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Beautiful finals and lots of entertainment in Lonato in the 27th Winter Cup
21 February 2023

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The winners: in MINI Gr.3 Zulfikari, in MINI Gr.3 Under 10 Venant, in OKJ Schaufler, in OK Molnar, in KZ2 Putiatin.

The 27th Winter Cup ended with great success, thanks to the weather conditions which have clearly improved compared to the eve of the event, and to the competitiveness expressed on the track with 172 drivers competing, coming from 41 countries. The final phase was exciting in all categories, starting from the smallest MINI Gr.3 up to the more performing OKJ, OK and KZ2.

In MINI Gr.3 Zulfikari wins at the photo finish.
The arrival of the MINI Gr.3 was spectacular, with the Turkish Iskender Zulfikari (BabyRace/Parolin-Iame) who after a long chase, right at the last corner, managed to overtake the Dutch Dean Hoogendoorn (Kidix/Alonso-Iame) who had led from the first lap of the race. With the overtake, Hoogendoorn not only loses the first position, but also the second which goes to the American Keelan Harvick (BabyRace/Parolin-Iame). Among the best also the Spanish Arias Bosco (Team Driver/KR-Iame), fourth after a great recovery, and Vladimir Ivannikov (Gamoto/EKS-TM), always among the best protagonists.
MINI Gr.3 Final
1. Iskender Zulfikari (TUR)
2. Keelan Harvick (USA)
3. Dean Hoogendoorn (NLD)

Venant takes over the MINI Gr.3 Under 10.
The final of the other MINI Gr.3, the one reserved for the youngest from 8 to 10 years old, was also quite hard-fought. The MINI Gr.3 Under 10 saw the victory of the Belgian Antoine Sylva Venant (Kidix/KR-Iame), who thus brought the advertising of the DAP brand recently taken over by Dino Chiesa to the podium. After taking over the lead from David Moscardi (AV Racing/Parolin-TM), Venant held onto the lead all the way to the finish line. The performance of David Moscardi was also excellent as he finished second ahead of the very young Mark Martin Loomets (Gamoto/EKS-TM). In fourth and fifth place were the Polish Leonardo Gorski (BabyRace/Parolin-Iame), penalized by 3 seconds, and Lorenzo Di Pietrantonio (Virus Racing/BirelArt-Iame).
MINI Gr.3 Under 10 Final
1. Antoine Sylva Venant (BEL)
2. David Moscardi (ITA)
3. Mark Martin Loomets (ITA)

Schaufler prevails in OKJ.
In OKJ, the Austrian Niklas Schaufler (DPK Racing/KR-Iame) was right by the Swede Elliot Kaczynski (Ward Racing/Tony Kart-Vortex) at the end of a good duel. Kaczynski had prevailed in the qualifying heats, but Schaufler had also proved to be competitive throughout the weekend, going on to win the Super Heat and then also win the Final. Kaczynski had to settle for second place ahead of another protagonist of OKJ, the Finn Sebastian Lehtimaki (Koski Motorsport/Tony Kart-Vortex). Fourth was Filippo Sala (Sodikart/Sodi-TM), fifth was the Romanian David Cosma-Cristofor (Gulstar Racing/KR-Iame).
OKJ Final
1. Niklas Schaufler (AUT)
2. Elliot Kaczynski (SWE)
3. Sebastian Lehtimaki (FIN)

Molnar's winning move in OK in the closing laps.
OK made its decision in the closing stages. After an initial dominance by Dmitry Matveev (DPK Racing/KR-Iame), the Belgian Ean Eyckmans (EPG/Tony Kart-Vortex) took over the lead in the final, but in the closing laps it was the Hungarian Martin Molnar (Energy Corse/ Energy-TM) with a winning move to gain the lead of the race and prevail over Eyckmans and the other protagonist of the category, Kiano Blum (DPK Racing/KR-Iame). The fourth position went to the French Jimmy Helias (Ward Racing/Tony Kart-Vortex), who finished ahead of Emanuele Olivieri (IPK/IPK-TM) and Tereza Babickova (Tepz/Tony kart-TM), recovering 5 positions.
OK Final
1. Martin Molnar (HUN)
2. Ean Eyckmans (BEL)
3. Kiano Blum (AUT)

In KZ2 Putiatin won an eventful final.
A series of surprises characterised KZ2, above all in the Final, where due to the slippery asphalt in the chicane due to water leaking from a kart's radiator, several protagonists left the scene, including the leader Alex Maragliano (Maranello SRP/Maranello-TM) who was leading the race and his teammate David Trefilov, winner of the Super Heat. Matteo Zanchi (Zanchi Motorsport/CRG-TM) took the reins in the final, followed by Davide Forè (Renda Motorsport/Sodi-TM) and the Ukrainian Viacheslav Putiatin (LA Motorsport/Falcon-TM). In the closing laps Forè gave up second place to Putiatin, while Zanchi crossed the finish line in first position. At the end of the race, a 5-second penalty for the incorrect position of the front spoiler dropped Zanchi to third place. The victory then went to Putiatin, with Forè in second place. Fourth was the French Thomas Imbourg (CPB Sport/Sodi-TM), fifth Andrea Dalè (CRG-TM).
KZ2 Final
1. Viacheslav Putiatin (UKR)
2. Davide Forè (ITA)
3. Matteo Zanchi (ITA)


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