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FIA Karting World Championship OK and OKJ, Campillos: heats – The provisional leaders are Ugochukwu (OK) and Egozi (OKJ)
Mattia Livraghi
30 October 2021

[translated with Google]

Track activity continues for the FIA Karting World Championship OK and OKJ at the Campillos circuit. After the first day of Friday, in which qualifying took place, on Saturday the heats for both categories present in the race were held: OK and OKJ. Tomorrow the last heats will be completed and then it will end with the finals.

Unlike what was predicted by the weather, the rain was not the protagonist of the day. Only the first three heats of the OKJ were held on a wet track, while all the others in dry conditions.

(results are unofficial and need to be defined)

OK: Ugo Ugochukwu surprises everybody and takes the lead

Tyres: MG Tires

The drivers from group E have already raced all four of their heats, while the riders from the other groups will play the last heat tomorrow morning.

  • Probably Ugo Ugochukwu (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) was not the favorite for today, but it made no difference to him. Thanks to two wins and a second place, the talent in orbit McLaren moves to the top of the provisional standings and is a candidate for the role of great protagonist for the most important race of the season.

  • Friday's poleman Gabriel Gomez (CRG Racing Team - CRG - IAME) confirms himself at the top, finding himself second overall after conquering a third place, a second and a victory.

  • With the same results as Gomez, Oscar Pedersen (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex) reaffirms his competitiveness, who wins the provisional third place.

  • An excellent Tuukka Taponen (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) gains 12 positions compared to the qualification, who closes all his heats in the top three and is fourth in the provisional standings.

  • After taking second place in his first heat and winning his second, Rafael Camara (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) suffers a little in his other two, closing them respectively in fourth and fifth place. The European vice-champion thus slips to fifth overall position, but is the first among the drivers to have played four heats.

  • Following Camara is Martinius Stenshorne (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), who gains six positions compared to qualifying. After finishing fourth and seventh in his first two heats, the Leclerc by Lennox Racing team rider triumphs in his final heat of the day thanks to a surprising performance, complete with a fast lap.

  • After having performed well at last year's world championship, Markus Kajak (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex) proves his abilities also on this occasion. The driver of the Ward Racing team gains 11 positions with respect to the qualification thanks to a third, a second and a seventh place, which propel him to seventh place in the provisional standings.

  • Kajak precedes Arvid Lindblad (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME). The Red Bull Junior Team driver finishes his first heat in second place and his second heat in fourth place, but is then relegated to 11th by a five-second penalty due to the nose being in the wrong position. The WSK Euro Series champion makes a great comeback in his last heat: he wins, sets the fastest lap and is the only one who can beat Ugochukwu.

  • Although he manages to win his first heat, Nikola Tsolov (DPK Racing - KR - IAME) struggles in his other two heats and slips to ninth place overall. Luigi Coluccio (Kosmic Racing Department - Kosmic - Vortex) also lost two positions compared to the qualification, closing the top ten.

  • The drivers who complete the top 15 in the provisional standings are Daniel Briz Llull (DPK Racing - KR - IAME), Joel Bergstrom (Forza Racing - Exprit - TM Racing), Tymoetusz Kucharczyk (Birel ART Racing - RK - TM Racing), Norton Andreasson (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex), who recovers 13 positions compared to the qualifying and returns to the protagonists, and Rintaro Sato (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex).

  • Slowed down by a retirement in his second heat, Joseph Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) is 26th overall, but is second among the drivers to have competed in four heats.

Provisional results (unofficial)

OKJ: James Egozi makes it four in a row

Tyres: MG Tires

  • After winning the sixth place overall in qualifying, James Egozi (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) seemed extremely determined last night and today he wanted to express his perseverance in a very evident way: four wins out of four disputed heats. The fresh winner of the WSK Open Cup thus moves to the top of the provisional standings and ends a day to be framed undefeated.

  • Friday's poleman David Walther (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex) is also confirmed at the top, second overall and winner of his first heat.

  • Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing) is another driver who proves to be extremely competitive. With a seventh place, two seconds and a victory, the Energy Corse team bishop is third overall and is a candidate for the role of great protagonist for the most important race of the season, having even set the best time in three heats.

  • Excellent day also for a surprising Marcus Saeter (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex), who finds himself fourth in the provisional standings after having triumphed in his last heat.

  • Alex Powell (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), fifth overall, Keanu Al Azhari (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), sixth, and Kean Berta Nakamura (Forza Racing - Exprit) recovered several positions compared to qualifying - TM Racing), seventh.

  • Instead, Maksimilian Popov (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex), eighth overall, and Rene Lammers (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), ninth, lost some positions, but both reaffirm their presence in the top ten.

  • A consistent Akshay Bohra (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) completes the top ten and is followed by Maxim Rehm (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex), who after finishing a disappointing qualifying in 31st place wins his third heat of the day thanks to a comeback of ten positions.

  • Rehm precedes two other drivers in comeback from qualifying: Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), 12th overall, and Dion Gowda (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex), 13th.

  • Enzo Deligny (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), who finds himself 14th in the provisional standings, is in a bit more difficulty, as is his teammate Matias Orjuela (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), 28th.

  • Deligny is just ahead of Freddie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex). The fresh European champion and reigning world champion wins three heats, but must abandon one of his heats prematurely, while he is in the lead with a second advantage over his direct follower, because a stone that has ended up on the track pierces the brake hose, causing the loss of oil and consequently of the brakes.

  • Day with some difficulties also for Dmitry Matveev (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex), 15th overall, and Matheus Ferreira (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 22nd. Matveev accuses the relegation from fourth to 26th place in one heat due to an incorrect maneuver, while the European vice-champion is forced to retire in his first heat while occupying the second position.

Provisional results (unofficial)

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