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WSK Euro Series rd 1, Lonato: heats - Leaders are Celenta (KZ2), Lindblad (OK), Deligny (OKJ), Schaufler (MINI)
Yanek Sterzel
10 April 2021

[translated with Google]

Activity continues on the track for the first round of the WSK Euro Series on the South Garda Karting circuit in Lonato. After the first day of Friday, in which the qualifications and the first qualifying heats took place, on Saturday all the remaining heats for the four categories present in the race were held: KZ2, OK, OKJ and Mini. The starting grids for Sunday's pre-finals were therefore decided, a day in which rain is expected.

OK: Lindblad is confirmed at the top

Tires: LeCont

  • Arvid Lindblad (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) after the pole position conquered on Friday in qualifying, is confirmed as the best even after the heats. The Red Bull Junior team driver wins two heats out of three and presents himself at the start of his pre-final tomorrow as the man to beat. Rain permitting.

  • Prefinal B pole position is anticipated by Joseph Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex). The reigning world runner-up never goes beyond the third position in the heats. In the last heat, which ends 2nd, I am penalized by 5 seconds and slips to 4th place in the general classification.

  • Luigi Coluccio (Kosmic Racing Department - Kosmic - Vortex) earns it. The Italian wins the last heat of the day right in front of Turney and tomorrow he will start from pole in pre-final B.

  • Followed, in the intermediate classification, in order: Ugo Ugochukwu (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), who also wins one heat and is 3rd; Valerio Rinicella (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), 5th and always growing; Norton Andreasson (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex), 6th; Bruno Del Pino (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), 7th; Brando Badoer (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), who despite a victory and a third place, pays a retirement in the B-C heat which is in 8th position in the intermediate classification; the two teammates, Rafael Modonese (DPK Racing - KR - IAME) and Nikola Tsolov close the top 10.

  • On the other hand, two leading names pay dearly for a retreat each yesterday: we are talking about Rafael Camara (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) and Tymoetusz Kucharczyk (Birel ART Racing - RK - TM Racing), respectively 19th and 11th in the intermediate ranking. The Pole, apart from retirement, did not go beyond 4th place in the racing heats. The Brazilian, on the other hand, was one of the best ever on the track, so much so that he also obtained a second place today and a victory yesterday. Too bad that on Friday in the race he won he was penalized by 10 seconds for an early start, finishing 12th. 


MINI: Schaufler unstoppable

Tires: Vega

  • Niklas Schaufler (Emme Racing - EKS - TM Racing) is practically perfect: the driver behind the wheel of the EKS chassis collects 3 wins and 2 second places that earned him pole position in Sunday's pre-final A.

  • In the pre-final B in pole position we find the fresco winner of 3rd place, in Sarno, of the WSK Super Master Series, Emanuele Olivieri (Formula K Serafini - IPK - TM Racing).
    Surprising is once again Christian Sanabria Costya (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing): the Spaniard climbs up from 22nd position in qualifying to third, even winning a victory.

  • Followed, from fourth to tenth position, by Griffin Peebles (Team Driver Racing Kart - KR - IAME), who wins one heat; Dries Van Langendonck (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing); Enzo Tarnvanichkul (Team Driver Racing Kart - KR - IAME), also winner in a heat as well as Matias Orjuela (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) and Tiziano Monza (Sauber Orlen Karting Team - KR - IAME), respectively in 6th place , 7th and 8th place after the heats in the general classification.

  • Jindrich Pesl (Babyrace Driver Academy - Parolin - IAME) pays heavily for a 25th place in one heat: yesterday's poleman is 22nd in the general classification, not far behind his teammate, reigning winner of the WSK Euro Series 2020 , René Lammers (Babyrace Driver Academy - Parolin - IAME)

  • Worthy of note is the excellent comeback of Alfie Slater (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing) who after 27th place in yesterday's qualifying, climbs back to 13th position thanks to a victory in the heats.


KZ2: A masterful Francesco Celenta takes the lead

Tires: Vega

  • After obtaining the second best time in qualifying on Friday, Francesco Celenta (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) conquers the leadership of the general classification thanks to two wins and a second place in his three heats. The Italian driver also wins a fast lap and these results will allow him to start from pole position in Prefinal A.

  • Pole-man Marijn Kremers (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) dominates his first two races of the weekend, but finishes third in his last heat and thus finds himself second overall. The Dutchman will still start from the first box on the grid in Prefinal B.

