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Champions of the Future Euro Series rd 1, Portimao: OKJ Final – A flawless Kirill Dzitiev wins
Mattia Livraghi
27 March 2022

[translated with Google]

Tyres: Vega

  • Kirill Dzitiev (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex) puts the icing on the cake to a delightful weekend. After taking the victory in Super Heat 1 thanks to a comeback of four positions, the young driver makes a great start in the final from the third place on the grid and immediately takes the lead, with only one strategy in mind: to always stay ahead of everyone. Dzitiev proved extremely shrewd in responding immediately to the overtaking of Oleksandr Bondarev (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - LN - Vortex) on lap five, managing to surprise the Ricky Flynn Motorsport team rider with a bold maneuver. The standard bearer of the Ward Racing team thus flies towards success on a memorable day for his team, who also wins the OK final with Artem Severiukhin (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex).

  • Second at the finish is an exceptional Nathan Tye (Sodikart - Sodikart - TM Racing). The British driver starts in the front row on the outside and immediately tries to find a space inside, but touches lightly with Oleksandr Bondarev and finds himself ninth at the end of the first lap. The standard bearer of the Sodikart team does not give up and recovers with style, reaching second place during the tenth round thanks to an overtaking, against Bondarev, who expresses all his competitive aggression. At this point Dzitiev is already too far away, but Tye still gains a few tenths to send a signal for the first round of the European championship, which will be held right on the Portimao circuit in two weeks.

  • After dominating Super Heat 2, complete with a fast lap, Oleksandr Bondarev sprints from pole and, following several brawls with his opponents and some thrilling overtaking, has to settle for third place finish. The poleman on Friday pays for an overheating of his tires in the duel with Dzitiev, not expecting such a response from the Ward Racing color bearer, in a corner where overtaking is rarely seen. Team driver Ricky Flynn Motorsport still signs the fastest lap of the race and is a candidate for the role of great protagonist for the European championship.

  • Andres Cardenas (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing) ends the final at the foot of the podium. The runner-up of the Winter Series occupies the third position for most of the race, but passes under the checkered flag in fourth place at the end of an intense challenge with Oleksandr Bondarev.

  • Dmitry Matveev (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex), fifth, Thomas Strauven (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - LN - Vortex), sixth, Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM) are confirmed at the top of the standings and are authors of excellent comebacks. Racing), seventh after facing a close duel with Matveev, Adam Hideg (DPK Racing - KR - IAME), eighth, and Rene Lammers (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), ninth.

  • Tiziano Monza (DPK Racing - KR - IAME) closes the top ten, as he parades third on the first lap, but then loses ground following a contact with Maciej Gladysz (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - LN - Vortex). The Winter Series champion slips 19th and retires shortly after. Lucas Fluxa (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) also starts strong, moving to second place, but crosses the finish line of the final in 11th position.

  • Jan Przyrowski (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), Kirill Kutskov (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), Andy Consani (Sodikart - Sodikart - TM Racing) and Miguel Costa ( Sauber Academy - KR - IAME) complete the top 15 thanks to convincing performances.

  • Unlucky day, however, for Guillaume Bouzar (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex), who does not take part in his Super Heat and retires on the first lap of the final due to a contact. Another protagonist of the weekend also leaves the scene during the first round: Gerasim Skulanov (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing). Bad luck even hit Kian Fardin (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex), involved in a collision both in his Super Heat and in the final.


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