FIA Karting European Championship OK and OKJ rd 4, Zuera: heats – The provisional leaders are Antonelli (OK) and Slater (OKJ)

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The track activity continues for the fourth (and last) round of the FIA Karting European Championship OK and OKJ at the Zuera circuit. After the first day of Friday, in which qualifying took place, on Saturday the heats for both categories present in the race were held: OK and OKJ. Tomorrow the last heats will be completed and then it will end with the finals.

(unofficial results to be defined)

OK: Andrea Kimi Antonelli is a rocket

Tires: MG Tires

  • With the special blue color to celebrate the recent victory of the Italian national team at the men’s European football championships, Andrea Kimi Antonelli (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) takes flight on the Zuera circuit. The current championship leader confirms yesterday’s pole position with a masterful performance in today’s three qualifying heats and the related provisional first place.
  • Nikola Tsolov (DPK Racing – KR – IAME) seems to be Antonelli’s most eligible rival this weekend. Together with the Italian driver, he is the only one to break down the 1’1 “wall, but in the direct confrontation he finishes behind him, in second position.
  • Arvid Lindblad (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) occupies the third position but has already disputed all four heats, unlike the other drivers who occupy the top ten positions. Tuukka Taponen (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) gradually grows over the course of Saturday and finishes the last heat less than half a second behind the winner Antonelli. Now, the Finnish driver occupies the fourth position in the intermediate classification.
  • A real exploit for Olin Vieira Galli (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME). In his first European appearance of the season, the Brazilian driver stands out in the qualifying heats, finishing third once and fifth twice. Vieira moves up 12 places and is fifth.
  • Great recovery also for Joseph Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), from 23rd to 6th. Norton Andreasson (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex) is seventh, ahead of Evan Giltaire (VDK Racing – KR – IAME), eighth, and Juho Valtanen (SP Motorsport – KR – TM Racing), ninth. Rintaro Sato (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – Kosmic – Vortex) wins the D-E battery but receives a penalty for not respecting the starting position: the Japanese is in tenth position.
  • Rafael Camara (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) climbs from third position to 12th due to an accident in the last heat of the day. Tymoteusz Kucharczyk (Birel Art Racing – RK – TM Racing) comes into contact with the Brazilian driver at the second corner of the first lap and puts an end to both of them.
  • Good performances also for Alfio Spina (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing), +14 positions and now 11th, Artem Severiukhin (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex), 13th with +11 positions, Ruben Moya Lopez (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 14th with +32 positions, and Brando Badoer (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing), 15th with +13 positions.
  • Unlucky Ugo Ugochukwu (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME). After a second position in the first heat, the US licensed driver collects two retirements: the first because Kucharczyk, in turn hit from behind, hits him at the first corner after the start, while the second due to a problem with his engine still before taking off.

Provisional results (unofficial)

OKJ: championship leader Freddie Slater takes the lead

Tires: MG Tires

  • From 12th to 1st position: Freddie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – Kosmic – Vortex) channels a streak of four wins out of four qualifying heats and takes the lead in the provisional standings. The current championship leader has a much higher pace than his opponents.
  • Matheus Ferreira (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) remains stable in second place, accumulating three wins and a second place. The Brazilian driver has yet to cross Slater in one heat and will do so tomorrow morning: a possible anticipation of what we will see in the final of the weekend.
  • Many recoveries among the top riders. Alex Powell (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), currently third in the championship, gains 15 positions and climbs to third position, while Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM Racing) is fourth with 10 positions gained compared to qualifying also thanks to a win. Douwe Dedecker (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) also goes up 15 positions and moves up to sixth position, behind Jan Przyrowski (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) in fifth position.
  • James Egozi (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) falls two positions, seventh, unlike William Macintyre (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM Racing) who recovers two and climbs to eighth position. Ean Eyckmans (Kosmic Racing Department – Kosmic – Vortex) enters the top ten with ninth position (+10 compared to qualifying), with Akshay Bohra (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), tenth, completing the Top 10 behind the driver Belgian.
  • Kai Sorensen (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM Racing) “collapses” in 12th position. The American driver does not shine on Friday and also finishes behind Maxim Rehm (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – Kosmic – Vortex), 11th, but is ahead of Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing), 13th.
  • After yesterday’s disappointing qualifying which resulted in a 70th position, Harley Keeble (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) is the best climber of the day. The British driver, winner in the previous round in Sarno, recovered 51 positions and flew straight to 19th position.

Provisional results (unofficial)

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