WSK Euro Series rd 2, Sarno: qualifying – Pole position for Palomba (KZ2), Ippolito (OK), Khavalkin (OKJ) and Pancotti (MINI)

WSK Euro Series rd 2, Sarno: qualifying – Pole position for Palomba (KZ2), Ippolito (OK), Khavalkin (OKJ) and Pancotti (MINI)

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Two weeks after the first round held in Lonato, WSK Promotion reopens the curtain in Sarno for the second and final round of the WSK Euro Series. The championship sees in its final act a large turnout of drivers in all four international categories: 67 in MINI, 83 in OKJ, 56 in OK and 31 in KZ2, for a total of 237 participants.

The usual qualifying sessions took place on Friday, before continuing with the first qualifying heats, which will end on Saturday afternoon.

KZ2: Giuseppe Palomba picks up where he left off

Tyres: LeCont

  • After winning the first round in Lonato thanks to an exciting performance, Giuseppe Palomba (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Racing) gives further proof of his qualities. The current championship leader gets pole position with a 54.032 and asserts his role as host on the Sarno circuit.
  • Another protagonist such as Danilo Albanese (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) stops the clock less than half a tenth from Palomba. The poleman of the first round reaffirms his speed with the second place and prepares to challenge the driver of the Birel ART Racing team in the heats.
  • Third place is the prerogative of Noah Milell (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), who finds himself just 97 thousandths from Palomba. The reigning world champion confirms his competitiveness at his first seasonal appearance in the WSK Euro Series.
  • Milell precedes a trident formed by his teammates Simo Puhakka (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), fourth and author of the best performance in the first sector, the 2018 European KZ2 champion and reigning vice-champion of the WSK Open Cup Adrien Renaudin (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), fifth, and the reigning world vice-champion Lorenzo Camplese (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), skilled in bringing a fourth Tony Kart into the first six positions.
  • Daniel Vasile (DR – DR – Modena Engines) and Genis Civico (Modena Kart – Birel ART – TM Engines) return to the top of the ranking thanks to a positive qualification, respectively in seventh and eighth place. The driver of the Modena Kart team occupies fifth place in the championship and is the driver closest to Palomba in the provisional classification among those present in Sarno. In fact, the two CRG Racing Team standard bearers who reached the podium in the first round are absent, the 2020 KZ world champion Jeremy Iglesias (CRG Racing Team – CRG – TM Racing) and the 2020 KZ2 European champion Viktor Gustavsson (CRG Racing Team – CRG – TM Racing). Two other CRG standard bearers are also missing as well as protagonists such as Alex Irlando (CRG Racing Team – CRG – TM Racing) and Jorge Pescador (CRG Racing Team – CRG – TM Racing), both in the top five in Lonato.
  • The top ten is completed by an excellent Robin Glerum (Leclerc by Lennox Racing – Birel ART – TM Racing) and the fresh European KZ2 champion Tom Leuillet (Leclerc by Lennox Racing – Birel ART – TM Racing). The two drivers of the Leclerc by Lennox Racing team precede their teammate Ivan Ekelchik (Leclerc by Lennox Racing – Birel ART – TM Racing), 11th.
  • They close the top 15 thanks to convincing performances Michael Paparo (IPK Official Racing Team – IPK – TM Racing), Oscar Targett (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Racing), Nathan Schaap (Leclerc by Lennox Racing – Birel ART – TM Racing) , who shows his progress, and Matteo Massetani (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Racing), who signs the best third intermediate time.
  • Qualifying slightly below expectations for Paavo Tonteri (CRG Racing Team – CRG – TM Racing), 16th, Arthur Carbonnel (CRG Racing Team – CRG – TM Racing), 19th at his first appearance with the CRG Racing Team, David Liwinski (CPB Sport – Sodikart – TM Racing), 20th, and Alex Maragliano (Fina Mangione – Drago Corse – TM Racing), 21st.
  • On the other hand, his 12th best time is seen fading Maximilian Paul (DR – DR – Modena Engines), who is underweight in the technical checks.

