Text & Photos: WSK Promotion Press
A kings’ night in Adria: the favorites of the categories contesting the closing race of WSK Euro Series have finally been named at the end of an overnight race that did not provide clues on the final winners until the end of hard-fought Finals! WSK Promotion has completed its European series with this round at the Adria Karting Raceway at the end of a four-weekend campaign that visited some of the best karting circuits in Europe.
In OK, Minì won the Final and Travisanutto had the upper hand in the classification.
Gabriele Minì (Parolin/TM) did not have rivals in the final stages of the OK class winning both the Prefinal and Final. The Italian started the closing race from Pole position and pulled away in the lead between him and his rivals until when he crossed the finish line. Behind him, Kiril Smal (Tony Kart/Vortex) lost some ground at the start but promptly recovered it installing himself in second place. The Russian driver kept the position leading the Dutch Dilano Van‘T Hoff (Exprit/TM) who ended third after climbing up from the seventh place on the starting grid. Despite a weekend among the protagonists, Lorenzo Travisanutto (KR/IAME) did not end on the podium. Still, his fourth position allowed the Italian to capitalize on the points harvested in the previous rounds and to win the WSK Euro Series classification. In the final standings, he leads the Swede Dino Beganovic (Tony Kart/Vortex) and the Scot Dexter Patterson (KR/IAME).
Antonelli: the ace of OK Junior
Andrea Kimi Antonelli (KR/IAME) reached the closer in amazing shape and he did not leave any room for rivals in the night of Adria. Pole position and victory of Prefinal A and Final earned him the win in the final classification of the category. Behind him in the Final and in the series’ standings, the Dutch Thomas Ten Brinke had to get the second position fighting his teammate from United States Ugo Ugochukwu (both on FA Kart/Vortex), who ended third. Prefinal B winner from Holland Alexander Dunne (Tony Kart/Vortex) was hit by bad luck. He had to stop in the closing stages of the Final, as happened to the Russian Nikita Bedrin, who stopped his race in the closing laps but kept the third place of the Final classification.
Matveev and Al Dhaheri celebrated their wins in 60 Mini.
The Russian Dmitriy Matveev (Energy/TM) built his race win lap by lap after taking the victory in Prefinal A and starting the Final on top. He was chased closely by Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin/TM). United Arab Emirates’ driver kept trying until the chequered flag but never managed to find his way past the race leader. He eventually ended the race second proceeding the Russian Kirill Kutskov (Energy/TM), who managed to get on the podium from the starting fifth. Prefinal B winner Andrea Filaferro (Tony Kart/TM) was fourth. The points collected with second added on top of those secured earlier during the weekend, allowed Al Dhaheri to get past the British driver William Macintyre (Parolin/TM) in the last race and to be first in the final standings of the category. The closing race has also been fruitful for the Belgian Douwe Dedecker (Parolin/TM) who is now third in the standings!