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After the positive results obtained in the first event of the 2021 season of last week, Tony Kart Racing entered the WSK Super Master Series, still at the Adria Karting Raceway, with its consolidated technical package.
In KZ2, Simo Puhakka is the man to beat: the Finnish driver is the champion in force of the WSK Super Master Series. Simo immediately started on the right foot, setting the second-best timing in the qualifying session. In the Qualifying Heats, he gained three wons, three fast laps and a second place, giving him the pole position for the Prefinal, wisely managed in order to focus all the attention on the decisive Final. This solid performance was broken by an accident on the first lap, which forced the driver to stop.
Pedro Hiltbrand crossed the finish line in the 17th position. The Spaniard constantly fought for the top five list in the heats. Gilles Stadsbader performed a comeback of 12 positions at the end of the heats compared to his placement in Qualifying, with concrete results unfortunately lost due to a stop in the Prefinal. Josef Knopp, whose learning curve is constantly positive, was still in a phase of study and adjustment.
After his excellent performance in last week’s WSK Champions Cup, Tuukka Taponen entered the weekend by being among the ten fastest drivers of the qualifying session in the OK category. However, two unlucky stops in the second heat and in Prefinal did not allow the Finnish driver to let his skills shine. Same destiny for Alfio Spina who managed to get back into the top ten after the heats but was also forced to raise the white flag in the Prefinal.
On a difficult weekend, the world champion Callum Bradshaw showed all his skills and gained access to the Final, climbing a record number of 15 positions from the last row of the starting grid. The same Final saw, however, an accident at the first curve involving Joseph Turney. A pity for the English driver, who collected a win in the Qualifying Heats as a demonstration of his competitiveness.
Despite being a rookie in the OK-Junior category, James Egozi already proved to be in step with the most experienced drivers. The American driver, with an excellent performance in the heats where he also gained a second place, was constantly among the top ten. In the Final, he started so strongly that he settled for third place. Unfortunately, due to a collision with another driver, he had to leave his kart on the side of the track and was a deserved top result fade away. Harley Keeble, one of the protagonists of the WSK Champions Cup, was also in good shape, gaining five top three in the five heats and entering the Final as one of the favourites. Unfortunately, a problem did not allow him to attend the race.
In the Mini class, Jimmy Helias did not get what he wanted. Competing for the podium in the WSK Champions Cup, the very young French driver just missed the top ten in the Final. Helias achieved a win in the second heat of his class, also collecting a fast lap, two third places and two fifth ones.
After two intense weeks of activity in Adria, the Tony Kart Racing Team will be back on track in two weeks, from 11th to 14th March, for the second round of the WSK Super Master Series at the International La Conca Circuit
Find out more about driver line-ups for 2021 on our dedicated page.
More about the 2021 season:
- VIDEO: How to do a karting pit stop in under 1 min
- WSK Super Master Series Rnd 1: Gustavsson, Camara, Al Dhaheri & Lammers shine at Adria
- WSK Champions Cup: Gustavsson, Camara, Al Dhaheri and Lammers claim victories at Adria