  • Excellent day for Riccardo Longhi (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), who recovered in all his heats, winning one and finishing second in the other two. With two fastest laps to his credit, the reigning WSK Euro Series champion will certainly be one to keep an eye on, considering that he will start alongside Celenta in Prefinal A.

  • Unchanged situation for Fabian Federer (SRP Racing Team - Maranello - TM Racing), who maintains the fourth position in the general classification thanks to a first, a second and a third place in the heats. The two-time European KZ2 champion will start from the front row together with Kremers in Prefinal B.

  • Emilien Denner (Intrepid Driver Program - Intrepid - TM Racing) continues to surprise. The French driver signs the fastest lap in one heat and thanks to a second place and two thirds he moves to fifth place overall, which earned him the start from third position in Prefinal A.

  • Paolo Ippolito (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing) also confirmed himself at the top of the standings, obtaining a second, third and fourth place. These results will allow him to start from the third box on the grid in Prefinal B.

  • Reigning world champion Jeremy Iglesias (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing) makes up seven positions with respect to qualification, who moves to seventh place overall and will therefore start fourth in Prefinal A.

  • Constant performance for Giuseppe Palomba (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), who finished one heat in fourth position and another two in fifth. The reigning runner-up of the WSK Euro Series is eighth in the overall standings and will therefore start fourth in Prefinal B.

  • Alessio Piccini (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) and Adrien Renaudin (Sodikart - Sodikart - TM Racing) closed the top ten after a positive day. Both are up two places in qualifying and will start fifth in their respective pre-finals.

  • Instead, he lost six places compared to the qualifying Viktor Gustavsson (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), who finds himself 11th overall. The WSK Champions Cup champion finishes third in one heat, even taking the fastest lap, and sixth in another, but is slowed by a five-second penalty in his first race of the weekend after crossing the line in fourth position. The Swede will try to recover from the sixth position on the grid in Prefinal A.

  • The top 15 was closed by Alex Irlando (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing), who recovered five positions compared to qualifying, Giacomo Pollini (NGM Motorsport - CRG - TM Racing), Laurens Van Hoepen (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) and Danilo Albanese (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), who earns seven places in qualifying.

  • Still below expectations Pedro Hiltbrand (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), 19th in the general classification, as well as Senna Van Walstijn (CPB Sport - Sodikart - TM Racing), 30th, thanks above all to the retirement in a heats.

  • Also in difficulty Matteo Viganò (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), who after setting the third best time in qualifying finds himself only 21st overall, also slowed by two five-second penalties. Simo Puhakka, on the other hand, recovers 15 positions, taking him to 20th place overall.

  • The driver who makes the best comeback is Leonardo Marseglia (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), who gains 18 positions in the general classification compared to qualifying and thus moves to 22nd place.


OKJ: Deligny makes no mistakes and is the best after the heats

Tires: Vega

  • Enzo Deligny (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) confirms that the pole in the Sarno final, in the WSK Super Master Series, was no coincidence: the Frenchman is the best after the heats of this first round of the WSK Euro Series, with 2 victories in assets.
    Surprising debut with Birel Art Racing for William Macintyre (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) who after the 2nd place overall in yesterday's qualifying, never goes beyond 4th place in the heats and also takes home two victories that allow him to start from pole tomorrow in pre-final B.

  • Matheus Ferreira (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) even wins 3 heats. Too bad for the 10th place in the last heat he ran (which ends with a penalty of 5 seconds), which ruins a sequence of practically impeccable results.

  • In fourth place overall we find Kirill Kutsov (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), followed by Harley Keeble (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) who climbs up to 5th position, from 15th after qualifying, thanks to a victory and 3 second places.
    Douwe Dedecker (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 6th, precedes Freddie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex), also able to win his last race heat and climb 12 positions compared to yesterday's qualifying.

  • Two heats victories also for Coskun Irfan (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 8th in the general classification ahead of Maxim Rehm (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex).
    Excellent comeback for Alexander Gubenko (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), 22nd in qualifying, but 10th at the end of the heats.

  • Less well went to Kean Nakamura Berta (Forza Racing - Exprit - TM Racing). The Japanese player wins a heat and never goes beyond the third position. Too bad for the last heat run in which he retires and relegates him to 11th position overall.

  • Similar fate for Dmitry Matveev (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 12th, Akshay Bohra (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 13th, and Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), 15th: for everyone a victory in the heats a negative result that makes them move back in the general classification compared to the positions they deserved.
    Guillaume Bouzar (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) slips from 3rd position in qualifying to 19th after the heats. It is no better for Gustaw Wisniewski (Sauber Orlen Karting Team - KR - IAME), yesterday 4th and today 24th.


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