The first times of the season were set today at the WSK Champions Cup. This time, after the pre-season tests which took place at the past two weekends, the 216 scrutineered drivers raced to achieve the pole-positions in saturday's heats.
Excellent debut of the OK engines.
The WSK Champions Cup has brought the new OK engines to the northern Italian circuit. Their performance has been just outstanding: the comparison with the old KF categories - which closed the 2015 WSK season right on this track last November - says that this brand-new technology seems to be a step ahead: the times set in the OK Junior category (reserved to drivers from 13 years of age) proved that the OK Junior can keep up with the KF and that it is going to be even much faster soon. It is a fact that today's pole-position, achieved by the Moroccan driver Sami Taoufik (FA Alonso-Vortex-Vega), is over a tenth of a second better than the one set in KFJ last year. In the OK category things went even better: the pole-position of the KFJ world champion, the American Logan Sargeant (FA Alonso-Vortex-Vega), was 7 tenths of a second faster than the one recorded in last year's KF race. At the end of the first day of the event, the performance of the new engines was excellent on all the karts taking part in the contest and, of course, there are great expectations for the further technological improvement.
The results of qualifying at the Adria Karting Raceway.
Logan Sargeant, thanks to his 47"748, beat the Italian Lorenzo Travisanutto into second position in the OK category, while the Danish Nicklas Nielsen (both on Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) finished third. Sami Taoufik stopped the clock at 49"546 and grabbed the pole in the OKJ. Second position for the Belgian Ulysse De Pauw (BirelArt-Parilla-Vega) who finished ahead of the Russian Pavel Bulantsev (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega). In KZ, the Italian Lorenzo Camplese (Parolin-TM-Vega) was the fastest with 47"598 and finished ahead of another Italian, Paolo De Conto (CRG-Maxter-Vega), and the German Alexander Schmitz (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega). Finally the free practice of the 60 Mini (the category qualifying is scheduled for tomorrow morning), where the fastest time was set by Andrea Antonelli (Exprit-TM-Vega) in 55"891.
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Comparing like with like, the fastest in the timed practice at several events that have recently taken place, with equivalent tyres, at Adria, there has been a performance increase with the new generation of OK engines of 3/10 to 5/10. To learn this we have put together the times from the 2015 WSK Gold Cup and the 2015 WSK Final Cup, which saw quite similar weather conditions to those of the 2016 WSK Champions Cup. We also looked at the KZ2 times to see possible changes in track conditions.
The gap to KF stood at approximately 4/10 in favor of OK while OK-Junior does not seem to be faster than the KF-Junior, instead slightly slower. This is only a quick analysis from the early season, while the development of these new engines has barely begun. The lower weight has obviously helped to increase the performance of the OK.
The double pole obtained by the RFM team with Vortex Engines from One is not really a surprise, as this pairing has a habit of placing it's driver at the forefront. Also in the top 10 of the day are Ward Racing, Tony Kart Racing Team, RB Racing, Birel ART Racing, CRG Spa, Kosmic Racing Team, Ricciardo Kart Racing, Formula K Racing Team and VDK Racing, demonstrating a lot of diversity. Vortex still dominates in number of engines in the top 10, but Parilla also has the performance, and TM and LKE are not far off with a 11th place in Junior. To be continued...
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The weather was fair and cool with a dry track for the Qualifying at the 2016 WSK Champions Cup at Adria. Temperatures, however, have increased from free practice in the morning.
Charles Milesi (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Timothy Peisselon (FA Kart / Vortex) battled at the front of the first-OK Junior group close to 50''0. Victor Martins (Kosmic / Parilla) took 1st place less than a minute from the end, then was dislodged by Peter Ptacek (Formula K / Parilla) by a thousandth with a 49''930. Milesi posted the 3rd fastest time in front of Bogdan Fetisov (Tony Kart / TM) and Caio Collet (ART Birel / Parilla). Peisselon was 6th and Theo Pourchaire (Kosmic / Vortex) 11th. Milan Petelet (Praga / Parilla) took 13th on the approach to the chequered flag.
