In 2013 Francesco Conti won both the Individual and Team Title in the King of Europe series. The 10th anniversary season for King of Europe just kicked off in Austria (event recap here). Conti has brought out the same car for the 2014 season with several improvements to increase the cars performance. The supercharged E92 GT4 BMW makes 650hp and will soon receive an upgrade to a Libery Walk widebody kit (after Round 2 in Italy this weekend).
Going into the Top 32 battles Francesco matched up against Matt Campling who was new to the King of Europe series. After a quick and clean battle all three judges picked Francesco to move into the Top 16. In the Top 16 Francesco was lined up against Manuel Vacca from Italy. After the first run the judges gave an advantage of 7-3 to Francesco Conti over Manuel with one run left in the pairing.. Going off the start line and heading for the first corner, things did not go very natural for Francesco Conti. Seen from the outside, his car just went straight through the first corner, without drifting, which meant he had just lost the battle, making this the worst result ever obtained by Francesco Conti in his King of Europe career.
After the event this is what Francesco Conti had to say, ” First of all I would like to thank my sponsors for this year, Liberty Walk and Forgiato Wheels for deciding to join my program in King of Europe. The weekend started well for me, and I was of course feeling comfortable with the track, and the car was working perfect, as it usually does. Going into the tandem battles I had to go up against a very good driver from the UK, Matt Campling, and I hope I will be able to meet him again sometime in the near future. About my battle in Top16, this was a really unfortunate happening, as I was unable to initiate into the first corner, because the cable from my intercom got caught up in my harness, and I was unable to turn my head to see where I was going, so that totally left me without any solution but going straight. I am extremely unhappy with this, and I feel like I could’ve won very important points at this event, but I will just come with more determination for future events to make up for this first round. Congratulations to all the extremely skilled drivers that competed at this event, it will be my pleasure to do battle against you this year”.