Toronto, Ontario’s Marco Signoretti and his co-drivers of the Energy Corse team claimed a sensational fifth place overall at the 24 Hours of Karting of Le Mans this past weekend.
Signoretti, one of the top kart racers in Canada, Sweden’s Joel Johansson, Irishman Marco Hayes and Frenchman Tony Lavanant drove their No. 40 Parilla IAME OK-powered Energy chassis to fifth place, 12 laps down to the winners.
The 33 teams competed for 24 hours on the on the 1.385 km Le Mans Karting International circuit in changeable weather conditions with a shower during the middle of the night that caused a bit of chaos.
After having completed 1,374 laps (or a distance of 1,901 km), kart No. 55 of team Rouen GSK 1 took the overall victory, finishing ahead of machine No. 6 of CRG Spa and kart No. 1 of Sodikart. Action raged until the very last lap of the race, as a very small margin of not even one lap, but just 48.878 seconds separated the winners from the second place team!
With just two hours to go, the leading Rouen GSK 1 team began to experience some problems, slowing them down. CRG Spa drivers pushed really hard, set the fastest lap time of the race, but had to be content with second place.
During the wet warm-up session, Signoretti and his co-drivers set the third fastest time. They remained in the top 10 all race long. They were P6 after two hours of racing, then P8 after four hours and up in P4 after four hours. They remained in seventh place for the next six hours, but pushed hard to cross the line in fifth place at the conclusion of the race.
RM Ladies team of Lydie Valichon, Cathy Briffa, Caroline Martel and Léonie Claude finished 26th after many adventures. The Handikart team of Adrien Turkawka, Maxime Léger, Omar Megari and Snoussi Ben Moussa reached their goal by finishing 28th with 1276 laps covered.