Everyone was waiting for the starts of the first races in the WSK Champions Cup at Adria, closely or with apprehension. The Race Director Alessandro Ferrari's smile summed up the situation after the first two heats for OK and OK-Junior.
We can indeed say that everything went without any particular incident. All karts started without problem from the dummy grid and passed the mouth of the pit lane. Two practice laps were systematically planned and the start was then given, as in any kart race.
On track, the battle is very tight, with good overtaking and spectacular braking. At first, engines look very close to each other. There were some spoilers unhooked, but a very reasonable amount for the start to the season. The first impression is quite positive and it should only get better with a bit of experience from all sides.
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La WSK Champions Cup di karting ha dato inizio oggi ai confronti a cronometro. E stavolta, dopo i due passati weekend che il circuito polesano ha riservato ai test collettivi, i rilevamenti valgono per gli schieramenti delle prime gare di qualifica, che domani animeranno con i 216 piloti verificati l'Adria Karting Raceway.
Ottimo debutto delle motorizzazioni OK.
La WSK Champions Cup ha portato al circuito rodigino la gara del debutto per le nuove motorizzazioni OK, che hanno subito dato prova di grande validità tecnica. Il confronto con le precedenti categorie KF, che lo scorso mese di Novembre chiusero a Adria la stagione WSK 2015, è subito apparso vincente: in OK Junior, categoria per giovani piloti dai 13 anni in su, sono stati segnati tempi sul giro non solo al passo con la precedente KF Junior, ma anche in tendenza migliorativa: tanto che la pole position segnata oggi dal pilota marocchino Sami Taoufik (FA Alonso-Vortex-Vega) migliora di oltre un decimo di secondo il rilevamento registrato nel 2015 in KFJ. Meglio ancora in categoria OK: con la pole position segnata oggi dall'americano Campione del Mondo KFJ Logan Sargeant (FA Alonso-Vortex-Vega), il miglioramento rispetto alla gara precedente in KF è stato di oltre 7 decimi. In definitiva, la prova data al debutto dai nuovi motori è stata convincente per tutte le marche impegnate in gara, anche in considerazione di uno sviluppo tecnico che è ancora nella sua fase iniziale.
I risultati dele prove al circuito di Adria.
Logan Sargeant, girando in 47"748, ha prevalso in OK sul trevigiano Lorenzo Travisanutto e sul danese Nicklas Nielsen (entrambi su Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega), mentre Sami Taoufik, sul passo di 49"546, ha avuto ragione in OKJ del belga Ulysse De Pauw (BirelArt-Parilla-Vega) e del russo Pavel Bulantsev (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega). In KZ2 il più rapido è stato il pescarese Lorenzo Camplese (Parolin-TM-Vega), che girando in 47"598 si è imposto sul trevigiano Paolo De Conto (CRG-Maxter-Vega) e sul tedesco Alexander Schmitz (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega). Infine, in attesa delle prove ufficiali in programma domani mattina, nelle prove libere odierne in 60 Mini il tempo di riferimento lo ha segnato in 55"891 Andrea Antonelli (Exprit-TM-Vega).
WSK a Adria da seguire in video.
WSK Promotion ha allestito la copertura video per la domenica di gara, con diffusione live web dal sito ufficiale www.wsk.it. Lo streaming partirà alle 11:20 con le Prefinali e si concluderà al termine delle Finali.
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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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