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WSK Super Master Series rd 4, Cremona: qualifying – Pole position for Slater (KZ2), Strauven (OK), David Cosma Cristofor (OKJ), Bogdan Cosma Cristofor (MINI Gr.3) and Tamm (MINI Gr.3 U10)
Luca Basso
28 April 2023

[Translated with Google]

WSK Promotion is back on track on the Cremona Karting circuit (Italy), this time for the fourth and final round of the WSK Super Master Series. The weekend kicks off with a good turnout of drivers in all four international categories: 46 in MINI Gr.3, 81 in OKJ, 54 in OK and 29 in KZ2. Finally, 49 competitors participate in the MINI Gr.3 U10.

The usual qualifications took place on Friday, and then continued with the first qualifying heats, which will continue throughout the day on Saturday.

KZ2: Freddie Slater beats Senna Van Walstijn

Tyres: Vega

  • Freddie Slater (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM) is back in pole position again, after having previously conquered it at the WSK Champions Cup at the beginning of the year. The Briton beat the competition of Senna Van Walstijn (Sodikart – Sodikart – TM) and Emilien Denner (Sodikart – Sodikart – TM) and set a time of 45.966 seconds. The Birel Art Racing driver is also the only one capable of breaking down the ideal 46-second wall.

  • However, Van Walstijn obtained an excellent second position in qualifying, as does Denner's third place. The latter is hunting for revenge, given the pole recorded in Sarno and the contact with Tom Leuillet (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) in the decisive final which had forced him to retire.

  • Good performance for the very young Yevan David (CPB Sport – Sodikart – TM), author of the fourth fastest time in qualifying. Behind him we find Cristian Bertuca (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM), fifth: currently leading the championship standings, the Italian can count on a good tally of 241 points, against 148 for Slater and 146 for Denner.

  • Sixth position for Leuillet, one of the main protagonists for the fight for the title, currently having a total of 144 points. Alex Maragliano (Maranello SRP Factory Team – Maranello – TM) follows in seventh position, with Matteo Viganò (Leclerc by Lennox Racing – Birel Art – TM) eighth, Francesco Celenta (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM) ninth and Jean Luyet (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) tenth.

  • Just outside the Top 10 we find Daniel Vasile (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM), 11th, and Michele Fontana (Kartxxl Racing Team – Birel Art – TM), 12th. Alessio Piccini (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM) and Maxim Rehm (Leclerc by Lennox Racing – Birel Art – TM) are respectively 13th and 14th, while Giuseppe Palomba (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM) is 15th .


OK: nice surprise from Thomas Strauven

Tyres: LeCont

  • In a qualifying that ended with several twists in terms of final standings, Thomas Strauven (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) seized the opportunity to take pole position. The Belgian won group 1 with a time of 46.062 seconds and, in fact, was the absolute fastest on the track.

  • Louis Iglesias (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME) also distinguished himself in qualifying, finishing ahead of everyone in group 2 (46.189). The Frenchman is therefore second in the combined standings, behind Strauven.

  • Luviwe Sambudla (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) was also very fast, third classified. In this way, the South African replicates the same result obtained in the qualifying sessions of the FIA Karting European Championship in Valencia. Nicolò Cuman (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM) is fourth, followed by Kirill Kutskov (DPK Racing – KR – IAME), fifth, and Jimmy Helias (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex), sixth.

  • Xavier Avramides (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) concluded the session with a positive seventh position. Maciej Gladysz (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – Vortex) settled in eighth place, ahead of Enzo Tarnvanichkul (Prema Racing – KR – IAME), ninth, and Andrea Dupé (Sodikart – Sodikart – TM), tenth.

  • Leen Nijs (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) and Nathan Tye (Sodikart – Sodikart – TM) are respectively 11th and 12th. James Egozi (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), currently first in the championship, occupies 14th position, while his teammate Jan Przyrowski (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) is 16th. 20th Luigi Coluccio (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex).

  • Several major players in the category did not qualify for the upper tiers of the standings. We are talking about Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM), 26th, Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM), 28th, René Lammers (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM), 29th and David Walther (Koski Motorsport – Tony Kart – Vortex), 51st.


OKJ: David Cosma Cristofor in front of everyone

Tyres: Vega

  • After finishing the X30 Junior final at the second round of the WSK Open Series last April at the foot of the podium, David Cosma Cristofor (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) returns to Cremona in the OKJ category and takes pole position. Inserted in group 3 of qualifying, the Romanian recorded the absolute best time of 47.527 seconds.

