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WSK Final Cup rd 1, Sarno: OK Final – Maiden WSK victory for a stellar Yuanpu Cui
Mattia Livraghi
06 November 2022

[translated with Google]

Tyres: LeCont

  • It often came close to winning, but today Yuanpu Cui (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) wanted to grab it in style. The young Mercedes rookie sprints hard from fifth place on the grid and immediately climbs to third place, before moving into second position on lap three. The KR Motorsport team driver finds himself more than a second and a half behind Joseph Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) and manages to mend the gap thanks to an excellent pace, which sees him catching up with his opponent at the 11th lap. Friday's poleman tries to undermine the leadership during the 13th lap, but the Tony Kart Racing Team bishop shrewdly defends himself, conceding the external line to his rival and accompanying him off the line. The young Chinese thus suffers the overtaking of Alex Powell (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), but keeps his coolness and takes advantage of the close duel between Turney and his teammate to take the reins of the race on the penultimate lap and fly to success . Cui thus puts the seal on his first WSK-branded triumph and climbs to first place in the provisional championship standings.

  • Joseph Turney crosses the finish line in second place, but is relegated to tenth place by a five-second penalty due to the nose being in the wrong position. The dominator of Prefinal A is flawless in starting from pole and accumulates a large margin over his opponents in the first phase of the race, but seems to struggle in the second half of the final. After having defended himself very well from Cui, the reigning champion of the WSK Super Master Series is overtaken by Powell with three laps to go, but the Tony Kart Racing Team rider responds in the following round, hitting his opponent and thus paving the way for the Chinese driver. The winner of Prefinal B Alex Powell, on the other hand, gets the worst, leaving the scene in the last lap following a contact with Luka Sammalisto (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) and the fresh runner-up of the WSK Open Cup Oscar Pedersen (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex), both forced to retire. The Jamaican pupil of Mercedes nevertheless secures fourth place in the provisional championship standings, while Turney occupies the third position.

  • The silver medal is inherited by an extraordinary Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), who gains eight positions from the start and climbs to second place even in the championship. At the second race in the queen category of single-speed karting after finishing last year's WSK Final Cup in third place in the OKJ category, the reigning European OKJ champion expresses his skills and wins the first podium in the premier class of single-speed karting, complete with a fast lap.

  • A brilliant Jimmy Helias (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex) also takes the first podium in OK, who amazes at his absolute debut in the premier category of single-speed karting and moves to fifth position in the provisional championship standings. The French driver is the author of a mature race and with the bronze medal puts the icing on the cake on the first page of his history with the Ward Racing team.

  • Another exceptional rookie, Nathan Tye (Sodikart - Sodikart - TM Racing), fourth and with a surprising comeback of 17 positions, the fresh WSK Open Cup winner Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse - Energy) completed the weekend on a positive note. Corse - TM Racing), fifth, and Ean Eyckmans (EGP Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), sixth.

  • The seventh place is the prerogative of Maksimilian Popov (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex), who slips well from third place on the grid and climbs to second place. The reigning WSK Champions Cup runner-up also tries to find an opening to overtake Turney, but the Tony Kart Racing Team's standard bearer is the master and Popov is in turn attacked by direct rivals on the third lap. The bishop of the Koski Motorsport team confirms himself as an absolute protagonist and precedes two other main players of the weekend such as Guillaume Bouzar (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex), eighth in his absolute debut in the queen category of single-speed karting, and the winner of the WSK Open Cup last year in the OKJ category James Egozi (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), ninth.

  • They close the top 15 thanks to remarkable performances Rene Lammers (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), 11th in the first race in OK after winning both the WSK Champions Cup and last year's WSK Super Master Series in the MINI category, the fresh OKJ world runner-up Adam Hideg (Sodikart - Sodikart - TM Racing), 12th at his debut in the premier category of single-speed karting, Kirill Kutskov (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), 13th at his second appearance in OK after having won the bronze medal in the WSK Euro Series in the OKJ category, another amazing rookie such as the fresh European vice-champion OKJ and reigning champion of the WSK Euro Series in the OKJ category Jan Przyrowski (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), 14 °, and Gustaw Wisniewski (Forza Racing - Exprit - TM Racing), 15th and just ahead of another rookie with great potential such as Martin Molnar (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing), 16th thanks to a comeback of 12 positions.


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