OK Junior: Day inherits the win after leaders’s last lap incident

In the first race of the afternoon, Jamie Day (Exprit/Vortex) emerged at the end of a hectic Final that kept audiences on the edge of their seats until the very last of the 17 laps. Despite some time lost after the start, Prefinal A winner Nikita Bedrin (Tony Kart/Vortex) was on his way to victory after producing a solid race in front of his fellow countryman Artem Severiukhin (Tony Kart/Vortex). But the Ward Racing driver, who decided to go for one last overtaking attempt, couldn’t avoid a contact that sent them both out less than a lap before the flag! A late turn of events that opened the door to Jamie Day who had already recovered six positions from ninth on the grid to be rewarded with the win! “From where I was, I saw Bedrin missing a corner, Severiukhin saw an opportunity but they touched and went out. I must say I’m happy to get this win after starting from ninth on the grid”, declared the British driver from Dubai.

Thomas Ten Brinke (FA Kart/Vortex) inherited the third place on the podium ahead of his Ricky Flynn Motorsport teammate James Wharton (FA Kart/Vortex). But a wrongly-positioned front fairing cost the Brit a 5-second penalty that sent him back to 8th. Ugo Ugochukwu (FA Kart/Vortex) gained a place to fourth, followed by Alfio Spina (KR/IAME) back from 14th on the grid, Marcel Kuc (Parolin/TM), Arvid Lindblad (Exprit/TM) who recovered 14 places, Wharton, Conrad Laursen (FA Kart/Vortex) and Andrey Dubynin (CrocPromotion/TM). Click here to consult the full classification.

Andrea Kimi Antonelli (KR/IAME) won’t keep any long-lasting memory from Sunday’s Final as the Pole-sitter (win in the Prefinal B) retired due to a technical problem after leading the first eight laps. 7th of the grid, Marcus Amand (KR/IAME) also had a cracking start going from seventh to second before retiring from a race that the Series’ leader after Adria Rafael Chaves Câmara (BirelART/TM) couldn’t access after a DNF ruined his chances in the Prefinal B.

Click here to consult the OK Junior ranking (after two rounds) with first place occupied by Antonelli who sees Ten Brinke and Day getting close while Chaves Câmara remains in contention for the title.

143,Renaudin Adrien(FRA),Sodikart(SODIKART/TM-RACING/BRIDG), Lonato, 24 February 2019. WSK Super Master Series, © 2019, Alexandros Vernardis / The RaceBox.

KZ2: Renaudin leads a Sodikart 1-2

Adrien Renaudin (Sodikart/TM) gave it everything to claim the final win of the weekend in the gearbox class. From fifth on the grid, the reigning KZ2 European Champion has proven that he’ll be again amongst those to watch in 2019.“I am very happy this weekend”, he declared. “Since Qualifying, everything was perfect: the engine, the chassis. My mechanics did the best job possible. I would like to thank all the staff and also my teammate Bas Lammers.” The Dutchman (Sodikart/TM) completed an impressive 1-2 for Sodikart after also showing great pace all through the weekend. The former World Cup winner had led the ranking on Saturday before starting the Final on Pole position thanks to a win in the Prefinal A.

At lights out, Paolo De Conto (CRG/TM), who had claimed the Prefinal B, jumped first on the gas to enter the 21 laps as the one to chase. Quickly, five names isolated themselves from the rest of the field with De Conto trying to pull away while Alex Irlando (BirelART/TM) was having an argument with his teammate Marijn Kremers (BirelART/TM) followed by the Sodi guys. Lammers was first to accelerate and took the Renaudin with him to overtake the two BirelART drivers before getting past De Conto. The Frenchman then went for the move on Lap 10 to keep both Lammers and De Conto at bay until the chequered flag. The double World Champion couldn’t resist the return of Marijn Kremers who took him the third place in the penultimate lap! Behind the Italian in 4th, Winter Cup winner Anthony Abbasse (Sodikart/TM) recovered 10 places to enter the top 5 ahead of KZ2 International Supercup winner Matteo Vigano (Tony Kart/Vortex), then Emilien Denner (Sodikart/TM), Alex Irlando, Giuseppe Palomba, (CrocPromotion/TM) and Alexander Dalbherg (BirelART/TM). Click here to consult the full classification.

Click here to consult the KZ2 ranking (after Round 1) dominated by the Sodikart duo with Lammers and Renaudin split by two points, followed by Kremers and De Conto.

202,Patterson Dexter(GBR),Kr motorsport(KART-REPUBLIC/IAME/BRIDG), Lonato, 24 February 2019. WSK Super Master Series, © 2019, Alexandros Vernardis / The RaceBox.