  • First in group 1, Christian Costoya (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM) ranks second by just 76 thousandths of a second (47.603). Niklas Schaufler (DPK Racing – KR – IAME) is the other driver able to finish first in his group, more specifically the second with a time of 47.699 seconds, and closes qualifying in third position.

  • Strengthened by the two victories obtained in Valencia on the occasion of the Champions of the Future Euro Series and the FIA Karting European Championship, Thibaut Ramaekers (VDK Racing – KR – IAME) occupies the fourth position in the combined classification. Two Tony Kart chassis follow: Scott Kin Lindblom (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), fifth, and Mees Houben (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex), sixth.

  • Seventh position for Zac Drummond (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM), ahead of Sebastian Lehtimaki (Koski Motorsport – Tony Kart – Vortex), eighth. Filippo Sala (Sodikart – Sodikart – TM), fifth in the championship, is ninth, with Noah Wolfe (Leclerc by Lennox Racing – Birel Art – TM) tenth.

  • Close to the Top 10 Ludovico Busso (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), 11th. Kit Belofsky (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM), 12th, precedes Oleksandr Bondarev (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), 13th in the standings: the Ukrainian, second in the Valencia round of the FIA Karting European Championship, temporarily occupies fourth place in the championship.

  • The current championship leader Salim Hanna Hernandez (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – LN – Vortex), 31st, was delayed in qualifying. His first pursuer Dries Van Langendonck (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM) is 21st, while Stepan Antonov (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME), third in the points standings, is 18th. 25th place for Lewis Wherrell (Forza Racing - Exprit - TM). The winner of Round 1 Alp Hasan Aksoy (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex) is at the bottom of the standings: 71st.


MINI Gr.3: Bogdan Cosma Cristofor chasing victory

Tyres: Vega

  • Bogdan Cosma Cristofor (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME) emulates his brother David and takes first place in Friday's qualifying. The Romanian, with the time of 52.585 seconds recorded in group 1, reaffirms his will to win in Sunday's final, on a circuit that has already seen him win in Round 2 of the WSK Open Series at the beginning of April.

  • More than a tenth of a second behind Cosma Cristofor for Bruno Gryc (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM), second in the standings. The Pole is the fastest of the second group with a time reference of 52.689 seconds. Excellent third position for Cristian Blandino (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME).

  • The weekend of Bosco Arias Chavarri (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME) begins with fourth place in qualifying, who finds himself behind him William Calleja (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), fifth, and Riven Esteves (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), sixth.

  • Dean Hoogendoorn (Kidix Driver Performance – KR – IAME), momentary championship leader, gets a solid seventh position. Vladimir Ivannikov (Gamoto – EKS – TM) and the main title rival of the Dutch Iskender Zulfikari (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME), respectively eighth and ninth, are chasing.

  • Andrea Manni (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM) hits the Top 10, tenth. The ranking continues with Ilie Tristan Crisan (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), 11th, Luka Malbasa (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME), 12th, and Noah Baglin (iKart – KR – IAME), 13th.


MINI Gr.3 U10: second consecutive pole position for Albert Tamm

Tyres: Vega

  • He had been the fastest ever in Round 3 of Sarno and, once again, Albert Tamm (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME) is again ahead of everyone in qualifying. The Swiss achieved a time of 52.915 seconds and thus signed the pole position.

  • Currently fourth in the championship, Daniil Kutskov (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME) closes behind his teammate Tamm by just 34 thousandths of a second (52.949), leading at the same time in group 2. Alex Molota (Firefly Racing Team – EKS – TM), third, prevents Babyrace Driver Academy from getting a hat-trick, given that Leonardo Gorski (Babyrace Driver Academy – Parolin – IAME) is fourth.

  • Achille Rea (CRG Racing Team – CRG – IAME), winner of Round 2 of Franciacorta, is fifth, ahead of Oleksandr Legenkyi (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR – IAME), WSK Champions Cup champion and sixth in qualifying. Alessandro Truchot (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM) is seventh, followed by Michele Orlando (IPK Official Racing Team – IPK – TM) in eighth position.

  • Current championship leader Antoine Venant (Kidix Driver Performance – KR – IAME) finishes ninth. Tenth place for Sebastian Eskandari Marandi (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), ahead of Lorenzo Di Pietrantonio (Virus Racing – Birel Art – IAME), 11th. More distant Maximus Unt (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – TM), first follower of Venant in the championship and 20th at the end of qualifying.


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