Rounds 5 and 6 of the RCGP World Series in Asti will see a new name present in the field, as 17 year-old Leonardo Valente will step up from the RC2 class to join the SWORKz Europe Team in RCGP.
Following on from his impressive RC2 class victory in Austria, Valente will partner fellow teenager Micha Widmaier for the Italian leg of the championship, the absence of J�rn Neumann giving the young Italian the chance to make the jump to the top class for his home event – an opportunity which he is relishing.
“I’m feeling very excited for the race and I can’t thank Max (Sonnleitner) enough for giving me this opportunity”, said Valente.
The successful RC2 appearance in Fehring yielded more than just a result for him however, as it also provided valuable insight into the challenges presented by the unique format of the series, something which he is keen to learn from and apply to his outing in Asti.
“Austria was such a great event for me, I think I was able to learn a lot more at the start of the race as RCGP has a different qualifying method which involves an ‘F1 style’ starting grid, so every time you have to make a good start
“I’m going to approach this race with even more energy than the others and try to make the best result as possible, but for sure I have to pay attention on the start because of the reversed grid and try not to get involved in the chaos.”
A difficult start to the season for SWORKz Europe sees the team down in the championship order on 26 points, but with the comfort of familiarity in both the track and the setting for the upcoming rounds, as well as benefiting from the the support and collective knowledge of his SWORKz teammates, Valente is approaching the event with a positive mindset.
“Honestly I’m feeling quite confident about it because the race is in my home country, and on a track I love, so there is no reason to worry
“I’m sure it will be super nice to work with my teammates Micha, Elliot and Canas as they are awesome and experienced drivers and I’m really looking forward to it!”