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WSK Euro Series rd 1, Franciacorta: qualifying – Pole position for Nakamura Berta (OK), Lindblom (OKJ), Cortopassi (OK-N and OKN-J), Bagutti (MINI Gr.3) and Frasnelli (Mini Gr.3 U10)
Luca Basso
01 September 2023

[Translated with Google]

After the summer break, WSK Promotion is back on track at the Franciacorta Karting Track (Italy) for the first round of the WSK Euro Series. The weekend kicks off with a good turnout of drivers in all four categories: 53 in MINI Gr.3 U10, 45 in MINI Gr.3, 103 in OKJ and 76 in OK. In addition, there are the new OK-N and OKN-J classes, respectively with 7 and 22 members.

The usual qualifications took place on Friday, and then continued with the first qualifying heats, which will continue throughout the day on Saturday.

OK: Kean Nakamura Berta duels with René Lammers

Tyres: MG Tires

  • An immediately fiery challenge starting from qualifying between Kean Nakamura Berta (Prema Racing – KR – IAME) and René Lammers (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM), the last two European champions in 2022 and 2023 respectively. The Japanese recorded a time of 46.976 in the first group and obtains the pole position, while the Dutchman stops at 47.082 seconds in group 2 and is positioned behind his rival in the combined classification.

  • Exploit by Andrea Dupé (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), leading group 3 (47.094 seconds) and third classified. Fourth position for the reigning OKJ world champion Enzo Tarnvanichkul (Prema Racing – KR – IAME), followed by a fast Eliska Babickova (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM), fifth.

  • At the top of the classification we also find Kirill Kutskov (DPK Racing – KR – IAME), sixth, Arthur Poulain (AKM Motorsport – KR – IAME), seventh, and Miguel Costa (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM), eighth. Despite an accident in free practice, Dmitry Matveev (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) is ninth, ahead of his teammate Ghazi Motlekar (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), tenth.

  • The European vice-champion Gabriel Gomez (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME) closed the timed qualifying 11th, while Mattia Colnaghi (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME) placed just behind. The classification continues with: Luviwe Sambudla (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 14th; Sebastiano Pavan (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), 15th; Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM), 16th; David Walther (Koski Motorsport), 17th.

  • Change of colors for Emanuele Olivieri (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM), who moved from IPK to Birel Art. The Italian is 19th at the end of qualifying. Joseph Turney (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) starts his weekend with the 24th position, with Nathan Tye (Sodikart – Sodikart – TM) behind him, 25th. More delayed Alex Powell (Prema Racing – KR – IAME), 32nd.

  • Many other names are also behind: Louis Iglesias (CRG Racing Team) is 48th, Jan Przyrowski (Tony Kart Racing Team) is 51st, the reigning world champion Matheus Morgatto (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM) is 54th , finally Luigi Coluccio (Tony Kart Racing Team) is 55th.


OKJ: Scott Kin Lindblom in front of everyone

Tyres: Vega

  • First career pole position in Junior for Scott Kin Lindblom (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), able to set the record time of 48.589 seconds in the session reserved for group 2. The Swede beats the competition from Niklas Schaufler (DPK Racing – KR – IAME), the fastest in group 1 in 48.615 seconds, and by Tiziano Monza (Shamick Europe – Parolin – TM), leading group 3 in 48.749 seconds. Curiously, three different chassis-engine combinations occupy the first three places in the ranking.

  • Taym Saleh (Sauber Academy – KR – IAME) remains a long way behind Lindblom (122 thousandths of a second separating him from the poleman) and finishes second in group 2, fourth in the combined standings. Despite a good time of 48.667 seconds in group 3, Elliot Kaczynski (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex) is fifth overall.

  • Lewis Francis (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) is sixth, ahead of the European champion Oleksandr Bondarev (Prema Racing – KR – IAME), in his first official presence with the Prema Racing colours. Eighth position for Christian Costoya (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM), while the Top 10 is closed by Enzo Nienkotter (CRG Racing Team – CRG – TM), ninth, and Kirill Dzitiev (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), tenth.

