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WSK Super Master Series rd 2, Franciacorta: heats – The leaders are Palomba (KZ2, provisional), Walther (OK), Wherrell (OKJ), Baglin (MINI Gr.3) and Venant (MINI Gr.3 U10)
Luca Basso
18 February 2023

[Translated with Google]

Track activity continues for Round 2 of the WSK Super Master Series at the Franciacorta Karting Track in Castrezzato (Italy). After the first day of Friday, in which the qualifying and the first elimination heats took place, all the remaining heats for the OKJ and MINI Gr.3 categories took place on Saturday, while KZ2, OK and MINI Gr.3 U10 will play another heat on Sunday morning.

Dense fog during the warm-up interrupted track activity for an hour, forcing race direction to plan a new timetable for today and tomorrow.

KZ2: provisional leadership for Giuseppe Palomba

Tires: Vega

  • Taking advantage of a 3-position penalty inflicted on Cristian Bertuca (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM Racing) in the last heat, Giuseppe Palomba (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM Racing) could temporarily lose the first position in the intermediate classification. However, the Italian will have to contest the last heat tomorrow.

  • Instead, Tom Leuillet (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) completes three heats and finds himself second with 15 penalty points, two fewer than Palomba. The Frenchman will have to hope at least for a second place from Palomba.

  • Too bad for Cristian Bertuca (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM Racing), first without the penalty received in the last heat for incorrect manoeuvre. The WSK Championship champion and winner of the first round of the WSK Super Master Series still contests three heats and occupies third place, even if he has the same penalty points as Leuillet.

  • The riders from fourth to tenth position all competed in just two races. In order they are Emilien Denner (Sodikart – Sodikart – TM Racing), fourth and winner in heat C-D), Maksim Orlov (Modena Kart – Parolin – TM Racing), fifth and ahead of everyone in heat B-D, Riccardo Longhi (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM Racing), sixth, Marek Skrivan (Sumako IPK Racing – IPK – TM Racing), sixth, Alessio Piccini (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM Racing), eighth, Jean Nomblot (CPB Sport – Sodikart – TM Racing ), ninth, and Matteo Viganò (Leclerc by Lennox Racing – Birel Art – TM Racing), tenth.

  • Thomas Imbourg (CPB Sport – Sodikart – TM Racing), 11th, is the third driver in the standings with three heats disputed, but with 28 penalty points he must hope that all the drivers ahead of him finish beyond 12th place.

  • Of course, the one who has significantly lost many positions in the standings is Kean Nakamura Berta (Prema Racing – KR – IAME), 14th thanks to two subdued starts from the front row. The Japanese still shows excellent pace, but he will have to roll up his sleeves tomorrow.

  • 12th provisional place for Freddie Slater (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM Racing) with three heats disputed. 17th instead Alex Powell (Prema Racing – KR – IAME), also after three races, followed in 19th place by Alex Maragliano (Maranello SRP Factory Team – Maranello – TM Racing).

  • Disappointing Saturday for the reigning WSK Super Master Series champion Senna Van Walstijn (Sodikart – Sodikart – TM Racing), currently 26th. 27th Daniel Vasile (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM Racing), 28th Lorenzo Travisanutto (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing), 29th Samuele Leopardi (Zanchi Motorsport – CRG – TM Racing), 31st Pedro Hiltbrand (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM Racing).

Provisional results

OK: David Walther stays up front

Tires: LeCont

  • Two victories, a second place and a fastest lap are the booty of David Walther (Koski Motorsport – Tony Kart – Vortex) in the qualifying heats. plan.

  • On the contrary, René Lammers (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing) has yet to complete one heat, the one scheduled for tomorrow morning. At the moment, the Dutchman has one victory and a second place under his belt, as well as the same penalty points (5) as Walther.

  • Even Enzo Tarnvanichkul (Prema Racing – KR – IAME), currently third, is missing a qualifying heat. The reigning OKJ world champion signs two second places and if he finishes again in the same position he will be able to keep the third place in the intermediate classification.

  • Shimo Zhang (DPK Racing – KR – IAME) also did well, fourth but with one heat to go. Louis Iglesias (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME) is surprising in terms of performance, fifth in the provisional classification with three races held.

  • Also Kiano Blum (DPK Racing – KR – Iame), sixth, Marcus Saeter (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex), seventh, Simone Bianco (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME), eighth, and Emanuele Olivieri (IPK Official Racing Team – IPK – TM Racing), ninth, have one less race on the timesheets.

  • Top 10 guaranteed for Jimmy Helias (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex), tenth. James Egozi (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), winner of the first round of the championship, is currently 13th, behind Kirill Kutskov (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM Racing), 12

  • Joseph Turney (KR Motorsport – KR – Iame), reigning champion of the WSK Super Master Series, now 18th, goes down. 25th place, instead, for Gustaw Wiśniewski (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM Racing). Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM Racing) sinks 49th also due to a retirement in the last heat.

Provisional results

OKJ: Lewis Wherrell immovable

Tires: Vega

  • Lewis Wherrell (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM Racing) in better shape than ever also during the qualifying heats on Friday and Saturday. The Briton, absent from the first round in Lonato due to an injury, wins three out of five races and remains firmly in the lead of the intermediate standings.

