FIA Karting World Championship OK and OKJ, Sarno: heats – The leaders are Morgatto (OK) and Tarnvanichkul (OKJ)

FIA Karting World Championship OK and OKJ, Sarno: heats – The leaders are Morgatto (OK) and Tarnvanichkul (OKJ)

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Track activity continues for the FIA Karting World Championship OK and OKJ at the Naples International Circuit in Sarno. After the first day of Friday, in which the qualifications and the first qualifying heats took place, on Saturday all the remaining heats for both categories present in the race took place: OK and OKJ. Despite the weather forecast having alluded to the possibility of witnessing a series of wet races, all the heats were held on slick tires and thus the starting grids for the Super Heat on Sunday were decided.

OK: A flawless Matheus Morgatto claims four victories

Tyres: MG Tires
  • Matheus Morgatto (DPK Racing – KR – IAME) only offered a taste of his potential in yesterday’s qualifying. After collecting a second place in his first heat, the DPK Racing team driver achieves four consecutive wins and thus takes the lead in the general classification. The young Brazilian proves to be extremely performing and lucid in managing the various stages of the race, thus proving to be ready to start from pole in tomorrow’s Super Heat A.
  • Oscar Pedersen (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex) also continues to express his skills, finishing all his heats in the top six and even boasting two victories. The standard bearer of the Ward Racing team thus climbs to second overall position and prepares to shoot from the first box on the grid in Super Heat B.
  • Consistency also rewards Yuanpu Cui (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), who climbs to third place overall. With three second places, a fifth and a sixth, the young Mercedes recruit earns the start from the front row in Super Heat A, alongside Morgatto’s other KR.
  • Tuukka Taponen (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) is still fully in contention for the title. Despite being relegated from fourth to ninth in heat A-C by a five-second penalty due to incorrect nose position, the reigning world champion regains ground in all his other heats and wins two. The Tony Kart Racing Team standard bearer thus wins fourth place in the overall standings, gaining 15 positions compared to qualifying and securing a front row spot in Super Heat B, which will see him alongside Pedersen’s other Tony Kart.
  • The fresh European champion Kean Nakamura Berta (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) also made his voice heard, recovering as much as 20 positions compared to qualifying and occupying fifth place overall. After finishing his first four heats with a win, a second place and two quarters, the reigning OKJ world champion crosses the finish line of an excited last heat in tenth position, but still remains among the favorites for tomorrow.
  • Zachary David (Sauber Academy – KR – IAME) and Arvid Lindblad (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), respectively, sixth and seventh in the overall standings each sign a success and reaffirm their role as protagonists. The rider of the Red Bull Junior Team is the only rider capable of beating Morgatto during the heats and it will therefore be interesting to see him back at work tomorrow.
  • It is also a positive path for Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM Racing), who closes all his heats in the top six and grabs second place in his last heat. The young Latvian is confident of the continuous progress made, which allows him to gain nine positions compared to the qualification to climb to eighth place overall.
  • Maxim Rehm (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – Vortex), on the other hand, loses eight positions with respect to qualifying, who finds himself ninth overall. The poleman on Friday ends a particularly complicated heat A-E in 13th place, but remains in the top three in all his other heats and is a candidate for the role of main actor also for tomorrow. Team rider Ricky Flynn Motorsport precedes team mate Freddie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – Vortex), author of remarkable comebacks and winner of a heat. The 2020 OKJ World Champion as well as the 2021 OKJ European Champion recovers 18 positions from the qualification and demonstrates his determination.
  • Alex Powell (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) keeps 11th place in the overall standings. The fresh European vice-champion suffers a frantic heat, in which he is forced to start from the back of the grid due to a problem in the ignition phase of the engine, but returns to the top with a win and three third places in his other heats. The Mercedes pupil can surely have his say tomorrow, just as his Juho Valtanen (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) can say, 12th overall and with a second place in the A-E heats, but relegated from fourth position to ninth in heat A-D gives a five-second penalty due to the nose being in the wrong position.
  • Completing the absolute top 15 Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing), slowed by a penalty in his first heat and then able to collect three third places, the fresh European KZ champion Paolo Ippolito (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME ), always among the top eight, and a surprising Ruben Moya (Pantano Racing Team – Pantano – IAME), who accuses the relegation from third place to tenth in heat B-F following a five-second penalty due to the nose being in the wrong position, but then he gets a second place and a win in his last two heats.
  • They are authors of excellent performances, but are delayed by some hitch Maksim Orlov (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing), 16th in the general classification, Evan Giltaire (VDK Racing – KR – IAME), 17th and third in his last heat, the 2021 OKJ European vice-champion and Alpine Affiliate program driver Matheus Ferreira (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM Racing), 18th and always in the top three, but forced to retire in the B-D heat due to a puncture, Maksimilian Popov (Koski Motorsport – Tony Kart – Vortex), 19th and winner of heat D-E, but retired from heat D-F, Ean Eyckmans (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex), 22nd and third in heat D-F, but forced to forfeit in heat B-D , Malo Bolliet (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 26th and third in heat C-F, but retired from heat C-D.
  • It is also a troubled path for Akshay Bohra (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM Racing) and Arthur Poulain (VDK Racing – KR – IAME), who are respectively 29th and 67th in the overall standings.
  • After being underweight at the end of qualifying and thus being disqualified, Joseph Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) puts on a real show in the heats and, thanks to a series of exciting comebacks, climbs to 32nd place absolute. A retirement in the A-D heat due to engine failure deprives him of a better position, but the Tony Kart Racing Team rider still gains 56 positions compared to qualifying and is confident for tomorrow, aware of his potential.

