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WSK Euro Series rd 1, Franciacorta: heats – The leaders are Nakamura Berta (OK), Saleh (OKJ), Yildirim (OK-N and OKN-J), Cosma-Cristofor (MINI Gr.3) and Miron Lorente (MINI Gr.3 U10)
Luca Basso
02 September 2023

[Translated with Google]

Track activity continues for Round 1 of the WSK Euro Series at the Franciacorta Karting Track in Castrezzato (Italy). After the first day of Friday, in which the qualifying and the first elimination heats took place, all the remaining heats for the six categories present in the race took place on Saturday: OK, OKJ, OK-N, OKNJ, MINI Gr.3 and MINI Gr.3 U10. The starting grids for Sunday's pre-finals were therefore decided.

OK: Kean Nakamura Berta always in the lead

Tyres: MG Tires

  • The exciting duel between Kean Nakamura Berta (Prema Racing – KR – IAME)  and René Lammers (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM) continues. Both drivers obtained four victories in the qualifying heats, but the Japanese collected another second place, unlike the reigning European champion who finished third in one heat. Therefore, the ranking always sees the 2021 OKJ world champion in the lead and the Dutch who is his first pursuer.

  • Attention, however, to Gabriel Gomez (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME), who forcefully recovered from 11th position to third. The Brazilian proves he has the necessary speed to battle with Nakamura Berta and Lammers.

  • Solid fourth position for Enzo Tarnvanichkul (Prema Racing – KR – IAME), also still in contention for the top of the standings. Behind him we find Kirill Kutskov (DPK Racing – KR – IAME), fifth, and a good Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM), who went from 15th to sixth.

  • Arthur Poulain (AKM Motorsport – KR – IAME) is stable in seventh position, but behind him is Fionn MacMaughlin (VDK Racing – KR – IAME), eighth and the only one to beat the leader Nakamura Berta in the heats. Miguel Costa (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – IAME) instead drops to ninth position.

  • Alex Powell (Prema Racing – KR – IAME) stands out with 22 positions earned and access to the Top 10. Instead, Eliska Babickova (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM) slips eleventh, while behind her are Sebastiano Pavan (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), 12th, and Nathan Tye (Sodikart – Sodikart – TM), 13th.

  • Dmitry Matveev (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 14th, also retreated, Ghazi Motlekar (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 15th, and Mattia Colnaghi (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME), 16th. The classification continues with David Walther (Koski Motorsport – Tony Kart – Vortex), 17th, and Andrea Dupé (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 18th.

  • Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – IAME) recovers 22 positions and is positioned 20th. Further back Joseph Turney (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 26th, and the reigning world champion Matheus Morgatto (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM), 33rd.


OKJ: Taym Saleh and Oleksandr Bondarev oust Scott Kin Lindblom

Tyres: Vega

  • Intermediate classification really enlivens that of the Junior category at the end of the day on Saturday. Thanks to a haul of four victories and a further result in the Top 3, Taym Saleh (Sauber Academy – KR – IAME) leaps into first position, while Oleksandr Bondarev (Prema Racing – KR – IAME) scores three successes and conquers the momentary 'honor.

  • Two victories and two fastest laps for Scott Kin Lindblom (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), but the Swede finishes second twice and third once: these results relegate the pole sitter to third position, behind the German and the 'Ukrainian.

  • Another Swede occupies the upper floors of the standings: it is Elliot Kaczynski (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex), fourth and with one victory under his belt. Tiziano Monza (Shamick Europe – Parolin – TM) records a first place, however he drops to fifth position.

  • Remarkable comeback by Lewis Wherrell (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM): the Briton goes from 25th to sixth, proving to be in good shape also through two fast laps in the qualifying heats. Even more considerable is the recovery of Thibaut Ramaekers (VDK Racing – KR – IAME), from 42nd to tenth: the Belgian also shows good pace, finishing the qualifying heats with three best laps.

  • The two teammates Davide Bottaro (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) and Maria Germano Neto (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) respectively occupy the seventh and eighth position. Ninth place for Jack Iliffe (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM).

