Boa partida de Logan Sargeant (FA Kart/Vortex) para a pré-final A dos KF-Junior, seguido de perto por Alexander Vartanyan (Tony Kart/Vortex), Matteo Raspatelli (Tony Kart/TM) e Eliseo Martinez (LH/TM). David Beckmann (Tony Kart/Vortex) cai para a 10ª posição. Benjamin Lessennes (Tony Kart/Parilla) sobe para 5º na frente de Lorenzo Travisanutto (PCR/TM), Max Fewtrell (FA Kart/Vortex) e Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart/Vortex). Os 4 primeiros afastam-se de Ahme, agora 5º, depois Fewtrell, Lessennes e Beckmann.
À meia corrida Martinez encontra-se em 3º na frente de Raspatelli, enquanto os dois primeiros se afastam. Mas o procedimento intervém à 10ª passagem - para evacuar um piloto que choca violentamente contra as protecções - e anula todas as diferenças. A corrida é relançada a 3 voltas do final e beneficia Ahmed que passa imediatamente Raspatelli, mas o Belga replica. Beckmann parte ao contacto e perde alguns lugares. Lessennes abandona a uma volta da chegada, um problema no escape. Sargeant impõe-se na frente de Vartanyan e Martinez, Raspatelli protege a sua 4ª posição na frente de Ahmed e Fewtrell, De francesco termina em 7º na frente de Giuiliano Raucci.
A fila interior liderada por Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart/TM) lança-se melhor na partida para a pré-final B, Mick Junior (Tony Kart/Vortex) aparece em 2º na frente de Juan Correa (Energy/TM) e Mauricio Baiz (Exprit/Vortex), seguido por Daniel Lombardo (Exprit/Vortex) e James Pull (Tony Kart/Vortex). Lombardo ataca Baiz e cola-se a Correa, depois é Baiz que passa para 3º, Lombardo 4º e Correa 5º. Lorandi está longe na frente de Mick Junior. Baiz continua a atacar e passa para segundo à 7ª volta, enquanto Correa e Lombardo se livram a um duro passage de armas pela 4ª posição, depressa alcançados por Matvey Maslov (Tony Kart/Vortex).
Baiz lidera à 10ª passagem na frente de Lorandi e Mick Junior. O Alemão passa o Italiano na volta seguinte. Durante esse tempo, Daniel Ticktum (Zanardi/Parilla) recupera : partindo em 16º, ele conquista o 7º lugar. Pull é enviado para o fundo do pelotão, Lombardo ultrapassas Mick Junior na última volta e coloca-se no 2º lugar, enquanto Baiz vence com 1,4'' de avanço. Lorandi termina em 4º na frente de Correa, Maslov é 6º e Ticktum 7º.
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Lando Norris (FA Kart / Vortex) and Karol Basz (Tony Kart / Vortex) went ahead of Kevin Rossel (Tony Kart / TM), Niko Kari (Tony Kart / Vortex), then Jehan Daruvala (FA Kart / Vortex), and Yan Shlom (Tony Kart / TM) fought with Xia Yifan (Tony Kart / TM) for 5th place. Basz put pressure on Norris, Kari passed Rossel and closed back up to the leaders. Karol Dabski (Praga / Parilla) lost a lot of places on the first lap. Daruvala overtook Kari and attacked Basz before halfway. Norris took the opportunity to take a lead of a second.
Norris saw his lead diminish, Kari followed second-placed Daruvala closely, and Xia was in the wake of Basz and Marco Maestranzi (Top Kart / TM). Daruvala took Norris with two laps to go, and Kari after him. Daruvala escaped and Norris took back 2nd place ahead of Kari then Basz finished 4th, Maestranzi 5th, and Bertonelli 6th. Julien Darras (Energy / TM) qualified for the final in 11th place.
The first lap was lively in Prefinal-B behind Alessio Lorandi (Tony Kart / TM). Nikita Mazepin (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic / Vortex) attacked Martijn Van Leeuwen (Zanardi / Parilla).
Then Nielsen started hunting down Lorandi while Tom Joyner (Zanardi / Parilla) and Felice Tiene (CRG / TM) passed Mazepin. Gabriel Aubry (Tony Kart / Vortex) was already making his comeback in 11th from the 21st position he started from.
