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The track activity continues for the third round of the Champions of the Future Euro Series at the Kristianstad circuit. After the first day of Friday, in which the qualifications and the first eliminatory heats on a dry track took place, on Saturday all the remaining heats were held, initially in wet conditions and then again on the dry, for both categories present in the race: OK and OKJ. The starting grids for Sunday’s Super Heat were therefore decided.
OK: Luigi Coluccio proves his skills and takes the lead
- Luigi Coluccio (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) had won the bronze medal in the 2018 world championship right here in Kristianstad and he still seems to like the Swedish circuit. The reigning world runner-up is the only driver able to finish all the heats in the top three and even achieves two victories. The Tony Kart Racing Team rider thus climbs to the absolute first position and tomorrow will start from pole in Super Heat 1.
- Evan Giltaire (VDK Racing – KR – IAME), second in the general classification, continues to show an excellent feeling with the track. The standard bearer of the DPK Racing team wins all three heats in dry track conditions, while he seems to struggle more with rain tires. The Frenchman still takes a third place and a fifth in the two heats disputed in the wet, earning the start from the first box on the grid for Super Heat 2.
- Yuanpu Cui (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) is confirmed as a protagonist, always in the top four and winner of the C-E heat in wet track conditions. The young Mercedes recruit demonstrates his progress and tomorrow will start alongside Coluccio in Super Heat 1.
- After having amazed in qualifying, Arthur Rogeon (VDK Racing – KR – IAME) decides he wants to give other surprises. The driver of the VDK Racing team imposes himself in his first two heats on a dry track, always excelling in the intense duel with Juho Valtanen (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), and then proves even faster on a wet track. The poleman on Friday dominated his first heat in the rain, winning with more than seven seconds ahead of his direct rival and complete with a fast lap. When nothing seems to be able to stop him, Rogeon makes a mistake while he is leading the A-C heat, the first of the day on Saturday disputed with slick tires by all the drivers. The Frenchman then has to juggle a particularly heated tussle, which also sees him as the protagonist of an excursion on the lawn, and crosses the finish line in sixth place, complete with a fast lap, only to be relegated to 14th place by a penalty of five seconds cause nose in incorrect position. The young bishop quickly recovers with the fourth success of the weekend in his last heat, expressing great clarity, and makes him fourth overall. Rogeon will join his teammate in the front row of Super Heat 2.
- They are authors of a remarkable path and all winners of one heat: Matheus Morgatto (DPK Racing – KR – IAME), fifth overall, Freddie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – Vortex), sixth, and Alex Powell (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), seventh. Both Slater and Powell are experiencing a drop in performance in one of their batteries and the talent in orbit Mercedes attributes it to a difficulty encountered with tire pressures, but both young drivers do a great job with their teams and quickly get back to being competitive.
- Total eighth place is the prerogative of Juho Valtanen, who reaffirms his presence at the top of the standings. After finishing his first two heats in second place, the Tony Kart Racing Team rider is hampered by two five-second penalties due to the nose being incorrectly positioned in the next two heats.
- They are in great comeback from qualifying thanks to convincing performances: Lorenzo Travisanutto (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing), ninth, and Malo Bolliet (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), tenth.
- Instead, Rintaro Sato (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) lost six positions compared to qualifying, having suffered his two heats on a wet track, but he collected a victory and two third places in the three heats disputed with slick tires. The son of the former Formula 1 driver and two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 finds himself 11th overall, just ahead of Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM Racing). The standard bearer of the Energy Corse team boasts a second place and a third of his best results, but closes a complicated fourth heat in 14th place.
- Karol Pasiewicz (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Racing), Luka Sammalisto (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) and Ean Eyckmans (EGP Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex complete the top 15 in the overall standings), who retires in heat C-F while occupying fifth place, but wins the heat D-F. The EGP Racing Team rider precedes Matheus Ferreira (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), delayed by two five-second penalties in his last two heats.
- They are slowed down by some hitch although Tuukka Taponen (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), 17th total, Kean Berta Nakamura (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 18th, Oscar Pedersen (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex), 21st, Enzo Deligny (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing), 23rd, David Walther (Koski Motorsport – Tony Kart – Vortex), 31st, and Cristian Bertuca, 32nd.
- After accusing an anomalous lack of grip in qualifying, Joseph Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) retires in his first heat following a contact and is involved in a contact also in his second battery, but in this chance he manages to continue and climb up to the 14th square, complete with a quick lap. The championship leader then puts on a show in the next heats, completing exceptional comebacks, despite being relegated on two occasions by a penalty. The current championship leader occupies the 28th position overall.
