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FIA Karting World Championship, Franciacorta: OK final – Kirill Kutskov rises amongst crashes and plot twists
Luca Basso
08 October 2023

[Translated with Google]

Tyres: MG Tires

  • Literally anything happens in the final of the "Senior" category, but let's proceed in order. From pole position, Kean Nakamura Berta (Prema Racing – KR – IAME) retains the lead at the start, ahead of Fionn McLaughlin (VDK Racing – KR – IAME) and Joseph Turney (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), the latter doing well slide inside the second curve.

  • At the last hairpin, MacLaughlin tries to attack Nakamura, however both are overtaken by the expert Turney. In this way, the British takes command and immediately detaches the rest of the group.

  • What emerged, however, was a very fast Gabriel Gomez (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME), capable of climbing to second place after four laps. The Brazilian closed the gap to Turney, then overtook him on the tenth lap. In the next one, the two get into a fight, touch each other and both end up off the track. Gomez does not start again, while Turney pushes his kart to the center of the road and, unfortunately, is hit by another competitor.

  • Aid was immediately needed for Turney, for what appears to be a multiple fracture in his right leg. Red flag and race temporarily suspended, with Kirill Kutskov (DPK Racing – KR – IAME) in the lead, ahead of Nakamura Berta and René Lammers (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – IAME).

  • After a long break, the final restarts with Kutskov immediately cornered by Nakamura, but the DPK Racing rider manages the situation perfectly and, indeed, pulls ahead of the Japanese. Lammers was overtaken by MacLaughlin, but the latter retired due to a technical problem.

  • At this point, Lammers launches himself in pursuit of the first two: first he overtakes Nakamura, then he tries to reach Kutskov but without success. Kutskov thus stealthily conquers the OK world title, also recording his first victory in the category. Lammers second, Nakamura Berta third.

  • A 13-place comeback for Enzo Tarnvanichkul (Prema Racing – KR – IAME) is not enough to grab the Top 3, but the Thai – last year's world champion in OKJ – can be satisfied with his first World Championship in OK. Fifth position for Arthur Poulain (AKM Motorsport – KR – IAME), ahead of Mattia Colnaghi (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME), sixth, and Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – IAME), seventh.

  • Having fallen considerably behind during the qualifying heats, Louis Iglesias (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME) made a good comeback of 23 positions and finished eighth. Dmitry Matveev (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) also did well, ninth, and Jan Przyrowski (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), tenth.

  • The final saw only 14 drivers finish at full speed. In addition to Turney and Gomez, the retirement of Alex Powell (Prema Racing – KR – IAME) stands out above all: the Jamaican is skilled in the early stages to take third place, after which a contact with MacLaughlin at the second corner puts him definitively offside; this is his last appearance in karting for him before the definitive move to single-seaters. Also KO was Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM).


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