Lorandi escaped irretrievably, Joyner took 2nd place from Nielsen, Tiene was 4th and also attacked Nielsen and was just sticking to Joyner's wheels, Egor Stupenkov (Energy / TM) was 5th, Mazepin 6th and Aubry 7th. Lorandi won the race easily, and the duel between Joyner and Tiene didn't start until the last lap when the Italian attacked the British driver for 2nd place. Nielsen was isolated in fourth position, but Aubry, unleashed, passed Mazepin and Stupenkov to finish fifth.
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The weather is gray and cooler at 15 ° C this Sunday at 7 Laghi Castelletto. Alexander Vartanyan (Tony Kart / Vortex) eventually won the D against A heat on Sunday morning ahead of Logan Sargeant (FA Kart / Vortex), while Mauricio Baiz (Exprit / Vortex) lost ground late in the race to finish 5th. There was a good comeback to 3rd place for Juan Correa (Energy / TM).
In the last hear, B against C, Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart / TM) was alone in the lead early in the race, while Daniel Ticktum (Zanardi / Parilla) and David Beckmann (Tony Kart / Vortex) duelled for second position and closed back on the leader. Mick Junior (Tony Kart / Vortex) joined the group and the fight began. Ticktum went off the track, while Beckmann and Mick passed Lorandi. Mick Junior was able to face Lorandi, and Beckmann was third, far ahead of the pack led by James Pull (Tony Kart / Vortex).
Overall in the heats, Sargeant takes 1st place ahead of Lorandi, Beckmann, Vartanyan and Baiz. Mick Junior is in 6th ahead of Ahmed, Pull and Raspatelli.
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Will Stevens (Strakka Racing) has become the first victor this year in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. On the Autodromo di Monza, the Englishman put in a stellar performance to score his maiden win in the category. The Caterham Racing Academy driver was joined on the podium by two newcomers, Roberto Merhi (Zeta Corse) and Pierre Gasly (Arden Motorsport), at the end of a spectacular and intense race.
After dominating free-practice on Friday, Carlos Sainz (DAMS) took the pole on Saturday. The Spaniard set a best time of 1’33’’235, four minutes from the end of the shortened session due to the spin of Zoël Amberg (AVF). William Buller (Arden Motorsport) was next, followed by Luca Ghiotto (International Draco Racing), Will Stevens (Strakka Racing) and Roberto Merhi. The DAMS driver got stuck on the starting grid when the cars were released for the formation lap, as did Matthieu Vaxivière (Lotus). William Buller and Luca Ghiotto both had sub-par starts, allowing Will Stevens to move into the lead ahead of Roberto Merhi and Pierre Gasly. At the end of the opening lap, an accident involving Marco Sørensen (Tech 1 Racing) and Jazeman Jaafar (ISR) brought out the safety car.
The race went back to green on lap five. Will Stevens maintained his lead, while Roman Mavlanov (Zeta Corse) passed Luca Ghiotto to join the leaders. Five laps later the Russian was then lost his position to William Buller, before suffering many attacks from a rampaging pack of cars.
Will Stevens continued to add to his advantage, taking a comfortable win ahead of Merhi and Pierre Gasly. William Buller took fourth place from Nikolay Martsenko in the waning moments of the race. In the pack further back, the action was on the boil just until the chequered flag with Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports) taking sixth place ahead of Sergey Sirotkin (Fortec Motorsports), Zoël Amberg, Meindert van Buuren (Pons Racing) and Matias Laine (Strakka Racing).
Will Stevens : ”It’s been a long time coming. It is the best way to begin the championship, as opposed to last year. I have worked a lot on the starts and today it paid off. After the safety car period, I pushed the pace to build a gap. We now have to work on our single lap pace.”
Roberto Merhi : ”After two seasons away from open-wheel, it is a world that I am rediscovering as the driving style is so different. After we struggled in tests, I was more competitive in qualifying. I got a good start, but it was not perfect. Despite good pace, I made mistakes in trying to reduce the gap to Will, who was able to pull away.”
Pierre Gasly : ”I am pleased to be where I expected to be. I put in a very good start, but in trying to get around Roberto, it was very tight and I preferred to go straight. In coming back on to the track, he was a little faster than I was. I made a few small errors during my fight with Martsenko, but I am happy with this result.”
