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FIA Karting European Championship rd 3, Sarno: OKJ Final – Harley Keeble surprises Freddie Slater on the finish line
Luca Basso
11 July 2021

[Translated with Google Translate]

Tires: MG Tires

  • An uncertain final, full of overtaking and, above all, corrected the one seen today in Sarno for the OKJ category. From the first corners it is clear that the result will be uncertain until the last: in fact, pole-man Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) precedes a trio of pursuers ready to undermine him from first place.

  • On lap 4, Alex Powell (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) overtook Khavalkin at Turn 2 and took the lead. The Russian from Parolin Motorsport responds to the driver with Jamaican license, but Matheus Ferreira (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) takes the opportunity to move up to second place.

  • Meanwhile, Freddie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex) quickly moved up from 12th to 5th and reached the leading quartet. The British overtook James Egozi (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) for fourth position, but Harley Keeble (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) mocked both of them and got behind Khavalkin, third.

  • On lap 6, Ferreira and Khavalkin pass Powell, but the latter does not give up and attacks at least the Russian: the maneuver forces the two to go wide and the Keeble-Slater couple takes second and third position. At the end of the session, Slater is second ahead of Keeble.

  • With an excellent margin over Slater, Ferreira is firmly in command of the race. Slater approaches with a series of fast laps, until he completes the recovery with the possible winning overtaking on the Brazilian on lap 13. After a few corners, on lap 14 the Brazilian also gives way to Keeble.

  • The victory now seems to be in Slater's hands, but Ricky Flynn Motorsport's rider closes the last corner on the last lap, rushes towards the finish line convinced that he has won, but Keeble manages to overtake him in the sprint and wins with only 2 thousandths of a second ahead of Slater.

  • Ferreira concludes in third position, with Khavalkin fourth and a good Yevan David (Forza Racing - Exprit - TM Racing) fifth. Powell, on the other hand, slips to sixth position, as does Egozi immediately behind him in seventh position. Jan Przyrowski (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) is eighth, Oleksandr Bondarev (Andriy Honta - Tony Kart - TM Racing) is ninth, finally William Macintyre (Birel Art Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing) is tenth.

  • Just outside the Top 10 we find the best climbers of the day: David Walther (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex) gains 14 positions compared to the starting grid and is 11th, while Tobias Clausen (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex) makes up for it 11 and concludes 12th.

  • With the Zuera circuit as the setting for the last round of the European Championship, Slater leads the championship standings with 70 points. Ferreira is second with 61 points, followed by Powell (third with 52 points), Keeble (fourth with 38 points), Ean Eyckmans (fifth with 35 points, today only 29th) and Egozi (sixth with 34 points).


Championship standings

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