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FIA Karting European Championship OK and OKJ rd 1, Genk: heats - The provisional leaders are Lindblad (OK) and Eyckmans (OKJ)
Mattia Livraghi
15 May 2021

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Activity continues on the track for the first round of the FIA Karting European Championship OK and OKJ on the Karting Genk circuit. After the first day of Friday, in which qualifying took place, on Saturday, characterised by an unstable weather, 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: Lindblad in the sun and in the rain

Tyres: MG Tyres

  • Dry, wet or damp, he is always in front: Arvid Lindblad (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME). The Englishman wins all three heats of the day and thus climbs one position with respect to the qualification to become the undisputed provisional leader. Following him is Juho Valtanen (SP motorsport - Kart Republic - TM Racing), who with his experience gains nine positions compared to qualifying, above all thanks to the triumph in the last heat on Saturday.

  • Third in the provisional standings is Rafael Camara (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME). It is important to point out that the Brazilian driver has already completed all of his four heats, winning two.

  • Excellent day for Ariel Elkin (VDK Racing - KR - IAME), who is always among the top three in his heats and gains eight positions compared to qualifying. Behind him is an amazing Beau Heijmans (PDB Racing Team - Parolin - IAME), who after the 28th place overall in qualifying is exalted in wet track conditions. Rasmus Joutsimies (CRG Racing - CRG - IAME) is another driver who seems to like the rain and in fact recovers 22 positions compared to qualifying, reaching seventh place.

  • Sixth is instead a constant Matheus Morgatto (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing). Andrey Zhivnov (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex) is also confirmed as competitive, eighth.

  • Ferrari Driver Academy driver James Wharton (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) is the author of a good comeback, which sees him gain 17 positions from qualifying to take provisional ninth place. Edoardo Ludovico Villa (Exprit Racing Team - Exprit - Vortex) even earns 39, thus entering the top ten.

  • Closing the top 15 Luigi Coluccio (Kosmic Racing Department - Kosmic - Vortex), Nikola Tsolov (DPK Racing - KR - IAME), Yannick De Brabander (Praga Racing Team - Praga - IAME), Martinius Stenshorne (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) and Lars Van Vark (TB Racing Team - KR - IAME).

  • Friday's pole-man Ugo Ugochukwu (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) retires in one heat due to a contact during the first lap and therefore finds himself 18th. Difficult day also for Joseph Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), 26th, Tuukka Taponen (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), 29th, Arthur Rogeon (CRG Racing Team - CRG - IAME), 47th, and Tymoetusz Kucharczyk (Birel ART Racing - RK - TM Racing), 49th.

  • Some problems also for the reigning European champion Andrea Kimi Antonelli (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 30th, and his teammate Brando Badoer (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 31st, but both already have four heats at the active.

Provisional results (not official)

OKJ: Eyckmans leader... At home

Tyres: MG Tyres

  • Yesterday, with the fifth fastest time in qualifying, Ean Eyckmans (Kosmic Racing Department - Kosmic - Vortex) showed he was back in great shape after his rib injury, but on Saturday the Belgian is even more surprising. Extremely fast in all conditions, the Kosmic rider took home three wins and a second place, which earned him provisional leadership. Immediately behind him is reigning world champion Freddie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex), who is confirmed at the top with two wins and two third places.

  • Third is Friday's pole-man Akshay Bohra (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), who triumphs in one heat and finishes all the others among the top three. Luka Sammalisto follows him (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), who continues to amaze and imposes himself in his last heat of the day.

  • After a disappointing qualifying Matheus Ferreira (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) returns to the top of the standings thanks to a comeback of 13 positions that brings him to fifth place. On the other hand, Dion Gowda (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex) lost three positions, finding himself sixth after winning his first heat.

  • Constant performance for Coskun Irfan (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), seventh, while Maxhim Rehm (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex) climbs up, recovering eight positions compared to qualifying and is eighth. Yuanpu Cui (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) and James Egozi (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) also improved compared to Friday, closing the top ten.

  • The top 15 is completed by Kean Berta Nakamura (Forza Racing - Exprit - TM Racing), Kevin Lantinga (KSM Official Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), who gains 31 positions compared to qualifying, Alex Powell (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) , Harley Keeble (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) and the excellent rookie Jan Przyrowski (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex).

  • Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) recovers seven positions from qualifying and moves to 16th place after winning his last heat of the day, while Enzo Deligny (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) loses eight positions, 18th.

  • Difficult day after a positive Friday also for Maxens Verbrugge (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex), who wins two of his heats, but retires in the last due to a contact and finds himself 17th, Andres Cardenas (DPK Racing - KR - IAME), 24th, Hugo Herrouin (Kosmic Racing Department - Kosmic - Vortex), 38th, Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), 64th, and David Walther (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex), who retires in his penultimate heat and does not take part in the last one, thus finding himself 87th.

  • William Macintyre (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) makes a comeback, who after having had problems in yesterday's qualifying, closed in 94th place, climbs up to 46th position.

Provisional results (not official)

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