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WSK Euro Series rd 3, Sarno: heats - The leaders are Pedro Hiltbrand (KZ2), Nikola Tsolov (OK), Coskun Irfan (OKJ), Christian Costya (MINI)
26 June 2021

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Activity continues on the track for the third and final round of the WSK Euro Series at the Naples International Circuit in Sarno. After the first day of Friday, in which the qualifications and the first qualifying heats took place, on Saturday all the remaining heats were held for the four categories present in the race (KZ2, OK, OKJ and MINI) which decide the starting grids for Sunday's pre-finals.

KZ2: Pedro Hiltbrand gains the lead

Tyres: Vega

  • After the sixth position obtained in qualifying it was difficult to expect, but Pedro Hiltbrand (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) does this too: he closes in fourth place the first heat on Friday and is the star of the day on Saturday, winning both heats and always scoring the fastest lap. The standard bearer of the Leclerc by Lennox Racing team thus won the start from pole position for the pre-final.

  • Alongside Hiltbrand in the front row will be the reigning WSK Euro Series champion Riccardo Longhi (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), who finishes all three heats in second place and thus demonstrates his consistency.

  • Poleman Emilien Denner (Intrepid Driver Program - Intrepid - TM Racing) slips third in the overall standings. After dominating the first heat, complete with a fast lap, the driver of the Intrepid slips to fourth place in the second and finishes third in the last.

  • Thanks to two third and a fourth places, Simo Puhakka (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) is confirmed in fourth place, as is confirmed in fifth place by the vice-champion of the WSK Euro Series Giuseppe Palomba (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing).

  • After setting the second best time in qualifying, Laurens Van Hoepen (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) lost three positions in the first heat, which finished fifth, and three more in the second, which ended eighth. In the last heat the driver of the Leclerc by Lennox Racing team returns to fifth place, proving his speed. He will start sixth in the pre-final.

  • Alessio Piccini (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) gains three positions compared to the qualification, which moves to seventh position. Behind him is an excellent Fabio Bifulco (Fabio Bifulco - Intrepid - TM Racing).

  • Jamie Day (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) and Kajus Siksnelis (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing) complete the top ten, both losing two positions with respect to qualifying.


OK: Nikola Tsolov remains in the lead

Tyres: LeCont

  • Poleman Nikola Tsolov (DPK Racing - KR - IAME) keeps the first position tight even at the end of the heats. Thanks to two victories, complete with a fastest lap in both races, and a second place, the DPK Racing bishop will start first in Prefinal A.

  • Andrea Kimi Antonelli (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) completes a course similar to that of Tsolov, scoring two victories, complete with a fastest lap in both races, and a second place, just behind the Bulgarian driver. The Mercedes pupil is thus second in the general classification and will start first in Prefinal B.

  • Third overall is an excellent Tuukka Taponen (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), who confirms himself as competitive with two second and a fourth places, even boasting a fastest lap.

  • The Tony Kart standard bearer precedes another protagonist of the category, Martinius Stenshorne (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing). After finishing his first heat in seventh place, the driver of the Leclerc by Lennox Racing team finishes the other two in second position and proves to be very fast.

  • Luigi Coluccio (Kosmic Racing Department - Kosmic - Vortex) moves to fifth place. Thanks to a third place and two quarters, the Italian driver gains eight positions compared to qualifying.

  • Sixth overall is Arvid Lindblad (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME). The Red Bull Junior Team driver finished second in his first heat, but received a ten-second penalty due to an incorrect maneuver. The KR Motorsport bishop then recovered with a win and a third place in the other two heats. The winner of the first two rounds of the championship was the only one able to beat Tsolov and it will therefore be interesting to see what he can do tomorrow.

  • Behind Lindblad is an extraordinary Giovanni Trentin (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), who wins a third place as best result and recovers three positions compared to qualifying. Alfio Spina (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) earns nine, recovering in all his heats thanks to exceptional performances and concludes one in third place.

