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EKN.ca Driver Diary: Phillip Orcic – WSK Euro Series
As part of eKartingNews.ca’s new editorial program for 2012, we will be following the efforts of Canadian’s racing abroad this season. A number of Canada’s top young drivers will be spending time in Europe and we will work to keep the EKN.ca readership up to speed on their performances. This new segment – the EKN.ca Driver Diary – will bring us up close and personal with a handful of racers this year, beginning with British Columbia’s Phillip Orcic. Phillip will be competing in the WSK Euro Series and assorted CIK events this summer.



 

Phillip Orcic ended his debut European karting campaign with strong run at the CIK FIA World Cup (Photo: Orcic)
Phillip Orcic ended his debut European karting campaign with strong run at the CIK FIA World Cup
(Photo: Orcic)

British Columbia racer discusses his run at the year-end CIK FIA World Cup in Italy
September 13, 2012


The event in Italy started off on Wednesday with the usual registration day and the excitement building with all the teams were arriving, tents being built, chassis assembled and tires and fuel being distributed. The one and only Dino Chiesa was with me throughout the event giving me support and guidance, along with the rest of my team, which consisted of my engine tuner Antonio Renda (Renda motorsports), my mechanics Antonio and Francesco, and my parents who arrived from Canada to support me.

I arrived to the track on Thursday with my parents at 8 am, because at 9:30 we had to go to the technical check with both karts and engines. There we got two new sets of Vega white tyres. At 10:30, I headed off to the drivers meeting with the other drivers. Even though these meetings are inevitable part of each racing event, I find that being packed with over 100 drivers a hot room, with everyone's chatter, I believe it is unrealistic to think that information is passed on. At least the meetings are bilingual so I get to practice my French comprehension. After the meeting I ran back to the tent because my first session was at 11 o'clock, and I only had 10 minutes to get ready and be on the grid. The first session was with uncontrolled tyres, therefore we did not have to use the new set of tyres that the CIK gave us. Like all of the other drivers, I had to run in my engine for 10 minutes because everything was new in the engine. The session was 15 minutes and this allowed me to do a few fast laps at the end and see how was my engine behaving. The track was about two seconds off the pace, and Dino decided to sit out of the next session. There were two KZ2 groups and two KZ1 groups after our session, this helped clean the track and times were improving with each lap. When my group went out, I went to watch them and with live timing I was able to see their times. Everyone except few drivers went out for this session. Riccardo Negro was the fastest at the end of the first session with a time of 58.830, it was not a bad time for the track conditions. The second KZ2 group went a bit faster with a fast time of 58.725, and at this point we knew the track was getting grippier. I went out for the third session with new tyres and the second chassis. I did 58.995 on the third lap and this was the fastest I could do, therefore I came in on lap four because I did not want to waste the tyres on just driving around. For the last session, I went with a different KZ1 chassis and put new tyres, because this was the only way to test the both chassis evenly. I went out and did 58.400 on my third lap, and I knew this was the fastest I could do, and I just pulled into the pits. This kart felt much better and faster in the corners, therefore Dino and I wanted to try and fix the setup on the other kart and see if we could improve the time. We made a few changes to setup, but since the day was over, I could only test it out the following day.

Full Diary available HERE







 

Canadian Phillip Orcic ended his first season of KZ competition with another trip to the podium (Photo: Orcic)
Canadian Phillip Orcic ended his first season of KZ competition with another trip to the podium
(Photo: Orcic)

Standout from British Columbia talks about the season-finale in Zuera
August 21, 2012


