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FIA Karting European Championship OK and OKJ rd 3, Sarno: heats – The provisional leaders are Severiukhin (OK) and Powell (OKJ)
Luca Basso
10 July 2021

[Translated with Google Translate]

The track activity continues for the third round of the FIA Karting European Championship OK and OKJ at the Sarno circuit. After the first day of Friday, in which qualifying took place, on Saturday the heats for both categories present in the race were held: OK and OKJ. Tomorrow the last heats will be completed and then it will end with the finals.

OK: challenge on the top between Artem Severiukhin and Nikola Tsolov

Tires: MG Tires

  • Artem Severiukhin (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex) flexes his muscles in Saturday's qualifying heats. The Russian driver, third in yesterday's qualifying, gets three wins out of three races and leaps to the top of the provisional standings. Same results for Nikola Tsolov (DPK Racing - KR - IAME) who has zero penalties on his schedule. The Bulgarian driver is amazing: he wins three races with authority, always recovering a couple of positions from the starting grid, and also signs a fastest lap. At the moment, the best position in qualifying rewards Severiukhin compared to Tsolov in the provisional intermediate classification.

  • In third position we find Timoteusz Kucharczyk (Birel Art Racing - RK - TM Racing), author of a victory, a second place and a third. Andrea Kimi Antonelli (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) loses that extra "boost" shown in free practice and, to a lesser extent, in yesterday's qualifying: the Italian driver, despite the pole position, is less brilliant than expected in the three qualifying heat and always ends second: momentarily he is fourth in the provisional intermediate classification.

  • Even Arvid Lindblad (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) seems to be not unattainable as two weeks ago when he won the final of round 3 and the WSK Euro Series title: he finishes "only" once second, twice third and falls in fifth position. Behind him, despite a victory, Joseph Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) loses one position compared to yesterday's qualifying and is sixth.

  • Excellent recoveries for the leader Rafael Camara (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) and for Ugo Ugochukwu (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME). Both KR Motorsport drivers move up 8 positions compared to qualifying and are respectively eighth and ninth, behind Martinius Stenshorne Martinius Stenshorne (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing) who temporarily occupies the seventh position.

  • Norton Andreasson (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex) remains stable in tenth position, ahead of Marlon Hernandez (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 11th, and Evan Giltaire (VDK Racing - KR - IAME), 12th. Matheus Morgatto (Birel Art Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing) recovers 18 positions and is 13th, while Lukas Malek (DPK Racing - KR - IAME) climbs 27 positions and is 14th.

  • Remarkable performances for Rintaro Sato (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex) in the first two qualifying heats, where he gets two second places and two fastest laps. However, the Japanese driver partially ruins his weekend with a retirement in the third and final heat of the day that catapulted him 15th.

  • Of the drivers in the top 10 of the championship standings, we record +6 positions for Juho Valtanen (SP Motorsport - KR - TM Racing) who climbs 20th. Yannick De Brabander (Prague Racing Team - Prague - IAME) recovered 16 positions but is currently in 40th position. Edoardo Ludovico Villa (Exprit Racing Team - Exprit - Vortex) is still on the bottom: 53rd.

Provisional results (unofficial)

OKJ: Alex Powell precedes James Egozi at the top of the standings

Tires: MG Tires

  • At the end of Saturday, Alex Powell (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) leads the provisional standings of the qualifying heats. The driver with Jamaican license gets two wins, a second place and a third, but to reward him is also a "bad" result of James Egozi (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex): yesterday's qualifying pole-man signs three wins, but the fourth heat ends in sixth position.

  • With the sum of the scores, Powell is at 5 penalties while his rival Egozi, precisely because of the last result of the day, has 6 in total. In his favor, the American driver will be able to use another pole position in the fifth and final qualifying heat tomorrow morning.

  • Great recovery of 10 positions in total for Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), thanks to a victory, a two second places and a third place, plus a fast lap as a side dish. Momentarily, the Russian occupies the third position, ahead of Douwe Dedecker (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), fourth with a win, and Matheus Ferreira (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), fifth.

  • Three positions lost for Yevan David (Forza Racing - Exprit - TM Racing), sixth in the provisional standings despite a victory in the first qualifying heat. William Macintyre (Birel Art Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing) and Oleksandr Bondarev (Andriy Honta - Tony Kart - TM Racing) are also climbing, respectively seventh with nine positions gained and ninth with 13 positions gained; in the middle we find Jan Przyrowski (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), eighth: the Pole pays a heat ended in 15th position.

  • Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) climbs from 19th position to 10th. +17 positions for Ean Eyckmans (Kosmic Racing Department - Kosmic - Vortex), 11th, +15 positions for Harley Keeble (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), 12th, even +35 positions for Kirill Kutskov (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 13th.

  • Freddie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex) ruins yesterday’s excellent qualifying performance with a retirement in the second heat. The British driver, current championship leader, in the rush to recover some positions, comes into contact with team mate Dion Gowda (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex) and ends the race of both of them prematurely. Slater "collapses" from second position to 16th.

  • Of the well-placed drivers in the championship standings, Akshay Bohra (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) loses 9 positions and is currently 29th in the provisional intermediate standings. Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing) remains stable in 38th position. However, a recovery of 18 positions does not allow Luka Sammalisto (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) to go beyond 32nd position. Finally, Maksimilian Popov (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex) tries a difficult climb from 76th position: for the moment he is 44th.

Provisional results (unofficial)

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