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Jonny Edgar 2nd at La Conca

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Jonny Edgar strengthened his Super Master Series title assault after finishing an impressive 2nd at La Conca. Fighting with Nicklas Nielsen and eventual winner Zane Maloney, the trio put on a great show for the thousands tuned in around the World which went all the way down to the last two laps! The result puts Jonny 2nd in the championship just 16 points behind Hannes Janker.

Edgar confirmed himself as a strong contender for victory right from the off. A 5th in qualifying was followed by a brilliant battle with Nielsen for victory in heat one with Nielsen taking the win by 0.047 seconds! With no Nielsen in Jonny’s second heat, he took victory and ended with a 3rd place in heat three putting him 2nd on then grid for his Pre-Final.

It may have been Nielsen who drew first blood in the heats but in the Pre-Final Jonny fought back taking the win by over two seconds! It had everyone worried, particularly Nielsen who may have started to change his tactics ahead of the final.

Nielsen appeared to have setup himself up to try and break away early in the final. Slightly over defensive driving by Jonny saw a gap open for Nielsen to take the lead and he quickly checked out but with 20 laps on the board there was still a long way to go! The lead gap grew to as high as 1.5 seconds, but Nielsen started to fade in the second half of the race and heading into the final five laps Edgar was right on him!

However, he was not on his own and had the close attentions on Maloney who passed Edgar at the first opportunity. This gave Nielsen some breathing space, but with Edgar sitting patiently behind Maloney they quickly closed the Dane back in which led to an enthralling final two laps!

The race was eventually decided on the penultimate lap. Through the double right hander at turn eight, Maloney made his move on Nielsen. The pair were side by side out of the corner and were joined by Edgar who made it three wide as he drew alongside heading into the fast-right hand sweeper at nine! Unsurprisingly someone would have to take punishment and in this case it was Nielsen who went grass cutting. Back on track Edgar momentarily led but credit to Maloney, into the turn ten chicane he managed to get the run and sweep through. A corner that rarely see’s overtaking and it had unfortunately delayed Edgar leaving him no option but to settle for 2nd.

A brilliant battle and a brilliant result for Edgar. He now sits 2nd in the championship and with two rounds at Sarno, a track he won at last year, he will have his eyes firmly set on that championship win!

Taylor Barnard 4th in OK Junior Final

Taylor Barnard put in another brilliant performance in this year’s Super Master Series as he climbed from 9th to 4th place in the final. After qualifying 16th on Friday Taylor got quicker and quicker over the weekend to eventually put himself 9th on the grid for the final. A good start to the race saw Taylor quickly climb up to 5th place but he had a gap to the leaders which he would do successfully as the race approached it’s halfway point.

Lap eight saw Taylor capitalise on an incident ahead putting him into 3rd with a small gap to the lead pair. There was nothing to choose between the four leaders, Taylor dropped in behind Ralf Aron and lined himself up for a last lap shootout for the podium positions. It all came down to the last corner and as Aron went defensive in 2nd Barnard, in 4th, went for a wide line to get the run on the start-finish straight, but there was no room for Barnard to get through despite his superb exit from the corner.

Instead it would be a 4th place and big points which leaves him 7th in the championship with two rounds at Sarno to go.

 

Disappointment for Josh Irfan in 60 Mini

Far from what Josh would have expected after getting into 4th place early on the final. The new Trofeo Andrea Margutti champion was unfortunately forced off the circuit on lap three dropping him all the way down the field and causing him to pick up a front fairing penalty. A tough result for Josh after the success at Lonato, but he’ll come back fighting next time out!

All British drivers

OK

Chris Lulham – 9th

A race that could have been for Chris. On track he drove a fantastic race climbing up from 11th to 4th place where he missed out on a podium by just one tenth of a second! However a front fairing penalty post-race dropped Chris all the way to 9th. In another case that would be a great result, but I imagine Chris would have been slightly disappointed. However he’s showing great pace ahead of the CIK-FIA season and sits 15th in the championship.