Results

OK: Two in a row for Paolo Ippolito

Tyres: MG Tires

  • The fresh European KZ champion Paolo Ippolito (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) returns to the queen category of single-speed karting and continues to demonstrate his skills. The KR Motorsport team driver prints a 54.470 in group 2 and wins the second consecutive absolute pole position, repeating the one obtained in the first round in Lonato. Ippolito trims 21 thousandths to an excellent Freddie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – Vortex), who reaffirms his competitiveness with the second place in the group and the third total after climbing on the third step of the podium in the WSK Super Master Series. The 2020 OKJ world champion signs the best second intermediate time and precedes by 23 thousandths the fresh European vice-champion Alex Powell (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), third in the group with the best performance in the third sector and fifth in the general classification.
  • The most incisive in group 1 is an exceptional David Walther (Koski Motorsport – Tony Kart – Vortex), who expresses his speed skills with a 54.566, which earned him the second overall position. The driver of the Koski Motorsport team beats Enzo Deligny (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing) by just over half a tenth, who confirms himself at the top of the standings with the second place in the group, embellished by the best third intermediate time, and the fourth total place . Third in the group and sixth in the general classification is the winner of the first round and current championship leader Kean Nakamura Berta (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME). The fresh European champion and protege of the Alpine Affiliate program is author of the best performance in the second sector.
  • Completing the absolute top ten thanks to remarkable performances are the reigning world champion Tuukka Taponen (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), seventh and only 71 thousandths of the pole, Nicolò Cuman (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM Racing), eighth and still among the fastest, Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM Racing), ninth with the best first split time in group 2 and currently third in the championship, and Karol Pasiewicz (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Racing), who returns to the leadership of the OK after having played the first round in KZ2 and gets the tenth position overall.
  • Pasiewicz is followed by Ean Eyckmans (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex), 11th in the general classification at his official debut with the Ward Racing team, and by a surprising Emma Felbermayr (TB Racing Team – KR – IAME), 12th.
  • The absolute top 15 is closed by Cristian Bertuca (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Racing), who returns to the premier class of single-speed karting after having performed well in KZ2 in the first round and makes 13th place his own, Maksim Orlov (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing), 14th after finishing last year’s WSK Final Cup in second place in the OKJ category, and the young Mercedes recruit Yuanpu Cui (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 15th after earning the first WSK podium in the first round.
  • Qualifying slightly below expectations for Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing), who returns with the Parolin Motorsport team after winning the WSK Super Master Series last year in the OKJ category and finds himself 20th overall.
  • Slight disappointment also for the reigning WSK Super Master Series champion Joseph Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), 23rd overall after seeing his best time canceled due to a behavior deemed unsafe, Maksimilian Popov (Koski Motorsport – Tony Kart – Vortex), 29th after obtaining the place of honor in the WSK Champions Cup at the beginning of the season, the Alpine Affiliate program driver Matheus Ferreira (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 31st at his debut with the Energy Corse team, Joel Bergstrom (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM Racing), 33rd after getting his first podium in OK in the first round, the son of art Rintaro Sato (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 36th, Juho Valtanen (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), 42nd, and Coskun Irfan (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex), 44th after securing third place in the WSK Champions Cup.
  • A frustrating qualification also for several other standard bearers, whose times are canceled due to a penalty received for exceeding the time limit set by the regulations to enter the track. Among the penalized drivers there are also protagonists such as the standard bearer of the Red Bull Junior Team and reigning WSK Euro Series champion Arvid Lindblad (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), who returns to the track in the premier class of single-speed karting, the reigning world vice-champion Luigi Coluccio (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), last year’s WSK Open Cup winner in the OKJ category James Egozi (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), and Harley Keeble (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Racing). After being crowned champion of the WSK Euro Series last year in OKJ, the Birel ART Racing team rider loses the second best time in group 1 and thus sees the opportunity to start from the front row in the heats vanish.

