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WSK Final Cup rd 2, Lonato: heats – The leaders are Maragliano (KZ2), Turney (OK), Ramaekers (OKJ) and Cosma-Cristofor (MINI)
Luca Basso
12 November 2022

[Translated with Google]

Activity continues on the track for the Round 2 of the WSK Final Cup on the South Garda Karting in Lonato (Italy). 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 then decided.

KZ2: Alex Maragliano maintains the leadership

Tires: Vega

  • After three qualifying heats, Alex Maragliano (Maranello SRP Factory Team - Maranello - TM Racing) and Cristian Bertuca (Birel Art Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing) find themselves with the same penalty points (8), both with a win. However, yesterday's pole position in qualifying rewards Maragliano still at the top of the intermediate classification, with Bertuca still positive in second position.

  • Slavik Putiatin (LA Motorsport - Intrepid - TM Racing) surprises with two second positions. The Ukrainian enters the Top 3 and precedes Alexander Schmitz (Alexander Schmitz - Tony Kart - Vortex), fourth, and Thomas Imbourg (CPB Sport - Sodikart - TM Racing), fifth.

  • Noah Milell (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) goes from 12th to sixth position and improves his chances of playing for the title tomorrow. Behind him is Marek Skrivan (Sumako IPK Racing - IPK - TM Racing), second in yesterday's qualifying.

  • Even Emilien Denner (Sodikart - Sodikart - TM Racing) is able to recover some positions in the standings and is currently eighth. Alexander Schmitz (Alexander Schmitz - Tony Kart - Vortex) also did well, eighth. Daniel Vasile (DR - DR - Modena Engine) also did well, ninth.

  • Both retired in Friday's heats, Giuseppe Palomba (Birel Art Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing) and Senna Van Walstijn (Sodikart - Sodikart - TM Racing) make up for today: the Italian wins twice and is tenth, while the he current championship leader collects a victory and a second position useful to finish 13th.

  • William Lanzeni (William Lanzeni - EKS - TM Racing) is on the edge of the Top 10, 11th, while Alessio Piccini (Birel Art Racing KSW - Birel Art - TM Racing) conquers the 12th position.

  • Reigning European KZ2 champion Tom Leuillet (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) passes from 20th position to 17th position. Matteo Viganò (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel Art - TM Racing) follows the Frenchman in 18th position.


OK: JJoseph Turney goes on the counterattack

Tires: LeCont

  • Sarno gave him an unsatisfactory finish, but Joseph Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) is ready to take revenge. The British, reigning champion of the WSK Super Master Series, puts all his experience on the field and with a scoreboard made up of a victory, a second position, a fourth position and a fastest lap, he takes the lead in the intermediate classification.

  • In his third race in OK, Dmitry Matveev (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) already seems to be at his ease among the "greats". The KR Motorsport standard bearer, twice second in the heats, grabs the second position.

  • Maksim Orlov (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) finishes the three qualifying heats always in the Top 5 and, from 17th position, goes straight to third position. Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), 4th, and Nathan Tye (Sodikart - Sodikart - TM Racing), 5th, complete the ranking of the top five.

  • Excellent results also by James Egozi (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) and Maksimilian Popov (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex), with the American sixth and the standard bearer of Koski Motorsport seventh.

  • A win and a third position for Alex Powell (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) in the qualifying heats, but the Jamaican pays the price with a 12th position in the heat C-D and remains firmly eighth in the standings.

  • Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing) appears in the Top 10 thanks to a comeback from 27th to ninth. Despite two victories, a retirement in heat A-C plunges poleman David Walther (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex) to tenth position.

  • At the foot of the Top 10 we find Martin Molnar (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing), ahead of Lucas Fluxa (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 12th, Gustaw Wisniewski (Forza Racing - Exprit - TM Racing), 13th, Thomas Strauven (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - LN - Vortex), 14th, Oscar Pedersen (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex), 15th, and René Lammers (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), 16th.