Tom Joyner – 33rd (DNF)

Taken out of the race early on Tom never had the chance to improve on his grid position of 25th. He’s yet to hit any real form since his switch to Sodi but it’s surely only a matter of time before he does.

For Harry Thompson, Callum Bradshaw, Fin Kenneally and Dexter Patterson they would unfortunately watching from the side-lines after all being involved in incidents in their Pre-Finals. Thompson and Bradshaw collided early on Pre-Final A which saw them both go into the barriers and Kenneally and Patterson were both involved in a red flag incident at the start of Pre-Final B but were both okay.

Tom Joyner

OK Junior

Alex Dunne (IRL) – 13th

Alex Dunne continues to make vast improvements in the class and was just two seconds away from a top ten finish. He showed pace quick enough to run with the leaders and is looking in good shape with the CIK-FIA season approaching fast.

Kai Askey – 28th

Unfortunately taken out ten laps in, Kai had moved from 18th to 12th with a top ten on the cards before he was punted at turn three ending his race.

Kai Askey

Zak O’Sullivan – 29th

A win in Pre-Final B put Zak on the front row for the Final, but he was pushed off at turn one dropping all the way down to 20th! His race would go from bad to worse halfway in when he was forced to retire. However, good points over the weekend still leaves him 6th in the championship.

Both Matthew Rees and Jamie Day failed to qualify for the final. Rees came very close missing out by just three laps as he continues to improve on his debut season with Day a bit further down the field in 26th.

Zak O’Sullivan

Written by Chris McCarthy

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Edgar and Bradshaw in top ten at Adria

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Both Jonny Edgar and Callum Bradshaw got their WSK Super Master Series campaigns off to a good start with top ten finishes in the final. Out front there was a brilliant result for Hannes Janker on the new Kart Republic chassis who took the win ahead of another Kart Republic chassis in the hands of Lorenzo Travisanutto. The ever competitive Tonykart chassis in the hands of Nicklas Nielsen was unable to hold on to the pair in 3rd.

Let’s start by rewinding back to where it all began on Friday evening in qualifying which was dominated by Marijn Kremers. On slicks in the wet he was closely pursued by CRG teammates Pedro Hiltbrand and Callum Bradshaw with Janker down in 12th.

So in qualifying it was Birel-ART on top, but Tonykart started to turn up the gears in the heats in the hands of David Vidales who took three wins out of three to score maximum points. Janker started to show the Kart Republic chassis was looking like a race winning contender as he moved up to 2nd and Dexter Patterson did well to recover from 26th in qualifying with some fantastic performances in the heats.

Pre-Final A threw up a couple of surprise results with Tonykart’s Noah Milell disqualified for being underweight and Andrea Rosso not finishing the race from 5th on the grid. Out front there were no real surprises with Travisanutto taking the win from Vidales and Roman Stanek. As for Pre-Final B it was Janker who took the win from Nielsen in a close run race. Behind it was a whole nine seconds before we would see Glenn van Berlo cross the line with Jonny Edgar setting himself up nicely for the Final finishing 4th.

The first few laps of the final saw Travisanutto take the lead before Vidales took his turn. A lengthy lead from Vidales came to an end on lap ten and that would pretty much be where Vidales’ battle for a podium position stopped. From this point on we found ourselves with Janker leading Travisanutto and Nielsen. The trio split themselves apart by around one second and the immense consistency from all three meant that was the last lead change we’d see and that’s how the final would finish.

The Brits

Jonny Edgar

The Forza Racing driver was once again impressive at Adria showing fantastic pace all weekend. Edgar’s weekend got off to a good start with 4th in qualifying and if not for one bad heat he would have classified a lot higher than 10th after the heats. He was the sole Brit in Pre-Final B and picked up 4th, which put him 8th on the grid for the Final. It was perhaps that bad heat which cost Edgar a top 5 finish, but he still put in a good performance in the final to finish 8th.

