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Road to the World Cup, Franciacorta: Finals – The winners are Apicella (OK-N) and Phillips (OKN-J)
Luca Basso
08 October 2023

[Translated with Google]

OK-N: Antonio Apicella’s undisputed supremacy

Tyres: Vega

  • He only missed pole position on Friday, but otherwise he was the undisputed dominator of the weekend: Antonio Apicella (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME) wins the first edition of the Road to the OK-N World Cup solo with an almost 4 second advantage over his direct pursuers.

  • Having dropped to 15th place in the intermediate classification on Saturday, Maxime Geley (Geley Christophe – Sodikart – TM) found an excellent pace on Sunday. In the final he battles from the first laps for the top positions, until he manages to consolidate himself in the definitive second place.

  • After the podium obtained at the WSK Euro Series in Franciacorta last month, Gianmarco Cortopassi (Maranello Kart – Maranello – TM) grabbed the third final position, 0.307 seconds behind Geley. Qualifying polesitter Francesco Marenghi (Modena Kart – Parolin – TM) outside the Top 3, fourth.

  • Great comeback in the prefinal for Edoardo Leo (Spino Project – KR – TM), from 20th to fifth. The Italian also finished the final in the same position, ahead of Edoardo Rovera (MLG Racing – Parolin – TM), who also did well to recover from 13th place to third in the prefinal.

  • The Top 10 also sees Federico Albanese (Italcorse Racing Team – Italcorse – TM), seventh, Filippo Parmeggiani (Parmeggiani Patrick – Tony Kart – IAME), eighth, Bati Ege Yildirim (Modena Kart – Parolin – TM), ninth, and Giacomo Maman (TB Kart Racing Team – TB Kart – TM), tenth.

  • Lamberto Ferrari (FK Motorsport – IPK – Modena Engines) immediately retired on the first lap due to a contact in the leading group. After the KO in the pre-final, Alex Machado (TB Kart Racing Team – TB Kart – TM) climbed up to 11th place.


OKN-J: Jesse Phillips wins a close race

Tyres: Vega

There is no doubt about who the protagonists of the final reserved for the OKN-J category are: Jesse Phillips (Kidix Driver Performance – KR – IAME) and Dean Hoogendoorn (AKM Motorsport – KR – IAME). Thanks to the victory in the prefinal, Phillips gains pole position for the last race, while Hoogendoorn - leading the standings at the end of yesterday - finishes fourth.

The result of the pre-final is decisive for the outcome of the final. At the start, Phillips firmly maintains first position, while Hoogendoorn struggles from the outside line but then manages to place second. Asher Ochstein (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME) and Bosco Arias Chavarri (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME) also join the challenge.

The four remain glued to each other, without however managing to annoy each other. In the end Phillips wins, with Hoogendoorn second, Ochstein third and Arias Chavarri fourth.

Positive fifth place for Bruno Gryc (MLG Racing – Parolin – TM), who finished 4.539 seconds from the top. Francois Kerdal (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME) is sixth, followed by Andrea Marsella (MLG Racing – Parolin – TM), seventh, and Felipe Reijs (AKM Motorsport – KR – IAME), eighth.

Extraordinary comeback from the back for Kais Aziza (Gamoto – Tony Kart – TM), from 35th to ninth. Also in the Top 10 is Gino Rocchio (DR – DR – Modena Engines), tenth.


©Photo: Sportinphoto

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