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WSK Open Cup rd 1, Lonato: qualifying – Pole position for Palomba (KZ2), Coluccio (OK), Egozi (OKJ) and Bottaro (MINI)
Mattia Livraghi
17 September 2021

[translated with Google]

After the summer break and more than two months after the last round of the WSK Euro Series, WSK Promotion is back on track in Lonato for the first round of the WSK Open Cup. The championship opens with a large turnout of drivers in all four international categories: 101 in MINI, 71 in OKJ, 44 in OK and 33 in KZ2, for a total of 249 participants.

The usual qualifying sessions took place on Friday, before continuing with the first qualifying heats, which will end on Saturday afternoon.

KZ2: Giuseppe Palomba sets the pace

Tyres: Vega

  • The two-time Italian champion Giuseppe Palomba (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) reaffirms his speed on the Lonato circuit and signs the pole position thanks to a time of 45.512.

  • 58 thousandths from the Birel ART Racing driver is another star of the category, Danilo Albanese (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME).

  • At his debut in the top category of karting, Brando Badoer (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) amazes everyone with the third best time. The Parolin Motorsport standard bearer is immediately at ease with the gearbox in hand and escapes the pole by just 73 thousandths.

  • In fourth position is Stan Pex (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), who remains competitive and precedes an excellent Alessandro Buran (Renda Motorsport - Birel ART - TM Racing) by nine thousandths.

  • The fresh FIA Karting International Super Cup KZ2 runner-up Senna Van Walstijn (CPB Sport - Sodikart - TM Racing) closes a top six in just 96 thousandths. Immediately behind him, just over a tenth of a gap, is Leonardo Marseglia (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME).

  • WSK Champions Cup winner and European KZ2 champion in 2020 Viktor Gustavsson (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) wins eighth place. The driver of the Leclerc by Lennox Racing team is followed by David Trefilov (SRP Racing Team - Maranello - TM Racing), fresh from third place at the FIA ​​Karting International Super Cup KZ2, and by Adrien Renaudin (Sodikart - Sodikart - TM Racing), which completes the top ten.

  • Moritz Ebner (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) finished eleventh, just ahead of a surprising Nicola Rossini (SGrace - BRM - TM Racing). The two youngsters print the exact same chronometric reference and Ebner wins because his second best time is better than that of Rossini.

  • After winning the last round of the WSK Super Master Series right here in Lonato, Emilien Denner (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) finds himself 13th. The winner of the FIA ​​Karting International Super Cup KZ2 in 2019 precedes Laurens Van Hoepen (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) and Genis Civico (DPK Racing - KR - IAME), who closes the top 15.


OK: Luigi Coluccio is the fastest driver

Tyres: LeCont

  • Luigi Coluccio (Kosmic Racing Department - Kosmic - Vortex) highlights the excellent feeling he has with the Lonato track and takes pole position thanks to a time of 45.918 in group 1. The Kosmic Racing Department bishop trims 41 thousandths to Joseph Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), who confirms himself at the top of the standings with the third place overall. Just 70 thousandths from Coluccio, he completes a trident signed by OTK Artem Severiukhin (Ward Racing - Tony Kart - Vortex), still very fast and fifth in the general classification.

  • A surprising Rintaro Sato (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex) is imposed in group 2 with a 45.965 and thus obtains the second place overall, proving his continuous growth. The son of the former Formula 1 driver is just 17 thousandths ahead of Nikola Tsolov (DPK Racing - KR - IAME), who reaffirms his competitiveness with fourth place in the overall standings. Following them is another protagonist of the category, Tuukka Taponen (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), who finds himself sixth overall.

  • The talent supervised by McLaren, Ugo Ugochukwu (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), occupies seventh place overall thanks to another good performance. The WSK Euro Series runner-up is just ahead of Nicolò Cuman (Forza Racing - Exprit - TM Racing), who again demonstrates his speed.

  • Tymoetusz Kucharczyk (Birel ART Racing - RK - TM Racing) and Martinius Stenshorne (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing) close the top ten. The two Birel ARTs precede Zachary David (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) and Alexander Gubenko (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), who qualified 12th overall on his debut in OK.

  • Positive debut in the queen category of single-speed karting also for Matteo De Palo (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 14th in the general classification, just behind Bruno Del Pino (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) and just ahead of Liu Ruiqui (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME). First race in OK even for Gustaw Wisniewski (Sauber Orlen Karting Team - KR - IAME) and Mark Kastelic (Forza Racing - Exprit - TM Racing), respectively in 17th and 19th place.

  • Disappointing qualification for WSK Euro Series champion Arvid Lindblad (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 30th. Performance below expectations also for the fresh European KZ vice-champion Pedro Hiltbrand (Leclerc by Lennox Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing), 19th, as well as for Giovanni Trentin (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 28th.


OKJ: James Egozi leads the way

Tyres: Vega

  • James Egozi (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) continues to express his speed and starts the weekend with pole position thanks to a time of 47.452 in group 2. The Tony Kart Racing Team bishop beats by only 25 thousandths the European champion and reigning world champion Freddie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex), who finds himself fourth in the overall standings. Behind them Dmitry Matveev (Koski Motorsport - Tony Kart - Vortex) is confirmed as competitive, gaining the seventh position overall.