Callum Bradshaw

The weekend may have ended well for Callum but overall the first round of the WSK Super Master Series was a very frustrating one. Callum had the pace all weekend to get an overall podium after a very strong qualifying but he found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time on more than one occasion giving him work to do on Finals day. Callum really did put a shift in especially come the final and was able to walk away with 9th place and a strong haul of points leaving the Adria circuit.

Tom Joyner

Tom Joyner started his life at Sodi with 15th in the Final. It’s a change he’s made over from Zanardi with Dino Chiesa now parting company to run his new Kart Republic project. Tom seemed to settle in pretty well overall and looked quick at times, but I think he’ll be aiming for a lot higher than 15th as the season progresses. That said, he was the highest placed driver on a Sodi chassis in the class…

Dexter Patterson

We never really got to saw what Dexter Patterson was capable of in the finals at Adria with a DNF topping off what was a seriously frustrating day. Before that he had been on fire classifying 3rd after the heats but the Forza Racing driver hit all sorted of problems on Sunday and only completed four laps of the final. Definitely one to forget for the young Scot!

Written by Chris McCarthy

 

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There were mixed fortunes for the British drivers in the OK Junior class at the WSK Super Master Series opener, but two drivers who had a particularly strong result in the final were Zak O’Sullivan and Taylor Barnard. The pair both managed top five finishes, with Barnard actually finishing 2nd on track before a bumper penalty pushed him down to 5th place.

The weekend started badly for all British drivers with Harry Thompson the highest placed in 20th! In tricky conditions Dario Isidoro Vezzaro was the surprise package taking pole position from two title contenders in Dilano Van’t Hoff and WSK Champions Cup winner, Paul Aron.  Vezzaro was flawless in the heats winning every single one of his races in traitorous conditions to take pole for his Pre-Final. Classified in 2nd was Aron with Thompson putting on a good display to turn around a tough qualifying into 3rd place after the heats.

However, Pre-Final A would see a complete disaster for Thompson after he was taken out by Vezzaro resulting in a penalty for the Argentine. He wasn’t the only one hitting bad luck with Matthew Rees also in the wars on the first lap! But as the Ricky Flynn pair up front hit problems, Luca Griggs put in what could have been his best performance in WSK racing finishing an impressive 2nd place! Since joining the Lennox Racing Team he has had a real turn of pace and passed ten drivers on his way to a second row start for the final.

Out front Gabriele Mini took the win with Zak O’Sullivan pulling in a good result for the RFM team with 3rd place.

Pre-Final B was won by Kirill Smal fairly comfortably and Taylor Barnard in just his second race in the OK Junior class proved the Champions Cup was no fluke with 2nd place. An impressive turn around after qualifying 47th on Friday! Once again present at the front, Gabriel Bortoleto completed the top three.

As the 16 lap final got underway Barnard made his intentions clear as he immediately challenged Smal for the lead. This followed with a great fight for the lead between the two afore mentioned drivers along with Mini. All took turns to lead before Barnard eventually settled in what could be described as a comfortable 3rd with the two leaders just ahead. Approaching the final lap the top three were pretty much together once again and late into the last lap Smal made his lunge on Mini for the lead of the race!

There was contact and from the camera angle it looked far from the cleanest of moves and it saw Mini pushed wide and Barnard inherit 2nd. Into the Bridgestone hairpin Smal was now being forced to defend with Barnard furiously attacking but there were simply not enough opportunities left for Barnard to pass Smal who took the win. As Barnard received a front fairing penalty Mini took 2nd from Aron in 3rd and Bortoleto’s penalty boosted O’Sullivan up to 4th and Barnard back up to 5th.

A brilliant race to start the OK Junior class with what looks set to be a difficult championship to predict.

The Brits

Zak O’Sullivan

Zak O’Sullivan continues to improve and impress in 2018 and if this kind of form stays with him over the rest of the WSK Super Master Series he’ll be certainly be a title contender for European and World Championships this year. Currently 5th in the standings a strong overall finish in WSK could be on the cards too!

