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January 23, 2013 News
Claman-DeMelo and Stroll Part of 18th Winter Cup of Lonato

The 18th edition of Winter Cup of Lonato will feature two Canadians and world class fields (Photo: South Garda Karting)
The 18th edition of Winter Cup of Lonato will feature two Canadians and world class fields
(Photo: South Garda Karting)

Many of the top karters from around the world will gather at the South Garda Karting circuit of Lonato in Italy on February 15-17, for the 18th edition of the Winter Cup of Lonato. Among those set to battle in the classic race on the CIK-FIA calendar will be two Canadians.

In the three categories - KZ2, KF, and KFJ - there are 280 entrants, with participation from all the major manufacturers and all the top international teams. Representing the 'Great White North' will be Zachary Claman-DeMelo and Lance Stroll.

The two talented Canadian will race in the KF class (formerly KF2), which features about 100 entrants. Claman-DeMelo will race as part of the four-kart CRG Spa effort, alongside Finland's Niclas Nylund, Brazil's Vitor Baptista, and France's Ingrid Girard. Stroll will also drive for an Italian-based squad, partnering Tom Joyner and Paul Boutonnet at Chiesa Corse.

Claman-DeMelo and Stroll will have their hands full in the pursuit of top honors, as the KF field will also include the likes of Luca Corberi, 2012 KF3 world champion, Max Verstappen, last year's winner, and European champions Ben Barnicoat and George Russell.

The fight for supremacy in the top KZ2 class is going to be particularly gripping. Among the protagonists in the category are KF1 world champion Flavio Camponeschi, last year's winner Rick Dreezen, two-time Winter Cup winner Marco Ardigò, WSK Euro series race winner Charles Leclerc, two-time winner Ben Hanley, European Champion Simas Juodvirsi, 2011 WSK Euro Series champion Joel Johansson, two-time winner Roberto Toninelli, 2009 World Champion Arnaud Kozlinski, two-time winner Yannick De Brabander, 2011 European Champion Fabian Federer, former double winner Davide Forè, 2012 KZ1 World Champion Bas Lammers, and 2011 race winner Patrick Hajek.

The junior category, the KFJ (formerly KF3) is very "crowded" too, with more than 100 entrants. Among them will be Giuliano Alesi, son of the former Ferrari F1 driver Jean Alesi, as well as brothers Alessio and Leonardo Lorandi, with Leonardo having won the 60 Mini class in the Italian championship, WSK Euro and Master Series, and WSK Final Cup, and Alessio a recent winner of the KF3 Italian championship.

All the information on the 18th edition of the Winter Cup of Lonato available at http://www.southgardakarting.it

1st WINTER CUP 1996
100 Junior: O. Tami (I) - Tibikart/Vortex
100 ICA: Vitantonio Liuzzi (I) - Kalì/Crg
100 FA: Natale Maggio (I) - Tony Kart/Vortex

2nd WINTER CUP 1997
100 Junior: Andrea Bonetti (I) - Rakama/Parilla
100 ICA: Martin Jensen (DK) - Tony Kart/Vortex
100 FA: Matteo Gamba (I) - Crg/Crg
100 FSA: Roberto Toninelli (I) - Haase/Titan

3rd WINTER CUP 1998
100 Junior: Marco Ardigò (I) - Crg/Crg
100 ICA: Francesco Basilico (I) - Top Kart/Comer
100 FA: Patrick Long (USA) - Crg/Crg
100 FSA: Roberto Toninelli (I) - Crg/Crg

4th WINTER CUP 1999
100 Junior: Sodergberg (S) - Tony Kart/Vortex
100 ICA: Marco Ardigò (I) - Crg/Crg
100 FA: Dos Santos (BR) - Crg/Crg
100 FSA: Ronnie Quintarelli (I) - Tony Kart/Vortex

5th WINTER CUP 2000
100 Junior: Carlo Van Dam (NL) - Trulli/Vortex
100 ICA: Davide Gaggianesi (I) - Crg/Crg
100 FA: Nelson Van der Pol (NL) - Tony Kart/Vortex
100 FSA: Davide Forè (I) - Tony Kart/Vortex

6th WINTER CUP 2001
100 Junior: Filippo Tedeschini (I) - CRG/Parilla
100 ICA: Bart Kramer (NL) - Tony/Vortex
100 FA: Ben Hanley (GB) - Kosmic/Vortex
100 FSA: Mauro Piu (I) - Haase/Titan

7th WINTER CUP 2002
100 Junior: Matteo Chinosi (I) - Maranello/TM/Vega
100 ICA: Edoardo Mortara (CH) - Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega
100 FA: Andrea Tressino (F) - Top Kart/Rotax/Vega
100 FSA: Sauro Cesetti (I) - Kosmic/Vortex/B’stone

8th WINTER CUP 2003
100 Junior: Andy Zanella (I) - Top Kart/Comer/Vega
100 ICA: Oliver Oakes (GB) - Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega
100 FA: Davide Forè (I) - Tony Kart/Vortex/B’stone

9th WINTER CUP 2004
100 Junior: Alessandro Ruggeri (I) - Italsistem/Italcorse/Vega
100 ICA: Atte Mustonen (FIN) - Birel/TM/Vega
100 FA: Ben Hanley (GB) - Maranello/Maxter/B’stone

10th WINTER CUP 2005
100 Junior: Roberto Merhi (E) - Birel/Iame/Vega
100 ICA: Ollie Millroy (GB) - Birel/TM/Vega
100 FA: Sauro Cesetti (I) - Birel/TM/B’stone

11th WINTER CUP 2006
100 Junior: Luca Genini (I) - Birel/Parilla/Vega
100 ICA: Ollie Millroy (GB) - Birel/TM/Vega
100 FA: Sauro Cesetti (I) - Birel/TM/B’stone

12th WINTER CUP 2007
KF3: Viktor Oberg (S) - Gillard/Mrc/Vega
KF2: Yannick De Brabander (B) - Maranello/Parilla/Vega
KF1: Michael Christensen (DK) - Gillard/Parilla/Vega

13th WINTER CUP 2008
KF3: Aaro Vainio (FIN) - Maranello/Xtr/Dunlop
KF2: Rob Foster Jones (GB) - FA Kart/Vortex/Vega
KF1: Yannick De Brabander (B) - Intrepid/Tm/Vega

14th WINTER CUP 2009
KF3: Daniil Kvyat (RUS) - Tony Kart/Vortex/Dunlop
KF2: Brandon Maisano (F) - Intrepid/Tm/Bridgestone
SKF: Gary Catt (GB) - Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega

15th WINTER CUP 2010
KF3: Egor Orudzhev (RUS) - Intrepid/Tm/Dunlop
KF2: Michael Heche (CH) - Intrepid/Tm/Bridgestone
SKF: Toman Libor (CZ) - Birel/Bmp/Vega

16th WINTER CUP - 2011
KF3: Dennis Olsen (N) - Energy/Tm/Vega
KF2: Teemu Suninen (FIN) - Maranello/Maranello/Bridgestone
KZ2: Patrick Hajek (CZ) - Tony Kart/Vortex/Dunlop

17th WINTER CUP - 2012
KF3: George Russell (GB) - Intrepid/Tm/Vega
KF2: Max Verstappen (NL) - Intrtepid/Tm/Vega
KZ2: Rick Dreezen (B) - Tony Kart/Vortex/Bridgestone
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