OKJ: four out of four wins for Thibaut Ramaekers

Tires: Vega

  • After yesterday's first pole position he could run into some mistakes of his youth, instead Thibaut Ramaekers (VDK Racing - KR - IAME) shines with his maturity and signs four solid victories in as many heats. As a result, the Belgian maintains the first position in the intermediate ranking.

  • A more than positive response also from Emanuele Olivieri (IPK Official Racing Team - IPK - TM Racing). The winner of the first round from Sarno scores three wins and a fastest lap, as well as a third position, in the qualifying heats and climbs second in the standings.

  • Remarkable comebacks by Zhenrui Chi (Beyond Racing Team - KR - TM Racing), Simon Rechenmacher (TB Racing Team - KR - IAME) and Alp Hasan Aksoy (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex). Twice second and twice third in the heats, who earns eight positions and is third; with a second position as best result, Rechnmacher moves up nine positions and is fourth; finally, Aksoy is second twice and once third, so much so that he gains 17 positions and finishes sixth. In the middle we find Oliver Kinnmark (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex), fifth.

  • Two Top 3s do not allow Sebastian Lehtimaki (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex) to remain second and the Finn drops to seventh position. Behind him we find the reigning world champion Enzo Tarnvanichkul (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), eighth.

  • Certainly among the best climbers of the day are Salim Hanna (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - LN - Vortex) and Miguel Costa (Sauber Academy - KR - IAME). The Colombian, champion of the recent WSK Open Cup, goes from 36th to ninth, while the Brazilian from 45th to 10th.

  • Oleksandr Bondarev (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - LN - Vortex) falls, 11th, followed by Alfie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - LN - Vortex), 12th, and Michael Ider CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing), 13th .

  • In contention for the title, Aleksandr Bogunovic (DPK Racing - KR - IAME) does not give up and climbs 32 positions, finishing 14th. Championship leader Zac Drummond (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) is just behind the Slovenian, 15th.

  • The ranking continues with Kirill Dzitiev (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex), 16th, Christian Costya (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), 17th, Taym Saleh (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 18th, Scott Kin Lindblom (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing), 19th, and David Cosma-Cristofor (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - LN - Vortex), 20th and forced to retire from the A-D heat.


MINI: Bogdan Cosma-Cristofor overtakes Filippo Sala

Tires: Vega

  • The leadership of MINI is disputed between Bogdan Cosma-Cristofor (Babyrace Driver Academy - Parolin - IAME) and Filippo Sala (Team Driver Racing Kart - KR - IAME). The Romanian driver scores five wins out of six heats and beats the Italian by just one penalty point: in fact, the author of the pole position wins four times but finishes second twice.

  • Cosma-Cristofor's overtaking moves Dean Hoogendoorn (Alonso Kart by Kidix - Alonso Kart - IAME) back one position, third with three wins, and Iskender Zulfikari (Babyrace Driver Academy - Parolin - IAME), fourth with three wins. The Top 5 is completed with William Calleja (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), fifth also thanks to two first places.

  • Noah Baglin (IKART - KR - IAME), sixth, is the one who gains more positions (+9) among the drivers classified within the Top 10, Augustus Toniolo (Team Driver Racing Kart - KR - IAME) follows the British in seventh position, ahead of Bosco Arias (Alonso Kart by Kidix - Alonso Kart - IAME), eighth, Riven Esteves (Babyrace Driver Academy - Parolin - IAME), ninth, and Qarrar Firhand (Alonso Kart by Kidix - Alonso Kart - IAME), tenth.

  • Bruno Gryc (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) is close to the Top 10, 11th, while his teammate Manuel Miguez (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) loses four positions and falls 12th. Current championship leader Gianmatteo Rousseau (Alonso Kart by Kidix - Alonso Kart - IAME) remedies 13th position, with title rival Vladimir Ivannikov (Gamoto - EKS - TM Racing) right behind in 14th position. Lorenzo D’Amico (IPK Official Racing Team - IPK - TM Racing) closes the Top 15.


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