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FIA Karting European Championship rd 3, Kristianstad: OK Final – Surprising maiden OK victory for Alex Powell, who achieves historic success for Jamaica
Mattia Livraghi
05 June 2022

Tires: MG Tires

[Translated with Google]

  • It was well known that Alex Powell (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) was fast and capable of winning, but that he could be so successful in the Kristianstad final was less predictable. The KR Motorsport standard bearer gives a taste of his potential in Super Heat A, where he finishes second and is the only driver, besides the winner Kean Nakamura Berta (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), able to go under the wall of 51 seconds on the single lap, but his final is even more surprising. The pupil Mercedes slips brilliantly from the third spot on the grid, immediately following the leader Nakamura Berta, and overtakes his teammate during the second round with an impeccable maneuver. The young rookie flies determined to his first victory in OK, setting an unrivaled pace for his rivals and making no mistake. Powell crosses the finish line with more than a second ahead of his direct rival, signing a historic first FIA Karting success for Jamaica and climbing to third place in the championship. Chapeau.

  • Kean Nakamura Berta gets on the second step of the podium. After writing a monologue even in Super Heat A complete with a fast lap, the dominator of the weekend starts well from pole, but is the author of a slight excursion on the lawn at the first chicane and later declares that he received a push from behind. The rider of the KR Motorsport team still manages to defend himself very well during the first lap, but accuses a lack of grip due to dirty tires and suffers the attack of Powell during the second round, only to be overtaken by Maksim too. Orlov (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) and Olin Galli (CRG Racing Team - CRG - IAME). The poleman on Friday recovers quickly and returns to second place on lap 10 to catch up with the Jamaican driver, already a second and four behind. The reigning OKJ world champion tries, but the two teammates travel on the edge of the thousandth and the Japanese standard bearer must therefore be satisfied with the silver medal. Nakamura makes evident his disappointment at the end of the race, but at the same time expresses his satisfaction for having closed the gap with Joseph Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) in the championship and his confidence in view of the last round that it will be held in Franciacorta at the beginning of July. The young rookie in fact climbs to second place in the championship, nine points behind the leader Turney.

  • He desires it with all of himself, looks for it with all his strength and grabs it with style. Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing) passes under the checkered flag in third position, thus winning that first podium in the OK European championship that had vanished at the first round in Portimao following a five-second penalty due to nose in incorrect position. Started second after writing a monologue in Super Heat B, triumphing solo with a lot of fast lap, the rider of the Energy Corse team tries to resist outside the poleman at the start, but then has to give in and slips fifth. The young Latvian climbs up to third place and, after risking contact with Nakamura in an overtaking attempt, follows him to the finish line to complete a podium made up entirely of rookies, who already seem to be leading drivers in the category. Stolcermanis is left with a bit of a bitterness in his mouth for the first phase of the race, but the Energy Corse team rider will certainly be happy to return to Franciacorta for the last round of the championship after having obtained his first victory on the Italian circuit on his absolute debut in OK.

  • The reigning world champion Tuukka Taponen (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) also concluded the weekend on a positive note, fourth thanks to a comeback of five positions from the start, Maksim Orlov, fifth after occupying second place. for eight laps in the first part of the race, and Evan Giltaire (VDK Racing - KR - IAME), sixth and forced to recover several positions after slipping from eighth place to 12th at the start due to an excursion on the lawn at the first chicane, just like Nakamura. After having obtained the silver medal in the preparatory race two weeks ago, the driver of the VDK Racing team reaffirms his competitiveness and maintains his fifth place in the championship.

  • Maximize the result in a weekend that puts Joseph Turney to the test, skilled in recovering five positions in Super Heat A and four more in the final to cross the finish line in seventh place. Despite being overtaken to the limit by team-mate Taponen early in the race and not having the pace to grab the top five, the winner of the first two rounds proves his class and maintains the leadership of the championship.

  • Arvid Lindblad (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) is another driver who is never tired of putting on a show. The Red Bull Junior Team driver made an impressive comeback from 14th to fourth in Super Heat B following a complicated start, only to be relegated to 11th place by a five-second penalty due to his nose being incorrectly positioned. he is accompanied on the grass by Turney while the two compete for seventh position in the first part of the race. The rider of the KR Motorsport team thus finds himself 16th and gives life to another exciting comeback, which sees him climb up to eighth place complete with a fast lap. Lindblad clearly expresses his disappointment at trying to overtake Turney on the outside and compromising his race, but once again proves to be an absolute star.

  • Two other protagonists of the weekend close the top ten such as Olin Galli, vying for the podium in the first laps, and Juho Valtanen (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), who precedes Enzo Deligny (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) . After getting on the second step of the podium in the second round in Zuera, the Parolin Motorsport team rider recovers ten positions from the start and minimizes the damage, finding himself fourth in the championship. Luka Sammalisto (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), on the other hand, loses positions with respect to the start, 12th and in any case author of an excellent weekend.

  • Reigning OKJ European vice-champion Matheus Ferreira (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), Gabriel Gomez (CRG Racing Team - CRG - IAME) and Cristian Bertuca (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing complete the top 15) ), who won the title of best "climber" with 19 positions recovered from the start.

  • The end of a convincing weekend, but characterized by some hitches, the reigning vice-champion of the FIA Karting Academy Trophy David Walther (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex), 17th after being forced to retire from Super Heat B due to a technical problem while quietly occupied third place, Oscar Pedersen (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex), relegated from 12th place to 20th by a five-second penalty due to nose in incorrect position after earning the silver medal in the first round at Portimao, Rintaro Sato (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 21st, James Egozi (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) , 22nd, and Ean Eyckmans (EGP Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), 25th.

  • Other protagonists of the weekend are forced to retire such as the three standard bearers of the Ricky Flynn Motorsport team Maxim Rehm (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - LN - Vortex), Dion Gowda (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - LN - Vortex) and the reigning OKJ European champion Freddie Slater ( Ricky Flynn Motorsport - LN - Vortex), as well as the winner of the preparatory race two weeks ago Matheus Morgatto (DPK Racing - KR - IAME) and the young Mercedes recruit Yuanpu Cui (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME). Nacho Tuñon (DPK Racing - KR - IAME), Adrian Malheiro (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing) and Rashid Al Dhaheri (Forza Racing - Exprit - TM Racing) also left the race prematurely.


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