Ulysses De Pauw (Birel ART / Parilla) moved ahead of the second group two minutes from the end, but Sam Taoufik (FA Kart / Vortex) managed his session impeccably to complete the last lap in the slipstream behind De Pauw to take pole, 19 thousandths faster with 49''546. Pavel Bulantsev (Tony Kart / Vortex) made his appearance in 3rd position ahead of Rasmus Lindh (Ricciardo / Parilla) and David Vidales (Energy / TM).
The second group proved considerably faster than the first (0.384'' apart) who suffered from running on the 60 Mini rubber. Taoufik, known last year as the surname of Worship, took pole ahead of De Pauw, who dominated during practice, Ptacek finished in 8th place which was a pleasant surprise. Confirming his speed during the start of the meeting, Martins was the top French driver in 9th position, Milesi was 12th, Peisselon 16th, Pourchaire 33rd, Petelet 36th, Franck Chappard (Kosmic / Vortex) 37th, Gillian Henrion (Kosmic / Vortex) 48th, Thomas Mialane (Energy / TM) 49th, Theo Nouet (Energy / TM) 60th.
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Already well ahead of everyone during OK practice, Logan Sargeant (FA Kart / Vortex) was clearly ahead of most of his opponents in the first qualifying session. Only Lorenzo Travisanutto (Tony Kart / Vortex) approached him by 54 mils. In 3rd position, Felice Tiene (CRG / Parilla) was more than 3/10 off, followed by Sun Yue Yang (FA Kart / Vortex) and Tom Joyner (Zanardi / Parilla).
In the second group, the battle raged between Nicklas Nielsen (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Clement Novalak (Tony Kart / Vortex), joined by Karol Basz (Kosmic / Vortex) and Max Hesse (Exprit / TM). Nielsen was trying to beat the benchmark time from Sargeant, but failed by 86 mils. Hesse ensured 2nd place by 4/100 while Paavo Tonteri (CRG / Parilla) just grabbed 3rd position ahead of Basz, Flavio Camponeschi (CRG / Parilla) and Novalak.
Logan Sargeant, the Junior World Champion, didn't fail on his debut on the OK stage. Dominating during practice, his FA Kart / Vortex from the RFM team allowed him to snatch pole. Ward Racing pulled it off by giving Lorenzo Travisanutto a machine capable of competing with the leader. The RB Racing team is used to surprises and enabled Max Hesse to get noticed in 4th position at the wheel of a Exprit / TM, while Paavo Tonteri offers a place in the top five to CRG.
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The single qualifying session for KZ2 at the 2016 WSK Champions Cup at Adria took place in good weather, even if though the temperature started to drop in the second part of the afternoon. Leaders changed several times while the lap times dropped continually. In this infernal whirlwind, the factory Parolin Racing Kart driver Lorenzo Camplese (Parolin / TM) succeeded with a lap of 47''598 ahead of Paolo De Conto (CRG / Maxter), entered by Renda Motorsport and the KSM driver Alexander Schmitz (Tony Kart / Vortex). There was a good start for the young Marcus Armstrong (Tony Kart / Vortex) in 4th followed by Stan Pex (CRG / TM), the top five being grouped in less than a tenth of a second. Fast during the first free practice session this morning, Alessandro Pelizzari (CKR / TM) took 6th position before a stellar roster of champions with Jonathan Thonon (Praga / Parilla) 7th, Jordon Lennox-Lamb (Birel ART / Parilla) 8th, Patrik Hajek (Kosmic / Vortex) 9th and Jorrit Pex (CRG / TM) 10th. Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex) was little faster than during free practice, which is not to say that the potential is not there. The lead driver Tony Kart Racing Team will be busy doing development work in the heats.
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