The intense weekend in Adria in occasion of the first meeting of the WSK Super Master Series ended again with a good presence, as happened one week ago at the WSK Champions Cup. More than 340 drivers reached in fact Adria from 50 different countries for this early race of the International karting season in the four categories KZ2, OK, OKJ and MINI.
The final stages run on Sunday, February 28th, have been particularly exciting at the end of 50 qualifying heats and Prefinal A and B of all the categories. The top step of the podium was occupied by the main protagonists of the WSK Champions Cup that was run one week ago, but they did not have an easy life to get this win.
Viktor Gustavsson on top in KZ2.
In KZ2, after an initial lead by the Finn Juho Valtanen (KR Motorsport/KR-TM Racing), the Swede Viktor Gustavsson (Leclerc by Lennox/BireART/TM Racing) took the lead and won the final. Gustavsson turned out to be the main protagonist of the opener of the WSK Super Master Series after winning the WSK Champions Cup last week. He posted the quickest time in qualifying, was second after the heats, won his Prefinal and secured a strong win in the Final. The second place went to Juho Valtanen, while the third to a great Francesco Celenta (Parolin Motorsport/Parolin-TM Racing) who completed a good recovery race. Among the big names that did not finish the race, the Finn Simo Puhakka (Tony Kart Racing Team/Tony Kart-Vortex) had an incident at the start after being the quickest in the heats. Danilo Albanese (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame) secured a good fourth place leading Senna Van Walstijn (CPB/Sodikart-TM Racing) and Riccardo Longhi (BirelART Racing/BirelART-TM Racing), while Alex Irlando ended seventh at the debut on CRG.
Final KZ2: 1. Gustavsson; 2. Valtanen; 3. Celenta; 4. Albanese; 5. Van Walstijn; 6. Longhi; 7. Irlando; 8. Marseglia; 9. Renaudin; 10. Piccini.
Rafael Camara wins OK making up for the lost ground.
In OK an incident at the start of the Final voided the victory scored by Arvid Lindblad (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame) in the heats and in his Prefinal. The Italian Edoardo Ludovico Villa (TB Kart/ TB Kart-TM Racing) initially took advantage of the misfortune of the British driver, but eventually, the Brazilian Rafael Camara (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame) recovered the positions he lost at the start. Camara bounced back on top and took the win building a good margin on Villa. The American Ugo Ugochukwu (Sauber/KR-Iame) secured a good P3. The fourth place went to the Bulgarian Nikola Tsolov (DPK/KR-Iame), who led the Pole Tymoteusz Kucharczyk (BirelART/RK-TM Racing) – that also recovered some ground – and the Israeli Elkin Ariel (VDK/KA-Iame). Brando Badoer (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame) slipped down to P7 instead after holding P3 early on.
Final OK: 1. Camara; 2. Villa; 3. Ugichukwu; 4. Tsolov; 5. Kucharczyk; 6. Ariel; 7. Badoer; 8. Severiukhin; 9. Stenshorne; 10. Paparo.
Rashid Al Dhaheri dominates the Final of OK-Junior.
In OK-Junior United Arab Emirates’ Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin Motorsport/Parolin-TM Racing) claimed the win thanks to a great start after winning his Prefinal. On the contrary, the British driver Freddie Slater (Ricky Flynn/Kosmic-Vortex) lost several places early on and did not take part in the duel for the win after being the best in the heats and in the other Prefinal. The Russian Kirill Kutskov (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame) crossed the finish line in second place but a 5s time penalty made him slip down to P7. The second place was therefore inherited by the Pole Gustaw Wisniewski (Sauber/KR-Iame) and the third by the Brazilian Matheus Ferreira (KR Motorsport/KA-Iame) at the end of an excellent recovery race. Slater had to settle for P4 leading two other protagonists: the Japanese Kean Nakamura Berta (Forza Racing/Exprit-TM Racing) and the German Maxim Rehm (Ricky Flynn/Kosmic-Vortex).
Final OKJ: 1. Al Dhaheri; 2. Wisniewki; 3. Ferreira; 4. Slater; 5. Nakamura; 6. Rehm; 7. Kutskov; 8. Popov; 9. Krapin; 10. Irfan
René Lammers pips Jan Przrowsky in MINI.
The final of MINI has been exciting from lights to flag as the Dutch René Lammers (Baby Race/Parolin-Iame) and the Pole Jan Przrowsky (AV Racing/Parolin-TM Racing) were very close to each other for the whole 10 laps. In the sprint to the line, Lammers managed to be 0.049s clear of the Pole. The third place went to the Russian Gerasim Skulanov (CRG Racing Team/CRG-TM Racing) who recovered well after losing some ground at the start. The Asian Tiziano Monza (Sauber/KR-Iame) led a strong race ending fourth and proceeding in the order Jacopo Martinese (CMT/Parolin-TM Racing), the Belgian Dries Van Langendonck (BirelART Racing/BirelART-TM Racing), Emanuele Olivieri (Formula K Serafini/IPK-TM Racing), the Spanish driver Christian Costoya (Parolin Motorsport/Parolin-TM Racing), the Swiss Kian Fardin (Team Driver/KR-Iame) and the Chinese Zhenrui Chi (Baby Race/Parolin-Iame) who also run a good race recovering a lot of ground.
Final MINI: 1. Lammers; 2. Przyrowsky; 3. Skulanov; 4. Monza; 5. Martinese; 6. Van Langendonck; 7. Olivieri; 8. Costoya; 9. Fardin; 10. Chi.
Complete Results: www.wskarting.it
The next rounds of the WSK Super Master Series:
2°Rd – 14/03/2021 La Conca - MINI-OKJ-OK
3°Rd – 28/03/2021 Sarno - MINI-OKJ-OK-KZ2
4°Rd – 25/04/2021 Lonato - MINI-OKJ-OK-KZ2