WSK Champions Cup, Adria – OK: it’s a back-to-back win for Taylor Barnard

WSK Champions Cup, Adria – OK: it’s a back-to-back win for Taylor Barnard

Taylor Barnard (KR / IAME) repeats last year’s WSK Champions Cup success after Thomas Ten Brinke (Kosmic / IAME), leader after the Qualifying Heats, ruined both his weekend and that of Dilano Van’t Hoff (Exprit / TM Racing) in the duel for the victory of the Pre Final. Kirill Smal (Energy Corse / TM Racing) showed a good pace on the dry asphalt of the Final finishing second, followed by Harry Thompson (KR / IAME) who manages to set things straight after a weekend that started in the worst possible way. Nikita Bedrin (Tony Kart / Vortex) wins the Pre Final but goes into difficulty in the decisive race while Andrea Kimi Antonelli does not start after yesterday’s absence due to flu.

Prefinals: Taylor Barnard and Nikita Bedrin win, Ten Brinke takes Van’t Hoff out

The first big twist of the day came in the OK Pre Final A, more precisely at the end of the first lap. With great tenacity, Dilano Van’t Hoff took the of the race off Ten Brinke driving on the outside of the first corner but the compatriot, in an attempt to get back in the lead, made a mistake and push Van’t Hoff off the track, forcing him to withdraw. Ten Brinke led the race to the end, followed by Bedrin who, meanwhile, won the duel with Rafael Camara (Exprit / TM Racing). In the end the victory was handed to the Brazilian after the penalty handed to Ten Brinke (20 seconds for the bad maneuver on Van’t Hoff) and Bedrin (5 seconds for incorrect position of the front fairing), which also drove Gilles Stadsbader (Exprit / TM Racing ) up in third position and Lola Lovinfosse (Tony Kart / Vortex) of Ward Racing team in fifth.

In pre-final B, the Rosberg Racing Academy’s ace Taylor Barnard wins as predicted albeit with some more difficulties than expected. At the half of the race, the victory seemed only a formality for the Englishman, but Harry Thompson and Laurens Van Hoepen (KR / IAME), relentlessly gained ground as the track progressively dried out and times fell down to 57 seconds. The top three crossed the finish line three-wide, but in the end Barnard pipped Thompson by only 0.012 seconds. Behind them, Danny Carenini (Tony Kart / Vortex), Josep Maria Martì (KR / IAME) and Hugo Sasse (Parolin / TM Racing), who started 15th.

In the final, Josep Maria Martì is second at the finish but is disqualified for non-regular weight

While Taylor Barnard had no trouble keeping the inside line as well as the lead of the race at the start, Nikita Bedrin slips past Rafael Camara and Harry Thompson on the outside to line up behind the Englishman. Camara is immediately hunted tight by his pursuers and in one lap he lost position to Thompson first, then Josep Maria Martì and Danny Carenini.
Thompson and Martì also got past Nikita Bedrin, struggling after a good start: the Russian slip down to eleventh position, where he was joined by Thomas Ten Brinke, trying to making his way from the back of the field after the penalty forced him to start from the 18th spot.
Meanwhile, Danny Carenini took fourth position against Laurens Van Hoepen, while taking also taking advantage of a mistake by Gilles Stadsbader.
Behind Carenini, Kirill Smal and Rafael Camara slowly found their pace and on the 12th lap it was the Russian of Energy Corse who took the fourth position on the Italian.
Smal, however, wasn’t able to close the gap from Josep Maria Martì, who, in the meantime relentlessly gained ground on Harry Thompson. The overtake of the Spaniard with less than 5 laps remaining highlights the struggles of the Englishman just arrived in the Sauber Karting Team, who, on the 18th lap temporarily lost the third place too to Kirill Smal.
Taylor Barnard won with almost 4 seconds ahead of Josep Maria Martì, who was however disqualified for non conform weight. The second place was then awarded to Kirill Smal with Harry Thompson climbing back onto the podium in third place. Bedrin ended up in fourth position thanks also to a penalty handed to Rafael Camara while Matheus Morgatto (Parolin / TM Racing) made his way up to fifth place, thus gaining 21 places, while also scoring the fastest lap of the race.



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