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WSK Super Cup by MINI, La Conca: MINI Gr.3 Final – A relentless Iskender Zulfikari writes another monologue
Mattia Livraghi
10 June 2023

[translated with Google]

Tyres: MG Tires

  • Not even the drizzle that descends on the La Conca International Circuit at the beginning of the final manages to put Iskender Zulfikari (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME) in difficulty, who is celebrating his sixth WSK title. The fresh winner of the Winter Cup and of the WSK Super Master Series is the protagonist of a spin in the warm-up lap, but manages to recover his pole position and sprint impeccably. Despite the raindrops intimidating him slightly, Friday's poleman as well as dominator of Prefinal A continues to dance on the Muro Leccese track and, after immediately detaching his direct pursuers, expresses disarming naturalness in managing his advantage. The reigning champion of the WSK Open Cup and of the WSK Final Cup triumphed in style, recording his best time on the last lap.

  • It is also a solo race for Keelan Harvick (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), who completes a one-two signed Babyrace Driver Academy. The son of Kevin Harvick, winner of the Daytona 500 in 2007 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2014, climbs from fifth place to second in just two laps thanks to an excellent start and then proves mature in facing challenging track conditions. After making his debut in the WSK panorama on the occasion of last year's WSK Super Cup by MINI, the young American confirms his excellent feeling with the Muro Leccese circuit.

  • Bosco Arias Chavarri (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME) also gains three positions compared to the start, who takes the third step of the podium. Despite slipping up to eighth place during the first lap, the fresh winner of the Andrea Margutti Trophy skilfully juggles the tussle and recovers with a series of exemplary manoeuvres. The Spanish rider expresses determination and courage in seeking the limit even in light rain.

  • The performance of Valerio Viapiana (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME) is equally remarkable, making him fourth thanks to an extraordinary comeback of 18 positions. Delayed by a technical problem in qualifying and even slowed down in one heat by another complication, the young Italian climbs from 22nd place to ninth in a formidable first lap and then follows Bosco Arias Chavarri like a shadow. Viapiana also tries to attack his teammate, but the Spanish rider resists on the outside.

  • He closes the top five and is awarded together with the first four in this MINI ACI Karting William Calleja National Trophy (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME). The winner of Prefinal B started well from the second box on the grid and maintained his position, but made a mistake on the second lap and was overtaken by both Harvick and Noah Baglin (IKART – KR – IAME). The Australian driver struggles to adapt to a slippery track and loses some ground, but then recovers and reasserts his role as the main actor after triumphing in the last round of the WSK Super Master Series.

  • Noah Baglin also concluded a weekend as protagonists, sixth after having fought for the podium in the initial phase of the race, and Devin Walz (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), seventh after slipping from third place to tenth in an excited first lap.

  • Francois Dario Kerdal (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME) completes the great comeback that began yesterday in the heats, gaining eight positions compared to the start to climb to eighth place. Ilie Tristan Crisan (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) and Zeyu Shen (AV Racing – Parolin – IAME) also return to the top of the standings, completing the top ten and being followed by a surprising Nicola Stanley (Gamoto – EKS – TM Kart), able to conclude in 11th place a weekend that began with the 26th position in qualifying.

  • He has to settle for the 12th place final Dean Hoogendoorn (KidiX Driver Performance – Alonso Kart – IAME), who slips from tenth place to 25th during the first lap. Although he is unable to replicate the podium obtained in the first edition of the WSK Super Cup by MINI last year, the fresh runner-up of the WSK Super Master Series as well as reigning runner-up of the WSK Final Cup still confirms himself as a main player in the category.

  • They recover several positions compared to the start and close the top 15 Athanasios Zachos (IPK Official Racing Team – IPK – TM Kart), 13th, Egon Pedrotti (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME), 14th, and Mariano Lopez (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), 15th and author of the fastest lap.

  • A weekend with a bittersweet taste ends instead, Riven Esteves (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), 18th, the current leader of the Italian ACI Karting Championship Vladimir Ivannikov (Gamoto – EKS – TM Kart), 19th, Zdenek Babicek ( TEPZ Racing Team – MS Kart – IAME), 21st, Marcell Zsebo (AV Racing – Parolin – IAME), 22nd, Nojus Stasionis (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME), 24th, Maxim Bobreshov (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), 32nd, Pietro Bagutti (AV Racing – Parolin – IAME), 34th, and Manuel Gayoso Miguez (Gamoto – EKS – TM Kart), 35th.


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