Taylor Barnard

It’s still hard to believe that this time last year, Taylor Barnard was being considered the favourite for the IAME Cadet title and now he is being looked at as the one to watch for this years European and World Junior titles. He’s still hugely inexperienced in the class, but it’s not evident when watching the young driver. After that performance, it’s clear why Dino Chiesa had to have him in his new team!

Luca Griggs

It was certainly one of Luca’s best weekends in WSK racing as he proved what he was really made of with that 2nd in Pre-Final A. Luca actually qualified down in 28th and had mixed fortunes in the heats with 4th in his second heat the stand out performance. The 2nd place in Pre-Final A was certainly his highlight of the weekend and he was able to match the likes of Aron in the final for pace.

Kai Askey

Kai had his best weekend in WSK racing with 18th in the final. He started the weekend with a decent qualifying session finishing 24th but also suffered his fair share of bad luck throughout the heats. Out in Pre-Final B Kai was probably involved in the most entertaining battle on track for 9th place which he rounded off in 12th. As for the Final after avoiding what could have been a race ending incident Kai went on to gain five places and finish 18th.

Alex Dunne

Alex had a difficult start to his Super Master Series campaign. Down in 41st after qualifying he found himself in the wars throughout all of his heats making the task of making the final very difficult. But you have to give the Irish man credit, he put in an impressive performance to gain ten places in his Pre-Final and finish 23rd. It didn’t take him into the Final but considering he set times good enough to be in the top three, it’s probably the best he could’ve managed!

Jamie Day

Jamie was immediately on the back foot at Adria after qualifying 69th place. Now with a lot of work to do each heat was crucial and some decent performances moved Day up to 50th in the points after the heats. In the Pre-Final he didn’t make the progress he would’ve hoped for and took the flag in 23rd.

Harry Thompson

As mentioned already, Harry looked on track for a good result until he was taken out by Vezzaro in the Pre-Final. His 20th in qualifying soon became a 3rd after the heats, but that DNF in the Pre-Final leaves him down in 15th in the championship and 79 points off the leader.

Matthew Rees

Seemingly recovered from his illness at last weekends Champions Cup, Matthew Rees was finally able to give us a first taste of his capabilities in the OK Junior class. The initial signs were very promising with Matthew qualifying 31st of the 82 entries and his 5th in the final heat was even more impressive! It’s a shame he was unable to get through the first lap of his Pre-Final but the early signs are positive.

Written by Chris McCarthy

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As the WSK Super Master series starts it’s second half of this years championship results were becoming ever more important and the margin for error smaller. The location was the La Conca circuit it Italy where last years CIK-FIA World Championships were held for the KF and KF Junior classes. It’s a circuit that provides a lot of grip and plenty of chances for overtaking meaning a cracking weekend of racing was very much on the cards!

KZ

Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) found himself with a new opponent to contend with in terms of the win in the shape of Jordan Lennox-Lamb (BirelArt-Parilla), who was very determined in his attacks during the Final. His grit obliged the Italian driver to exploit to the fullest his tyres. Ardigò, however, managed to hold to win what was a gripping race. Italian Paolo De Conto (CRG-Maxter) put in a terrific performance;but lost his podium in the dying stages when he got overtaken by the Ben Hanley (Croc-TM), who was pedalling the new Jules Bianchi chassis.

Marco Ardigo
Marco Ardigo

The Brits:

Jordan Lennox-Lamb, 2nd – This was by far Jordan’s best performance of the year and he was very unfortunate not to win! He came up against a Marco Ardigo that was not prepared to lose on home soil and on another day he may have won but if he drives like that again at Round 4 I believe he’ll go one better.

Ben Hanley, 3rd – Ben certainly saved the best till last at La Conca. He made five places in the final en route to his podium finish and finished within half a second of Ardigo. A great performance and result for the JB chassis.

