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FIA Karting European Championship OK and OKJ rd 4, Franciacorta: qualifying – Pole position for Deligny (OK) and Helias (OKJ)
Luca Basso
08 July 2022

[Translated with Google]

A little over a month after the third round held in Kristianstad, the protagonists of the direct drive categories, OK and OKJ, take to the track in Franciacorta for the fourth and final round of the FIA Karting European Championship. 71 drivers present themselves at the starting line in the queen category of single-speed karting, while 76 young people are involved in the “Junior”.

The usual qualifications took place on Friday, and then continued with the first qualifying heats, which will continue throughout the day on Saturday.

OK: Enzo Deligny unbeatable in qualifying

Tires: MG Tires

  • Still in the running for the title being fourth in the championship, Enzo Deligny (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) sets the absolute best time in today's qualifying. The Frenchman recorded a lap of 46,754 in group 1 and no one managed to beat him in the following rounds, ensuring him pole position for the qualifying heats.

  • The best of the home drivers, Nicolò Cuman (Forza Racing - Exprit - TM Racing) proves to be fast and competitive in Franciacorta and conquers the second position in the standings, being first in group 2 with a time of 46,917. Satisfied with his third place Kean Nakamura Berta (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), one of the main favorites for the title and the fastest in group 3.

  • Author of the first victory for Jamaica in the last round of Kristianstad, Alex Powell (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) continues to be among the best also in Franciacorta: fourth position for him at the end of qualifying. David Walther (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex) also concludes in the Top 5, fifth.

  • Reigning OK world champion Tuukka Taponen (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) gains sixth position in the standings, with Cristian Bertuca (Birel Art Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing) seventh, Maksim Orlov (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) eighth, Luigi Coluccio (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), ninth and Hagman Caspian (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex) tenth.

  • Oscar Pedersen (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex) is ranked 11th, while Harley Keeble (Birel Art Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing), champion of the WSK Euro Series 2021 in OKJ category, is seen in 12th position. David Zachary (Sauber Academy - KR - IAME) follows in 13th position, ahead of Luka Sammalisto (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 14th, and Karol Pasiewicz (Birel Art Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing), 15th.

  • Third in the Kristianstad round, Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing) does not go beyond the 18th position. Joseph Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) is even 30th, able to get the title of the Champions of the Future Euro Series two weeks ago in Franciacorta. 24th Evan Giltaire (VDK Racing - KR - IAME), also mathematically in the game for the championship.

  • Very unlucky in the European championship, Freddie Slater's weekend (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - LN - Vortex) starts uphill already in qualifying with 32nd position. Pedro Hiltbrand (Birel Art Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing) is also at the start, 53rd.


OKJ: first pole position for Jimmy Helias

Tires: Vega

  • Surprise shot by Jimmy Helias (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) in the qualifying reserved for OKJ. The French driver, in his first full season in the category, gets his first pole position thanks to the best time of 48.770 recorded in group 2.

  • Championship leader Nathan Tye (Sodikart - Sodikart - TM Racing) is the fastest in group 1 (48,831), but by just 61 thousandths of a second he is behind Helias and, consequently, is second in the combined standings. Kirill Dzitiev (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex) does not drop below 49 seconds, but with a chronometric reference of 49.027 he is the best of group 3 and takes the third position.

  • Excellent result also by Matias Orjuela (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), second in group 2 and fourth classified. The positive progress of Alfie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - LN - Vortex), fifth, also continues, while Maria Germano Neto (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, amazes with a sixth position.

  • Second in the championship and winner of the last round in Kristianstad, Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) opens his weekend with a seventh position. Followed by Andrea Dupe (Sodikart - Sodikart - TM Racing), eighth and first among the Italian drivers, Dmitry Matveev (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex), ninth and third in the points classification, and Elliot Kaczynski (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex), tenth.

  • Zac Drummond (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) is the first of the drivers classified outside the Top 10, 11th. Behind him we find Nicklas Schaufler (DPK Racing - KR - IAME), 12th, Gerasim Skulanov (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing), 13th, Mattia Colnaghi (IPK Official Racing Team - IPK - TM Racing), 14th, and Kirill Kutskov (Birel Art Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing), 15th.

  • Second in Kristianstad and still mathematically in the running for the title, Jan Przyrowski (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) finished qualifying 16th. Further behind other drivers in the top positions of the championship: René Lammers (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) is 26th; Guillaume Bouzar (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex) is 31st; Enzo Tarnvanichkul (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) is 32nd; finally, Jules Caranta (Energy Corse - Energy - TM Racing) is 56th.


©Photo: Sportinphoto

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