On a slippery track, Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex) took the lead from Paolo De Conto (CRG / Maxter) at the lights of the KZ2 Prefinal. Marcus Armstrong (Tony Kart / Vortex) spun in the middle of the circuit and collected Jonathan Thonon (Praga / Parilla). Patrik Hajek (Kosmic / Vortex) took 3rd place from Lorenzo Camplese (Parolin / TM), soon followed by Stan Pex (CRG / Vortex) and Rick Dreezen (Ricciardo / Parilla). Ardigo clearly distanced De Conto, himself well ahead of Dreezen and Pex who were battling. Camplese recovered the 6th position that he had had to yield to Alexander Schmitz (Tony Kart / Vortex). Dreezen passed Hajek with five laps to go and took 3rd place with a gain of eight positions. Ardigo won a largely unexciting race, ahead of De Conto. Hajek was 4th, Stan Pex 5th, Schmitz 6th and Jorrit Pex (CRG / Vortex) 7th with seven places gained.
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The rain had stopped, but the track was still wet for the first OK Prefinal. Lorenzo Travisanutto (Tony Kart / Vortex) dominated the race before having to give up with an engine problem. Christian Lundgaard (Energy / TM) recovered well in the lead ahead of Tom Joyner (Zanardi / Parilla). However he reduced the gap and quickly took control with five laps to go. Lundgaard was holding the pace and contained the return of Paavo Tonteri (CRG / Parilla). Nicklas Nielsen (Tony Kart / Vortex) was not taking any risk to finish 4th. Starting last after recovering from a spin on the second formation lap, Bent Viscaal (Tony Kart / Vortex) made a tremendous rise to 5th position in front of Benjamin Lessennes (Kosmic / Parilla) and Felice Tiene (CRG / Parilla). Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer (Tony Kart / Vortex) came home in the top 10, while Lucas Légeret (ART Birel / Parilla), 8th for two laps, retired after a spin. After the 10 sec. penalisation of Joyner, Lundgaard took the victory.
Karol Basz (Kosmic / Vortex) clearly dominated Prefinal-B to finish as the winner with a lead of almost 5''. Sun Yue Yang (FA Kart / Vortex) took an early lead ahead of his teammate Logan Sargeant (FA Kart / Vortex), while Martijn Van Leeuwen (Birel ART / Parilla) and Flavio Camponeschi (CRG / Parilla) battled for the 4th place while closing on Sargeant. Camponeschi lost ground. More at ease when the track began to dry, Sargeant passed Yue Yang with three laps left and finished 2nd as well.
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A fine and persistent rain made the Adria track very slippery on Sunday morning. The OK-Junior had two more qualifying heats to complete in these difficult conditions. The incidents were more numerous, all from a lack of experience. The slightest touch often caused a spin and retirement. Ivan Shvetsov (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Peter Ptacek (Formula K / Parilla) won brilliantly, but Ulysses De Pauw (Birel ART / Parilla) and Sami Taoufik (FA Kart / Vortex) both took 2nd places that allowed them to keep the top two positions in the intermediate classification.
Pavel Bulantsev (Tony Kart / Vortex) took 3rd on equal points with Rasmus Lindh (Ricciardo / Parilla) and Ivan Shvetsov (Tony Kart / Vortex), while Charles Milesi (Tony Kart / Vortex) dropped back to 6th place ahead of David Vidales (Energy / TM) and Fin Kenneallly (FA Kart / Vortex). Despite his retirement on the formation lap of the last race, Timothy Peisselon (FA Kart / Vortex) was 16th, and Victor Martins 22nd. Franck Chappard (Kosmic / Vortex) was progressing meanwhile in 29th position, Milan Petelet (Praga / Parilla) 43rd after having solved some of his problems, and Thomas Mialane (Energy / TM) took 44th place. Further back, Theo Pourchaire (Kosmic / Vortex) was 50th, Gillian Henrion (Kosmic / Vortex) 51st and Theo Nouet (Energy / TM) 65th.
All according to expectations at the Adria Karting Raceway (Italy): kart racing proved once more to be a spectacular sport on the 1,302 metres of the Italian facility. Today there were the Qualifying Heats in schedule, and the 216 scrutineered drivers in the four categories (KZ2, OK, OK Junior and 60 Mini) were eager to get back on track to challenge their rivals in the 2016 season-opener. The 22 races which took place today were only a premiere of tomorrow's show of the Prefinals and the Finals, which will be available live in streaming on the official WSK website wsk.it (from 11.20 am).