  • Behind him, a great leap forward for Elliot Kaczynski (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex): the Swede goes from 13th to second, collecting two victories, two second places and a third.

  • Niklas Schaufler (DPK Racing – KR – IAME) remains in the top positions, but loses a position and moves to third place. One more position, however, for Christian Costoya (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing), fourth.

  • Thibaut Ramaekers (VDK Racing – KR – IAME) also recovered several positions in the preliminary heats: the Belgian, from 21st is even fifth, with two victories on his roadmap.

  • Record climb of 30 positions for Alfie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – Vortex), seventh at the end of Saturday. In front of him we find his teammate Salim Hanna (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – Vortex), sixth,

  • Dries Van Langendonck (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM Racing) remains in the Top 10, eighth, followed by Iacopo Martinese (KR Motorsport – KR – Iame), ninth, and by a good Scott Kin Lindblom (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), tenth with +18 positions in the standings compared to qualifying.

  • The ranking continues with Jack Iliffe (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing), 11th, Filippo Sala (Sodikart – Sodikart – TM Racing), 12th, Stepan Antonov (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 13th and with two victories active, Luna Fluxá (Prema Racing – KR – Iame), 14th, and Kirill Dzitiev (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart - Vortex), 15th.

  • Scala 25th Oleksandr Bondarev (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), also thanks to a withdrawal in the heats. Sebastian Lehtimäki (Koski Motorsport – Tony Kart – Vortex) falls back to 31st place, also with a retirement during the qualifying heats. Even 40th Alp Hasan Aksoy (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), winner of the first round in Lonato.


MINI Gr.3: Noah Baglin, what a comeback!

Tires: Vega

  • He didn't seem to be one of the main contenders for the final victory, instead Noah Baglin (iKart – KR – IAME) denied everyone and, indeed, amazed with three victories and a fourth place, always starting from the 14th position on the starting grid. The Briton climbs a total of 33 positions and takes the lead in the intermediate classification.

  • Shen Zeyu (AVracing – Parolin – TM Racing) seems to be particularly at ease on the Franciacorta track, already known to him for having raced there and won in the ROK Cup Italia. The Chinese finishes first twice and secures second position.

  • Iskender Zulfikari (Babyrace Driver Academy - Parolin - IAME) also conquered two successes, however he collected three third places that took him from first position to third. Good comebacks also for Dean Hoogendoorn (Kidix Driver Performance – KR – IAME), from 16th to fourth, and for Ilia Berezkin (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME), from 31st to fifth.

  • Bosco Arias Chavarri (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – Iame) gains 3 positions in the standings and climbs to sixth place. The Top 10 is completed by Pietro Bagutti (AVracing – Parolin – TM Racing), seventh, Mariano Lopez (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), eighth, Asher Ochstein (CRG Racing Team – CRG – TM Racing), ninth, and Ilie Tristan Crisan (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), tenth.

  • Bruno Gryc (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM) came close to finishing in the top ten, from 36th to 11th. Vladimir Ivannikov (Gamoto – EKS – TM Racing) recovers 15th place in the standings, finally Bogdan Cosma Cristofor (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME) goes from 22nd to 19th. Bruno Blanco (CRG Racing Team – CRG – TM Racing), third yesterday in qualifying, drops to 18th place, despite registering two fastest laps in the qualifying heats.


MINI Gr.3 U10: Antoine Venant puts everyone behind

Tires: Vega

  • With absolute certainty, Antoine Venant (Kidix Driver Performance – KR – IAME) is the new leader of the intermediate classification and will start in pole position in tomorrow morning's prefinal A. The Belgian, winner of the first round in Lonato, recovers a total of 16 positions in the qualifying heats.

  • With one heat still to run, Achille Rea (CRG Racing Team – CRG – TM Racing) occupies the second position with a total of 8 penalty points. It is enough for the Italian to finish seventh in tomorrow's race to maintain his position in the standings.

  • Maximus Unt (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – TM Racing) and Niccolò Perico (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM Racing), respectively third (20 penalty points) and fourth (21 penalty points), must also compete in the last heat.

  • Fifth place for Oleksandr Legenkyi (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME) with three heats under his belt. Roland Nagy (ERT Racing Team – Parolin – TM Racing) and Edoardo Colucci (CMT – Parolin – TM Racing) rise significantly in the standings: the Slovak goes up 8 positions and is sixth, while the Italian recovers 15 and is positioned seventh. However, both only ran two out of three races.

  • Roland Nagy (ERT Racing Team – Parolin – TM Racing) and Edoardo Colucci (CMT – Parolin – TM Racing) rise significantly in the standings: the Slovak goes up 8 positions and is sixth, while the Italian recovers 15 and is positioned seventh . However, both only ran two out of three races.

  • Stan Fagot ( – Parolin – TM Racing) eighth, followed by Albert Tamm (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), ninth, and by Henri Kumpen (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), tenth.

  • Third in Lonato, David Moscardi (AVracing - Parolin - TM Racing) drops to 14th after having competed in all three races. Sebastian Eskandari Marandi (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) crashes from first position to 21st.

Provisional results

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