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WSK Champions Cup, Lonato: OK Final – An extraordinary David Walther shines
Mattia Livraghi
29 January 2023

[translated with Google]

Tyres: LeCont

  • His day begins with a scare and ends with a joy. A kart leaks water from the radiator during the warm up and he goes off the track at high speed together with other drivers, but fortunately they all come out unscathed by the impact. Although he is thrown out of the kart and feels some pain, David Walther (Koski Motorsport – Tony Kart – Vortex) grits his teeth and, after writing a monologue in Prefinal B, he too triumphs in the final. Slipped into fourth position on the first lap following a complicated start from the outside front row, the Koski Motorsport team standard bearer recovered thanks to a remarkable pace and a series of exemplary manoeuvres. When he realizes he has the chance to win, the Danish driver expresses that motivation that makes the difference and takes over the race in the 13th lap. If seeing Walther extremely fast had almost become a habit, but he often seemed to lack that final touch to realize his potential, today the story is changing. With his helmet ruined by the accident that took place in the morning, the young man flies towards his first WSK-branded success.

  • He has to settle for the place of honor Martin Molnar (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM Racing). The fresh winner of the Winter Cup finds himself leading the race following the withdrawal of weekend dominator Dmitry Matveev (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), who was stopped on lap five by an engine failure which forced him to leave the scene when occupying first position with more than a second ahead of the direct pursuer. The bearer of the Energy Corse team maintains the lead for seven laps, but then has to give in to the fury of Walther. However, Molnar confirms himself as an absolute protagonist, thanks to the second consecutive podium on the Lonato circuit.

  • Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM Racing), who is now a constant on the international scene, also collected another podium on the Lonato circuit. The reigning WSK Open Cup champion climbs into second place on the first lap thanks to a start that demonstrates his competitive ferocity, but then he has to give way to both his teammate and Walther.

  • Kiano Blum (DPK Racing – KR – IAME) also showcased remarkable performances, finishing in fourth place another weekend experienced as a main actor after winning the bronze medal in the Winter Cup, Miroslav Mikes (Premysl Mikes – MS Kart – IAME), fifth and able to recover 13 positions since the start, Maksimilian Popov (Koski Motorsport – Tony Kart – Vortex), sixth and author of an extraordinary comeback of 17 positions, Marcus Saeter (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex), seventh at the start of his first full season in OK, the reigning WSK Final Cup champion in the OKJ category Emanuele Olivieri (IPK Official Racing Team – IPK – TM Racing), eighth at his first appearance in OK in a WSK competition, and Guillaume Bouzar (Koski Motorsport – Tony Kart – Vortex), ninth to start his first full year in OK on a positive note.

  • The top ten is closed by another promising rookie such as Zhenrui Chi (Beyond Racing Team – KR – TM Racing), followed by the exceptional squad and participant in last year's W Series Tereza Babickova (TEPZ Racing Team – Tony Kart – TM Racing), 11th, Joel Bergstrom (DPK Racing – KR – IAME), 12th, Dinu Sabin Stroescu (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 13th with a lot of fastest lap, and William Go (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM Racing), 14th in his first appearance with Energy Corse colors and in his first full season in OK.

  • On the other hand, a protagonist of the weekend such as Enea Frey (Beyond Racing Team – KR – IAME) is relegated from 15th to 18th place, receiving a five-second penalty due to the nose being in an incorrect position.


©Photo: Sportinphoto

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