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    Kanato Claims His First European Karting Pole and Podium

    Second Former Kanato has claimed his first European pole position and podium place during a demanding weekend of kart racing in Valencia, Spain.

    In a demanding weekend of international kart racing in Valencia, Spain, Second Former Kanato has achieved some of his best results to date.

    The Japanese racer and aspiring Formula 1 driver ultimately finished second from a field of 35 in the X30 junior class of the 2021 IAME Cup. Over his three heats, pre-final and final he was placed in the top 3 four times.

    “The weather changed a lot on Sunday morning which made the Pre-Final very challenging but also good fun," commented Kanato. "The track was very slippery, especially on slick tyres but I found a nice rhythm to control the race and not make any mistakes. I was delighted when I took the win and it also gave me pole position for the Final."

    The extremely wet conditions that afternoon made the Final both exciting and very challenging. Kanato made a good start but lost some ground to another driver who was able to take the lead and ultimately win.  

    Boarder Kanato has been driving for top karting team, Fusion Motorsport UK, since joining Kimbolton last year.  After the competition he reflected, "It’s been a great weekend and I’m so happy with my results. I’ve worked hard over the winter following my first IAME season last year so it’s a great feeling to have my first pole, podium and win in Europe."