Results

OKJ: The European champion Anatoly Khavalkin proves his class

Tyres: Vega

  • After retiring in the first round in Lonato, the fresh European champion Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing) reminds everyone that he is still a protagonist. Thanks to a 56.390 registered in group 1, the Parolin Motorsport team driver wins the absolute pole position and trims just over half a tenth to Maciej Gladysz (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – Vortex), who returns to the top of the standings with the second. place in the group and fourth total. Third in the group and seventh in the overall standings is an extraordinary Enzo Nienkotter (CRG Racing Team – CRG – TM Racing), who expresses excellent potential at his first appearance in a WSK competition.
  • To establish himself in group 2 is an excellent Miguel Costa (Sauber Academy – KR – IAME), who scores a 56.392 and takes the second overall position, just two thousandths from pole position. The driver of the Sauber Academy beats Enzo Tarnvanichkul (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) by just 28 thousandths, who reaffirms his speed with second place in the group and fifth overall. Dmitry Matveev (Koski Motorsport – Tony Kart – Vortex) also expresses his speed skills again, third in the group, 64 thousandths from Costa, and eighth in the overall standings after earning the bronze medal in the WSK Super Master Series, which ended right here in Sarno in March.
  • The performance of Simon Rechenmacher (TB Racing Team – KR – IAME) is surprising, who sets the best time in group 3 thanks to a 56.440 and thus climbs to third overall position. At his first appearance in the WSK Euro Series, the standard bearer of the TB Racing Team precedes Guillaume Bouzar (Koski Motorsport – Tony Kart – Vortex) by 37 thousandths, who enters the championship confirming his competitiveness with second place in the group and sixth overall . On the other hand, an exceptional Niklas Schaufler (DPK Racing – KR – IAME) continues to show his progress, who prints the best second split time and finds himself third in the group, 74 thousandths from Rechenmacher, as well as ninth in the overall standings after winning the WSK Open Cup last year in the MINI category.
  • William Go (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM Racing) also proves to be in shape, closing the absolute top ten after obtaining the bronze medal in the first round and becoming the first Filipino driver to get on the podium of a WSK race . The Forza Racing team rider is followed by Tobias Clausen (Shamick Europe – Parolin – TM Racing), author of the best first split in group 2, and Maxens Verbrugge (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), the fastest driver in the third sector in the group 3.
  • Completing the total top 15 thanks to remarkable performances Leo Robinson (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – Vortex), who amazes at his first appearance in a WSK competition, Adam Hideg (Sodikart – Sodikart – TM Racing), who signs the best second intermediate time in the group 2, and Zac Drummond (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing), still at the top of the standings and just 92 thousandths from the fastest lap in group 3.
  • Qualifying slightly below expectations for the winner of the first round and current championship leader Jan Przyrowski (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), 20th in the overall standings. The reigning European runner-up already proved to be able to juggle great comebacks, so he remains among the favorites for the final victory anyway.
  • Slight disappointment also for Jimmy Helias (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), 18th overall and just 97 thousandths from the best performance in group 3, Nathan Tye (Sodikart – Sodikart – TM Racing), 21st after winning the bronze medal in the WSK Champions Cup at the beginning of the season, the WSK Champions Cup winner Andres Cardenas (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM Racing ), 22nd and author of the best third sector in group 1, Martin Molnar (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM Racing), 25th and currently second in the championship, Rene Lammers (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing), 28th after having secured the place of honor in the first round, the poleman of the first round Scott Lindblom (CRG Racing Team – CRG – TM Racing), 30th, Kirill Kutskov (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Racing), 33rd, Luviwe Sambudla (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 34th and currently fourth in the championship, last year’s Final Cup winner Lucas Fluxa (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 36th, Emanuele Olivieri (IPK Official Racing Team – IPK – TM Racing), 47th, and Zhenrui Chi (Beyond Racing Team – KR – TM Racing), 59th after a ver concluded the WSK Champions Cup at the beginning of the season on the second step of the podium.
  • After remedying a rib injury in the first round, the pink share Maria Germano Neto (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), winner of the second edition of the “FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars” program, is forced to skip the final round of Sarno. Andrea Dupe (Sodikart – Sodikart – TM Racing), on the other hand, returns to the start after the ailments remedied in Lonato, who finds himself 43th overall.
  • The pink quota of the Mercedes Junior Team Luna Fluxa (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) makes her 45th place in the general classification, while the times of several drivers are canceled due to a penalty received for exceeding the time limit set by the regulation to enter the track. Among the penalized standard bearers there are also protagonists such as Lewis Wherrell (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM Racing), currently fifth in the championship, and Tiziano Monza (Shamick Europe – Parolin – TM Racing).
  • The performance of Stepan Antonov (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) should be underlined, who scored the best first split time in group 3 and finished 24th overall.

