This weekend see’s the opening round of the WSK Super Master Series at the Casteletto circuit in Italy. The championship takes place over four rounds with the season finale taking place at Adria Raceway on the 22nd May.
So who are the ones to watch this weekend…
OK Junior – 68 entries
Ones to Watch
The form book says the Brits are going into this one as favourites but looking at the rest of the field my eyes will be on the likes of Timothy Peisellon and Ivan Shvetsov. Both finished runners up in the WSK Champions Cup and Lonato Winter Cup and will be hoping to go one better this time.
Birel-ART’s fierce line up of Caio Collet and Ulysse De Pauw will be up there and the Energy Corse driver David Vidales will be amongst the podium fight. Out of the OTK Factory drivers I’m expecting Charles Milesi to be strongest contender
As he was absent for the Lonato Winter Cup, Kiern Jewiss comes into the event effectively unbeaten and if rain is to fall again he may be hard to stop. In dry conditions I’d still expect him to be right up there but he’s no longer considered an underdog and I wonder if that’ll make things harder?
Fin Kenneally’s fantastic performance at the Lonato Winter Cup should give him all the confidence needed to win this race. If he can stay out of trouble he’ll have a very strong chance come the Final’s on Sunday.
Teddy Wilson has entered with the CRG Factory Team and for me will be the most interesting watch. He hasn’t raced yet this season and we all remember what he produced at the CIK opener in Portimao last year! I’m struggling to predict where he might finish but I’d say a top 10 would be a sterling effort considering his recent lack of racing experience.
OK – 33 entries
Ones to Watch
There’s no doubt that OTK Factory Drivers Karol Basz and Nicklas Nielsen are going to be fighting for victory but who’s going to be the ones running them closest? Personally I’d be looking at Logan Sargeant, Felice Tiene, Paavo Tonteri and Christian Lungaard. All have shown form and results already this season.
However the main ‘one to watch’ for me is Richard Verschoor. He’s going be racing in F4 this year but has signed with CRG Keijzer Racing this year to do some Karting. He was in our ‘2015 Top 5 European Drivers’ and is more than capable of winning this event.
News broke recently that Ben Hanley will be racing in LMP2 this year but that has not stopped him from doing some Karting. Despite problems in Lonato he finished 4th, if technical gremlins don’t haunt him this weekend he’ll be around the podium places.
Clement Novalak has suffered from his fair share of bad luck this year but he’s always showed podium pace. If he can stay out of trouble this weekend he’ll be in a very good grid slot for Sunday’s Final, after that anything can happen..
Tom Joyner is always a driver you have to look at as one of the favourites, so it just comes down to a case of luck. Like Novalak if he is to stay out of trouble he’ll be around the Top 5 for the Final on Sunday.
Tom Bale showed pace capable of running in the Top 5 at the Champions Cup but got off to a bad start and was never able to recover. If he can qualify well he’ll be right up there, if not then I think he may struggle again.
KZ – 26 entries
Ones To Watch
Off the back of the Winter Cup the favourite coming into the event has to be Marco Ardigo after a stunning performance. But Paolo De Conto, Rick Dreezen and Jorrit Pex can also never be looked past and the surprise package so far this season has been Lorenzo Camplese.
However the ‘ones to watch’ are the Gold Team in Joel Johansson and Davide Fore. Arguably one of the strongest teams on the grid in a kart that gets better and better every time it leaves the pits.
Jordan Lennox-Lamb is the only Brit in the KZ classes and has struggled so far in 2016. With that in mind I’m not expecting any podiums but if he can improve then I think he’ll be satisfied.
KZ2 – 14 entries
Ones To Watch
Stan Pex and Luca Corberi are the favourites in KZ2 for me but the driver to look out for could be the Italian ‘Alex’. He’s the 2015 Senior Max World Champion and has now teamed up with the Enerygy Corse Factory. I’m keen to see how he gets on, he may just surprise a few people.