Karting incident of a millennium through the eyes of Buggyra Zero Mileage Racing
While most of the motorsport world is focused on a limited racing season due to the COVID-19, there are still lots of drama going on. One of such moments happened last weekend during the karting world championship race at Lonato, thanks to Luca Corberi.
The 23-year-old driver, whose father actually owns the track, was taken out by Paulo Ippolito. But he vented his frustration by throwing his bumper from a kart on the track just when Ippolito was passing by. And by doing so, he endangered a completely another driver. But that was not the end, as the incident continued in the paddock where Luca threw Paul into a wall and soon, he was joined and supported by his father. What does the Buggyra crew think about it?
Tomáš Enge (ex-Formula 1 driver)
“It’s a massive media product, an extreme situation that has never happened in the top-tier motorsport before. To throw a bumper on somebody, who’s driving in an open-cockpit vehicle, that’s like going after a running football player with a baseball bat and trying to hit him in the head. And about that fight afterwards, that is something that had happened in F1 before already, and I can understand that, but only if it’s a one-on-one situation. However, if anybody else joins the fight, I think it’s time to leave it to police and law.”
Martin Koloc (team owner, European champion 1995 and 1996)
“Truck racing has always been and always will be about contacts, so I never really paid much attention to it. For example, I and Lutz Bernau are co-authors of the most famous crash in our history in Thruxton, when my truck took off and went over the safety fence. We still laugh about it today. The immediate reaction is pointless, and it shows that the initiator is not mentally alright. It’s better to wait. In 1996, I was getting hits from every angle, yet I managed to defend my championship before the final race at Jarama. I had to start from the last row, due to an absurd penalty, so I told the mechanics to get ready because I wanted to leave the first corner in the 1st place. I went for it, no matter what. It didn’t work out that way, but that satisfaction…”
Adam Lacko (European champion 2017)
“I agree with Martin, truck racing is a contact sport, and you need to be able to give hits and take hits. Also, truck bumpers are a bit heavier, so you can’t just throw them. It’s not like I never felt angry, but the life of a racing driver teaches you that if you don’t finish, you won’t take any points. I read that Luca handed in his racing license and that he doesn’t ever want to race again. A wise decision at the moment. Let’s wait what’s going to happen next.”
David Vršecký (European champion 2008 and 2009)
“It’s probably a more fitting question for Antonio Albacete, who wasn’t able to stay calm and he helped us to win two championships. In 2007, he hit me right after the start of the final race at Jarama, and he was given a penalty that decided the championship in favour of Bösiger. Two years later, during the final race, at the same circuit, he hit Markus and helped me to clinch the title. From what I saw, he just went nuts. If he is really serious about quitting, it’s a good call.”