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FIA Karting European Championship rd 1, Valencia: heats – The leaders are Gomez (OK) and Schaufler (OKJ)
Luca Basso
23 March 2024

[Translated with Google]

Track activity continues for Round 1 of the FIA Karting European Championship OK-OKJ at the Kartodromo Internacional Lucas Guerrero in Valencia (Spain). After the first day on Friday, in which the qualifications and the first preliminary heats took place, on Saturday all the remaining heats for the two categories present in the race were held. The starting grids for Sunday's prefinals were then decided.

OK: Gabriel Gomez is immovable, but Joseph Turney is ready to duel

Tires: Maxxis

  • Author of the pole position in qualifying yesterday, Gabriel Gomez (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME) remains firmly at the top of the intermediate classification at the end of the qualifying heats. The Brazilian wins four races in total, but loses the direct comparison with rival Joseph Turney (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) in heat B-C.
  • The Briton, who had qualified ninth, gained seven positions and placed himself behind Gomez. The KR Motorsport driver, however, finished third in the heat reserved for groups C and D.
  • Particular attention must be paid to Matheus Morgatto (CL Racing Team – Birel Art – TM Kart), capable of recovering eight positions and, moreover, scoring two successes. The former world champion is third, followed behind by Sebastiano Pavan (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), also author of two first places in the heats.
  • The two rookies Lewis Wherrell (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM Kart), fifth, and Vivek Kanthan (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart), sixth, continue to remain at the top of the rankings. Miguel Costa (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart) enters the top-10, having gone from 15th to seventh.
  • Immediately behind are Davide Bottaro (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME), eighth, Zac Drummond (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart), who slipped from second to ninth, and Ean Eyckmans (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM Kart) , tenth. On the fringes of the top ten are Louis Iglesias (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME), 11th, Markas Silkunas (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME), 12th, and Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart), 13th.
  • Guillaume Bouzar (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME) is 14th, David Walther (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) is 15th, Thibaut Ramaekers (VDK Racing – KR – IAME) is 16th, Taym Saleh (Sauber Academy – KR – IAME) is 17th, Fionn McLaughlin (VDK Racing – KR – IAME) is 18th. Dmitry Matveev (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) is 21st. Oleksandr Bondarev (Prema Racing – KR – IAME) is in difficulty, 28th in the standings.


OKJ: Niklas Schaufler throws down the gauntlet to Dries Van Langendonck

Tires: Maxxis

  • A practically perfect run for Niklas Schaufler (DPK Racing – KR – IAME) in the qualifying heats, with a series of five victories out of five races. With full merit, the Austrian rises from sixth to the top of the intermediate ranking, ousting his rival Dries Van Langendonck (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM Kart).
  • The Belgian polesitter wins the first four scheduled heats, after which he loses the direct confrontation with Schaufler on Saturday afternoon. The reigning world champion is still second.
  • Christian Costoya (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart) was also beaten by Schaufler, after a good duel in heat B-F, but ended up third, having a further second place on his scoresheet.
  • Sebastian Lehtimaki (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) remains at the top of the rankings, despite having only one victory. Nice progression by Borys Łyżeń (Sodikart – Sodikart – TM Kart), who went from 13th to fifth; remember that the Pole had recorded the pole position at the WSK Champions Cup in January.
  • Ten positions more in the standings for Roman Kamyab (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – TM Kart), sixth. Teammate Sebastian Minns (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – TM Kart) also did well, seventh. Notable comebacks for Bosco Arias Chavarri (DPK Racing – KR – IAME), from 27th to eighth, and for Iacopo Martinese (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), from 20th to ninth.
  • Despite collecting a retirement, Noah Baglin (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) enters the top-10. Instead, Jack Iliffe (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM Kart) slipped out, from fourth to 13th, and Kenzo Craigie (Prema Racing – KR – IAME), from fifth to 11th; for the latter, a retirement in the last heat weighs heavily, after having obtained positive results previously.
  • Dean Hoogendoorn (AKM Motorsport – KR – IAME) recovers 16th place, while Filippo Sala (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – TM Kart) slips to 17th. Scott Kin Lindblom (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) shows off his performance, gaining 40 positions and is 19th. Further back we find Bogdan Cosma Cristofor (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 24th, and Rocco Coronel (VictoryLane – KR – IAME), 25th.


©Photo: Sportinphoto

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