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WSK Super Cup by MINI, La Conca: heats – The provisional leader is Filippo Sala
Mattia Livraghi
02 September 2022

[translated with Google]

The curtain falls on an intense day at the International Circuit La Conca for the first edition of the WSK Super Cup by MINI. After qualifying, the MINI protagonists finish their Friday with heats, which will be completed on Saturday morning before moving on to the pre-finals.

MINI: Four victories for Filippo Sala, who takes the lead

Tyres: Vega

  • There seems to be a special feeling between Filippo Sala (Team Driver Racing Kart - KR - IAME) and the La Conca circuit. The driver of the Team Driver Racing Kart wins all of his four heats on Friday, proving to be mature and incisive on a track that is always particularly slippery. The young Italian therefore remains undefeated and makes him the provisional leadership in the general classification.

  • Iacopo Martinese (Babyrace Driver Academy - Parolin - IAME) also got a taste for it. After winning the WSK Euro Series just over a month ago, the Babyrace Driver Academy standard bearer is determined to reaffirm his state of grace. Although delayed by a complicated qualifying, the young Italian recovers at least four positions in all his heats, collecting three wins and a second place. Martinese was beaten only by Sala in their only direct match, at the end of an exciting challenge, and thus hoisted himself in second place overall, gaining 16 positions compared to the qualification.

  • An extraordinary Augustus Toniolo (Team Driver Racing Kart - KR - IAME) also gains 24 positions compared to the qualification, obtaining a victory complete with a fast lap, a second place, a third and a sixth. The driver of the Team Driver Racing Kart expresses excellent potential and occupies the third place overall.

  • Even Oleksandr Legenkyi (Team Driver Racing Kart - KR - IAME) and Keelan Harvick (Alonso Kart by Kidix - Alonso Kart - IAME) are in great comeback compared to qualifying, respectively fourth and fifth in the provisional classification. The driver of the Team Driver Racing Kart proves his constancy and ends all his heats in the top five, with three places in the top three. The son of Kevin Harvick, winner of the Daytona 500 in 2007 and of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2014, also grabs three places in the top three and wins his last battery of the day, setting the fastest lap too.

  • Also Dean Hoogendoorn (Alonso Kart by Kidix - Alonso Kart - IAME) wins one heat and boasts two other top three finishes, as he confirms himself at the top of the standings with the sixth place overall. The standard bearer of the Alonso Kart by Kidix team precedes a notable Iskender Zulfikari (Team Driver Racing Kart - KR - IAME), who recovers 16 positions compared to qualifying thanks to two third places, a fourth and a fifth.

  • Arjen Kraeling (Alonso Kart by Kidix - Alonso Kart - IAME) also returns to the top of the standings, always crossing the finish line in the top five and boasting a third place as best result. The driver of the Alonso Kart by Kidix team takes eighth place overall and is followed by Christian Costya (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing). After collecting two wins and a second place in his first three heats, the winner of the WSK Champions Cup is forced to retire in his fourth heat following a contact with Ilie Tristan Crisan (Alonso Kart by Kidix - Alonso Kart - IAME) . The standard bearer of the Parolin Motorsport team launches the attack to climb to first position two laps from the checkered flag, but collides with his opponent's kart in defense and has to park on the grass, while Crisan closes the heat in second place.

  • It is a positive and growing balance compared to qualifying for Michael McGaughy (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), tenth overall at his first appearance in a WSK race and second in the A-C heats, Roman Kamyab (Babyrace Driver Academy - Parolin - IAME), 11th and strong of two places in the top three, and Bruno Gryc (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), 12th.

  • On the other hand, some positions are lost compared to qualifying despite giving encouraging signals Max Endacott (Babyrace Driver Academy - Parolin - IAME), 13th overall and third in two heats, Gianmatteo Rousseau (Alonso Kart by Kidix - Alonso Kart - IAME), 14 °, and Louis Cochet (Babyrace Driver Academy - Parolin - IAME), who completes the top 15.

  • Ilie Tristan Crisan (Alonso Kart by Kidix - Alonso Kart - IAME) and Filippo Pancotti (Babyrace Driver Academy - Parolin - IAME), respectively 16th and 17th in the ranking, recover some ground compared to qualifying despite being delayed by some penalties provisional. The poleman of the last round of the WSK Euro Series in Sarno precedes Jack Iliffe (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), skilled in gaining 35 positions compared to a qualifying that had not seen him score even a timed lap and even author of a third place in his first heat.

  • On the other hand, poleman Ludovico Busso (DR - DR - TM Racing) and Billy Jordan van Staveren (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing) seem more in difficulty than the qualification, losing positions in all their heats and closing the top 20 absolute.

  • Vladimir Ivannikov (Gamoto - EKS - TM Racing), 23rd total and relegated from third place to ninth in heat B-E by a three-second penalty received for having carried out an incorrect maneuver, Paolo Tizzano (DK Racing - Parolin - IAME), 26th and deprived of second place in his first heat from the disqualification received for trying to reposition the detached nose, William Calleja (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), 27th and third in his first heat but forced to skip his second battery, Riven Esteves (Babyrace Driver Academy - Parolin - IAME), 31st, Gaspar Benett (IPK Official Racing Team - IPK - TM Racing), 36th, and Ayour Achgare (Alonso Kart by Kidix - Alonso Kart - IAME), 37 °.

  • Worthy of note are the performances of Oliver Palocko (Babyrace Driver Academy - Parolin - IAME), second in his first heat and 24th in the provisional classification, as well as those of Jan Stencel (DR - DR - TM Racing), second in his last day battery and 28th overall.

  • It should be noted that a spectacular accident at the first corner of heat B-E causes the red flag. The drivers most involved and authors of a rollover are Michele Orlando (IPK Official Racing Team - IPK - TM Racing) and Leonardo Gorski (Babyrace Driver Academy - Parolin - IAME). Fortunately, no one suffered serious physical consequences and, following an amazing teamwork, both Orlando and Alessandro Truchot (Parolin Motorsport - Parolin - TM Racing), another young man stopped by the accident, were able to restart. Gorski, on the other hand, is forced to abandon his WSK Super Cup by MINI prematurely due to his shoulder pain. From TKART best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Provisional results

©Photo: Giovanni Cuna / WSK

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