  • Jack Iliffe (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM) came close to finishing in the top ten, 11th. Immediately behind we find two girls: Luna Fluxá (Prema Racing – KR – IAME), twelfth, and Maria Germano Neto (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), thirteenth.

  • Further behind were David Cosma Cristofor (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 24th, Lewis Wherrell (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM), 25th, and Filippo Sala (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – TM), 26th. Back also Iacopo Martinese (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 29th, as well as Dries Van Langendonck (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM), 33rd.


OK-N / OKN-J: Gianmarco Cortopassi in pole position

Tyres: Vega

  • Also in their second appearance in the WSK Promotion championships, the two OK-N and OKN-J categories are merged for the whole weekend. Gianmarco Cortopassi (Nicola Cortopassi – Maranello – TM) stands out in front of everyone in qualifying with a time of 49.185 seconds.

  • Two entered in OKN-J finished behind Cortopassi: they are Vladimir Ivannikov (Gamoto – Tony Kart – TM), second, and Bruno Gryc (MLG Racing – Parolin – TM), third. Fourth time for Bati Ege Yildirim (Modena Kart – Parolin – TM) of OK-N, followed by Dean Hoogendoorn (AKM Motorsport – KR – IAME), fifth, and by Cristian Tonalini (Tona Racing Kart – Tony Kart – TM), sixth .

  • Among the top ten we also find Jesse Philipps (Kidix Driver Performance – KR – IAME), seventh, Iskender Zulfikari (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – TM), eighth, Vanesa Silkuinate (Gamoto – Tony Kart – TM), ninth, and Wiktor Stalmach (CMT – Tony Kart – TM), tenth.

  • Curiously in the background the rest of the participants in OK-N: looking down the standings, the first is Roberto Nali (Roberto Nali – Maranello – TM), 22nd.


MINI Gr.3: Pietro Bagutti sounds the charge.

Tyres: Vega

  • Performance to remember by Pietro Bagutti (Gamoto – EKS – TM), in pole position thanks to the time of 54.382 seconds set in group 1. The Italian therefore precedes Bogdan Cosma Cristofor (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME), first in group 2 in 54.515 seconds, in the combined standings.

  • Riven Esteves (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME) takes third place, while Gioele Girardello (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM) is fourth. Fifth position for Bosco Arias Chavarri (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME), followed by Bruno Priam (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM), sixth, and Ludovico Mazzola (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), seventh.

  • Alessandro Truchot (AVRacing – Parolin – IAME) is eighth at the end of timed qualifying, ahead of Valerio Viapiana (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME), ninth, and Devin Walz (Baby Race Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), tenth. Noah Baglin (iKart – KR – IAME) is just outside the Top 10, 11th. Further behind William Calleja (Baby Race Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), 21st.


MINI Gr.3 U10: coup by Julian Frasnelli

Tyres: Vega

  • Julian Frasnelli (AVRacing – Parolin – IAME) stands out in front of everyone in the smallest class, with the Italian capable of recording the best time of 54.650 seconds in group 1. Nothing to do for Daniel Miron Lorente (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME), leading group 2 (54.971 seconds) but second in the combined standings.

  • Third place for Sebastian Eskandari Marandi (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), winner of the WSK Super Cup by MINI in June. Behind him we find Lorenzo Di Pietrantonio (Baby Race Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), fourth, and Xavier Lazaro (DR – DR – TM), fifth.

  • Sixth position for Niccolò Perico (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM), while behind are Leonardo Gorski (Baby Race Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), seventh, and Henri Kumpen (Baby Race Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), eighth. The Top 10 also sees David Moscardi (AMC Tech Racing – Birel Art – TM), ninth, and Mark Martin Loomets (AMC Tech Racing – Birel Art – TM), tenth.


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