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FIA Karting European Championship OK and OKJ rd 2, Zuera: heats – The leaders are Turney (OK) and Dorison (OKJ)
Luca Basso
30 April 2022

[Translated with Google]

Activity continues on the track for the Round 2 of the FIA Karting European Championship OK-OKJ on the Zuera International Circuit. After the first day of Friday, in which the qualifications and the first qualifying heats took place, on Saturday all the remaining heats for the two categories present in the race were held: OK and OKJ . The starting grids for Sunday’s pre-finals were then decided.

OK: five victory on five races for Joseph Turney

Tires: MG Tires

  • Dominant performance by Joseph Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) in the qualifying heats. The British excels in all five races (five wins and three fastest laps) and registers zero penalty points at the end of the day, so much so that he is worth the first position in the intermediate classification.

  • Tuukka Taponen (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) is also close to perfection, with four wins, a third position and two fastest laps in the qualifying heats. The reigning OK world champion is in second place, behind team mate Turney.

  • Kean Nakamura Berta (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) and Enzo Deligny (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) remain firmly in third and fourth position. James Egozi (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), author of the pole position, wins three times, but a fifth and a sixth position put him back fifth.

  • Ean Eyckmans (EGP Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) gained 7 positions in the standings and reached the sixth position in the standings, with Gabriel Gomez (CRG Racing Team - CRG - IAME) passing from second to seventh. Two more positions for Nacho Tuñón (DPK Racing - KR - IAME), eighth, two less for Alex Powell (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), ninth. Rintaro Sato closes the Top 10 (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME, tenth.

  • Impressive comeback by Arvid Lindblad (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME): once second, once third and twice fourth, plus three fastest laps. These results in the heats allow the Briton to gain 26 positions and climb 11th.

  • The ranking continues with Juho Valtanen (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), 12th, Evan Giltaire (VDK Racing - KR - IAME), 13th and Yuanpu Cui (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 14th. Rashid Al Dhaheri (Forza Racing - Exprit - TM Racing) recovers eight positions and closes 15th. Also climbing Tomas Stolcermanis (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing), 18th.


OKJ: Arthur Dorison overtakes Guillaume Bouzar in the standings

Tires: Vega

  • Remarkable ride by Arthur Dorison (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) in the qualifying heats on Friday and Saturday. The French driver, third in yesterday's qualifying, recorded four wins out of five races and leapt to the top of the intermediate classification at the end of the day today.

  • After yesterday's pole position, Guillaume Bouzar (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex) "struggles" in the first three heats, but then slips two consecutive victories in the last two races on Saturday. The Luxembourgish, however, drops to second position and hands over the leadership to Dorison.

  • One victory and three podiums are Enzo Tarnvanichkul's (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) spoils in the qualifying heats, which allow the Thai driver to move up 8 positions in the standings and to finish third at the end of Saturday.

  • Do not give up Zac Drummond (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) and Nathan Tye (Sodikart - Sodikart - TM Racing), respectively fourth and fifth. Excellent recovery by Maciej Gladysz (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - LN - Vortex), from 15th to ninth. Despite the accident in the last heat A-B (and thanks to the intervention of the red flag which establishes the classification of the race based on the previous lap), Maxens Verbrugge (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) occupies the seventh position.

  • Jules Caranta (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing), from 22nd to 8th, and Nijs Lenn (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), from 25th to 9th, were among the main climbers of the day at the top of the ranking. René Lammers (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) finishes 10th in the standings, with Tobias Clausen (Falcon Racing Team - Falcon - IAME) behind in 11th position.

  • Bad accident in the E-F heat: Dmitry Matveev (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex) comes out slower from the penultimate corner and Oleksandr Bondarev (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - LN - Vortex) joins him on the outside in the last fast corner. Matveev leaves no room for him and Bondarev, ended up on the curb, loses control. Matveev ends up on the inside grass, while Bondarev spins in the middle of the straight.

  • All the drivers avoid Bondarev, except Alexander Dahlstrom Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing), who hits him head-on. Red flag and intervention of the two ambulances, which bring the two unfortunate (but conscious) pilots to the hospital.

  • The race direction suspends the activity on the track until 5.30 pm (local time), while Matveev receives the disqualification from the competition, but the latter appeals and the rankings, consequently, remain subjudice.

  • Returning to the standings, Matveev is 12th, followed by Taym Saleh (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 13th, by Kirill Kutskov (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), 14th, and by Lucas Fluxa (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 15th.

  • Instead, Andres Cardenas (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing), 20th, and Thomas Strauven (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - LN - Vortex), 23rd, while Kirill Dzitiev (Ward Racing - Tony Kart Vortex) is disqualified from the competition for having intentionally adjusted the front nose in heat C-D.

  • It should be noted that Gerasim Skulanov (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing), in the accident with Verbrugge, ends up upside down on the asphalt with his kart and runs for several meters crawling.


©Photo: Sportinphoto

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