Results

MINI: Filippo Pancotti is the fastest driver

Tyres: Vega

  • After finishing the first round in Lonato at the foot of the podium, Filippo Pancotti (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME) proves that he has what it takes to experience another race as a protagonist. The Babyrace Driver Academy driver makes the difference in group 2 and signs the absolute pole position thanks to a 1: 03.320. The young Italian trims more than two tenths to an excellent Ainis Vibriantis (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM Racing), who reaffirms his speed with second place in the group and fourth overall. Third in the group with the best third split time and seventh in the overall standings is a surprising Luke Kornder (Gamoto – EKS – TM Racing), who expresses an excellent feeling with the Neapolitan circuit.
  • It is equally surprising Cristian Blandino (Federica Amico – EKS – LKE), who signs the fastest lap in the group 3 in 1: 03.485 and climbs into second position overall. At his first appearance in the WSK Euro Series, the standard bearer of the EKS chassis precedes Iacopo Martinese (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME) by just 13 thousandths. After winning the bronze medal in the first round, the Babyrace Driver Academy team bishop is the author of the best performance in the first sector and gives yet another proof of his competitiveness with second place in the group and fifth overall. Filippo Sala (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME) is also confirmed at the top of the category, returning to the wheel of a KR and gaining third place in the group, 86 thousandths from Blandino and with the best third split time. The driver of the Team Driver Racing Kart thus finds himself eighth in the general classification.
  • The dominator of the first round Vladimir Ivannikov (Gamoto – EKS – TM Racing) returns in great form in Sarno and immediately sets the record straight. The championship leader is the most incisive in group 1 thanks to a 1: 03.622 and moves to third overall position. Dean Hoogendoorn (Alonso Kart by Kidix – Alonso Kart – IAME) also continues to show his skills, who stops the chronometer just nine thousandths from Ivannikov and takes second place in the group as well as the sixth total after obtaining the square of honor in the first round. Third in the group, 65 thousandths behind Ivannikov, and ninth in the general classification is another protagonist as Ilie Tristan Crisan (Alonso Kart by Kidix – Alonso Kart – IAME). The drivers who currently occupy the top three positions in the championship are marking themselves tight and preparing for an intense challenge.
  • The winner of the WSK Champions Cup at the beginning of the season, Christian Costya (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing), completes the absolute top ten, once again among the fastest. The reigning champion of the WSK Euro Series is followed by Pietro Bagutti (AV Racing – Parolin – TM Racing), 11th at his first appearance with the AV Racing team, and Oliver Palocko (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), 12th and currently fourth in the league.
  • They close the total top 15 thanks to convincing performances Gaspar Benett (IPK Official Racing Team – IPK – TM Racing), 13th, Dries Van Langendonck (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing), 14th after winning the bronze medal in the WSK Super Master Series, and Augustus Toniolo (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME), 15th and author of the best third intermediate time in group 1.
  • Qualifying slightly below expectations for Roman Kamyab (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), 33rd in the general classification, the poleman of the first round Iskender Zulfikari (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME), 37th, and Louis Cochet (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), 39th.
  • The performance of Jan Stencel (DR – DR – TM Racing) should be underlined, who is the fastest in the second sector in group 3, but is only 47th overall.

Results

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