Jordan Lennox-Lamb
Jordan Lennox-Lamb

KZ2

After a poor result in Sarno two weeks ago, Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) needed an outstanding performance to give himself a chance of winning the title in the KZ2 Series. That’s why the Italian driver’s result is particularly significant: he won the race but the current leader, his fellow countryman Giacomo Pollini (CRG-TM), finished 2nd meaning he is still the driver to beat. Another Italian deservedly took a podium in Luigi Musio (CRG-TM)

Leonardo Lorandi
Leonardo Lorandi

OK

There’s no doubt that Logan Sargeant has found a secret ingredient around the La Conca circuit. He won the 2015 World CIK-FIA Championship there, and on Sunday he grabbed victory in the OK Final. The American is now back with the top drivers in the category standings, despite the attempts of Tom Joyner (Zanardi-Parilla) to keep him at bay. The Brit tried to gain the lead of the race during the opening laps, but he was eventually having to concentrate of defending his 2nd place. It was Clement Novalak who was the driver trying to snatch that from him but Joyner had answers to all of Novalak’s questions leaving the Tony Kart driver to settle for 3rd.

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The Brits:

Tom Joyner, 2nd –  Tom put in yet another fantastic performance at La Conca. After a lot of bad luck this season that result has boosted him up to 6th position in the standings and he’s now just six points behind 3rd place Clement Novalak. It’s all to play for at Round 4!

Clement Novalak, 3rd – Clement played second best to Logan Sargeant for most of the weekend and always looked quick enough for a podium. He never quite had the pace to really challenge Sargeant in the final but I’m sure will be satisfied with 3rd behind Joyner.

Tom Bale, 15th – Tom was knocking on the door of the top 10 all weekend but a bad PRe-Final put him 20th on the grid for the final and it was always going to be a struggle from there! To gain 5 places in the final was a solid effort and his pace was just as quick as most of the top 10, let’s hope luck is on his side at Adria!

Tom Joyner
Tom Joyner

OK Junior

After his exclusion at Sarno, Danish driver Noah Watt (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) came into this event more determined than ever. He carried himself as though he was sure he would dominate and he was right! He was dominant throughout the heats and quickly gave himself a gap in the final, leaving his opponents to battle for the second place. Eventually, at the end of a breath-taking challenge, the runner-up was the Moroccan Sami Taoufik (FA Kart-Vortex), who beat the Belgian Ulysse De Pauw (BirelArt-Parilla).

Noah Watt
Noah Watt

The Brits:

Teddy Wilson, 4th – This was the Teddy we saw at Portimao last year! Blistering pace and challenging for podiums. He had to work hard for his 4th place though. He gained 3 places to finish 4th in his Pre-Final and gained a further 3 to finish 4th in the final. Brilliant result from the CRG driver.

Fin Kenneally, 6th – Fin was there or there abouts all weekend but was unable to show that dominant pace he has done previously this season. However, he was able to race hard and take 6th place in the final and solid championship points. He’s now 7th in the standings going into the last round.

Kiern Jewiss, DNQ – Unfortunately Kiern had yet another frustrating weekend. He had a bad qualifying followed by a pretty average set of heats which would always make it hard for him to qualify for the final. It was eventually a penalty for his front bumper that buried him, but he’ll take plenty of experience and will have nothing to lose in Adria!

Teddy Wilson
Teddy Wilson

60 Mini

At the beginning of the 60 Mini Final, the Italian Gabriele Minì (Energy-TM-Vega) managed to pull away but the French Evan Mallet (CRG-TM) speeded up, closed the gap and gained the head of the race until the finishing line: it was his first WSK victory. The Italian Michael Paparo (IP Karting-TM) scored the second position, while Mimì dropped back to third.

Luca Griggs (GBR), 15th

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Location: Sarno, Italy

The springlike temperature at the International Circuit Napoli was the ideal background for the Sunday races. The final phase of the second round of the WSK Super Master Series was rich of eventful races. The Finals were often decided on the last laps and with unpredictable results. All these gripping moments will be at the disposal of fans on the Internet thanks to the official WSK website wsk.it which, after hosting the live streaming of the event, will keep the images of the races available on-demand.

Leonardo Lorandi - KZ2
Leonardo Lorandi – KZ2

Ardigò wins in KZ.

