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WSK Final Cup rd 1, Sarno: KZ2 Final – Masterstroke by an excellent Senna Van Walstijn
Mattia Livraghi
06 November 2022

[translated with Google]

Tyres: Vega

  • He seemed to be driving quietly over the weekend, but in the decisive moment Senna Van Walstijn (CPB Sport - Sodikart - TM Racing) gave vent to his sporting aggression. Starting from the second spot on the grid, the reigning WSK Super Master Series champion and winner of the WSK Champions Cup at the start of the season slips third at the start and proves to be extremely shrewd in taking the lead in just three laps. The CPB Sport team driver takes advantage of the brawl that takes place behind him to accumulate a good margin on the direct rivals, but is joined by Noah Milell (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) in the second half of the final. Van Walstijn holds up the pressure flawlessly and gives yet another show of strength, earning leadership in the provisional championship standings and showing himself hungry for a third WSK trophy in his 2022 year.

  • He must therefore be satisfied with the silver medal Noah Milell, who ends a weekend that started with some unexpected difficulties and climbs up to second place in the championship. Last year's KZ World Champion is astute in following Van Walstijn like a shadow to climb from fourth to second in just three laps and, despite being then hung up by both Giuseppe Palomba (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing ) and by Emilien Denner (CPB Sport - Sodikart - TM Racing), keeps cool. The Tony Kart Racing Team bishop returns to second position during the eighth lap and finds himself a second behind Van Walstijn, but manages to recover thanks to an excellent pace and to hang up on his opponent's bumper. The reigning KZ world vice-champion does not find the way to overtake his direct rival, but confirms himself as an absolute protagonist of the category and relaunches the challenge in the second round of Lonato.

  • A surprising Egor Nosov (IPK Official Racing Team - IPK - TM Racing) passes third under the checkered flag, making the most of the intensity of the challenges that animate the race. The Formula K driver is the author of an extraordinary recovery of seven positions and thus obtains his first WSK podium, further embellishing the day for the IPK Official Racing Team, winner of the OKJ final with Emanuele Olivieri.

  • End the weekend with a bitter fourth place for Giuseppe Palomba, who occupies the fourth place also in the championship. The reigning champion of the WSK Euro Series stages another feline shot from the third spot on the grid and immediately moves to second position. After revealing his annoyance over the defense of Emilien Denner, the reigning WSK Open Cup runner-up overtakes team CPB Sport's opponent on the second lap, but then has to give in to the fury of Senna Van Walstijn's other Sodikart. The driver of the Birel ART Racing team is then forced to deal with both Milell and Denner and the three drivers give life to an exciting challenge to the sound of overtaking and counter-overtaking. The intensity of the brawl reaches its peak when the poleman on Friday comes out slowly from the last corner, with an anomalous behavior, and Palomba joins him. The two main players of the weekend make contact and the reigning WSK Open Cup champion leaves the scene, while the young Italian returns to the track in fifth place. The winner of the pre-final Emilien Denner nevertheless retains the third place in the provisional classification of the championship.

  • The fresh FIA Karting World Cup runner-up Cristian Bertuca (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), fifth both in the race and in the championship, Matteo Spirgel (CPB Sport - Sodikart - TM Racing) recovered positions from the start thanks to remarkable performances. , sixth, and Thomas Imbourg (CPB Sport - Sodikart - TM Racing), seventh.

  • The drivers who complete the top ten with convincing performances are Jean Nomblot (CPB Sport - Sodikart - TM Racing), eighth and able to insert a fourth Sodikart chassis among the top eight, Ivan Ekelchik (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), ninth , and Tom Leuillet (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), tenth at his first appearance with the Tony Kart Racing Team. The reigning European KZ2 champion also signs the fastest lap, thus offering a small taste of his potential at the end of a complicated weekend.

  • Close to the top ten following a comeback of six positions Francesco Comanducci (Karting Club Cesano - Tony Kart - TM Racing), 11th, while Robin Glerum (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) is relegated from 11th placed 16th by a five-second penalty due to the nose being in the wrong position. It is a bitter final also for Slavik Putiatin (LA Motorsport - Intrepid - TM Racing), who loses seven positions from the start and closes a promising weekend in 12th place.


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