It’s been a great couple of weeks for Marco Signoretti as we have another exciting announcement about the young driver. Last week we confirmed he will take part in the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Portugal and now it has been announced that he will take part in the 24 Hours of Karting at Le Mans in France.
Signoretti has been invited to race with Team Energy Corse by none other than Mick Panigada, owner of Energy Corse, and he will have a powerhouse of teammates to help challenge for the overall title. Racing aboard an IAME OK engine, Signoretti will be teamed up with Sean Babington, Joel Johansen, Tony Lavanant and Ross Hayes.
The race will take place on Saturday, September 30 and complete two trips around the clock to confirm the winner on Sunday. 33 teams have entered including factory efforts from Energy Corse, CRG Spa and Sodikart. There will also be a team comprised of an all-disabled kart racers as well as an all-female race team looking to bring home awareness and the trophy.
“I am very fortunate to be affiliated with a global brand like Energy Corse. When Darren told me that the Energy Corse factory team and IAME had invited me to race with them at the 24 Hours of Le Mans kart race I was ecstatic. I have been with Energy since 2014 and to have the chance to represent the brand in France with their top European drivers is extremely gratifying. I am thankful for the opportunity given to me and I’m looking forward to experiencing a 24-hour race first hand!”
While just confirming the news with CKN recently, Signoretti has been preparing for the race for a few weeks now, testing out an OK engine and comparing it to the Rotax Max package he normally races. Noting big differences, it has been a great challenge even before getting to France for the race.
“Preparing for this event has been more different than most. In my category we are using the ‘OK’ engine which is one of the fastest and most unique categories I have driven; weighing 30lbs less than a Rotax Senior and having more midrange power than a KZ [shifter] makes for a very lively package. To prepare I have tested an engine to learn how it drives and become familiar with the power delivery. On top of learning a new track and category, the factory told me that I needed to lose 3kg in order to match my teammates and ‘OK’ class weight of 335lbs. So no baguette’s for me.”
We wish Marco good luck and will have an update once the race is complete.