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WSK Super Cup by MINI, La Conca: MINI Gr.3 U10 Final – Leonardo Gorski penalised, maiden victory for Sebastian Eskandari Marandi
Mattia Livraghi
10 June 2023

[translated with Google]

Tyres: MG Tires

  • The final disputed by Leonardo Gorski (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME) is bittersweet. The dominator of Prefinal B maintains his second position at the start, but soon receives a three-second penalty for having partially exited the corridor before the traffic lights went out. Despite feeling angry for having made a mistake, the current leader of the WSK Open Series takes the lead on the fourth lap thanks to an exemplary maneuver against Sebastian Eskandari-Marandi (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) and stays ahead of everyone until the checkered flag. Although the victory seems to fade away, the Babyrace Driver Academy driver consoles himself with the lowest step of the podium, which he wins by just three thousandths of a second ahead of Antoine Sylva Venant (KidiX Driver Performance – KR – IAME).

  • The success is inherited by Sebastian Eskandari-Marandi, who puts the icing on the cake to an exceptional weekend and thus scores his first victory in the international karting scene. After having also triumphed in Prefinal A, the leader of the heats starts impeccably from pole and demonstrates his maturity even when he is overtaken by Gorski. The young Australian follows his opponent like a shadow and only realizes he has won once he has crossed the finish line.

  • He passes third under the checkered flag and finds himself second following the penalty inflicted on Gorski by another protagonist of the weekend such as Maximus Unt (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – TM Kart). Starting from the tenth spot on the grid, Friday's poleman stages an amazing comeback and proves to be extremely shrewd in the brawls that enliven the race. The Ward Racing team standard bearer gains the podium right on the last lap thanks to a bold maneuver against Venant and even sets the fastest lap of the final to reaffirm his competitiveness.

  • They therefore have to settle for a top five finish after fighting for the podium throughout the race Antoine Sylva Venant and Henri Kumpen (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), respectively fourth and fifth at the end of an exciting duel. Despite being rewarded in this MINI ACI Karting National Trophy, both young drivers express their disappointment at having missed the appointment with the top three.

  • Another main actor of the weekend was also the author of a final slightly below expectations, Alessandro Truchot (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Kart), who slipped to sixth after slipping third at the start. The current leader of the Italian ACI Karting Championship precedes Edoardo Colucci (CMT – Parolin – IAME), who ends an excellent weekend on a positive note.

  • On the other hand, the comeback attempt of the winner of the WSK Champions Cup and fresh champion of the WSK Super Master Series Oleksandr Legenkyi (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME) is frustrated, who undergoes some hectic phases of the race and in the end retains his eighth position.

  • Drew Walz (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME) and Oliver Sini (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) recover several positions compared to the start, respectively ninth and tenth, while the reigning vice-champion of the WSK Super Master Series Daniil loses ground Kutskov (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), 11th.

  • The top 15 is completed thanks to remarkable performances by Antonio Ianni (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME), 12th, Ksawery Dudkowski (KidiX Driver Performance – KR – IAME), 13th, Xavier Lazaro (DR – DR – TM Kart), relegated from 13th to 14th place by a five-second penalty due to an incorrect maneuver, and Mattia Altieri (Maurizio Altieri – IPK – TM Kart), 15th.

  • David Moscardi (Racevent – Birel ART – IAME) and Niccoló Perico (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM) exit the scene on the last lap. It is also a bitter final for other protagonists of the weekend such as Julian Frasnelli (AV Racing – Parolin – IAME), demoted from 14th place to 21st by a five-second penalty due to the nose being in an incorrect position, Achille Rea (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), who receives the same penalty inflicted on Frasnelli, Albert Tamm (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME) and Orlando Rovellli (KidiX Driver Performance – KR – IAME), both involved in an accident at the start, and Alex Molota (Firefly Racing Team – EKS – TM Kart), forced to retire on the fourth lap after reaching the top ten in the initial phase of the race.


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