OK: Patterson defeats Travisanutto on the line

Dexter Patterson (KR/IAME) claimed his first win of the year in the WSK Super Master Series – OK this Sunday in Lonato. With already one podium (third) in Adria, the 2017 World Junior Champion raised the bar this weekend to beat Pole-sitter (and Prefinal A winner) Lorenzo Travisanutto (KR/IAME) thanks to a smartly-managed race from 9th on the grid. “Thank you, it was a good race”, admitted the Kart Republic driver. “Starting from P9 and, in the end, get a result like this, it’s always good.”

Winner of the Prefinal A, Dino Beganovic (Tony Kart/Vortex) went through a tumultuous race that saw him fall down the order to 9th in the opening lap before fighting his way through to the podium. Taylor Barnard (KR/IAME) put his Rosberg Racing Academy-livery chassis in 4th place despite a difficult first lap when he lost eight places before finding the right pace to climb up the order. Espona Civico (CrocPromotion/TM) crossed the line in 5th, followed by Noah Milell (Tony Kart/Vortex). Third on the grid, the Swede appeared as one of the fastest on track and fought for the win against before a brief off-track moment in his battle with Travinusatto cost him a few seconds to finish 6th. Harry Thompson (FA Kart/Vortex) was classified in 7th place ahead of Luigi Coluccio (BirelART/TM) and Gabriele Mini’ (Parolin/TM) who gained a total of 14 places after starting from the bottom of the field (23rd) due to some troubles in the Prefinal B. France’s Sami Meguetounif (Tony Kart/Vortex) concluded his Sunday with the 10th place despite fighting for a potential podium in the early part of the race. Click here to consult the full classification.

Click here to consult the OK ranking (after two rounds) where Travisanutto is still leading with Patterson catching up ahead of Beganovic and Barnard.

582,Filaferro Andrea(ITA),Newman Motorsport Srl(TONYKART/TM-RACING/VEGA), 501,Powell Alex(GHA),Energy corse(ENERGY/TM-RACING/VEGA), 518,Al-dhaheri Rashid(ARE),Parolin racing kart(PAROLIN/TM-RACING/VEGA), Lonato, 24 February 2019. WSK Super Master Series, © 2019, Alexandros Vernardis / The RaceBox.

60 Mini: Al Dhaheri wins shortened thriller-Final

The 60 Mini Final, which came last in the afternoon order, was marked by an interruption after the opening lap as a couple of drivers got involved in an incident that forced the 10-lap race to be put on hold. The rest of the field was consequently stopped at the red flag and aligned on the starting grid waiting for the Race Director’s instructions.

At the re-start, the pack was released for a six-lap sprint lead by Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin/TM). The Emirati driver, who had aligned two consecutive wins in the morning (Heat and Prefinal A), kept his Pole position advantage from the re-start to a thrilling finish where he came close to have his win stolen by not one but three drivers in the likes of Ean Eyckmans (Parolin/TM, + 0.051), Andrea Filaferro (Tony Kart/TM, + 0.091) and Alex Powell (Energy Corse/TM, + 0.185) who all crossed the line in a quite tied formation (see picture)!

Coming home in fifth place was Akshay Borsa (Parolin/TM, winner of the Prefinal B), who started on the front row but lost precious ground in the opening lap. Lucas Cross (Parolin/TM) finished in 6th place in front of Francesco Marenghi (Tony Kart/TM), Kirill Kutskov (Energy Corse/TM), Maksimilian Popov (Parolin/TM) and Michael Ider (DR/TM), the latter two having recovered 10 and 14 positions respectively. Originally classified from 6th to 9th positions, Maskim Orlov (Parolin/TM), Keanu Al Azhari (Parolin/TM) and Coskun Irfan (Parolin/TM) all received a ten-second penalty for overtaking during the yellow flag neutralization. Click here to consult the full classification.

Click here to consult the 60 Mini ranking (after two rounds) where Al Dhaheri is extending his gap thanks to two consecutive wins on Eyckmans followed by Powell and Bohra.

According to the latest information from the organizers, all the drivers involved in the opening lap incident of the Final have been declared fine and will soon be released from the hospital.

The Round 3 of the WSK Super Master Series will take place on the La Conca Circuit from March 8th to 10th. An event that you’ll be able to follow on our website via a special page providing Live Timing and Streaming as well as daily reports and result updates.

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Text: Guillaume Alvarez

Photos: Alex Vernardis / The RaceBox