The race week/weekend got underway on Wednesday, as we got up at 7 o'clock and headed down to breakfast. Soon as we were done with breakfast we got into the car to drive to the track. It was like a 30 minute drive to the track from the hotel. Soon as we arrived Antonio started to mount the engine on the kart, while I was watching the KF3 practice session. As 10 o'clock approached we headed over to the pre-grid for our first session of the day. I had to run in my engine for the first half of the session, and finally towards the end I got a chance to do a of couple flying laps. I immediatly felt comfortable with the kart after being away from it since La Conca. For the second session we just put another engine that also had to be run in. We did not do any changes to the kart setup because I had 15 practice sessions before qualifying. Soon as the second session started many drivers were still running in their engines. Towards the end of the session I followed a few KZ1 drivers to see hows my line compaired to there's because it was my first time on Zuera in a KZ kart. We did not touch the setup because we were just waiting for the track to grip up and get faster. For the third session I just went out to complete laps and follow other drivers to see where I was gaining or loosing time to them. I saw a few spots where I was losing time and I improved that in the next few laps. After the session I discussed the kart setup with Antonio and we just added a bit more caster in the front to improve the understeering I was having. We decided not to go with new tyres on the day because the track was not at its best yet. For the fourth session Antonio did something different to the engine, and honestly it was really hard to see if it was better or not, therefore the tyres played a big factor because the ones I had on were totally worn out. For the fifth and final session we put on a better set of dunlop tyres and went out to see what would be our fastest time. Many drivers had a new set of tyres for this session. I went out and already on the third lap I did a time of 1:00.15 with used tyres, and knew this was a good time with these tyres. Since this last session was only 15 minutes, I completed about eight laps and then I came in. Antonio was very happy with our pace and other drivers were doing 1:00.3 with new tyres. At the end of the day we knew we could improve much more. It was a pretty easy day because not Antonio nor my dad worked hard. I cleaned my chassis while Antonio made sure the engines were all ready for tomorrow. After we were done with work, we headed over to the catering truck at the track for dinner. After dinner we drove to the hotel to sleep.

Full Diary available HERE







 

Phillip Orcic ultimately made the switch to the Zanardi chassis during the WSK Euro Series doubleheader at La Conca (Photo: Orcic)
Phillip Orcic ultimately made the switch to the Zanardi chassis during the WSK Euro Series doubleheader at La Conca
(Photo: Orcic)

British Columbia racer discusses up-and-down La Conca event
July 11, 2012


Things started on Tuesday in Italy, as I arrived to the track with Antonio Renda, and already it was 30 degrees at 8 o'clock in the morning. We immediately started to build the tent because we had lots of work on the day. As soon as the tent was completed, we started to build up two new chassis. One chassis was the CRG and the other one was the Zanardi. We decided to test both chassis throughout Wednesday and Thursday practice, and at the end of Thursday we would pick one, either the CRG or Zanardi and start working with the better chassis.

After the two new chassis were completed and ready, Antonio and I went and got lunch at the restaurant at the track. At mid-day the temperature was at a high of 40 degrees. In this heat it was difficult for all of us to work. At around 6 pm we headed back to the hotel and got all ready for dinner. We went to Otranto, a small city near the hotel for dinner.

Full Diary available HERE







 

Phillip Orcic experienced the ups and downs of racing during the WSK Euro Series event at Val D'Argenton (Photo: Orcic)
Phillip Orcic experienced the ups and downs of racing during the WSK Euro Series event at Val D'Argenton
(Photo: Orcic)

