WSK Open Cup, rd 1, Adria: heats – Pex (KZ2), Zhivnov (OK), Lindblad (OKJ), Lammers (Mini) are the leaders

The Qualifying Heats valid for the first round of the WSK Open Cup ended today, thus outlining the starting grids for the pre-finals scheduled for Saturday. From tomorrow we start from scratch, with the drivers who will take to the track for the Qualifying Heats valid for the second round.

KZ2: one-two for Stan Pex

 Tyres: Vega

  • After yesterday’s excellent qualifying session, Stan Pex (KR Motorsport – KR –TM Racing) is confirmed for now as the driver to beat by winning two heats to which he adds up a second place and a best lap.


  • The other victory in the category is the one scored yesterday by Senna Van Walstijn (CPB Sport – Sodikart – TM Racing), who today scored a second and fourth place that allow him to sit in second in the ranking.


  • In third place we find Danilo Albanese (KR Motorsport – KR –IAME), who recovers four positions to get ahead of Tom Leuillet (Praga Racing Team – Praga – TM Racing).


  • Leonardo Marseglia (Marseglia Pasquale – Birel ART – TM Racing), fifth after gaining three positions, precedes Putyatin Vyacheslav (CPB Sport – Sodikart – TM Racing) who instead gains seven. The Ukrainian ends the heats ahead of the poleman Viktor Gustavsson (Leclerc By Lennox Racing – Birel ART – TM Racing), who was given a penalty due to the front nose being out of position in the first heat that forced him to chase.


  • Juho Valtanen (KR Motorsport – KR –TM Racing) also slipped back, eighth after fifth place in qualifying, and Laurens Van Hoepen (Leclerc By Lennox Racing – Birel ART – TM Racing), sixth yesterday and today thirteenth.


OK: Andrey Zhivnov is in the lead

Tyres: Bridgestone

  • With a first, a second and a third place, Andrey Zhivnov (Team Komarov – Tony Kart – TM Racing) takes the lead at the end of the heats of the first round, thus overtaking Taylor Barnard (Rosberg Racing Academy – KR – IAME), who instead it collects a first, a second and a seventh place.


  • Nikolas Pirttilahilati (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM Racing), with second place as best result, gains two positions and moves to third place ahead of Marcus Amand (VDK Racing – KR – IAME) and Alfio Spina (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex). After the fourteenth position in qualifying, the Italian recovers until he crosses the finish line in third place in the last manche.


  • Levente Revesz (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) also recovered nine positions, sixth ahead of Charlie Wurz (Exprit Racing Team – Exprit – Vortex).


  • Alex Dunne (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM Racing), who posted two fastest laps, finished in ninth position after qualifying with the sixth-best time, thanks to a penalty. Outside the top ten, Lorenzo Travisanutto (Parolin Racing Kart – Parolin – TM Racing) gained 6 positions, while both Brando Badoer (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) and Tuukka Taponen (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) lost ground , finishing in 14th and 18th place respectively.


OKJ: Arvid Lindblad recovers and goes on top

Tyres: Vega

  • Starting from the fourth spot of the grid, the vice-European champion Arvid Lindblad (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), who won the Super Master Series here in Adria in July, scored two wins and a second place that took him to the command of the ranking. Behind him we find World Champion Freddie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – Kosmic – Vortex), in clear recovery compared to the 14th place in qualifying.


  • Alex Powell (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) moves into third position ahead of Tymoteusz Kucharczyk (Birel ART Racing – RK – TM Racing), scorer of a win and a second place until the last heat, where he crossed the finish line in eleventh position.


  • Yuanpu Cui (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) gains four positions to reach fifth place. Behind him, in this order, we find Manuel Scognamiglio Manuel Scognamiglio (Gamoto – Tony Kart – Vortex), Karol Pasiewicz (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Racing), Tobias Clausen (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – Kosmic – Vortex), Sebastiano Pavan ( KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) and Harley Keeble (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex). The latter gained 15 positions with respect to the qualification.


  • Poleman Rintaro Sato (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – Kosmic – Vortex) ends out of the top ten, twelfth ahead of James Egozi (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), who, on his first official outing in the category, scored a victory.


  • Unlucky day for the European Champion Ugo Ugochukwu (Sauber karting Team – KR – IAME): after the victory in the first heat comes a retirement and a penalty.


MINI: René Lammers is superlative

Tyres: Vega

  • René Lammers (Baby Race Driver Academy – Parolin – TM Racing) starting from the sixth row of the grid in all heats, collects three wins, a second place and three fastest laps. The Dutchman thus straightened up a week begun with qualifying below expectations and overtakook Jan Przyrowsky (AV Racing – Parolin – TM Racing) who instead gets two wins, a second and a third place.
  • Dries Van Langendonck (Leclerc By Lennox Racing – Birel ART – TM Racing), the pole sitter and also of a winner of one heat, closes in third position. Behind him there is Salim Hanna Hernandez (Energy Corse – Energy – TM Racing), also with a win in his pocket.
  • From fifth to seventh position we find Emanuele Olivieri (Formula K Serafini ASD – IPK – TM Racing), Maciej Gladysz (Parolin Racing Kart – Parolin – TM Racing) and Marcus Saeter (Revolution Motorsport ASD Energy Corse – TM Racing).
  • Enzo Tarnvanichkul (Energy Corse – Energy – TM Racing) closes in eighth place after qualifying 26th. Nik Skulac (Praga Racing Team – Prague – TM Racing) and Aleksandar Bogunovic (Gamoto – Tony Kart – TM Racing) round out the top ten.
  • Kean Nakamura-Berta (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME) and Tiziano Monza (Sauber Karting Team – KR – IAME), respectively 34th and 38th after qualifying, finished in 11th and 12th position. Caleb Gafrarar (Leclerc By Lennox Racing – Birel ART – TM Racing) also gained ground: yesterday 50th and today 20th.


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