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Heat 5, A against D

Another good start from Jérémy Iglesias (Lenzo / LKE), second ahead of Arnaud Kozlinski (Intrepid / TM), while Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex) escaped in the lead. Kozlinski regained the place on the next lap, and Rick Dreezen (Zanardi / Parilla) took third position. Patrik Hajek (Praga / Parilla) was in 5th ahead of Davide Fore (CRG / Maxter), Jorge Pescador (Praga / Parilla) and Bas Lammers (Formula K / Parilla). Jan Midrla (Birel / TM) dropped to last position. Kozlinski set the fastest lap on lap 4, the gap decreased to Camponeschi but Dreezen was threatening behind the French driver. Lammers pushed and passed Fore for 6th place on lap 7. Camponeschi took his third consecutive victory, Kozlinski managed to retain 2nd place despite attacks from Dreezen, with the fastest lap. Hajek finished 4th, Iglesias 5th, Lammers 6th with a gain of 11 positions and Fore 7th. There was a comeback for Luca Corberi (Kosmic / Vortex) who gained over 10 places to finish ninth and Ricardo Romkema (Energy / TM) was 11th with a gain of 12 places.

Heat 6, B against C

Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex) led from pole in the last KZ2 heat, followed by Paolo De Conto (Birel / TM) who succeeded in getting away from Andrea Dale '(CRG / Maxter), who had got away quickly on the inside line. On the second lap, Dale was forced to retire, Riccardo Negro (Top Kart / TM) was in third, 2'' off the lead, followed by Ben Hanley (ART GP / TM), Felice Tiene (CRG / Maxter), Jonathan Thonon (Praga / Parilla) and Mirko Torsellini (ART GP / TM). Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG / Maxter) retired. De Conto attacked Ardigo on lap 4, and the British driver had set the fastest lap on lap 6. Ardigo hadn't given up: he was back in the lead ahead of De Conto before the last lap, with fastest time of the race in his pocket. This wax the second win for Ardigo ahead of De Conto and Hanley, with Tiene 4th, Negro 5th, and Thonon 6th.



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Heat 3, A against C
Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Paolo De Conto (Birel / TM) were courteous to Andrea Dale (CRG / Maxter) at the start. Rick Dreezen (Zanardi / Parilla) was 4th ahead of Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG / Maxter), Felice Tiene (CRG / Maxter) and Jonathan Thonon (Praga / Parilla) who had made a good start. It must be said that the first lap was quieter than the previous heat. De Conto took the lead on lap 3 ahead of Camponeschi, Dale and Dreezen who were all close. Camponeschi responded two laps later. Mirko Torsellini (ART GP / Parilla) was back in 11th with the fastest time of the day. Dreezen attacked Dale and took 3rd on lap 6. In 5th position Lennox was relegated by 3.5'' from the lead of the race, closely followed by Tiene and Thonon. Bas Lammers (Formula K / Parilla) finally regained some places. Victory and fastest lap went to Camponeschi, De Conto second, Dreezen third, Dale 4th, Lennox-Lamb 5th. Torsellini finished 8th with a gain of six places.




Heat 4, B against D
There was a perfect start for Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex), Arnaud Kozlinski (Intrepid / TM) fought against Jérémy Iglesias (Lenzo / LKE) to quickly take 2nd place and Riccardo Negro (Top Kart / TM) was fourth ahead of Ben Hanley ( ART GP / TM) and Patrik Hajek (Praga / Parilla), but both drivers passed him on lap 3. Fastest lap and 3rd position for Hanley on lap 5 with the top three closing up. Hanley tried to surprise Kozlinski, but he resisted and maintained second position until the checkered flag that greeted Ardigo's  victory - with the fastest lap - then Iglesias finished 4th, Hajek 5th and Negro 6th. Davide Fore (CRG / TM) had moved up to ninth ahead of Douglas Lundberg (Alpha Karting / TM). The race had 8 dropouts, most due to mechanical problems.



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The heats have started for the 2014 WSK Super Master Series at Sarno. For exclusive information, see the unofficial Kartcom clipboard, updated after each race end and after the publication of any penalties, by following these links:  KFJ, KF and KZ2.



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Heat 1, A against B

Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex) was leading the race in the first heat in KZ2, while Rick Dreezen (Zanardi / Parilla) quickly recovered 2nd place from Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex). Ben Hanley (ART GP / TM) then defeated Riccardo Negro (Top Kart / TM) to return to fourth position. Bas Lammers (Formula K / Parilla) lost time at the start before embarking on a small recovery. Hanley attacked Ardigo on the penultimate lap to take 3rd place. Camponeschi won with the fastest lap ahead of Dreezen.

Heat 2, C against D

Jérémy Iglesias (Lenzo / LKE) made an excellent start to go second behind Andrea Dale (CRG / Maxter) and Patrik Hajek (Praga / Parilla) in 4th. Arnaud Kozlinski (Intrepid / TM) returned to second when Iglesias retired, followed by Douglas Lundberg (Alpha Karting / TM) 11 places better than his start position, and Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG / Maxter) in 4th ahead of Marco Zanchetta (Maranello / TM). Lennox attacked for third position. Paolo De Conto (Birel / TM) was losing ground in 9th place, Hajek dropped to 12th, and Davide Fore (CRG / TM) was struggling in 18th place. Dale and Kozlinski escaped ahead of Lennox-Lamb. Dale was leading by two-tenths from Kozlinski, Lennox finished 3rd by 4'', Zanchetta 4th, Lundberg 5th, Felice Tiene (CRG / Maxter) 6th, Mirko Torsellini (ART GP / TM) 7th and De Conto 8th. Jonathan Thonon (Praga / Parilla) finished in 12th place, and the fastest lap went to Fore in 15th.



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Since the beginning of the WSK season, the timetable alternates the classes so everyone competes in the same track rubber conditions. The first group of KZ2 shod with Bridgestone tyres opened the programme, followed by group 1 of KF, on Dunlop, then the KF-Junior group 1 on Vega, before the second groups in the same order. This choice was made to ensure that the different groups in the same class run on rubber laid down by the same tyres, which seems a good idea.

The WSK Super Master Series at Sarno saw qualifying start at 16:20, almost two hours later than the WSK Champions Cup at La Conca. The problem was that during the 45 minute interval between sessions of the same class, the temperature had time to drop significantly with a direct correlation with the grip of the track, because the end of the day approached fast. One can see one or two tenths disadvantage for group 2 in KZ2, while the gap was closer to 3/10 in KF-Junior and 5/10 in KF, while remaining just below the 101% difference that would have resulted in a classification according to the positions of each group.

An example: the 16th fastest time in the first group of KF, Gabriel Aubry (Tony Kart / Vortex) was ahead of Maxim Kim (DR / TM), the pole sitter of the second group and 0.648'' from Jehan Daruvala (FA Kart / Vortex). If he had been two hundredths slower, Kim would have been second instead of 19th in the combined classification of the two groups and Aubry would have been pointed 32nd.

Should we criticize the schedule chosen by the WSK? Probably not! This choice was inspired by comments from the competitors in previous years and is strictly fair although it does not seem to be a perfectly fair solution for this problem.



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