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Chinese GP: Alonso and Kubica at SIC Kart World

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October 15, 2008, afternoon, two VIP paid a very important visit to SIC Kart World, they were two F1 drivers, Robert Kubica from BMW Sauber and Fernando Alonso, World Champion of 2005 & 2006 F1 season from Renault. Just as we know, Kubica...

October 15, 2008, afternoon, two VIP paid a very important visit to SIC Kart World, they were two F1 drivers, Robert Kubica from BMW Sauber and Fernando Alonso, World Champion of 2005 & 2006 F1 season from Renault.

Just as we know, Kubica and Alonso are so close friends that usually meet in private time. Last weekend, in Japan, they celebrated for each other on the podium with the champagne rain. After that, Kubica had a phone talk with Davide De Gobbi(General Manager of March3 Motorsport Center) and asked if he could bring his friend to the karting circuit. 2003, when Kubica was in Prema Powerteam for F3 Euro Series, Davide De Gobbi was his team manager. During last F1 China GP, Kubica came to SIC Kart World when March3 Motorsport Center just established. This time, Mr. De Gobbi surely would not refuse him.

Kubica arrived earlier than Alonso and always kept his friendly style. He got the racing suit changed, picked up the protective devices and his helmet, made sure of the tire pressure, and then jumped into one Tony Kart. When he just started to enjoy driving on this charming circuit, one person appeared in the middle of the track, stopping him with a peg in hand. That was Fernando Alonso with leisure dressing in T-shirt. After a short conversation, Kubica stayed on the circuit when Alonso went indoors to change. Several minutes later, he jumped into another Tony Kart with Super Rok engine when Kubica's agent became the third driver. Of course, he was not fast enough to catch the F1 drivers, Alonso and Kubica played a game with him, it was very interesting to see that when he passed the last corner, they slowed down to keep him in the middle of their two karts then three people started together, no faster, no slower. The agent didn't stay very long and come back to the pit several laps later to leave the real drivers keeping. They drove anticlockwise for about 10 laps and clockwise for another 10 laps. For them, this seemed like an interesting game not a race. They respectively led in some sessions; sometimes they didn't allow the other to overtake, sometimes suddenly rushed into the corner and pushed the other off the track, sometimes slowed down to let the other go first and overtook in the next second. During the break, Kubica's kart needed more fuel, Alonso asked the mechanic not to stop until the tank was full while his own kart without any liter added. Sun was going down, the two drivers still enjoyed on the track, they even touched each other by using the karts, and Mr. De Gobbi had to stop them with the red flag. Alonso jumped out and into another shifter Sup Rok back to the track again. After 6 laps, back to the pit., he made a burn-out, when the kart's turning and engine noise stopped, three beautiful circles left on the track, what surprised all was that he did these even without touching the steering wheel! Alonso jumped out the kart, knees down to the ground, arms stretched, face to the sky, saying something to the God, what a nature-born actor! For this moment on, the new record of SIC Kart World is: Fernando Alonso 55.460 seconds!

Compared with the race weekends, Alonso and Kubica seemed very relaxed. Besides driving, they had a pleasant conversation with two agents and Mr. De Gobbi in Italian after the photo taken with March3 staff and autographs for memory.

SIC Kart World has very high reputation for its FIA Grade "A" karting circuit and is a very hot place for the top drivers, Alex Yoong, Kubica, Heidfeld, Kobayashi, and now Fernando Alonso, these previous or present F1 drivers have already driven at this circuit which Michael Schumacher were very interested in but never drove. With the professional management by March3 Motorsport Center, this situation will continue in the future.

October 17th-19th, F1 China GP 2008 will take place again. Alonso will fight for his consecutive third champion in these two months while Kubica still has the opportunity to be the new world champion. We wish the enjoyment at SIC Kart World will last to the end of this week.

-credit: march3

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