Q&A Gianluca Beggio: Birel ART General Manager

Q: How would you evaluate Birel ART’s first year of operation?

Gianluca Beggio: “Over the course of the year, we worked very hard on the quality of our products, in order to supply our customers with a chassis and its relative accessories that is not only very competitive, but also relatively straightforward to use. In fact, our priority has always been to supply a product and accessory range that is cutting edge when it comes to being competitive and in terms of its ease of use. We definitely succeeded in that, given the positive feedback from our customers, especially among those trying our chassis for the first time.”

 

Q: What’s your verdict on the 2015 season for the factory Birel ART Racing Team?

GB: “We started almost from nothing, because our set up was completely overhauled. We took on new drivers, we changed the management and despite this, the results came, and right away. Unfortunately, we missed out on impressive wins, such as in the CIK-FIA KF World Championship, even if we came very close. However, all year long, we showed we were capable of competing at the highest level. Furthermore, the Racing department made an impact on the product itself, as well as establishing its own credibility for the coming years.”

 

Q: What’s the atmosphere like within the Team?

GB: “There’s a very good atmosphere in the team and everyone gets along very well. When it comes to the work the team does, the idea is to let the guys get on with their work calmly, so that they can give it a hundred percent. Also, with our partners, we worked very hard over the season on the development of our products and with our engine partner IAME, we managed to attain a level that made us very competitive, laying down the foundations for being even better in 2016.”

 

Q: What are the expectations for 2016?

GB: “Our aim is to increase our market share. On the racing front however, we have introduced some small changes, based on what we learned during 2015. We plan to tackle the racing season at the highest level and secure a major result as soon as possible.”

 

Q: How has the world of karting changed from when you were racing to today?

GB: “Not that much in fact, because the concept has remained the same. Obviously, some aspects have changed, such as the tyres or the way the heats and finals are run. What’s changed the most is the level of competitiveness in the categories and it’s now much tougher than in the past. In recent times, especially in KFJ, but also in KF, the driver has been a bit limited by the performance of his vehicle. In fact, in general, a good driver with a poor kart can’t race for the top places, while in the past, a very good driver could still get good results with an inferior machine. I believe that, with the OK-Junior and OK categories, we will go back to the way it was, in that a talented driver without the best machine, will once again be able to make the difference, so that some drivers will stand out more than others. Obviously, to fight for the top places it will still be vital to have a good chassis, driver, engine and tyre package.”