Suleiman Zanfari - Une entrée remarquée dans le top10 européen en Belgique

Suleiman Zanfari - Une entrée remarquée dans le top10 européen en Belgique

22.05.2019: Suleiman Zanfari poursuivait sa reprise en compétition karting lors de la 2e épreuve du Championnat d’Europe FIA Karting Junior sur le circuit de Genk du 16 au 19 mai 2019. Il pilotait pour l’occasion un Kosmic/Iame du team VDK Racing, face à plus de 75 a

Suleiman Zanfari poursuivait sa reprise en compétition karting lors de la 2e épreuve du Championnat d’Europe FIA Karting Junior sur le circuit de Genk du 16 au 19 mai 2019. Il pilotait pour l’occasion un Kosmic/Iame du team VDK Racing, face à plus de 75 adversaires surentraînés.


Peu gâté par les conditions climatiques lors d’essais chronométrés particulièrement compliqués à gérer, le jeune pilote marocain entamait ensuite une remontée d’anthologie de 20 places et terminait parmi les 10 meilleurs à une superbe 9e position.



Ceux qui avaient connu Suleiman les années précédentes ont été surpris par son évolution depuis les courses de l’an dernier. C’est en effet un pilote transfiguré qui aborde la saison 2019. Suleiman affiche en effet en toute circonstance une maturité et une détermination tranquille qui lui permettent d’exploiter parfaitement son talent.



Le multiple Champion du Monde Davide Foré qui le coache cette saison confirmait cette impression positive : « J’ai retrouvé le pilote solide qui avait déjà brillé à Kristianstad pour sa première course après sept mois loin des circuits deux semaines en arrière. Suleiman a été très rapide dans les manches.




Difficile dans ces conditions de prévoir le réglage idéal du kart et de donner le maximum sans sortir de la piste. Avec une relative prudence, Suleiman se retrouvait 29e sur 76 au classement cumulé des trois séries.


Cette situation moins avantageuse qu’espéré ne troublait cependant pas le jeune Marocain du club OCK qui abordait les manches qualificatives avec calme et détermination. Beaucoup plus rapide que lors des essais libres, il faisait preuve très régulièrement d’une très bonne vitesse sur le sec, pointant souvent parmi les cinq plus rapides, tout en dépassant plusieurs adversaires à chaque course. Il était confronté dans les deux dernières à des pilotes ayant choisi de monter en avance leur dernier train de pneus neufs, mais parvenait malgré tout à conclure cette phase importante en 14e position avec un gain substantiel de 15 places depuis les chronos.



Bien que s’élançant pour la finale depuis la 7e ligne, au coeur du peloton, Suleiman évitait les incidents du départ et poursuivait son ascension sans aucune précipitation, préparant ses attaques avec soin. Il regagnait encore 6 places pour atteindre finalement une flatteuse 9e position.



« Je suis très content de ma course », confiait le jeune espoir marocain soutenu par Cool Performance. « J’ai fait le maximum en toute occasion et c’était très plaisant. J’aurais aimé pouvoir viser un résultat encore plus gratifiant, mais je ne me plains pas, c’était un très bon week-end. J’adresse un grand merci à Eric et Alain Verdaasdonk du team VDK Racing et une dédicace spéciale à Gabriele Bassetta, mon fidèle mécanicien.



J’ai hâte de retourner en Suède dans moins de deux semaines pour disputer la 3e épreuve du Championnat d’Europe avec des ambitions plus élevées ». Il a repris du terrain jusqu’à l’avant-dernière manche samedi après-midi sans commettre
d’erreur et en signant avec régularité des temps excellents à moins d’un dixième des meilleurs. Sa capacité à gérer les courses avec intelligence m’a vraiment fait plaisir. Pas de doute, c’est un jeune homme qui apprend très vite.


Le meeting n’avait pourtant pas commencé sous les meilleurs auspices puisqu’une météo capricieuse perturbait le déroulement des essais qualificatifs. L’adhérence de la piste variait en effet en quelques secondes sous l’effet d’une fine pluie intermittente.



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