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WSK Open Cup, Lonato: KZ2 Final – A relentless Emilien Denner puts the seal on a mighty race
Mattia Livraghi
02 October 2022

[translated with Google]

Tyres: Vega

  • After dominating the weekend, Emilien Denner (CPB Sport - Sodikart - TM Racing) slips third in the pre-final, but keeps his coolness and it is possible to read in his eyes both the calm and the energy of those who are aware of their potential. If in the first race of the day he had wanted to avoid taking excessive risks, at the cost of seeing the start from the front row vanish for the final, in the final race the French driver's approach is completely different. The reigning WSK Champions Cup runner-up immediately takes second place on the first lap thanks to a textbook overtake on Jeremy Iglesias (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing) and then surprises Giuseppe Palomba (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) with a breathtaking maneuver during the fourth pass. Mindful of the pre-final, in which the Birel ART Racing team bishop defended himself in an exemplary way, Denner opened his way using one of the few fast corners where closing the door risks being counterproductive. Friday's poleman kisses his opponent's side fairing and flies towards success, crossing the line with more than a second and a half advantage over his Italian rival.

  • Giuseppe Palomba must therefore be satisfied with the silver medal. Starting from pole following the victory obtained in the pre-final thanks to a lightning-fast start and impeccable race conduct, the reigning WSK Euro Series champion tries to repeat the feat in the final, but Denner proves unstoppable. Although with a bitter taste in his mouth for the faded success, Palomba admits to having given his all and confirms himself as an absolute protagonist of the category after winning two editions of the WSK Open Cup.

  • Daniel Vasile (DR - DR - Modena Engines) wins third place, gaining five positions from the start with a series of excellent overtakes. The driver of the DR team proves particularly lucid in withstanding the pressure of a Jeremy Iglesias stamped to his rear bumper for more than half the race and puts the icing on the cake to a weekend that started with the 19th best time in qualifying. The young Romanian admits to having made many mistakes on a wet track, but expresses his happiness for an unexpected final result, which sees him return to a WSK podium about four years after the previous one.

  • It is a bitter final, on the other hand, for Jeremy Iglesias, who escapes the podium by only 63 thousandths. After finishing the pre-final in second place, the CRG Racing Team driver is taken by surprise by Denner as he seems to be trying to attack Palomba at the start of the first lap and then loses ground following an intense duel with Paavo Tonteri (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing). The French veteran tries to resist the overtaking of his teammate on the outside during the fourth pass, but is accompanied to the lawn as he tries to defend his third place. Iglesias gets back in front of the young Finn on the seventh lap and quickly reaches a Vasile who in the meantime had risen to third position, but is unable to overtake him. However, the 2020 world champion reaffirms his class and captains a CRG trident completed by the reigning world champion Viktor Gustavsson (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing), fifth and author of the fastest lap after slipping tenth in the initial phase of the race, and Tonteri himself, sixth after competing for the podium in the first part of the final.

  • The top ten closed thanks to convincing performances by the fresh European KZ2 runner-up David Trefilov (Maranello SRP Factory Team - Maranello - TM Racing), seventh, Andrea Dalè (Andrea Dalè - CRG - TM Racing), eighth, Matteo Zanchi (Zanchi Motorsport - Birel ART - TM Racing), ninth, and Thomas Imbourg (CPB Sport - Sodikart - TM Racing), tenth.

  • Also ending their weekend on a positive note Slavik Putiatin (LA Motorsport - Intrepid - TM Racing), 11th, Natalia Balbo (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing), 12th, and Ethan Frigomosca (Nino Gerber - Maranello - TM Racing ), 13th, while staging an amazing comeback after retiring from the pre-final Paul Rieberer (Dorr Motorsport - KR - IAME), 14th, Jakob Bergmeister (DR - DR - Modena Engines), 15th, and Robin Glerum (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), 16th.

  • On the other hand, some main players of the weekend are forced to forfeit such as Daniel Stell (Dorr Motorsport - KR - IAME), who retired on the penultimate lap while occupying fifth place, Cristian Bertuca (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), stopped on the ninth lap by a technical problem related to the engine while he was 11th, and Andrea Bosetto (CRG Racing Team - CRG - TM Racing), who left the scene on the second lap while he was engaged in the fight in 14th position.


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