Apulian Alex Irlando continues his moment of grace by winning the ACI Karting Italian Championship season opener round at the 7 Laghi Karting.

May is an intense month of racing for the 18-year old Alex Irlando: after stepping on the lowest step of the podium in Wackersdorf, on occasion of the FIA Karting KZ European Championship, the Apulian ace wins race 2 in Castelletto di Branduzzo, during the first round of the ACI Karting Italian Championship in the KZ2 class.

Alex starts grabbing the pole position with more than 4 tenths of second on the runner-up and dominates the first qualifying heat despite a 5-second penalty for jump start. In the second heat he suffers a technical problem that prevents him to finish the race. At the end of the qualifying races, Alex is 19th overall.

Race 1 shows the incredible pace of the BirelART’s factory drivers who recovers from the back up to P3, but another, undeserved, jump start penalty pushes him to P9. In the second race Alex is unleashed: starts on P9 and wins the race by 0.881” on Francesco Iacovacci, second classified.

“It could have been a dominant weekend, but a technical problem and a penalty ruined it a little bit. At the end of the day it has been a positive test-race and I had the opportunity to test new solutions for the chassis. I’d like to thank BirelART for the chassis and Galiffa Engines for the powerplants. Now I’m fully focused on the next effort on the OK kart in Genk next week!”

 Here are the results of the weekend.

Alex will race the second round of the FIA Karting OK European Championship in Genk, Belgium, this weekend.

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