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WSK Open Cup, Lonato: OK Final – Masterpiece by an astonishing Tomass Stolcermanis
Mattia Livraghi
02 October 2022

[translated with Google]

Tyres: LeCont

  • It seems that Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing) gets froth at the mouth when the chance to win presents itself. After gaining third place in a pre-final full of twists and turns, the Energy Corse team driver parades second when the traffic lights go out and then immediately attacks David Walther (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex) at the third corner, taking the lead in the racing with a maneuver that exudes the sporting aggression necessary to establish itself in motorsport. Although not very fast, the young Latvian takes advantage of the brawl that animates the race behind him to fly away, but still finds himself having to deal with an arrembante Oscar Pedersen (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex). Stolcermanis drives with his heart and withstands the pressure of the opponent, winning a victory with a special flavor and climbing for the first time on a podium with the WSK logo.

  • Oscar Pedersen also gets his first WSK podium, who has to be satisfied with the place of honor and confirms himself as an absolute star of the category after winning the bronze medal at the world championship two weeks ago. The driver of the Ward Racing team starts from the fifth position on the grid and proves to be shrewd in climbing to second position during the third lap, but accuses a gap of two seconds from the leader. The Swedish standard bearer mends the gap thanks to a remarkable pace and passes under the checkered flag just a tenth behind Stolcermanis, but without being able to overtake. Pedersen suffers from a slight overheating of his rear tires after having pushed his vehicle to the limit in the first part of the race and in fact his performances seem to plafonise slightly when he reaches the rival of the Energy Corse team.

  • Gabriel Gomez (CRG Racing Team - CRG - IAME) completes the trio of the “first times”, climbing for the first time on a WSK podium. Starting sixth, the CRG Racing Team driver faces a complicated start and then pulls himself up to third place on lap four. The young Brazilian proves to be particularly fast in the second half of the final and crosses the finish line just half a second behind Pedersen. Gomez alludes to the fact that he probably could have improved his result if he had had a couple of more laps available.

  • It is a bitter final, however, for Sebastiano Pavan (Forza Racing - Exprit - TM Racing), relegated from fourth to 12th by a five-second penalty due to the nose being in the wrong position after competing for the podium in the initial phase of the race. The driver of the Forza Racing team received the same penalty in the pre-final, thus seeing the victory fade and handing it over to David Walther.

  • The driver who inherits the fourth place is Alex Powell (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), who gains ten positions from the start. The pupil Mercedes accuses an excited pre-final, which sees him spinning at the second corner following a rear-end collision and recovering to ninth place, only to be relegated to the 14th by a five-second penalty due to the nose being in the wrong position. The current European vice-champion precedes James Egozi (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) and David Walther, who lose ground after starting from the front row.

  • Kirill Kutskov (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) puts the icing on the cake to an excellent debut weekend in the premier category of single-speed karting with seventh place and is followed by another outstanding rookie Jan Przyrowski (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), eighth and author of the fastest lap. After being involved in the accident at the start of the prefinal, still managing to restart and sign the best lap even on that occasion, the fresh champion of the WSK Euro Series in the OKJ category stages an extraordinary comeback of 14 positions and is the only rider able to go below the 46-second barrier in his lap times.

  • Luka Sammalisto (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) also gains eight positions from the start, ninth. Friday's poleman finishes just ahead of a surprising rookie such as Thomas Strauven (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - LN - Vortex), tenth, and the young Mercedes rookie Yuanpu Cui (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), who slips to 11th place after finishing the heats as leader.

  • Kiano Blum (DPK Racing - KR - IAME), 13th, Dmitry Matveev (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex) closed the top 15 thanks to convincing performances, who sealed his first weekend in OK with a 14th place and a comeback 14 positions after retiring from the pre-final due to an accident at the start, and Gustaw Wisniewski (Forza Racing - Exprit - TM Racing), 15th. The Forza Racing team driver precedes three rookies with great potential such as last year's Final Cup winner in the OKJ category Lucas Fluxa (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 16th, the reigning OKJ European champion Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), 17th, and Nathan Tye (Sodikart - Sodikart - TM Racing), relegated from 13th to 18th place by a five-second penalty due to the nose being in the wrong position. It should be noted that both Fluxa and Khavalkin complete a comeback of ten positions after retiring from the pre-final. Other drivers who gain ground are Simone Bianco (CRG Racing Team - CRG - IAME), 20th after being disqualified from the prefinal for having carried out a bad maneuver, and Maksimilian Popov (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex), 19th after having left the pre-final prematurely, but then relegated to 21st place by a five-second penalty due to the incorrect position of the front fairing.


©Photo: Sportinphoto

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