The Sodi Kart platoon was to be feared, but the Italian Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) was able to respond to Jeremy Iglesias, Bas Lammers and Anthony Abbasse (all on Sodi-TM-Vega). At the start of the KZ Final, Ardigò is in fourth behind his opponents, who tried to pull away. After an impressive series of overtakings, the Italian driver managed to grab the head of the race. The French Abbasse, eventually, was able to beat his two team-mates and to be the runner-up. Third position for the Italian Paolo De Conto (CRG-TM-Vega).

Brits:

Jordan Lennox-Lamb – 28th

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Bas Lammers showed great pace but had an unfortunate result in the Final

Pollini surprising in KZ2.

He managed to gain the top positions on the starting grid of the race which groups together the KZ and KZ2 categories. Then, Giacomo Pollini (CRG-TM-Vega) lost positions, even though he managed to keep the head of the KZ2 standings. On the other hand, the Italian Leonardo Lorandi, the frontrunner, dropped back to the last positions at the start and, after recovering as far as second, he got hit by a ten-second penalty for the displacement of his front fairing. Mauro Simoni (DR-TM-Vega) took advantage of the situation and was the runner-up behind the winner, Pollini. Third place for the consistent Italian Luigi Musio (CRG-TM-Vega).

KZ2 Podium
KZ2 Podium

Travisanutto gets a grip on himself and wins in OK.

Tom Joyner (Zanardi-Parilla-Vega) was eager to achieve a great result in the OK Final: on the last laps, the English led the race after overtaking the Danish Nicklas Nielsen (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega), but during the last phases of the race, Joyner’s engine broke and he was obliged to retire. The Brit’s retirement slowed Nielsen too; the Danish lost ground and the Italian Fabrizio Travisanutto (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) took over the leadership of the race. He had already led the pack in the first half of the race, before getting overtaken by Nielsen. Behind him, also the French Clement Novalak (Tony Kart-Vortex) gained ground and finished in second ahead of the Spanish Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG-Parilla).

Brits:

Clement Novalak – 2nd
Tom bale – 17th

Tom Joyner – 21st

OK Podium
OK Podium

Shvetsov, first success in OK Junior in WSK.

The battle for the victory in the OK Junior was between the Swedish Isaac Blomqvist and the Dutch Noah Watt (both Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) came to a sudden end during the last laps, when the two drivers came in contact. The Russian Ivan Shvetsov (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) took advantage of the situation and won a WSK race for the first time. Two other Russian drivers completed the podium: Bogdan Fetisov (Tony-TM) and Pavel Bulantsev (Tony-Vortex).

Brits:

Kiern Jewiss – 19th
Fin Kenneally – 26th
Teddy Wilson – DNS

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Blomqvist looked an early favourite taking wins in the heats

Minì, new winner in the 60 Mini.

After a long series of battles in the heats, the Italian Gabriele Minì (Energy-TM-Vega) pulled away in the Final. Behind him, an unstoppable Michael Paparo (IP Karting-TM), who finished second. Good result also for Leonardo Bizzotto (CRG-TM), third.

Brits:

Luca Griggs – 22nd

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60 mini podium

 

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Sodi dominate at Casteletto

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Last weekend saw the opening round of the WSK Super Master Series take place at the Casteletto circuit in Italy. We had action from the 60 mini, OKJ, OK and KZ & KZ2 classes which were mixed in together.

Weather was not on anyone’s side throughout the weekend with the heats on Saturday being called off all together due to the constant rain which had flooded the track.

So this meant grid postions were tking from Qualifying for the Pre-Finals on Sunday morning.

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KZ – 46 drivers

The most exciting Final came from the KZ classes and in particular the KZ class itself. Paolo De Conto took the early lead as we saw a five kart break away in Abbasse, Lammers and Ardigo. But they would soon be joined the French man Jeremy Iglesias who like Abbasse and Lammers was racing on the Sodi Kart outfit.

