WSK Champions Cup – La Conca, Italy

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WSK Champions Cup La Conca 090314The international karting circus moved to La Conca for two weekends in early March which saw championship wins for Ben Hanley and Enaam Ahmed.

The top international drivers put on a performance which kept the public on the edge of their seats in KZ2, where the final standings remained uncertain until the end despite Ben Hanley dominating the Series since the first round. Drivers have been finding it harder to overtake on the new harder tyres but it hasn’t affected the quality of the show in karting’s top class.

Hanley had finished the first round with a comfortable lead and was the winner of the 2nd March final, but at the second round Rick Dreezen closed the gap after winning the Prefinal and, in the Final, Dreezen was part of the battle for the victory of the Series before being pushed off the track when trying to take the lead.

Flavio Camponeschi, thanks to the points scored with his 2nd place at Round 2 behind the untouchable Jorrit Pex, seemed to be the most dangerous rival for Hanley. Hanley dropped back to 6th from 3rd during an unfortunate last lap but despite the relatively poor result, the points scored were enough for Hanley to secure his victory in the WSK Champions Cup, just 8 points ahead of Camponeschi. Pex was boosted to 3rd in the final standings by his victory in the final.

Alessio Lorandi and Karol Basz dominated a KF final each during the two weekends. Basz, eventually had the upper hand thanks to the results achieved at the first round; Lorandi did not manage to completely close the gap in the second round and had to be content with 2nd position. On the last Sunday he only managed to score 3rd position in the Final, a result which prevented him from winning the trophy. Basz kept the leadership, just 10 points ahead of the Italian.

There were also good performances from the British driver Callum Ilott, who was 3rd, and Ollie Norris, who has made a quantum leap in performance this year and was one of the top drivers in the heats at Round 1 but his transmission failed in the final. His brother Lando, the European KFJ Champion, has had a tough time since moving up, and while recovering from a fractured wrist was pushed from behind in the prefinal at Round 2 which resulted in non-qualification.

Only three points separate the two British drivers Enaam Ahmed and Max Fewtrell (both at RFM), the winner and the runner-up in KF Junior. The two teammates won a final each over the two weekends, and Fewtrell’s flawless victory in the second round finals (which awarded more points than the first round final) put Ahmed’s victory in the Series in jeopardy. Ahmed couldn’t keep up with the pace of his teammate and dropped back to the second half of the pack at the start of the last final, where he had been on the front row next to Fewtrell.

Ahmed, however, managed to make a great recovery and to finish 9th which is what he needed win the Series, even though he had a very narrow gap. There were also remarkable results for the British driver Daniel Ticktum, who was 3rd at both rounds and in the Series.