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Victory and podiums for Vortex in Genk
10 May 2021

OTK Kart Group's engines win in the OKJ class on the occasion of the first round of the Champions of the Future, with Freddie Slater and, including also the OK class, collect four podiums in total.

OK - The Vortex weekend, in the "senior class", immediately starts on the right foot: Luigi Coluccio (Kosmic Kart Racing Department) signs the second time of the group in the qualifying of a category which counts not less than 69 drivers at the start. After the heats Vortex’s final report further improves thanks to a group of 4 drivers who lead the top 10, ready to fight in the final stages of the weekend. Expectations which are not disappointed in the decisive race: at the starting grid of the final we actually find 10 Vortex DST engines, about one third of the grid. Among them, two are the OTK Kart Group engines getting on the podium: Tuukka Taponen (Tony Kart Racing Team), 2nd, who precedes his teammate Joseph Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team), 3rd place, both close to the winner. Edoardo Ludovico Villa (Exprit Racing Team) enters the top 10, as does Coluccio. Among the top twenty there are also Andrey Zhivnov (Ward Racing) and Caspian Hagman (Ward Racing). Going on with the ranking we find, in this order, Del Pino and Norton Andreasson (Ward Racing), while Artem Severiukhin (Ward Racing) does not finish the race.

OKJ - The weekend starts immediately with the best time in group 1 of the qualifying session for Julius Dinesen (KSM Official Racing Team). In the heats the Vortex DJT engines cross the finish line first on several occasions, with Dinesen and Harley Keeble (Tony Kart Racing Team). Freddie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport) only manages a second place in the eliminatory heats, but his good timings in the warm ups on Saturday and Sunday morning make it clear that he is one of the challengers for the final victory. And the decisive race actually begins with 13 Vortex engines on the starting grid, about a third of the grid: among these is the DJT that equips the kart of Slater, who expertly leads thanks to the pole position obtained in the pre-final. The English driver precedes another Vortex mounted on the Tony Kart of Harley Keeble (Tony Kart Racing Team), in 2nd position. The two British drivers cross the finishing line with a gap of 0.343. Maksimilian Popov (Ward Racing) hits the top 10, Dion Gowda (Ricky Flynn Motorsport) is close to it, Reno Francot (Exprit Racing Team) climbs 12 positions and finishes in the best top 15. The ranking follows with: Maxim Rehm (Ricky Flynn Motorsport), Julius Dinesen (KSM Official Racing Team), Alexander Gubenko (Tony Kart Racing Team), James Egozi (Tony Kart Racing Team), Joël Bergström (Kosmic Racing Department), Jan Przyrowski (Tony Kart Racing Team) and Oscar Wurz (Exprit Racing Team). August Therbo (Ward Racing) had to stop prematurely.

Press Release © OTK Kart Group

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