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FIA Karting European Championship rd 3, Rødby: OK Final – A flawless René Lammers flies to maiden success in OK
Mattia Livraghi
18 June 2023

[translated with Google]

Tyres: MG Tires

  • If he had always been seen as fast, but sometimes less incisive in the race, on this occasion René Lammers (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart) definitely changed his tune. The son of art slips from second place to fourth at the start, but maintains a disarming coolness and takes the lead on lap ten thanks to a series of textbook overtakings.

  • The Parolin Motorsport team driver thus begins his triumphal ride, which sees him pass first under the checkered flag with over a second and a half ahead of his direct pursuer. The young rookie even sets the fastest lap and puts the icing on the cake of his first victory in the premier class of single-speed karting. With three podiums in three races, the Dutchman also takes the reins in the provisional standings of the championship.

  • He loses the reins of the provisional classification of the championship and Gabriel Gomez (CRG – CRG – IAME) drops to second place, who in any case confirms his competitiveness and makes him the silver medal. Slipped from fifth position to sixth at the start, the winner of the second round in Třinec is able to move into second place already on lap 12 and seems to have the pace to catch up with Lammers now more than half a second behind.

  • However, the speed of the CRG driver slows down slightly in the second part of the race, probably due to the excessive rise in temperatures of his vehicle dictated by the "aggressive" driving of the Brazilian driver, engaged in the comeback. Gomez is nonetheless satisfied with a weekend that began with 26th place in qualifying following a mistake he made when fitting new tyres, which caused air to leak in his tyres.

  • He has to settle for the bronze medal and the third position in the provisional classification of the championship Alex Powell (Prema Racing – KR – IAME), who completes a podium made up of three different chassis. After establishing himself in Super Heat A, the Mercedes protégé sprinted impeccably from pole and attempted a breakaway, but was then forced to give in to Lammers' pace as well as Gomez's. The reigning European vice-champion struggles to explain the slight loss of performance he suffered once again in the final with four new tyres, however he is nonetheless confident and determined in view of the next round.

  • It is also a bittersweet fourth place for Kean Nakamura Berta (Prema Racing – KR – IAME). After immediately gaining second place thanks to an excellent start, the reigning European champion was overtaken by both Gomez and Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse – Energy – TM Kart) on the sixth lap, to then lose further ground when he became the protagonist a slight excursion on the grass in an attempt to respond to the attack of Miguel Costa (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart). The 2021 OKJ world champion and Alpine Academy driver slips up to eighth position and then recovers to the edges of the podium.

  • Tomass Stolcermanis concludes a weekend lived as the main actors, fifth after having fought for the podium in the first part of the race, the reigning world champion Matheus Morgatto (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Kart), sixth and again competitive, and a surprising Miguel Costa (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart), seventh after tasting third place in the first corners.

  • Eighth place belongs to the winner of the first round in Valencia Joe Turney (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME). After being demoted from sixth place to ninth in Super Heat B by a five-second penalty due to an incorrectly positioned nose, the 2020 runner-up world champion thus ends a weekend that at times saw him slightly below expectations.

  • Excellent comebacks are completed by Nathan Tye (Sodikart – Sodi – TM Kart), ninth after being hit by Enzo Tarnvanichkul (Prema Racing – KR – IAME) and consequently forced to retire from Super Heat B on the last lap while occupying third square, Mark Dubnitski (CRG – CRG – IAME), tenth, Fionn Mc Laughlin (VDK Racing – KR – IAME), 11th, Emanuele Olivieri (IPK Official Racing Team – IPK – TM Kart), 14th, and Arthur Poulain ( Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), 15th and just ahead of the reigning OKJ world champion Tarnvanichkul.

  • Mattia Colnaghi (CRG – CRG – IAME), 12th, and the 2021 world vice-champion Luigi Coluccio (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) are also confirmed as protagonists, demoted from 12th place to 13th by a five-second penalty cause nose in incorrect position.

  • On the other hand, they lose a placement in the top 15 due to penalties for Kirill Kutskov (DPK Racing – KR – IAME), 17th, and his teammate Nacho Tuñon (DPK Racing – KR – IAME), 23rd.

  • The final of other main players of the weekend is even more bitter, such as Friday's poleman Maciej Gladysz (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – TM Kart), the reigning OKJ European champion Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart), the runner-up of the 2021 FIA Karting Academy Trophy David Walther (Koski Motorsport – Tony Kart – Vortex), the young Mercedes recruit Yuanpu Cui (Prema Racing – KR – IAME), Jules Caranta (Energy Corse – Energy – TM Kart) and Thomas Strauven ( KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), all forced to retire.


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