  • That Enzo Tarnvanichkul (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex) was a pilot with great potential was out of the question, but that he could take group pole and total second place in his first qualifying in OKJ was unpredictable. Yet the young Thai did it, surprising everyone with a 47,588 in group 3 and trimming 63 thousandths to Akshay Bohra (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), who returns to the top of the standings with the fifth overall position. Following them is Enea Frey (Ricky Flynn Motorsport - Kosmic - Vortex), who proves to be incisive and grabs eighth place in the overall standings.

  • Leading the way in group 1 is an extraordinary Martin Molnar (Revesz TRT KFT - KR - IAME), who prints a 47.634 and wins the third position overall. The Hungarian driver is just 17 thousandths ahead of Kean Berta Nakamura (Forza Racing - Exprit - TM Racing), sixth overall and immediately extremely fast on his return to the race after the accident in Adria in the second round of the WSK Euro Series. At 23 thousandths from Molnar is Tiziano Monza (Sauber Orlen Karting Team - KR - IAME), ninth in the general classification thanks to an excellent performance at his debut in the category.

  • An excellent Rene Lammers (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) completes the top ten and is constantly growing. Good performances also those of Luka Sammalisto (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 11th, of the fresh winner of the Academy Trophy Maciej Gladysz (Forza Racing - Exprit - TM Racing), 12th, of Douwe Dedecker (SP Motorsport - KR - TM Racing), 13th, by Enzo Deligny (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), 14th, and by Kai Sorensen (Forza Racing - Exprit - TM Racing), 15th.

  • The talent supervised by Mercedes and vice-champion of the WSK Euro Series Alex Powell (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME) qualifies 16th, just ahead of Ean Eyckmans (Kosmic Racing Department - Kosmic - Vortex), while the other young Mercedes recruit, Yuanpu Cui (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), is in 21st position.

  • Qualifying below expectations for Kirill Kutskov (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 27th, WSK Super Master Series champion Rashid Al Dhaheri (Ali Al Dhaheri - KR - IAME), 28th at his first appearance with the KR chassis , WSK Euro Series champion Harley Keeble (Tony Kart Racing Team - Tony Kart - Vortex), 30th, Coskun Irfan (KR Motorsport - KR - IAME), 31st, William Macintyre (Birel ART Racing - Birel ART - TM Racing ), 41st, Oleksander Bondarev (Andriy Honta - Tony Kart - TM Racing), 50th, and Francesco Marenghi (Team Driver Racing Kart - KR - IAME), 53rd.

  • Griffin Peebles (Team Driver Racing Kart - KR - IAME) and Matias Orjuela (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) make their debut in OKJ, respectively in 38th and 52nd place.


MINI: Pole for Davide Bottaro, the only one under the 53-second barrier

Tyres: Vega

  • Davide Bottaro (AVracing - Parolin -TM Racing) had already proved fast in the WSK races, but today he wanted to emphasize it even more clearly. The driver of the AVracing team takes pole position by force thanks to a time of 52,999 in group 1 and is the only one to break down the 53-second barrier. The young Italian trims 46 thousandths to a surprising Lorenzo Campos (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing), who qualifies fourth overall at his first appearance with the Energy Corse colors. At 64 thousandths behind Bottaro is Emanuele Olivieri (Formula K Serafini - IPK - TM Racing), who confirms himself at the top of the standings with the seventh overall position.

  • The fastest driver in Group 2 is Niklas Schaufler (Emme Racing - EKS - TM Racing), who with a 53.132 wins the second place overall. The standard bearer of the Emme Racing team precedes Iacopo Martinese (Team Driver Racing Kart - KR - TM Racing) by 53 thousandths, who is competitive in his first qualifying session with the KR chassis and finds himself in fifth place overall. Following, 69 thousandths behind Schaufler, is an excellent Oliver Kinnmark (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), eighth in the overall standings.

  • WSK Super Master Series runner-up as well as WSK Euro Series champion Christian Costoya (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) makes his intentions clear by signing the best time in group 3 thanks to a time of 53.339, which earned him third place absolute. The Parolin Motorsport driver beats an amazing Romeo Haag (Revolution Motorsport - Energy Corse - TM Racing) by just 36 thousandths, sixth in the overall standings. Good performance also for David Cristofor Cosma (Gulstar Racing - KR - TM Racing), who obtained the ninth overall position.

  • Dries Van Langendonck (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) completes the top ten and reaffirms his leading role at his first race with the Parolin Motorsport team. Just behind him a driver in continuous growth, Pietro Bagutti (Bagutti Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing), and another protagonist of the category, Lewis Wherrell (Team Driver Racing Kart - KR - IAME).

  • Filippo Pancotti (AVracing - Parolin - TM Racing), Kosei Oguma (Babyrace Driver Academy - Parolin - IAME), at the first appearance of the season, and Juliusz Ociepa (Formula K Serafini - IPK - TM Racing) closed the top 15.

  • Qualifying below expectations for the poleman of the last round of the WSK Euro Series Dean Hoogendoorn (Kidix - Alonso Kart - IAME), 22nd, Alfie Slater (Energy Corse - Energy Corse - TM Racing), 24th, and Jindrich Pesl (Babyrace Driver Academy - Parolin - IAME), who after winning the first round of the WSK Euro Series right here in Lonato finds himself only 32nd.


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