Results

OKJ: Five victories for an extraordinary Enzo Tarnvanichkul 

Tyres: Vega
  • Enzo Tarnvanichkul (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) almost seems to travel to another dimension on the Sarno circuit. The Tony Kart Racing Team driver puts five wins on the plate, surrounding everything with a second place and a fifth. Having proved extremely incisive and mature in the various stages of the race, the young Thai takes the lead in the overall standings thanks to a comeback of 16 positions compared to qualifying and is preparing to start from pole in Super Heat A tomorrow.
  • If Tarnvanichkul amazes for his performance, Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing) returns the usual confirmation, with class. The reigning European champion wins three heats and finishes all his heats in the top three, managing the brawl with intelligence and sending out a series of signals to his opponents. The standard bearer of the Parolin Motorsport team seems more determined than ever and, on the strength of his second place overall, he will start tomorrow from the first spot on the grid in Super Heat B.
  • Another confirmation comes from Jan Przyrowski (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), third overall. With three wins, three second places and a fifth, the fresh European vice-champion is a candidate for the role of great protagonist for tomorrow, which will see him start alongside his teammate Tarnvanichkul in the front row of Super Heat A.
  • Taym Saleh (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) also expresses considerable potential, gaining 20 positions compared to qualifying and moving up to fourth place in the overall standings. The standard bearer of the KR Motorsport team collects a victory along with three other top three finishes, proving his consistency and winning a front row spot in Super Heat B, alongside Khavalkin.
  • Fifth place overall is the prerogative of Kian Fardin (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM Racing), who reaffirms his presence at the top of the standings. Friday’s poleman suffers a penalty in heat A-H, but gets a success and four more top three finishes to show off his skills again. The driver of the Energy Corse team precedes his teammate Martin Molnar (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM Racing), equally competitive with a win and three more top three finishes, despite being delayed by an excursion on the lawn in heat B-H.
  • They shine with excellent performances, but are also slowed down by a few hitches Adam Hideg (Sodikart – Sodikart – TM Racing), seventh overall, Zhenrui Chi (Beyond Racing – KR – TM Racing), eighth, Scott Lindblom (CRG – CRG – TM Racing), ninth and winner of one heat, Gerasim Skulanov (Leclerc by Lennox Racing – Birel ART – TM Racing), tenth and author of two successes, and the fresh champion of the Champions of the Future Euro Series Nathan Tye (Sodikart – Sodikart – TM Racing), 11th and with a strong victory.
  • The drivers who complete the top 15 thanks to noteworthy performances, but still suffer some setbacks are Iwo Beszterda (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing), 12th, rookie Dries Van Langendonck (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM Racing), 13th and winner of two heats, Marcus Saeter (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex), 14th with a win in his pocket, and the 2021 FIA Karting Academy Trophy champion Maciej Gladysz (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – Vortex), 15th and winner of a heat.
  • They win a heat, but also Niklas Schaufler (DPK Racing – KR – IAME), 16th overall, Leo Nilsson (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex), 19th, Clement Outran (VDK Racing – KR – IAME) are hampered by some unexpected events ), 23rd, Stepan Antonov (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 39th and forced to hand over his second success to Tarnvanichkul after being relegated to 12th place by a five-second penalty due to the nose being in the wrong position, and Aleksandar Bogunovic (DPK Racing – KR – IAME), 45th.
  • A protagonist such as Emanuele Olivieri (IPK Official Racing Team – IPK – TM Racing) is forced to leave his world championship prematurely, suffering pain in his ribs, already sore before the weekend, following an accident in the start of the B-G heat. From TKART best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Results

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