Canadian talks about difficult weekend in France
May 10, 2012


Tuesday was the day when my equipment and mechanic were arriving from Italy, so I had few hours of extra sleep before heading to the track. Around noon, my mom and I headed to the track. According to GPS, Val D'Argenton track was 30 km from my hotel. I knew that we would have to wake up extra early every morning because of the 30 km drive on the small countryside. Soon as I arrived to the track my team boss Antonio Renda arrived around the same time with his sprinter van. Our tent is up next to Zanardi/Chiesa Corse, and Antonio and I took the karts out from the van and set up everything in the tent. Soon as everything was perfect in the tent Antonio started working on the engines and getting them ready for the practice sessions. I was mounting the Unipro onto the karts and checking if all the wires very working. After I finished working on my karts, Lance Stroll and I went for a walk along the track because neither of us have driven on this track before. Soon as we were on the track I noticed that the curbs are very high; therefore, in rainy conditions it would be impossible to take them. Track is also very narrow, so I knew that it would be difficult to pass in a KZ kart, especially when someone in front of you is blocking. After finishing all the work on the karts, Antonio, my mom, and I headed back to the hotel. The track is located among the fields and meadows full of cows. In spite of being in France we have chosen to have a dinner in the Italian restaurant next to the beautiful Chateaus de Montreuil-Bellay on the Thouet river. It was surprising to notice that even at 9:30 pm there was still daylight and the sun was shining. I was in bed by 10:30 pm, excited about the practices the following day and the beginning of the second WSK Euro series race.

Full Diary available HERE











 

Phillip Orcic enters the second WSK Euro Series event as the KZ2 points leader (Photo: Carpy.nl)
Phillip Orcic enters the second WSK Euro Series event as the KZ2 points leader
(Photo: Carpy.nl)

Racer from British Columbia set for French races
May 4, 2012


After coming back from the races in Sarno, Italy, I continued with my regular exercise routine, while trying to catch up with schoolwork ahead of the races in France. This is the first time that WSK Euro Series goes to a French track, and when combined with I have never raced in France before, it is sure to be an interesting event.

As usual, I checked out the layout of the track on the website hoping to get some preview information. I will be arriving in France with my mom on Monday, and after quick settling in, Tuesday we will be busy with the chassis assembly and getting organized for the first practice on Wednesday morning. Before I left for France the forecast was calling for a rainy week, and I wondered if this would be another Sarno déjà vu.

Full Diary available HERE












 

Phillip Orcic was immediately up to speed in his inaugural KZ2 outing during WSK Euro Series event at Sarno (Photo: kartcom.com - KSP)
Phillip Orcic was immediately up to speed in his inaugural KZ2 outing during WSK Euro Series event at Sarno
(Photo: kartcom.com - KSP)

Canadian Racer Details Winning European Debut in the KZ2 Category
April 19, 2012


My guest for wins in the WSK Euro Series commenced on Wednesday (April 11), when I woke up at 6:30 in the morning and got ready, packed all my racing gear and headed down to breakfast. Straight after breakfast me and my dad headed to the track, and since my first session was at 10:25 am we had time to get the seat mounted. 30 minutes before the first session I put my suit and racing shoes on and was ready to go out for the first session. When I got to the grid with my mechanic and noticed that the KZ2 and KZ1 drivers will be driving together, I thought to myself thats very exciting.

So I headed out for the first session, and for the first 10 minutes I had to run in my engine, after that I could go flat out. The track was slippery in the morning run, therefore the times were not competitive. After finishing the session, I felt comfortable in the kart, and the TM engine was really good.

Full Diary available HERE







 

British Columbia's Phillip Orcic will be competing in the WSK program in 2012
British Columbia's Phillip Orcic will be competing in the WSK program in 2012

British Columbia Pilot Details European Effort in KZ2 Category
April 12, 2012


Since 2008, I have been racing in Europe in the KF3 category with Mach1 Kart, a German kart manufacturer. In 2010, I moved from KF3 to KF2 class and also switched to Zanardi with Keijzer Racing (from Holland). After competing in the ultra high competitive KF2 class last year in Europe, the plan was to do the CIK FIA KF1 World Championship this year.

The schedule for the World Championship was that there was going to be five rounds, with races held in France (Varennes), Japan (Suzuka), England (PF International), Italy (Sarno) and finally, Macau in Asia. But due to a change in the KF1 regulations and an engine lottery rule, many teams and engine manufacturers elected not to contest in the World Championship. There were only few drivers who entered the KF1 World Championship, therefore CIK decided to cancel the KF1 World Championship.

Full Diary available HERE
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