In Portimao, the OK-Junior World Championship was held with 89 drivers in rain that tended to stop without increasing the performances much.
Evan Giltaire (Sodi/TM) and Ugo Ugochukwu (KR/Iame) followed one another at the front of Session 1, with Mathias Jakobsen (Tony Kart/Vortex) and then Matteo De Palo (Tony Kart/Vortex) in the leading group for a while. Giltaire continued to improve and finished with the fastest time – 1’12”706. In the very last moments, Dion Gowda (Kosmic/Vortex) took 2nd place 78 thousandths back, whereas Maxens Verbrugge (KR/Iame) followed in 3rd position just in front of Ugochukwu. Herolind Nuredini (KR/Iame) was 5th. Arthur Poulain (Sodi/Iame) was 15th fastest and Jolan Raccamier (DR/Modena) finished 22nd.
Tymoteusz Kucharczyk (RK/TM) and Alex Powell (KR/Iame) stood out on the front row of the second session, followed by Markus Luzio (KR/Iame). Then Coskun Irfan (Kosmic/Vortex) and Rintaro Sato (Kosmic/Vortex) joined the leading group. Kucharczyk set the fastest lap in 1’13”066, three tenths slower than Session 1, 0,164” ahead of Powell. Irfan and Luzio followed more than 2 tenths behind, while Igor Cepil (KR/Iame) finished 5th. Arthur Rogeon (Exprit/Vortex) was 8th in front of Romain Andriolo (Sodi/TM), Antonio Leite (KR/Iame) was 12th behind Maxime Furon-Castelain (Exprit/TM) and Guillaume Bouzar (Parolin/TM) was 22nd.
Tuukka Taponen (Tony Kart/Vortex) battled for the lead of the third session with Ean Eyckmans (Kosmic/Vortex) on a relatively dry track. Eyckmans finished in the lead – 1’13”395 – followed by Nikola Tsolov (KR/Iame) and Taponen. A little bit more than a tenth behind, Schu Dozono (Energy/TM) was 4th in front of Harry Burgoyne (KR/Iame). Alfio Spina (KR/Iame) finished 6th, Ariel Elkin (KR/Iame) 8th, Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin/TM) 11th and Karol Pasiewicz (Birel ART/TM) 18th.
Macéo Capietto (Kosmic/Vortex) attacked the fourth session from the outset at a high pace. Brando Badoer (KR/Iame) and Christian Ho (KR/Iame) responded and Badoer took pole position with 1’12”509, 0.063” ahead of Ho. Capietto finished 3rd ahead of his team-mate Alexander Gubenko (Kosmic/Vortex) and Freddie Slater (Kosmic/Vortex) took 5th place. Augustin Bernier (KR/Iame) took 6th place ahead of Keanu Al Azhari (KR/Iame), whereas Alessandro Giusti (KR/Iame) finished 10th just behind Arvid Lindblad (KR/Iame).
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