Euro Challenge: Paolo de Conto Victorious in DD2; Cooper on the Podium
In a very exciting Rotax DD2 Final, Italian Paolo de Conto (Birel) continued his domination of the class by completing the weekend sweep; earning pole-position Friday, winning all three of his heats on Saturday, and winning the Pre-Final and Final on Sunday at the Rotax Euro Challenge in Casteletto, Italy.
Under threat early in the Final, de Conto held off Sean Babington (TonyKart) before the pack began battling for second and he was able to break away. Eventually, France’s Anthony Abbasse (Sodikart) moved into the second position with Canadian Ben Cooper (Birel) fighting for the third and final podium spot. He needed every last lap to regain the position, but Cooper was able to earn his second podium result of the Euro Challenge season and add to his point total, where he currently leads the championship.
Babington wound up fourth with round one winner Jordan Lennox-Lamb (CRG) completing the top-five.
Martin Pierce claimed the DD2 Masters victory as he finished 19th overall.
Unfortunately for our other Canadian driver in attendance, Alessandro Bizzotto (CRG) wasn’t able to transfer through the Last chance Race, even after posting the fastest lap of the race.