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WSK Super Master Series rd 3, Sarno: MINI Finals – The winners are Gianmatteo Rousseau (MINI Gr.3) and Maximus Unt (MINI Gr.3 U10)
Mattia Livraghi
05 March 2023

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MINI Gr.3: Noah Baglin penalised, surprise by Gianmatteo Rousseau

Tyres: Vega

  • Probably even an Oscar-winning director would have struggled to stage such an exciting final. At the end of a very tight tussle, with seven drivers vying for victory, Noah Baglin (IKART – KR – IAME) triumphs thanks to a masterful last lap. However, the young Englishman sees his success fade as he receives a five-second penalty due to an incorrect nose position and is thus relegated to 11th place.

  • Inheriting the top step of the podium is a stunning Gianmatteo Rousseau (Kidix Driver Performance – Alonso Kart – IAME). The Kidix Driver Performance team driver performs excellently in intense challenges with his opponents and, after winning the first round of last year's WSK Final Cup right here in Sarno, he reiterates the excellent feeling he has with the Circuito Internazionale Napoli.

  • He is back on the podium after retiring from the second round Iskender Zulfikari (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), second both in the race and in the provisional standings of the championship. The winner of the first round expresses his maturity and even sets the fastest lap in a thrilling race.

  • He has to settle for the bronze medal Dean Hoogendoorn (Kidix Driver Performance – Alonso Kart – IAME), who still keeps the reins in the championship. The winner of Prefinal A starts from pole and starts the last lap in front of everyone, but then suffers the tussle in the last metres.

  • Bogdan Cosma-Cristofor (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME) also came close to winning, fourth, Keelan Harvick (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), fifth, and the winner of Prefinal B Vladimir Ivannikov (Gamoto – EKS – TM), sixth.

  • The authors of notable comebacks are Ilie Tristan Crisan (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), seventh, the winner of the second round Bosco Arias Chavarri (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME), eighth and currently third in the championship, and Asher Ochstein (CRG Racing Team – CRG – TM), ninth and followed by another protagonist such as Ilia Berezkin (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME), tenth.

  • The top 15 is completed thanks to excellent performances by Riven Esteves (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), 12th, Lorenzo D'Amico (IPK Official Racing Team – IPK – TM), 13th, Valerio Viapiana (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME), 14th, and Cristian Blandino (CRG Racing Team – CRG – TM), 15th.

  • Two main actors of the weekend retire, William Calleja (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME) and Mariano Lopez (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME).


Championship Standings

MINI Gr.3 U10: Masterpiece by a spectacular Maximus Unt

Tyres: Vega

  • Although he might not be among the favorites before the final, Maximus Unt (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – TM) is able to amaze with an exceptional performance. Started from seventh on the grid, the Ward Racing team standard bearer makes his way through the leading group and, thanks to an impeccable last lap that sees him go from third place to first and then astutely defending himself, puts his signature on his first victory WSK. The young Swede thus climbs to second place in the provisional standings of the championship.

  • Daniil Kutskov (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), second, also climbed the podium for the first time in a WSK competition. Starting from pole position, the winner of Prefinal B contends for the leadership of the race in a close challenge with his opponents and, after starting the last lap in front of everyone, he sees success fade by just 37 milliseconds.

  • On the other hand, there are 96 thousandths that separate Leonardo Gorski (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME) from victory in an arrival at the photo finish. The Polish driver managed the tussle with maturity and returned to the podium after winning the bronze medal in the WSK Champions Cup at the beginning of the season.

  • Complete the trident of the Babyrace Driver Academy in the first four positions Henri Kumpen (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), who misses the appointment with the podium by just 189 thousandths. The son of former Belgian driver Anthony Kumpen, cousin of Sophie Kumpen, in turn an extremely competitive former driver and mother of Max Verstappen, recovers eight positions from the finish line and gives a show of strength after being involved in an accident with Roman Chernositov (IPK Official Racing Team – IPK – TM) on the last lap of Prefinal B. Fortunately, the two youngsters didn't suffer serious physical consequences and Chernositov also took part in the final.

  • The final fifth place is the prerogative of an excellent Nikita Botte (Novalux – Lenzokart – LKE), author of the fastest lap and followed by Giacomo Giusto (Modena Kart – Parolin – TM). After being one of the leaders of the race, the Modena Kart team standard-bearer suffers a complicated last lap and has to settle for sixth place.

  • Oleksandr Legenkyi (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME) also ended the weekend on a bittersweet note, seventh after having fought for the victory. The driver of the Team Driver Racing Kart still finds himself third in the championship and passes under the checkered flag just ahead of Antoine Sylva Venant (Kidix Driver Performance – KR – IAME). The winner of the first round recovers five positions in the final and limits the damage to keep the reins in the provisional championship standings.

  • The top ten closes thanks to convincing performances by Alex Molota (Firefly Racing Team – EKS – TM) and the winner of the second round Achille Rea (CRG Racing Team – CRG – TM), followed by Edoardo Colucci (CMT – Parolin – TM), 11th °, Mark Martin Loomets (Gamoto – EKS – TM), 12th, Alessandro Truchot (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM), 13th, Niccoló Perico (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM), 14th, and Francesco Buglione (Antonio Bouillon – Parolin – IAME), 15th.

  • On the other hand, a placement in the top 15 following a five-second penalty due to the nose in the incorrect position was lost by Sebastian Eskandar Marandi (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), demoted from sixth place to 17th, and Michele Orlando ( IPK Official Racing Team – IPK – TM), relegated from 15th place to 20th.

  • The final of Friday's poleman and Prefinal A winner Albert Tamm (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME) was even more bitter, as he left the scene on the second lap due to a contact at the start that saw him lose his front spoiler.


Championship Standings

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