The first round of the 2012 WSK Master Series took place at the La Conca circuit in Muro Leccese (Italy): Praga Kart participated in the year's first WSK match with 3 drivers in the two shifter categories, kz1 and kz2.
In KZ1 the weekend starts with a bang. On Saturday, Hájek is very fast (3rd in both heats) and conquers 3rd place on the grid for Final 1. He's fighting for victory, but after a few laps a damaged muffler forces him to leave, making him start from the last row in Sunday's heat 1. Here he recovers nicely and lands in the first rows of the start grid for Final 2 where, after a great start, a contact makes him lose positions: Hájek holds on and climbs back up to 8th place (3rd best lap overall).
Lammers, instead, is unlucky in the heats (20th, penalized by 10 seconds, then 11th) and in the final he has to chase: he keeps his cool, recovers well and is 12th at the finish-line. On Sunday, the Dutch driver is one of the fastest on track (7th and 4th with the second best lap in the heats) and conquers 5th place for the start of Final 2. Yet, here a contact makes him lose the top positions (11th).
In KZ2 Martin Doubek has alternate fate in the heats (24th and 14th) and then recovers nicely in Final 1, but a penalty stops him at 13th place. On Sunday, a penalty in heat 1 again "slows" him down (here he closes 18th), but in heat 2 he takes full advantage of the potential of his Praga Kart and ends in 4th place. In Final 2 he tries to get out of mid-group traffic and succeeds only in part (placing 14th), but the lap times scored on track bid well for future races.
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«We were hoping to get on the podium, but we did not expect to win a race!» Anton Van Grunsven can indeed be satisfied with the performance of his team, AVG Racings, at the first round of the WSK Master Series at La Conca, this weekend. Naturally it was number 1 driver Arnaud Kozlinski who brought home the laurels of victory in KZ1, but all the members of the team benefited from PCR/TM excellent state of form.
«We did not have time to do much development work with PCR after the Winter Cup. The real innovations will be adopted at next WSK Master meeting at Sarno. Nonetheless, set-up work was very positive and Koko's talent did the rest». AVG Racing karts continued to improve performance during the weekend. Kozlinski and Puhakka showed a remarkable progression on Saturday: 9th and 10th in timed qualifying, 6th and 7th in the heats, then 3rd and 4th in Final 1. Just arrived from KZ2, Sinan Van Der Raad ranked 18th and 17th in KZ1.
On Sunday, Kozlinski gave his best shot already in the heats and concluded the day with his first victory in PCR, at the end of an extraordinary race. «We work a lot with PCR on our chassis», added the team manager, «but we also cooperate with TM. Franco Drudi supports us 100% by supplying us with really good engines. Arnaud has brought great energy to the team since this winter, both on the track and during development work. Simo has made a successful return to competition after several months of absence from circuits. In KZ2, Dylan Davies performed well on Saturday: he got on the third step of the podium in the final, but unfortunately had a collision on Sunday and broke his axle».
Next meeting will be at Sarno, for another WSK Master Series round, in less that two weeks' time.
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e made his debut in the 125cc gearbox class at the end of last season, at Ortona, for the WSK Final Cup. Now, at the start of this 2012, he has proved to be a fast and self-confident driver behind the wheel of his CRG/Maxter KZ2 kart at the WSK Master Series opening round, on the circuit of La Conca. Jordon Lennox-Lamb was extraordinary, despite a weekend full of obstacles. On Saturday, a chain problem forced him to withdraw from the second heat; he then climbed up from 12th to 2nd place in Final 1, setting the fastest lap time during the race, but lost his place after a 10-second penalty that was also inflicted to several other competitors during the start procedure.
The following day, Lennox set a series of fastest lap times and did not let anyone get in the way during his triumphant march to victory in Final 2. "I am very happy with my kart", said the British driver. "I was always able to fight among the front runners in KZ2, with very good times too, and in the end I prevailed. I already thought that CRG kart level of performance was convincing, but the engine Maxter prepared for me in-house also proved to be very powerful... too powerful for my adversaries!"
In the higher class, KZ1, CRG drivers did a lot of development work during all the Muro Leccese meeting. Jorrit Pex (CRG/TM) took the lead already during Friday's timed qualifying by conquering pole position, and then remained at the top of the classification on Saturday thanks to his second place in Final 1.
Mirko Torsellini (CRG/Maxter), 3rd in Final 2 and 4th in the overall championship classification, then achieved the best result of a team whose performance level improved continuously. Evidence of that was provided by Jonathan Thonon's brilliant catch-up race, during which he regained 10 places, finished 5th - closely followed by Davide Forè - and posted a stunning fastest lap time in the final part of the race.
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