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Vortex: pole position and victory at Lonato Del Garda
30 November 2023

In the opening round of the WSK Final Cup at the South Garda Karting, the VTJ engine wins the OKJ category, while the VTS unit takes the second step of the podium in the OK final.

OKJ – The VTJ engine is the fastest - out of a starting list of no less than 90 drivers - in the "Junior" category, thanks to the pole position of Ludovico Busso (Ward Racing), whose time of 47.374 seconds will remain unbeaten for the rest of the weekend. In the subsequent qualifying heats, Vortex obtains a total of 4 victories, 5 podiums and 5 fastest laps, to which we add a success and a third place in Sunday morning’s prefinals.

From the first position on the grid, Sebastian Lehtimäki (Tony Kart Racing Team) is the number one candidate for the final triumph. The Finnish driver does not disappoint the expectations: he holds the lead in the very early stages of the race and, after momentarily giving up the lead in the following laps, runs steady in first place until the chequered flag. After showing himself in the eliminatory heats, Elliott Kaczynski (Ward Racing), on the other hand, obtains a top-ten finish to wrap up the weekend.

In the Top 15 we also find Busso and his teammate Endo Arata (Ward Racing), while Thomas Quince (Tony Kart Racing Team) completes a 10-place comeback. Also attending the final are Scott Marsh (Tony Kart Racing Team), Xiao Yu Sun (Ward Racing) and Davide Bottaro (Tony Kart Racing Team).

OK – Also in the "Senior" class, Vortex is immediately at the top. In the qualifying practice, the VTS engine records the best time in Group 1 with Sebastiano Pavan (Tony Kart Racing Team) and the third place in Group 2 with Luigi Coluccio (Tony Kart Racing Team). In the qualifying heats, the OTK Kart Group's "engine division" makes it a one-two finish and sets a fastest lap in heat B-C, while in the heat reserved to groups A and B we find two drivers in the Top 3 and another one who signs the best lap. Respectively second and third in Prefinal A, Coluccio and Pavan secure a place among the top three on the starting grid for the final.

At the start of the last race of the weekend, Pavan perfectly jumps and takes the lead of the race, after which he duels for the victory until the last corner. The Italian then finishes in second position, while his teammate Coluccio, slowed down by some brawls, ends the race in the Top 10. David Walther (Tony Kart Racing Team) climbs the ranking by 8 positions and enters the Top 15, in a final that also sees at the start Tiziano Monza (Tony Kart Racing Team).

KZ2 – Very fast and competitive right from the start of the weekend, our VTZ engine, reserved for the shifter categories, is first in Group 2 of the qualifying heats with Tom Leuillet (Tony Kart Racing Team). The French driver continues the event with a second place in the qualifying heats and a Top 5 in the prefinal, where he also sets the fastest lap. In the final, Leuillet is able to recover a total of 8 positions from the start and finishes in the Top 10. Remarkable comeback of 16 positions for Norton Andreasson (Tony Kart Racing Team), while Samuele Leopardi (Tony Kart Racing Team) is the third driver of the OTK Kart Group 'engine division' in the standings.

MINI Gr.3 – Leonardo Gorski (Tony Kart Racing Team) is the best Vortex representative in qualifying with the third fastest time in its group, after which the VTM engine achieves two Top-3 places and a fastest lap in the eliminatory heats. The final sees Ilie Tristan Crisan (Tony Kart Racing Team) as the leader, able to recover not less than 6 positions, finishing fifth in the race. Ludovico Mazzola (Tony Kart Racing Team) recovers 6 positions, while Gorski is slowed down due to several collisions.

MINI Gr.3 U10 – The VTM engine hits a Top-3 place in the qualifying heats with Lucas Bonhomme (Moni Nicolas), able of finishing Prefinal A in third position. The young transalpine driver, without any fear, also fights in the decisive final, finishing among the best top ten drivers.

 Press Release © OTK Kart Group 

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