Pole for Travisanutto and Sargeant in the OK.
Excellent season debut for the Italian Lorenzo Travisanutto; thanks to two victories in the Heats, he grabbed the pole of the Prefinal A. Next to him, in the front row, the Danish Nicklas Nielsen (both on Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega). Second row for the Italian Felice Tiene and the Finnish Paavo Tonteri (both on CRG-Parilla-Vega). The Prefinal B has two reigning World Champions in the front row: the KFJ Champion Logan Sargeant (FA Alonso-Vortex-Vega), at his debut in the category, beat into second position the 2015 KF Champion, the Polish Karol Basz (Kosmic-Vortex); second row for the English Clement Novalak (Tony Kart-Vortex) and the Chinese Yang Sun Yue (FA Alonso-Vortex).
In KZ2 Ardigò is the leader.
In the gear-box category the leader is the Italian Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega): he won twice and secured the pole-position in the Prefinal. Second slot for another Italian driver: Paolo De Conto (CRG-Maxter-Vega), who scored two second places in today's races. Second row for the Italian Lorenzo Camplese (Parolin-TM-Vega) and the Czech Patrik Hajek (Kosmic-Vortex-Vega). Bad luck for the German Alexander Schmitz, who won a heat but dropped back to sixth row because of the poor results achieved in the other two races.
Ulysse De Pauw wins three races in the OKJ.
La The OKJ heats will finish tomorrow morning and only then we will know the names of the pole sitters of the Prefinal A and B. In the race towards the pole-position the Belgian Ulysse De Pauw (BirelArt-Parilla-Vega) won three times. Excellent performance also for the Moroccan Sami Taoufik (FA Alonso-Vortex-Vega), the top driver yesterday and winner twice today. A success each for the Russian Pavel Bulantsev (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega), the Swedish Rasmus Lindh (Ricciardo Kart-Parilla-Vega) and the Italian Alessandro Brigatti (Exprit-TM-Vega).
Lots of new names in the 60 Mini.
A big generational change among the young drivers of the Mini and, consequently, lots of new names took centre stage today. With still two races remaining before the end of the heats, two victories were scored by the Italian Michael Paparo (Ip Karting-TM-Vega), the Czech Dan Skocdopole (CRG-TM-Vega) and the Polish Tymo Kucharczyk (Tony Kart-TM-Vega). The Czech Roman Stannek (Energy-Iame-Vega) and the Malaysian Adam Putera (CRG-TM-Vega) won a race each.
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Although group E has finished its heats, the others will compete in the last two heats on Sunday morning before lining up for the start of the two Prefinals. At this stage, the official Birel ART driver Ulysses De Pauw (Birel ART / Parilla) completed a clean sweep of three wins in three races. He beat the RFM driver Sami Taoufik (FA Kart / Vortex), twice a winner, while three drivers are credited with the same total of six points behind Pavel Bulantsev (Tony Kart / Vortex), the revelation of the new year Rasmus Lindh (Ricciardo / Parilla) confirmed in the leading group and Charles Milesi (Tony Kart / Vortex) on the momentum of his performances in the WSK Final Cup of 2015. David Vidales (Energy / TM) and Alessandro Brigatti (Exprit / TM) are well placed in the top 10 with the advantage of having already completed their four heats.
Timothy Peisselon (FA Kart / Vortex) is 8th in the provisional ranking thanks to his 2nd place finish in the last race with a reinvigorated machine. A driver just moved up from 60 Mini, Leonardo Marseglia (Tony Kart / Vortex) is also in good shape, but Caio Collet (Birel ART / Parilla) should be ahead as he already has four results. In the French clan, Victor Martins (Kosmic / Parilla) was back on track after technical problems caused by the Unipro in the second heat. He is below 20th position, Thomas Mialane (Energy / TM) and Franck Chappard (Kosmic / Vortex) have moved up to the top 30. Milan Petelet is working to improve the performance of his Praga / Parilla. Theo Pourchaire (Kosmic / Vortex, Gillian Henrion (Kosmic / Vortex) and Theo Nouet (Energy / TM) have not been able to shine yet.
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