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FIA Karting World Championship, Franciacorta: OKJ final – Amazing triumph for Dries Van Langendonck
Luca Basso
08 October 2023

[Translated with Google]

Tyres: Vega

  • He always remained in the shadows throughout the weekend while occupying the top positions at the same time, after which he pulled the ace out of his sleeve at the decisive moment: Dries Van Langendonck (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM) thus wins the title world championship in the OKJ category thanks to an extraordinary performance in the final.

  • Van Langendonck remained glued to polesitter Christian Costoya (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM) from the start and, after just one lap, took the lead of the race. The Belgian increases his pace with each pass and Costoya can't help but finish behind him, 2,150 seconds behind. The Spaniard, however, is satisfied with the silver medal, after having dominated Friday and Saturday.

  • After moving into third position, Scott Kin Lindblom (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) quickly regained the top two in the central stages of the race, however he did not find the push needed to overtake Costoya. However, it remains a highly prestigious result for the Swede, after having won Round 1 of the WSK Euro Series right here in Franciacorta a month ago.

  • David Cosma Cristofor (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) comes close to the podium, forced at the end to defend himself from an eager Stepan Antonov (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), fifth after a 10-place comeback. Sixth Augustus Toniolo (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME).

  • Starting second, Filippo Sala (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – TM) is unable to enter the battle for the podium and finishes seventh. Remarkable recoveries for Joel Pohjola (Kohtala Sports – Gillard – TM) and Andy Consany (Shamick Europe – Parolin – TM), 12 and 18 positions respectively. The Finn is eighth, while the French is ninth. Tenth Davide Bottaro (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex).

  • Despite qualifying ending in 67th place and a contact at the first corner, the new European category champion Oleksandr Bondarev (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) ended the weekend 14th. Two positions further back Iacopo Martinese (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 16th.

  • An accident at the second corner puts Thibaut Ramaekers (VDK Racing – KR – IAME) and Lewis Wherrell (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM) offside. The Brit also suffered an injury to his left wrist. Noah Wolfe (Leclerc by Lennox Racing – Birel Art – TM) also came close to KO on that occasion, but managed to resume the race; the Briton ranks 25th.


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