Just a few days after staging the Champions Cup to mark the official start of the WSK 2019 season, the 1.3-kilometer circuit founded in 2014 near Rovigo is already focusing on the opener of the Super Master Series, the first of 4 rounds that will take teams and drivers to some of the most-prestigious karting locations in the whole Italian peninsula including Lonato, La Conca and Sarno.
Entry List: who to watch?
With 194 drivers representing almost 30 countries, the entry list for this first round of the year doesn’t lack its fair share of big names in each of the three categories on track: OK, OK Junior and 60 Mini. The usual five engine manufacturers, TM, Vortex, IAME, LKE, and Modena, will be represented and tires will be provisioned by Vega (60 Mini, OKJ) and Bridgestone (OK).
Starting with the 60 Mini, Andrea Filaferro (Tony Kart/TM) will be one of the youngsters to keep an eye on after his win in the Champions Cup where he kept control of his Final in impressive fashion. Second and third, Francesco Marenghi (Tony Kart/TM) and Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin/TM) will be aiming to repeat a similar performance one step further, as unfortunate Russian driver Maksim Orlov (Parolin/TM) will try to overcome the mechanical bad luck that left him without a potential podium finish on Sunday. Let’s not forget about other fast names like Belgians Ean Eyckmans (Parolin/TM), 7th in Adria last weekend, and Douwe Dedecker, who kept a
In OK Junior, the battle witnessed at the Champions Cup between Kart Republic, Ricky Flynn Motorsport and Forza Racing could be worth its weight again this weekend. If the latter team had the upper hand with Alex Dunne (Exprit/TM) and Arvid Lindblad (Exprit/TM) on Sunday, revenge will be in the air for Thomas Ten Brinke (FA Kart/Vortex) and Andrea Kimi Antonelli (KR/IAME) who both could have dreamt of a podium before a late attempt from the Italian opened the door to Lindblad.
Finally, the battle for the win in OK promises again to meet everyone’s expectations. As the victor of both the WSK Final Cup-OKJ of last November and the recent Champions Cup-OK, Taylor Barnard (KR/IAME) has started 2019 on a high note. But the Rosberg Racing Academy’s member will have to keep an eye above his shoulder for drivers like Gabriele Mini’, second in Adria, Cristian Comanducci, third,
Click here to download the full entry list (OK, OKJ, 60 Mini).
Schedule: when to watch?
The usual Qualifying practice will open the program this Thursday. A total of 31 Heats will keep drivers busy on Friday, February 1st, and Saturday, February 2nd, to lead to the closing day. The program of Sunday, February 3rd, will kick off with the six Prefinals for OK, OK Junior and 60 Mini before two Final Bs for OK Junior and 60 Mini where all drivers that could not qualify for the Final will have one more chance to challenge each other. Finally, the ultimate showdowns for each class will start from 14:00 (see schedule below).
To help you follow the Round 1 of the WSK Super Master Series, a special page will be published on this website with day-to-day Live timing (brought to you by Apex timing), then with Live Streaming (provided by WSK Promotion) on Sunday for the Prefinals, Finals B, and Finals.
|Thursday 31/01||09:00 – 17:56||Free practice|
|Friday 01/02||09:00 – 12:56|
13:40 – 15:35
15:40 – 18:00
|Saturday 02/02||08:20 – 10:00|
10:20 – 18:20
|Sunday 03/02||08:35 – 10:15|
10:20 – 12:20
12:20 – 13:00
14:00 – 15:25
Click here for the full schedule.
Text: Guillaume Alvarez
Photo: Alex Vernardis / The Racebox