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FIA Karting European Championship OK-OKJ rd 4 and Academy Trophy rd 3, Cremona: heats – The leaders are Lammers (OK), Ramaekers (OKJ) and Woda (Academy, provisional)
Luca Basso
29 July 2023

[Translated with Google]

The activity on the track continues for Round 4 of the FIA Karting European Championship at the Cremona Karting circuit (Italy). After the first day of Friday, in which the qualifying and the first elimination heats took place, all the remaining heats for the OK and OKJ categories took place on Saturday, for which the starting grids for the supers were decided heat on Sunday. Instead, as far as the FIA Karting Academy Trophy is concerned, the last two qualifying heats will be held tomorrow.

OK: René Lammers takes the lead

Tyres: MG Tires

  • There are no doubts about the form of René Lammers (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM) in Cremona. The Dutchman is a real jackhammer in the qualifying heats: four wins, a second place and three fastest laps out of five races. A performance that earned him the lead in the Saturday night rankings and, moreover, a few more points for the current championship leader.

  • After a subdued qualifying, Gabriel Gomez (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME) tries to keep up with Lammers in the qualifying heats. However, the engine betrayed the Brazilian at the start of the second race on Saturday, not wanting to start. The problem has been solved, but the South American is 12th and it will be difficult to recover championship points on his rival Lammers.

  • Inexperience does not play in favor of poleman Louis Iglesias (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME), relegated to 16th place also due to a retirement in the last heat, after a contact with Dmitry Matveev (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME).

  • Enzo Tarnvanichkul (Prema Racing – KR – IAME) is ready to reconfirm himself on the Cremona track, after his triumph at the Champions of the Future Euro Series 15 days ago. The Thai, reigning OKJ world champion, wins three heats and climbs into second position.

  • Kean Nakamura Berta (Prema Racing – KR – IAME) and Fionn McLaughlin (VDK Racing – KR – IAME) also shine. The Japanese recorded a first place and moved up to third position, while the Irishman prevailed in two qualifying heats and, from 11th, now finds himself fourth.

  • With two victories, Luigi Coluccio (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) secures the fifth position. Solid results also for  Ean Eyckmans (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel Art - TM), sixth. Well done Mattia Colnaghi (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME), seventh. Matveev shows that he has kept his speed qualities despite the forced stop due to injury and follows the group in eighth position.

  • In the shadows in qualifying, Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM) gains 13 positions and enters the Top 10, more precisely in ninth place. Similar performance also for Francisco Macedo (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME), from 19th to tenth. Just outside the top ten we find Nicolò Cuman (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM), 11th.

  • Alex Powell (Prema Racing – KR – IAME) plays with experience and recovers 15 positions in the standings, also winning heat D-F. Only an 11th place in the last heat prevents the Jamaican from positioning further ahead. He currently he is 13th. Behind are Tereza Babícková (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM), 14th, and Roland Kuklane (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex), 15th. Further back we find David Walther (Koski Motorsport – Tony Kart – Vortex), 18th, Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM), 26th.


OKJ: Dries Van Langendonck is close to Thibaut Ramaekers

Tyres: Vega

  • No change at the top of the intermediate classification of the Junior class. Thibaut Ramaekers (VDK Racing – KR – IAME) firmly holds the lead after the pole position obtained yesterday, through a series of three victories, a second place and a third, as well as three best laps.

  • Sticking to Ramaekers we find his compatriot Dries Van Langendonck (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM). The Belgian, winner of Round 4 of the Champions of the Future Euro Series two weeks ago, finishes twice in first place and three times in third place, but retains second position.

  • Christian Costoya (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM) and Iacopo Martinese (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) both gain a position in the standings, with two victories each. The Spanish is third, while the Italian is fourth. Followed by Lewis Wherrell (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM) in fifth position, author of a success in the preliminary heats. Instead, Lewis Francis (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) loses three positions, despite a victory to his credit, and finishes sixth.

  • A comeback to remember for Oleksandr Bondarev (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), who climbed from 29th position to seventh. The current championship leader, with a first place in his roadmap, has a good chance to further refine his score in tomorrow's super heat.

  • Eighth position for Stepan Antonov (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), ninth for Arjen Kräling (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) and tenth for Sebastian Lehtimäki (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM). Vivek Kanthan (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM) slips to the edge of the Top 10, 11th, on the contrary of Salim Hanna (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – TM) who went from 16th to 12th.

  • Considerable recoveries by Andy Consani (Shamick Europe – Parolin – TM), from 30th to 13th, and by Filippo Sala (Sodikart – Sodikart – TM), from 26th to 15th. In the middle is Alfie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – TM) who, despite two victories, registers a retirement in the qualifying heats.


Academy Trophy: duel between Wojciech Woda and Hugo Martí for the lead

Chassis: Exprit / Engines: Vortex / Tyres: Vega

  • As in OKJ, the first two positions of the FIA Karting Academy Trophy standings remain unchanged at the end of Saturday. Wojciech Woda (Poland) signs two victories in the only two heats disputed today and maintains the leadership, but shares the same score (100 points) as Hugo Martí, also author of two successes. Tomorrow morning the last heat will be decisive, reserved for groups A and B.

  • Markas Silkunas (Lithuania) scores two second places and secures the provisional third position in the standings. Remarkable comeback of 10 positions for Lisa Billard (France), able to record even a fastest lap. Rocco Coronel (Netherlands) is stable in fifth place.

  • The landlord Cristian Tonalini (Italy) rises 5 positions, sixth, while Karel Staut (Switzerland) gains 8 and finishes seventh. In the Top 10 we also find Harry Bartle (United Kingdom), eighth, Simon Meyer (Austria), ninth, and Lorenzo Campos (Angola), tenth.

  • Arthur Broughan (New Zealand) crashes from third to 17th position, behind Max Walton (Australia), 16th. Slightly improves his situation Marius Barry-Berg (Norway), now 19th. Vasileios Apostolidis (Greece) occupies 23rd place.

Results (provisional)

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