It’s been a couple of days since the CIK-FIA OK & OK Junior World Championships and with all the drivers now leaving Bahrain we thought we’d look back at one of the Worlds biggest karting events.
OK – Hilbrand completes famous triple crown
In the OK class it was CRG driver, Pedro Hiltbrand who topped off what has already been a fantastic year adding the World Championship to his OK European title and KZ2 International SuperCup. The spaniard, who is nominated for our International Driver of the Year Award, had been on fire all weekend and qualified on the front row for the Final. From there he went on to take victory from Karol Basz and teammate Felice Tiene.
The best of the British drivers over the first two days was Tom Joyner and Tom Bale. Both ranked inside of the top ten after the heats they would then form the inside of rows four and five for the main final. Unfortunately for Bale this was where things would go wrong as he received a penalty in the final which dropped him to 16th place. Joyner on the other hand managed to finish a satisfactory 6th place.
Despite a bad start Johnathan Hoggard did a good job to make improvements over the weekend and qualify into the final. In the race for the World title he finished 28th and I’m sure walked away happy with the expeirence. Unfortunately Jordan Lennox-Lamb and Ben Hanley both hit problems in the Pre Final which meant they didn’t make the final. It really summed up what had been a bad weekend for them up until that point.
1st Pedro Hiltbrand (ESP)
2nd Karol Basz (POL)
3rd Felice Tiene (ITA)
6th Tom Joyner (GBR)
16th Tom Bale (GBR)
28th Johnathan Hoggard (GBR)
DNQ Jordan Lennox-Lamb (GBR)
DNQ Ben Hanley (GBR)
OK Junior – Victory for Martins
The favourite for victory all weekend was certainly David Vidales. He had been on form all week and thought he’d had this World Championship in the bag come the Final. But starting alongside him would be Victor Martins with Fin Kenneally on the second row.
The first half of the race was vert much worthy of it’s title, lots of overtaking and several different race leaders. That was until Victor Martins managed to get a break and once he had that gap there would be no catching him. He eventually went on to win by 2.3 seconds with David Vidales and Theo Pourchaire joining him on the podium.
Two Brits were very heavily involved in the lead battle while it lasted, they were Fin Kenneally and Kiern Jewiss. It looked like one of them would even win or finish on the podium at the very least but two very unfortunate moments meant instead they would finish 7th (Jewiss) and 11th (Kenneally).
Perhaps the unluckiest of all was Teddy Wilson. For most of the week he had been the best of the Brits and lined up 11th for the final, but that was unfortunately where things would go very wrong. Teddy ended up with a DNF in the final after coming off on the opening lap.
Callum Bradshaw was another who suffered similar misfortunes. In qualifying he was heavily delayed after being on for a potential pole position. This put him on the back foot for the heats and in all honesty he did well to make it to the final! Going off p20 it was always going to be tough, but his race was short lived as he retired on lap two.
1st Victor Martins (FRA)
2nd David Vidales (ESP)
3rd Theo Pourchaire (FRA)
7th Kiern Jewiss (GBR)
11th Fin Kenneally (GBR)
DNF Teddy Wilson (GBR)
DNF Callum Bradshaw (GBR)
Written by Chris McCarthy
Images courtesy of KSP Reportages