21st Lonato Winter Cup

OK Junior – 65 entries

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OK – 34 entries

The poor entries in the OK class have all been down to the quite absurd weight limit of the class. The minimum wight currently stands at 145kg with kart and driver (kitted up) which even the youngest drivers in the class are finding hard to get to. This has forced most OK drivers into the KZ2 class or is keeping them away completely. If the CIK do not change this we could see grids becoming even smaller as the season goes on!

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Nielsen didn’t really had a rival of his stature in the Final. Hanley proved incisive early in the race, but Travisanutto quickly took over 2nd place and Basz moved up to 3rd position. Starting from the back of the grid, Sargeant retired on the second lap, apparently with mechanical failure, and Simmenauer, although on the pace of the top five, and Clement Novalak (Tony Kart / Vortex) disappeared simultaneously. Nielsen crossed the line as the winner 1.6s ahead of Travisanutto, Basz finished 3rd at 1.9s off the Italian. Hanley secured 4th place ahead Millel.

KZ2

It was a superb final race and a magnificent spectacle for the 2016 Winter Cup in KZ2. With a good start, Ardigo took the lead ahead of the two Sodi drivers Lammers and Abbasse. On the second lap, Lammers had problems (probably the engine cutting out) and involuntarily slowed his teammate Abbasse. He, however, remained in the shot and settled into 1st place. Meanwhile, De Conto had given up during a fight with Lorandi. Corberi came back in the wheeltracks of Abbasse, with Federer in 3rd position.

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Ardigo found his pace and quickly followed Corberi in overtaking Abbasse. Ardigo finally found the opening on his young teammate and took a great victory full of suspense. Abbasse managed to take 3rd place from Federer with determination to finally secure the podium. The Gold drivers Johansson and Fore finished 5th and 6th. Nicolas Gonzales (Sodi / TM) was in the top ten, in 7th for a time before finishing 9th. Schmitz set the fastest lap of 46.820s but saw his ascent interrupted by a retirement within a lap of the goal.

 

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