With the WSK Champions Cup kicking off in Adria (Italy) tomorrow we decided to give our full Preview on the event. Below we’ve given a run down of some of the drivers to watch and who will be there flying the flag for Great Britain.
OK Junior – 69 entries
So although this will be the first real chance we’ll get to see the brand new OK engines in race trim I still expect the usual suspects to be at the front.
Finishing 6th in last years European Championships and with the top 5 either moving up or absent you’d have to put Brazilian driver Caio Collet as one of the favourites. He’s swapped to the Birel ART team this year and comes into the event in good form after his podium finish at the Rotax World Finals.
Swedish team Ward Racing are always prominent in the class and this year they have brought 9 drivers to the event. Of those 9 I expect Russian driver Ivan Shvestov to be most threatening. He was 9th in last years Euro’s so should be expecting to finish higher this year.
Another driver to watch will be Spaniard, David Vidales. He’s racing for Energy Corse SRL and in my eyes is there best shot at a good result in this event. You can expect the likes of Baby Race SRL, Ricky Flynn Motorsport and of course Tony Kart Racing Team SRL among others to be right up there! I think the heats will play a big part in who wins this event.
Fin Kenneally (Ricky Flynn Motorsport) – Should be an interesting watch with the back to back World Champions.
Kiern Jewiss (Ricciardo Kart) – I’m excited to see what Kiern will do as he’s shown he can adapt to any class very quickly in the past.
OK – 39 entries
Although a fairly smaller grid the OK class is arguably the most exciting with at least 10 drivers capable of winning if not more! Karol Basz (Kosmic) comes in as the reigning World Champion so you’d have to say he was favourite but Vice European Tom Joyner on the Zanardi would also be a pretty safe bet.
Tony Kart Racing Team SRL have certainly brought a strong line up this year with three very fast drivers in Nicklas Nielsen, Clement Novalak and Jean Baptiste Simmenauer. All could finish on the podium in my opinion. But they’ll have to work hard to beat the likes of Felice Tiene (CRG), Martijn van Leeuwen (Birel ART), Tom Bale (Expirit) and John Norris (Tony Kart) who comes with the KSM Michael Schumacher Racing Team.
There are plenty of Juniors who have moved up to the OK category and of those you’d have to say Logan Sargeant (FA Alonso), Christian Lungaard (Energy) and Xavier Lloveras (CRG) will be the man protagonists.
But my one to watch has to be Flavio Camponeschi. He’s of course the KZ European Champion and has switched from Tony Kart to CRG SPA. It was by far the most talked about move over the winter and I can’t wait to see if it will pay off
Tom Joyner – Zanardi
Tom Bale – Forza Racing
Clement Novalak – Tony Kart Racing Team SRL
KZ2 – 36 entries
The premier class of the event is of course KZ and like the OK category this will be an extremely tough one to call. World Champion Jorrit Pex (CRG) will be one person everyone has their eye on and I’m expecting his brother Stan (CRG) to feature somewhere in the top 10 too.
The veterans such as Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart), Jonothan Thonon (Praga), Rick Dreezen (Ricciardo), Paolo De Conto (CRG) and Jordan Lennox-lamb (Birel ART) cannot be discounted and all have the credentials to take victory.
Marus Armstrong will be making his debut in the class with the Tony Kart Racing Team SRL and I’m very excited to see how he gets on. He’s been super quick in the senior category last year and I think as 2016 goes on he may pick up a few trophies. I’m not sure he’ll be right up there this time but certainly one to look out for!
Andreas Backman (Kosmic) may have only finished 18th in last years European Championship but this will now be his second year in the class and he’s my one to watch if he can stay out of trouble all weekend.
Others that could feature on the podium include Simo Puhakka (CRG), Alexander Schmitz (Tony Kart), Dionisios Marcu (Tony Kart) and Patrik Hajek (Kosmic).
Jordan Lennox-Lamb – Birel ART
60 Mini – 84 entries
Luca Griggs – EGP Racing Team
Daniel Gale – Formula K Junior Team
Qualifying gets underway tomorrow and event timetables, results can be found here – http://www.wskarting.it/champions_cup.asp
Live Timing is available here – http://www.wskarting.it/livetiming.asp?s=WSK_ChampionsCup
You can also watch the event streamed live on Sunday here – http://www.wskarting.it/live_streaming.asp?s=WSK_Championscup