  • Niklas Schaufler (DPK Racing - KR - IAME) is 11th. Space also for the Italians Iacopo Martinese (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) and Filippo Sala (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – TM), equally good at recovering respectively 12th (+17 positions) and 13th (+13 positions). Nice blow also for Xiaoyo Sun (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex), from 28th to 14th.

  • Followed by David Cosma Cristofor (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 15th, and Alfie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – TM), 16th. Two retirements made Christian Costoya (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM) relegate from eighth to 17th.

  • Dries Van Langendonck (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM), 21st, Salim Hanna (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – TM), 23rd, and Zac Drummond (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM), 24th, also climb up the standings. Stepan Antonov (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), WSK Super Master Series champion, crashes 97th.

  • Worth noting is a multiple accident at the first corner in which Roman Kamyab (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – TM) was also involved: the Briton, with pain in his right wrist, was transported to hospital and operated on.


OK-N / OKN-J: Bati Ege Yildirim is the new leader

Tyres: Vega

  • After obtaining the victory in Sarno in the WSK Open Series, Bati Ege Yildirim (Modena Kart – Parolin – TM) is a candidate as favorite for success in Franciacorta. The Turk wins twice in the qualifying heats and finishes third in the last heat: what is needed to obtain the momentary leadership.

  • Instead, Vladimir Ivannikov (Gamoto – Tony Kart – TM) remains in second position, first in the OKN-J category. Behind him we find Dean Hoogendoorn (AKM Motorsport – KR – IAME), third. Both are in their first experience outside of MINI.

  • Bruno Gryc (MLG Racing – Parolin – TM) and Asher Ochstein (CRG Racing Team – CRG – TM) occupy respectively the fourth and fifth position. Seventh Kais Aziza (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – TM), ahead of Gianmarco Cortopassi (Nicola Cortopassi – Maranello – TM): the Italian, author of the pole position yesterday, retired in the first heat, but won at least the third.

  • The Top 10 ends with Jesse Philipps (Kidix Driver Performance – KR – IAME), eighth, Vanesa Silkuinate (Gamoto – Tony Kart – TM), ninth, and Gianmatteo Rousseau Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – TM), tenth.


MINI Gr.3: it's Bogdan Cosma-Cristofor's turn

Tyres: Vega

  • Two victories and a third place are enough for Bogdan Cosma-Cristofor (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME) to take possession of the leadership in the intermediate classification. The Romanian precedes his teammate Bosco Arias Chavarri (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME), who went from fifth to second.

  • After the subdued qualifying, William Calleja (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME) recovered 18 positions in the standings and finished third. Maxim Bobreshov (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), Noah Baglin (iKart – KR – IAME) and Mariano Lopez (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME) were also fast: the first goes from 14th to fourth, the second from 11th to fifth, finally the third from 19th to sixth.

  • Seventh position for Cristian Blandino (CRG Racing Team – CRG – TM), followed by Ilie Tristan Crisan (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), eighth. Riven Esteves (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), ninth, and Ludovico Mazzola (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), tenth, complete the Top 10.

  • Poleman Pietro Bagutti (Gamoto – EKS – TM) retires in the first heat and this result contributes to his slipping to 12th.


MINI Gr.3 U10: Daniel Miron Lorente takes the lead

Tyres: Vega

  • He had shown to be very fast in qualifying and, also in the preliminary heats, Daniel Miron Lorente (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME) confirmed all his potential. The Spaniard makes no mistakes and, also thanks to a victory, is first in the intermediate standings.

  • Also  Niccolò Perico (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM) is able to climb into second position, as well as Henri Kumpen (Baby Race Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), third, and David Moscardi (AMC Tech Racing – Birel Art – TM) , fourth.

  • +24 positions in the standings for Oleksandr Legenkyi (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME), champion of the WSK Champions Cup, the WSK Super Master Series and the WSK Open Series. The Ukrainian precedes Antoine Venant (Kidix Driver Performance – KR – IAME), sixth, and Leonardo Gorski (Baby Race Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), seventh.

  • Julian Frasnelli (AVRacing – Parolin – TM) slips from first to eighth. Xavier Lazaro (DR – DR – TM) loses positions, ninth, while Edoardo Colucci (CMT - Parolin -IAME) climbs from 25th to tenth. Sebastian Eskandari Marandi (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) relegated 14th.


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