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FIA Karting European Championship OK-OKJ rd 3 and Academy Trophy rd 2, Slovack Karting Center (Slovakia): qualifications – Pole positions for Monteiro (OK), Sala (OKJ) and Herman (Academy)
Jacopo Colombo
21 June 2024

[Translated with Google]

The drivers of the OK and OKJ categories take to the track at the Slovak Karting Center (Slovakia) for Round 3 of the FIA ​​Karting European Championship. The turnout of drivers in both categories was notable, with 95 registered for OK and 106 for OKJ. Round 2 of the FIA ​​Karting Academy Trophy also takes place this weekend, with 51 entries.

The usual qualifications took place on Friday, before continuing with the first qualifying heats, which will continue throughout Saturday.

OK: Monteiro wins a surprise pole

Tyres: Maxxis

  • Great start to the weekend for Noah Monteiro (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), who achieved his first pole position in the European championship, with a time of 50.215. A surprise placement, but one that places him in an important role for the weekend in Slovakia.
  • Behind him, his teammate Leo Nilsson (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) who stops the clock with just six thousandths of a delay from first place overall. His 50.221 ensures him pole position in group 1 and second position in the general classification. 
  • Nilsson is followed very closely by Thibaut Ramaekers (VDK Racing – KR – IAME). The Belgian, with his 50.300, obtained third place overall, just 85 thousandths of a second from pole position.
  • Fourth place overall for Louis Iglesias (CRG – CRG – IAME), followed by Jimmy Helias (VictoryLane – KR – IAME), 5th, Scott Kin Lindblom (Fusion Motorsport – KR – IAME), 6th, and Kaï Rillaerts (Sodikart – Sodi – TM Kart), 7th.
  • Closing the top 10 we find Dmitry Matveev (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 8th, Noah Wolfe (VAR by Birel - Birel ART – TM Kart), 9th, and Hannah Salim (Prema Racing – KR – IAME), 10^.
  • Matheus Morgatto (CL Racing Team – Birel ART – TM Kart) closed the qualifying tests in 11th place overall, ahead of Lewis Francis (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 12th. After the pole position achieved in Round 2 in Val D'argenton, David Cosma Cristofor (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) was unable to repeat the result obtained in the French event, placing himself in 13th place overall. 
  • Not the best of starts for the top three in the championship standings: Joe Turney (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), the leader, fails to achieve a better result than 17th place, ahead of Lewis Wherrell (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM Kart), third in the championship and 18th in this qualification. Gabriel Gomez (CRG – CRG – IAME) doesn't shine either: the current second in the standings only finishes in 22nd place.


OKJ: pole position for Sala

Tyres: Maxxis

  • Filippo Sala (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - LN - TM Kart) makes up for the difficult qualification of the previous event in Val D'Argenton. His 51.762 earned him first place and a sure leading role in the Slovakian event.
  • Behind Sala, Ilie Crisan (Tony Kart Racing Team – OTK – Vortex). The Tony Kart standard-bearer stops the clock on 51.870, which earns him first place in group 3 and second place in the general classification.
  • The top 3 is completed by Rocco Coronel (VictoryLane – KR – IAME). The French driver posted a 51.933 which allowed him to obtain first place in group 2 and third place overall.
  •  Fourth place for Noah Baglin (Prema Racing – KR – IAME), followed by Niklas Schaufler (DPK Racing – KR – IAME), 5th, and Arjen Kraeling (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 6th.
  • Seventh place for Jensen Burnett (Fusion Motorsport – KR – IAME), eighth for Bosco Arias (DPK Racing – KR – IAME), while Andrea Manni (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM Kart) placed ninth. Alfie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – TM Kart) closes the top 10.
  • Iacopo Martinese (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), currently third in the general classification, closes the qualifying tests in 14th place, while the leader, Dries Van Langendonck (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM Kart), is 16th.
  • Christian Costoya (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart) will be forced to make a great comeback: the Parolin standard bearer, currently in second place in the championship, is unable to carve out a portion of free track during his session and gets a terrible 72nd place overall. He will be called upon to make a great comeback!


Academy Trophy: Herman forcefully snatches pole position

Chassis: Exprit | Engines: Vortex | Tyres: Maxxis

  • Gilles Herman (Belgium) obtained the pole position in this second round of the FIA ​​Karting Academy Trophy. With a time of 52.819 he took first place ahead of Victor Alexandru Rad (Romania), who stopped the clock at 53.105, more than 2 tenths behind.
  • Third place overall for Marim Barros Meneses (Portugal). The Portuguese precedes Aleix Pinera Rusinol (Spain), fourth, Joel Taipale (Finland), fifth, and Fausto Arnaudo (Argentina), sixth.
  • Seventh position for Nojus Stasionis (Lithuania), eighth for Fedor Sedelnikov. Ninth place overall for one of the two leaders of the championship, Dan Allemann (Switzerland), who with Simba Motoda (Japan), closes the top 10.
  • The other leader of the general classification and home rider, Jakub Gasparovic (Slovakia), is 12th. Andrea Masella (Italy) and Wian Boshoff (South Africa), third and second respectively in the championship, closed the qualifying rounds in 19th and 20th place overall.


©Photo: Sportinphoto

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