The second round of WSK Euro Series has been successful again at the Adria Karting Raceway that welcomed 220 drivers coming from 48 countries to contest MINI, OKJ, OK and KZ2. The main protagonists of the weekend in Adria came to the fore in the Prefinals held in the morning, and then the winners of this Euro Series round were decided in the afternoon. These were the Dutch Marijn Kremers (BirelART Racing/BirelART-TM Racing) in KZ2, the Brits Arvid Lindblad (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame) in OK and Freddie Slater (Ricky Flynn/Kosmic-Vortex) in OKJ, while the Italian Emanuele Olivieri (Formula K Serafini/IPK-TM Racing) claimed the victory in MINI.
The result of Prefinals.
In the first of the two KZ2 prefinals there were no surprises for classification leader Marijn Kremers (BirelART Racing/BirelART-TM Racing), who led all his rivals and was followed by his two teammates Riccardo Longhi and Giuseppe Palomba, while Danilo Albanese (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame) secured a good P4. In the second prefinal, a final twist saw the Spanish Pedro Hiltbrand (Leclerc by Lennox/BirelART-TM Racing) attempting an overtaking move for the win at the last lap on the French Emilien Denner (Intrepid Driver Program/Intrepid-TM Racing), but unfortunately, he bumped into the Frenchman. Hiltbrand was therefore penalized and the victory went to Alessio Piccini (BirelART Racing/BirelART-TM Racing), while Denner was third as he was proceeded by Paolo Ippolito (CRG Racing Team/CRG-TM Racing).
The Brit Arvid Lindblad (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame) confirmed to be on top in the OK Prefinal where he led the Pole Tymoteusz Kucharczyk (BirelART/RK-TM Racing) and the Brazilian Matheus Morgatto (BirelART Racing/BirelART-TM Racing). The poleman from Bulgaria Nikola Tsolov (DPR/KR-Iame) did not finish the race again instead.
In MINI, the Italian Emanuele Olivieri (Formula K Serafini/IPK-TM Racing) won Prefinal-A as he managed to find his way past the Czech and current classification leader Jindrich Pesl (BabyRace/Parolin-Iame) in the closing stages, who dominated the qualifying stages. Prefinal-B was won by the Spaniard Christian Costoya (Parolin Motorsport/Parolin-TM Racing), who proceeded the other Italian Davide Bottaro (AV Racing/Parolin-TM Racing). The latter came to the fore in this round and was followed by the Colombian Matias Orjuela (Parolin Motorsport/Parolin-TM Racing), who was fifth recovering several places.
The OKJ Prefinal-A went to the Brit Harley Keeble (Tony Kart Racing Team/Tony Kart-Vortex) as he recovered 8 places and secured the win. He was followed by the Swiss Enea Frey (Ricky Flynn/Kosmic-Vortex) and the Jamaican Alex Power (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame). The dominator of the initial stages of the weekend in Adria, the Dane David Walther (Koski Motorsport/Tony Kart-Vortex), slipped down to P12 instead. The Brit Freddie Slater (Ricky Flynn/Kosmic-Vortex) won Prefinal-B from Slovenia’s Mark Kastelic (Forza Racing/Exprit-TM Racing).
Kremers dominates KZ2 and pulls away in the classification.
The Dutch Marijn Kremers (BirelART Racing/BirelART-TM Racing) dominated the KZ2 final and increased his lead on top of the classification. Kremers led the race from lights to flag proceeding his teammates from Italy Riccardo Longhi and Alessio Piccini, that joined him on the podium in the order. The fourth place went to another Italian driver of BirelART Giuseppe Palomba, who kept the position all the way to the flag, leading Paolo Ippolito (CRG Racing Team/CRG-TM Racing) and Francesco Celenta (Parolin Motorsport/Parolin-TM Racing). The seventh place went to the French driver Emilien Denner (Intrepid Driver Program/Intrepid-TM Racing and the eighth to the Finn Simo Puhakka (Tony Kart Racing Team/Tony Kart-Vortex).
KZ2 classification: 1. Kremers points 242; 2. Longhi 159; 3. Piccini 112; 4. Palomba; 5. Iglesias 96.
Lindblad confirms his lead in OK.
In the OK final, classification leader Arvid Lindblad (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame), completed a good race and was followed at the flag by the Pole Timoteusz Kucharczyk (BirelART Racing/RK-TM Racing), while the third place went to the Norwegian Martinius Stenshorne (Leclerc by Lennox/BirelART-TM Racing), who got some ground back from the third row on the starting grid. The American Ugo Ugochukwu (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame) recovered up to P4, while the Peruvian Rafael Modonese (Praga Racing Team/Praga-Iame) was fifth and proceeded the Japanese Rintaro Sato (Ricky Flynn/Kosmic-Vortex). This victory allowed Lindblad to stay on top of the classification and to pull away from his rivals.
OK classification: 1. Lindblad points 243; 2. Ugochukwu 122; 3. Kucharczyk 114; 4. Andreasson 75; 5. Badoer 70.
Slater wins OKJ and closes in on Keeble in the standings.
The British driver Freddie Slater (Ricky Flynn/Kosmic-Vortex) took the lead of the OKJ final early from his fellow-countryman Harley Keeble (Tony Kart Racing Team/Tony Kart-Vortex), who lost some ground instead. Slater set a great race pace all the way to the flag that he crossed as the first, followed by the great Slovenian Mark Kastelic (Forza Racing/Exprit-TM Racing), who started from the second row of the grid, and by the Swiss Enea Frey (Ricky Flynn/Kosmic-Vortex). The fourth place went to the Russian driver Kirill Kutskov (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame), while Keeble was fifth and kept the classification lead, but Slater closed in on him.
OKJ classification: 1. Keeble points 162; 2. Slater 136; 3. Al Dhaheri 108; 4. Kastelic 97; 5. Frey 90.
Oliveri wins MINI and takes the classification lead.
In MINI the Italian Emanuele Olivieri (Formula K Serafini/IPK-TM Racing) confirmed his great shape and won the final, which earned him the classification lead. The second place went to the Spanish driver Christian Costoya (Parolin Motorsport/Parolin-TM Racing), who led the Russian Vladimir Ivannikov (Drago Corse/EKS-TM Racing). The previous classification leader, Jindrich (BabyRace/Parolin-Iame) from Czech Republic had to settle for P4 after dominating qualifying stages. The fifth place went to the British driver Alfie Slater (Energy Corse/Energy-TM Racing), who ended ahead of the Italian Davide Bottaro (AV Racing/Parolin-TM Racing), the Colombian Matias Orjuela (Parolin Motorsport/Parolin-TM Racing) and the other Italian Jacopo Martinese (CMT/Parolin-TM Racing). Emanuele Olivieri is the new classification leader.
MINI classification: 1. Olivieri points 186; 2. Pesl 172; 3. Costoya 127; 4. Tarnvanichkul 102; 5. Bottaro 71.
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The next round will be on June 27th at the International Circuit Napoli in Sarno (Salerno - Italy).