  • Brando Badoer (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) proves constant, maintaining his ninth place overall. On the other hand, Rintaro Sato (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex) and Joseph Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) lost three positions, who find themselves in tenth and 11th place respectively.

  • The top 15 in the overall standings are completed by Artem Severiukhin (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex), Cristian Bertuca (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), Norton Andreasson (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex) and the driver in orbit McLaren Ugo Ugochukwu (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), who gains nine positions compared to the qualification.

  • After setting the third best time in qualifying, Tymoetusz Kucharczyk (Birel ART Racing - RK - TM Racing) wins his first heat of the weekend, but retires in the second due to a contact on the first lap. The rider of the RK brand then concludes his last heat sixth and is 18th in the general classification.


OKJ: Coskun Irfan makes himself heard

Tyres: Vega

  • Coskun Irfan (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) close to the full result in the heats. Four wins and a second place earned him the first position in the general intermediate rankings and the pole position of the pre-final A on Sunday.

  • The only one capable of beating the Englishman is Alex Powell (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME). The little Jamaican recovers four positions compared to 6th place in qualifying and proves to be one of the most fit drivers this weekend.

  • Third place overall for David Walther (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex) who pays a sixth place in the A-C heats, but who nevertheless proves to be one of the fastest on the track, as already happened in the heats of round 2 in Adria.

  • James Egozi (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), category rookie, has so far achieved what can probably be defined as his best weekend of the season. The American is 4th and precedes Dion Gowda (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex).

  • Sixth place, with 8 positions recovered compared to the qualification for Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing): the Parolin driver precedes the championship leader Harley Keeble (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) who gains 6 positions compared to the 13th place in qualifying and never goes beyond fourth place in the heats, even winning one.

  • Keeble's direct opponent in the fight for the title, Freddie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex), is more in difficulty. The winner of round 2 in Adria pays a bad qualification that forced him to 35th position, but in the heat A-E he even wins the 3rd place and makes it clear that he is not totally out of the league for the championship. From him we have learned to expect everything.

  • An excellent Oleksandr Bondarev (Hota Andriy - Tony Kart - TM Racing) and Maxim Rehm (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex) close the top ten.

  • William Macintyre (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) only 14th, despite a second place and 3 fastest laps, due to a 13th place in the B-E heat.

  • Instead, Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) and Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse - Energy - TM Racing) try to straighten a totally wrong qualification. They recover 42 and 32 positions respectively, finishing in 30th and 33rd position.


MINI: An indomitable Christian Costoya takes the lead

Tyres: Vega

  • After the second place obtained in the second round, Christian Costoya (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) plays all the cards he has to aim for the title. The Spaniard, now third in the general standings, wins all the heats despite starting from fifth position on the grid and winning the pole position of pre-final A.

  • Second place for Jacopo Martinese (CMT - Parolin - TM Racing) who makes no mistakes and also scores 2 fastest laps, as well as totaling a victory and 4 second places.

  • The climber of the day is Vladimir Ivannikov (Drago Corse Racing Team - EKS - TM Racing), already on the third step of the podium at the 2nd round in Adria, who gains 19 positions and moves to third overall position.

  • Fourth place for the championship leader Emanuele Olivieri (Formula K Serafini - IPK - TM Racing), who wins 3 heats and scores a fastest lap. His closest rival in the title fight, Lonato first round winner Jindrich Pesl (Babyrace Driver Academy - Parolin - IAME), is just two positions behind, 6th.

  • To divide them in fifth place we find Alfie Slater (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing) who is becoming a constant presence in the upper areas of the standings.

  • Elliot Kaczynski (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - TM Racing) closes the top ten, seventh after recovering 12 positions compared to qualifying, Matias Orjuela (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), eighth, Oliver Kinnmark (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), ninth, and poleman Dean Hoogendoorn (Kidix - Alonso Kart - IAME), tenth.


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