Andrea Kimi Antonelli has taken the 2019 WSK Super Master Series championship in OK-Junior after a very controversial day, due to a crash during the prefinals. Artem Severiukhin dominated the final to take his maiden victory in the series and his first in Sarno, Italy.
The day started with controversy. In prefinal A, Andrea Kimi Antonelli (KR/Iame/Vega) the WSK Super Master leader was fighting with Thomas Ten Ten Brinke (FA Kart/Vortex/Vega). The Italian crashed into the Dutch driver who lost all the opportunities to comeback. Meanwhile, Antonelli managed to get into the final, but afterwards, the Rosberg Racing Academy driver received a 10 seconds penalty for “a bad manoeuvre” according to Art 2.24 of the CIK General Prescriptions.
It was Ten Brinke teammate, Lauren Van Hoepen (FA Kart/Vortex/Vega) who won prefinal A.
With Ten Brinke and Antonelli out of the final, Nikita Bedrin (Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega) had a great opportunity to battle for the title if he got a good prefinal. But the Russian driver got a 5 second penalty in prefinal B due to an incorrect position of front fairing, so he wasn’t able to take that much advantage of this situation despite been classified for the final.
Artem Severiukhin (Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega) won the prefinal B and set the pole position for the final. A final without Antonelli and Ten Brinke but with Nikita Bedrin and Jamie Day (Exprit/Vortex/Vega).
Bedrin started the final from 29th position so his chances were really low, but Jamie Day started from third place and he only needed to finish second to take the championship.
At the start, Artem Severiukhin immediately maintained the lead and opened a gap with William Siverholm (Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega) and Laurens Van Hoepen.
As Severiukhin was expanding his lead, in the battle for second position Siverholm was overtaken by Van Hoepen who also did not have the pace to catch the race leader.
It was Jamie Day who at half-point of the race overtook the Durtch driver for second place and immediately got away from the Ricky Flynn driver for a secure second place. This position gave Jamie Day the title by one single point.
At the checker flag, Severiukhin won easily by one second of distance from Jamie Day and 3 over Laurens Van Hoepen. Despite that and with Day taking the title, the stewards gave a 5 seconds penalty to the Lennox Racing driver due to an incorrect position of the front fairing.
This promoted Van Hoepen to the second place and Silverholm to the last step of the podium, as Day dropped to sixth and lost the championship.
Antonelli therefore, replaces Gabriele Mini as WSK Super Master Series champion in OKJ. Thanks to the victory, Artem Severiukhinn finished as the runner-up, while Jamie Day completes the top3.
The WSK races does not stop, and next weekend the WSK Euroseries is back for his first race of the season that will take place at the Circuito Internazionale di Napoli.