all within the top three, allowing him to climb up to 21st place on the starting grid of the Final. The start in the Final was chaotic at the back, but Pizzi was able to get through the first, tight bend unscathed and immediately climbed 5 places. His comeback continued and he managed to finish just outside the top ten in 11th place.
MICHELE LENZO: “We could have achieved a little more, but given the comeback in the Final it turned out to be a good weekend”, proving the worth and competitiveness of the Luxor and LKE material.
It was an unlucky weekend for Särg, who was penalised by a very troubled qualifying session thanks to traffic and a little difficulty in managing the session. In qualifying heats, the Estonian driver was involved in contacts and accidents that stopped him from competing in the Final.
The next, and last, appointment with the CIK-FIA European series is just around the corner, at the Swedish Kristianstad Karting Klubb circuit where the Novalux team compete in both the KZ2 and OKJ classes.