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WSK Super Master Series rd 3, Sarno: KZ2 Final – Magic Freddie Slater, and maiden KZ2 victory
Mattia Livraghi
05 March 2023

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Tyres: Vega

  • He had already accustomed the professionals and enthusiasts to his feats, but Freddie Slater (Birel ART Racing Team – Birel ART – TM) still managed to raise the bar again and amaze. Started from the fourth box on the grid and slipped to fifth in the initial phase of the race, the 2020 OKJ world champion climbs into second position on the fourth lap to chase down Cristian Bertuca (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM), but is then overtaken by Matteo Viganò (Leclerc by Lennox Racing – Birel ART – TM) on lap 11.

  • The rookie maintains his usual coolness and clings to the Italian's bumper, following him like a shadow even in the attack against Bertuca three laps from the checkered flag. Then, on the penultimate lap, Slater surprises Viganò with a maneuver at the limit, which expresses all his competitive ferocity and launches him towards a first extraordinary success in the queen category of karting. At just 14 years old and in his fourth race in KZ2, the English driver becomes the youngest ever winner in the shifter class within a WSK competition, climbing to second place in the provisional standings of the championship. Hats off.

  • Matteo Viganò therefore had to settle for the place of honor, confirming his skills and proving to be extremely correct in the tussle with the "cousins" of the Birel ART Racing team. The standard-bearer of the Leclerc by Lennox Racing team recovers six positions since the start and remains among the protagonists of the category.

  • He is still a main actor even Cristian Bertuca. After finishing Prefinal A in third place following a mistake made while leading the race, which sees him slip down to 11th place, the winner of the first round takes third place in the final and takes the lead at fourth lap thanks to a remarkable pace. The fresh champion of the WSK Champions Cup must then give in to the fury of Viganò and Slater, but keeps his leadership in the provisional standings of the championship.

  • The reigning world champion Viktor Gustavsson (CRG Racing Team – CRG – TM), fourth and author of the fastest lap, Alex Maragliano (Maranello SRP Factory Team – Maranello – TM), fifth, also staged excellent potential with exceptional comebacks, and the 2018 KZ2 European champion Adrien Renaudin (DR – DR – Modena Engines), sixth.

  • On the other hand, the dominator of the Prefinal B Giuseppe Palomba (Birel ART Racing Team – Birel ART – TM) lost ground with respect to the start, seventh at the finish line. The reigning WSK Euro Series champion starts strong from pole and defends himself very well in the first laps, but then suffers attacks from his opponents.

  • The winner of Prefinal A Emilien Denner (Sodikart – Sodi – TM) also ends a top level weekend on a bitter note. The winner of Prefinal A started well from the second box on the grid, but was then slowed down by a contact with Tom Leuillet (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex). After attempting to overtake his opponent, the ruler of the second round was forced to retire, while Friday's poleman proceeded and crossed the finish line in tenth place, while still maintaining third position in the championship.

  • The 2020 KZ world champion Jeremy Iglesias (CRG Racing Team – CRG – TM) and Maximilian Paul (DR – DR – Modena Engines), respectively eighth and ninth, complete a positive weekend.

  • The top 15 closes thanks to convincing performances by the 2021 KZ European champion and team manager of the Birel ART Racing Team Riccardo Longhi (Birel ART Racing Team – Birel ART – TM), Genis Civico (Modena Kart – Parolin – TM), the driver and team manager of the Kalì Kart racing team Jorge Pescador (CRG Racing Team – Kalì – TM), the winner of the 2021 FIA Karting International Super Cup Lorenzo Travisanutto (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM) and Jean Nomblot (CPB Sport – Sodi – TM) .

  • On the other hand, the poleman of the first round Daniel Vasile (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM) lost one place in the top ten, demoted from tenth place to 16th by a five-second penalty due to an incorrectly positioned nose. Even more bitter was the final of the reigning WSK Super Master Series and WSK Final Cup champion Senna Van Walstijn (Sodikart – Sodi – TM), who was forced to retire while he was competing in the leading group.


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