Praga factory team started the season with the podium finish
• Jonathan Thonon finished 2nd
• First race of the season
• 6 factory pilots competed
At the beginning of this season Factory team Praga Kart Racing tested at the circuit near Lonato South Garda, however the first real start of this season was the first race of the prestigious WSK karting series titled WSK Gold Cup at the Adria Raceway Karting circuit.
The team used knowledge gained at the testing and for its factory drivers prepared several chassis options to choose from. Praga drivers were competing in the categories Mini, KFJ and KZ2.
The youngest member of the factory team – Carles Martinez this season for the first time experiences the atmosphere of big competitions. In the final race he was able to move up 13 positions and finished it in 18th place.
In class KFJ the team was represented by Eliseo Martinez and Mikkel Hoyer. In prefinal Mikkel finished on 13th place, but the Stewards made a decision to exclude him from the race due to dangerous overtaking maneuver. Eliseo in prefinal finished as 12th and seamlessly progressed into the final battle. Then in the final he crossed the finish line as 20th.
In the premier class KZ2 in the traditional blue colors appeared three experienced drivers Thonon, Hájek and Pescador.
Jonathan Thonon had the fastest lap time in two Saturday races, managed to win the third one. After counting all points, he gained pole-position for the prefinal! In the prefinal Thonon finished as the 3rd, Jorge 4th and so both Praga Kart Racing drivers occupied the second row of the starting grid.
The final was 20 laps long and shortly before the half of the race Jonathan Thonon made overtaking maneuver which moved him into the second place overall, which seamlessly kept till the end. Jorge finished 6th and Patrik Hajek 9th.
Sports manager of Praga Kart Racing Filip Schovánek “This race was an excellent opportunity to prepare for the Super Master series. Of course, we wanted to succeed and show the quality of the new chassis and IAME engines. The whole team is happy particularly about lap times and the overall result of Jonathan. In our team we have several new pilots and mechanics, so for us this race was very important from the perspective of cooperation of the whole team. ”
Jonathan Thonon “I would like to thank the technicians of the factory IPK and people from IAME. They prepared for me a chassis and engines that allowed me to begin this season on the podium. I believe that this cooperation will bring further success in future. ”
The next race of the Praga Factory team will be held next weekend again at the circuit Adria Raceway Karting.