- Disappointment for Maxim Rehm (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – Vortex), disqualified from the event for having repositioned the detached nose.
OKJ: Dmitry Matveev stays on top
- Whether dry or wet, Dmitry Matveev (Koski Motorsport – Tony Kart – Vortex) remains a certainty, in front of everyone. After triumphing in his first two heats with slick tires, the poleman on Friday obtained two second places in his two heats with rain tires, before returning to win in the last heat of the weekend, again on a dry track. The color bearer of the Koski Motorsport team proves to be very mature and tomorrow he will start from the first spot on the grid in Super Heat 1.
- Rene Lammers (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing) is still a great protagonist, maintaining his second place overall. After collecting two wins and two second places in his first four heats, the Parolin Motorsport team rider concludes his last heat in second position, but is relegated to fourth by a five-second penalty, received for having performed an incorrect maneuver. . The young Dutchman still earns the pole start for tomorrow’s Super Heat 2.
- Nathan Tye (Sodikart – Sodikart – TM Racing) wants to make things clear: he too is a contender for the final victory. Thanks to two wins, two third places and a fifth, the championship leader climbs to third place in the overall standings and tomorrow will start alongside Matveev in Super Heat 1.
- Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing) shines too, recovering five positions with respect to qualifying and climbing to fourth place overall. With two victories in the heats, the Parolin Motorsport team driver will join his teammate in the front row of Super Heat 2, right after beating him in their last heat.
- Jan Przyrowski (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), the first winner of the weekend on a wet track, reaffirms his presence at the top of the classification. Following the success, the Tony Kart Racing Team rider concludes the heats with two second places and thus moves to fifth place overall.
- Lucas Fluxa (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) also wins two heats, taking sixth overall position. The KR Motorsport team bishop appears to be in trouble in his fourth heat and slips from second place to 13th, but returns to show his competitiveness in the last heat, which ends in third place.
- Miguel Costa (Sauber Academy – KR – IAME) and Maxens Verbrugge (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) are on a comeback from qualifying, respectively seventh and eighth in the overall standings. Verbrugge even managed to impose himself in the A-D heat, in wet track conditions, but was then demoted to fifth place by a ten-second penalty, imposed on him for an error in the starting procedure.
- Kirill Dzitiev (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex) also recovered several positions compared to qualifying, ninth overall after being relegated from ninth place to 13th in his last heat by a five-second penalty due to the nose being in the wrong position, and Enzo Tarnvanichkul (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), who closes the top ten and gives further proof of his skills after climbing on the second step of the podium in the second round of the FIA Karting European Championship in Zuera.
- The 11th place in the overall standings is the prerogative of Leo Nilsson (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex), who alternates excellent performances with heats in which he experiences some difficulties. The Ward Racing team driver is even able to win the D-F heat, in wet track conditions, but is relegated to third place by a five-second penalty due to the nose being in the wrong position.
- They complete the absolute top 15 thanks to remarkable performances: Thomas Strauven (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – Vortex), the winner of the Winter Series Maciej Gladysz (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – Vortex), who recovered 20 positions compared to the qualification, Edward Robinson ( Forza Racing – Exprit – TM Racing) and Tobias Clausen (Falcon Racing Team – Falcon – IAME). The standard bearer of the Falcon Racing Team even inherits the victory from Verbrugge in the A-D heat. Taym Saleh (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) also inherits a success, taking advantage of the penalty inflicted on Nilsson in the D-F heat and then concludes his last heat in second place. However, the KR Motorsport team rider accuses a retirement in the A-D heat and finds himself 21st in the general classification, just ahead of Emanuele Olivieri (IPK Official Racing Team – IPK – TM Racing), forced to retire in his last heat after having carried out a noteworthy path, which sees him even get a second place in the A-E heat.
- Lewis Wherrell (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM Racing), 18th, Alex O’Grady (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM Racing), 29th, and Adam Hideg (Sodikart – Sodikart – TM Racing) are also slowed down by a few hitches, 43rd.
- Only 45th overall in qualifying, Max Garcia (DPK Racing – KR – IAME) gives emotions on Saturday. After recovering ten positions from the start in his first heat in wet track conditions, finishing fifth and then being relegated to seventh place by a five-second penalty due to the nose being in the wrong position, the standard bearer of the DPK Racing team is the first. to mount slick tires when the track seems to dry out in the early afternoon. The risk taken by Garcia and his team pays off, so much so that the young driver wins the A-C heats with a comeback of 15 positions and with almost nine seconds of advantage over his direct rival, which allows him to maintain success even with the five seconds of penalty for the nose in incorrect position. The young American gains another 11 positions in his last heat, again in wet track conditions, and climbs to 19th place overall.