With De Conto and Abbasse slightly clear in the lead and Lammers catching, Abbasse felt he needed to take charge and passed De Conto. Not long later Lammers followed him through dropping the Italian to 3rd place. However Lammers was in no mood to stop there and passed Abbasse as we approached the dying stages of the race. But going on to the last lap Lammers left the door open going in to turn one and Abbasse didn’t have to think twice about making the move which not only handed him the lead, but the victory with it!

De Conto held onto 3rd with Iglesias 4th and Ardigo 5th.

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KZ2 – (combined with KZ)

In KZ2 it was Stan Pex who comfortably won, finishing 7th overall. But it was our one to watch who impressed the most. Reigning Rotax Max World Champion, Alex, now with Energy finished 2nd on debut with Pollini 3rd.

The Brit

Jordan Lennox-Lamb – This was a step forward for Jordan in terms of 2016. Running in the KZ class he was comfortably in the top 10 and matching the leaders for pace but was given a 5 second post race penalty for his front bumper dropping him to 16th overall. Disappointing result but encouraging performance.

OK – 33 drivers

From pole it was Pedro Hiltbrand who led the early stages of the OK Final but Tom Joyner looked by far the quickest and it wasn’t long before he found himself in the lead. Another man charging through was Nicklas Nielsen and by lap 10 he found himself in the podium places at the expense of his Tony Kart Racing team mate Jean Baptiste-Simmenauer.

Up ahead Hiltbrand had now re-taken the lead from Joyner who’s pace was quickly fading and by lap 14 he was back in 3rd with Nielsen now 2nd. A couple of laps later Nielsen took the lead and gradually increased his margin out front to continue his unbeaten run this season. Hiltbrand was 2nd with Christian Lungaard driving magnificently to finish 3rd, gaining 8 places in the process.

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The Brits

Tom Joyner – It was going too high on the pressures that caused Joyner to drop back and things got worse for him after the race as he was given a 5 second penalty meaning he ended up 11th overall.

Ben Hanley – From 31st on the grid Ben Hanley put on a overtaking masterclass to gain 22 places and finish 9th overall. His pace was reflected in his best as he was quicker than the likes of Hiltbrand in 2nd. If only he’d started higher…

Clement Novalak – Clement’s weekend was really ruined by his disappointing Pre-Final in which he finished 27th. From there he was just left too much to do, he was unable to make the kind of progress Hanley did at the start but still ended up a creditable 14th.

Tom Bale – No heats on Saturday are what hampered Bale at Casteletto. We said he may struggle if qualifying didn’t go well and by his standards it didn’t. He finished 21st in the Pre Final and was able to take 20th in the main final even with a 5 second penalty. He can take away his very impressive lap times though!

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OK Junior

On paper this was a close run race for the lead but Sami Taoufik never looked like losing this one in my eyes. From pole he led and was kept in close company by David Vidales and Isaac Blomqvist but there were never any real challenges made by the Spaniard of Swede.

Fin Kenneally did briefly hold 2nd but he was unable to keep up with the increasing pace the leaders set and gradually dropped away. Vidales ran Blomqvist all the way to the line for 2nd but was never quite able to find a way through. Taoufik eventually went on to win by 1.2 seconds.

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The Brits

Fin Kenneally – From the inside of row two a podium looked very much on the cards for Fin and after his Winter Cup performance that’s just what I was expecting. But as the race went on it became clear he may have been struggling with a slight setup issue and Fin eventually finished 4th. A solid start to his WSK Super Master Series campaign.

Kiern Jewiss – Kiern had to fight very very hard for his 5th place. From a British point of view it was a frustrating watch, every time Kiern got into 5th someone lunged passed him and gradually the top four was disappearing from his view. He was able to eventually break the tow and finish a very deserved 5th place.

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Teddy Wilson – It was great to see Teddy back racing now with CRG S.P.A. For the majority of his Pre-Final he lay 5th which would have been a cracking result but he dropped back in the dying stages to 9th which put him 17th for the Final. From there Teddy was caught up in the usual mid pack traffic but was able to make places and finish 13th. A very impressive performance and he’ll only get better this year.

 

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