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WSK Champions Cup, Lonato: OKJ Final – Maiden WSK victory for a surprising Andres Cardenas
Mattia Livraghi
23 January 2022

[translated with Google]

Tyres: Vega

  • The outcome of the OKJ final could have seemed almost predictable on the eve of the race but instead the race offered great surprises. The first came from Andres Cardenas (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing): the Peruvian driver conquers his first success in OKJ and brings the Energy Corse team back to the top step of the podium. Starting fourth, Cardenas soon finds himself behind the leader Nathan Tye (Sodikart - Sodikart - TM Racing) and, with an excellent management of the brawl, overtakes him on the eighth lap and then takes off towards victory and crosses the finish line with more than two and a half seconds ahead of the direct pursuer.

  • Zhenrui Chi (Beyond Racing Team - KR - TM Racing) is also extraordinary in the melee, gaining eleven positions from the start and closing in second place a weekend that began with the 15th fastest time in qualifying. For the Chinese driver it is the first podium in OKJ.

  • Nathan Tye also wins the first podium in OKJ. The Sodikart team bishop sprints very strongly from third place on the grid and takes the lead, only to give in to the strength of Cardenas. The English driver proves to be very skilled in defending himself, responding to various attacks with intelligence and aggression, and finishes in third place.

  • Positive race for Miguel Costa (DPK Racing - KR - IAME) and Guy Elbag (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex), respectively fourth and fifth, both thanks to a comeback of three positions. Kian Fardin (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex) recovers 16 of them, making his sixth place on his debut in OKJ.

  • After being relegated from 10th to 14th place in the pre-final by a five-second penalty due to an incorrectly positioned nose, Aleksandar Bogunovic (DPK Racing - KR - IAME) gained seven positions in the final and finished seventh. An impressive comeback also for Kirill Dzitiev (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex), who left the scene on the first lap of the pre-final. The standard bearer of the Ward Racing team recovers 30 positions to take the final fourth place complete with a fast lap, only to be relegated to eighth place by a five-second penalty due to the nose being in the wrong position.

  • Mattia Colnaghi (Gamoto - Tony Kart - Vortex) and Taym Saleh (DPK Racing - KR - IAME) complete the top ten with convincing performances, which closed a weekend that began in the rear in a positive way.

  • 11th at the finish is Tiziano Monza (DPK Racing - KR - IAME), who occupies the second place in the first part of the race, but then loses positions in the most excited phases. Dinu-Sabin Stroescu (Gulstar Racing - KR - TM Racing) follows him, gaining 21 positions from the start, and Alessandro Minetto (Gamoto - Tony Kart - Vortex), tenth under the checkered flag but then penalized by five seconds due to nose in incorrect position. Martin Molnar (Team Driver Racing Kart - KR - IAME) is also deprived of his fifth place, receiving a ten-second penalty and finds himself 16th.

  • After dominating even the pre-final, poleman Dmitry Matveev (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex) slips fifth during the first lap and thus begins a complicated race, which between contacts and smudges culminates in retirement after a lap from the checkered flag. Emanuele Olivieri (IPK Official Racing Team - IPK - TM Racing) leaves the scene with him after fighting for the podium.

  • Two other protagonists of the weekend also concluded the race prematurely, such as Griffin Peebles (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex) and Andy Consani (Sodikart - Sodikart - TM Racing).


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