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FIA Karting World Championship, Sarno: OKJ Final – Enzo Tarnvanichkul shines in a stellar final
Mattia Livraghi
18 September 2022

[translated with Google]

Tyres: Vega

  • Just when he seems to have thrown away his chances of victory, Enzo Tarnvanichkul (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) is able to amaze with a masterpiece. The Thai driver's Sunday seems to take the form of a nightmare when, during the fourth lap of Super Heat A, he collides with Kian Fardin's kart (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing) while launching the attack to claim leadership . The Tony Kart Racing Team rider is forced to retire and finds himself starting sixth in the final, but he does not allow anyone to discourage him and transforms his day into a dream. Having managed the start from the outer row of the grid with maturity, Tarnvanichkul recovers with a series of impeccable maneuvers and takes the reins of the race on the tenth lap. The driver born in 2009 performs very well in the agitated phases of the brawl and, proving to be the most shrewd, crosses the finish line in first position to win the title of world champion in a spectacular way.

  • Adam Hideg (Sodikart - Sodikart - TM Racing) is among the four young riders alternating at the command of an extremely contested OKJ final, who climbs to the second step of the podium. Starting from fifth place, the Hungarian driver took the lead on the fifth lap and held it for three laps before being overtaken by his opponents. The standard bearer of the Sodikart team even slips fifth, but maintains an exemplary coolness and expresses his skills together with an excellent dose of courage, which allow him to recover. Hideg thus graduated as vice world champion and boasts a first international podium with a special flavor.

  • Leading the race for three laps is also a surprising Gerasim Skulanov (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), who passes third under the checkered flag, but is then relegated to ninth place, from which he started, by a penalty five seconds causes the nose to be in the wrong position. The standard bearer of the Leclerc by Lennox Racing team expresses his disappointment at the end of the race, but still proves his worth and is the only rider able to put the wheels back in front of Tarnvanichkul to take back the lead of the final, even if only for a few meters.

  • To inherit the bronze medal from Skulanov is Super Heat A winner Jan Przyrowski (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex). The reigning European vice-champion accuses a difficult start from the second position on the grid, which sees him rise slightly above the rear bumper of Taym Saleh (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) and go slightly off the track. The young Pole thus drops to 15th position during the first lap, but is the author of an amazing comeback and returns close to the leading group. Although evidently regretting having lost the chance to compete for the success with a more “quiet” race, the Tony Kart Racing Team rider reaffirms his talents and gets the third consecutive podium in his FIA season.

  • The 2021 FIA Karting Academy Trophy champion Maciej Gladysz (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - LN - Vortex), fourth, René Lammers (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), fifth, Dmitry Matveev (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex), sixth with the fastest lap after finishing Super Heat A in second place, and Dries Van Langendonck (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing), seventh, are also authors of extraordinary comebacks. The Energy Corse team mate puts the icing on the cake to an impressive debut weekend in OKJ and precedes his teammate Martin Molnar (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing), another protagonist of the world championship and eighth at the final finish after having finished Super Heat B in second place.

  • Also a protagonist of the race is the fresh champion of the Champions of the Future Euro Series Nathan Tye (Sodikart - Sodikart - TM Racing), who passes fifth under the checkered flag after competing for the podium, but is relegated to the tenth place by a penalty five seconds, received for causing an accident. On the other hand, Super Heat B dominator Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) and Lucas Fluxa (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) receive a five-second penalty due to the nose in the incorrect position, thus losing their placement. in the top ten, finding himself 11th and 12th respectively. While the KR Motorsport team driver recovers in style from 22nd place, the reigning European champion slips well from pole and maintains the leadership for the first few laps, but then has the worst in the various brawls.

  • Salim Hanna (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - LN - Vortex), Maxens Verbrugge (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) and Jules Caranta (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing) complete the top 15, thus concluding a weekend that has begun with disqualification from timed trials. The rider of the Energy Corse team is followed by two other main players in the world championship such as Niklas Schaufler (DPK Racing - KR - IAME) and Andres Cardenas (DPK Racing - KR - IAME), respectively 16th and 17th.

  • On the other hand, Taym Saleh, 18th, Simon Rechenmacher (TB Racing Team - KR - IAME), 19th after finishing Super Heat A in third place, and Marcus Saeter (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex), 25th after finishing Super Heat B in third place, suffered a final characterized by some hitches. Other protagonists of the weekend such as Zhenrui Chi (Beyond Racing - KR - TM Racing), 24th after retiring from Super Heat B following a contact, and Lewis Wherrell (Forza Racing - Exprit - TM Racing), 32nd and author of the fastest lap of the entire event, are delayed by some penalties. Friday poleman Kian Fardin, Thomas Strauven (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - LN - Vortex) and Scott Lindblom (CRG - CRG - TM Racing), who withdraws from the race after having moved up to third on the first lap, are even forced to retire.


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