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Weather forecasts were right and today's climate was definitely spring-like. The International Circuit 7 Laghi in Castelletto di Branduzzo (Italy), which will enjoy the same weather condition tomorrow too, hosted a fantastic kart racing show. Drivers and teams did their best in the qualifying heats: after tomorrow's Finals, which are going to be as thrilling as today's races, the standings of this edition of the WSK Super Master Series might radically change.
Kozlinski and Ardigo’ polemen in KZ2.
Thanks to his two victories in the heats, the French Arnaud Kozlinski (Intrepid-TM-Bridgestone) is the pole-sitter of the Prefinal A. Here, he will find by his side the Belgian Rick Dreezen (Zanardi-Parilla-Bridgestone), who won once. Second row for the Belgian Jonathan Thonon (Praga-Parilla-Bridgestone) and the Czech Jan Midrla (Birel-TM-Bridgestone). In the Prefinal B, the pole went to the Italian Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex-Bridgestone), who won twice too. Next to him, in the front row, his teammate, the Italian from Rome Flavio Camponeschi. Behind them, the Czech Patrik Hajek (Praga-Parilla) and the Dutch Bas Lammers (FK-Parilla). The latter missed victory in one of the heats because of a 5-second penalty for a contact with Ardigò. The other heat was won by the Italian Paolo De Conto. Despite his victory, the Italian driver will start from the fourth row of the Prefinal B because he got slowed down by a retirement..
Norris strikes back and grabs with Lorandi the pole of the KF Prefinals.
Lando Norris (FA Kart-Vortex-Dunlop) seems to have found the right pace: after setting the best time in qualifying, the Brit won all the heats he took part in today, dominating the session and achieving the pole position in the Prefinal A. However, the Italian Alessio Lorandi (Tony Kart-TM-Dunlop) seems eager to fight hard. He was second only to Norris, but was unbeatable in the other heats. The driver from Brescia is the pole-sitter of the Prefinal B: the Final is going to be as thrilling as ever. Good result also for the Finnish Niko Kari (Tony Kart-Vortex-Dunlop), who will start next to Norris. Second row for the Polish Karol Basz (Tony Kart-Vortex-Dunlop), the current leader of the standing, and the Indian Jehan Daruvala (FA Kart-Vortex-Dunlop). Next to Lorandi, in the Prefinal B, the Dutch Martijn Van Leeuwen (Zanardi-Parilla-Dunlop), who won one of the heats today. In this race, second row for the Russian Nikita Mazepin (Tony Kart-Vortex-Dunlop) and the Italian Felice Tiene (CRG-TM-Dunlop).
The KFJ is still very uncertain.
The two heats on schedule tomorrow morning will be crucial for the pole positions of the two Prefinals. In fact, the eight heats run today were too uncertain and none of the drivers emerged as the favourite for the final victory. There were too many protagonists, which made any attempt of prediction useless. There were five different winners in the heats: the Italian Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart-TM-Vega), the German David Beckmann (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) and the Venezuelan Mauricio Baiz (Exprit-Vortex-Vega), the pole-sitter after qualifying, won two heats each. The Russian Alexander Vartanyan (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) and the American Logan Sargeant (FA Kart-Vortex-Vega) won a heat each.
Serravalle and Gafar at the top in 60 Mini.
Tight schedule for the young drivers of the 60 Mini. They took part in the qualifying session and , then, in five of the six heats to be raced in the category. The fastest time was set by the Malaysian Muizz Gafar (Hero-LKE-Vega), who then won two heats. Also the Canadian Antonio Serravalle (Tony Kart-LKE-Vega) won twice, while the Italian Nicola Abrusci (Tony Kart-LKE-Vega) won once. Tomorrow morning the last heat and, then, we will know the names of the pole-sitters of the two Prefinals.
WSK live on the web and on TV with a delayed broadcast.
Cameras are ready to cover the event: images of the Prefinals and of the Finals will be available tomorrow live on the web on wsk.it. The delayed broadcast of the Finals will be aired by Rai Sport 2 on Thursday 17th April at 06.00pm. The following day, always on the same channel, the special report of the weekend from the 7 Laghi Circuit.
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