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This weekend the Kristianstad track hosts the FIA ??Karting World Championships - OK and OK-Junior as part of the Swedish Kart Grand Prix. Enjoying significant entry, the Competition began on Friday, 21st September in the afternoon, with the Qualifying Practices which are of paramount importance in this Competition with nearly 220 Drivers. Gabriele Mini’ - Junior - and Lorenzo Travisanutto - OK - took pole after four sessions in each category.

A major event in karting, as well as in the Kristianstad region, the FIA ??Karting World Championship attracts many enthusiasts who have come from other parts of the world. The Drivers were able to prepare in the Tests on the previous days before taking part in their last two practice sessions on Friday morning. Scheduled from 13:10 to 15:50, the Qualifying Practices consisted of four 8-minute sessions per category. In order to get the best out of their Bridgestone OK and Vega Junior tyres, the Drivers leave the starting grid only five minutes from the end and engage in a ruthless battle to the very last laps.

The forecasted weather was showers at the end of the day, but the track was thankfully dry to the end. Despite a fairly strong wind, the temperatures were very mild for the early autumn. The track conditions changed very slightly over the sessions, a phenomenon generally more sensitive in Junior than OK.

The rain appeared at Kristianstad for the beginning of the Qualifying Heats that followed Qualifying Practice.

Mini' distances his rivals in Junior
Vice European Champion Gabriele Mini' (ITA) started strongly in Sweden. Already notable in Free Practice, he set a superb lap of 52''443 in the last session, relegating his opponents by more than 0.280''. Leader of the third session, Taylor Barnard (GBR) narrowly secured 2nd place just a thousandth of a second behind compatriot Kai Akey (GBR). Victor Bernier (FRA) managed to take an interesting 4th position ahead of Dino Beganovic (SWE). The performances of Guilherme De Figuereido (BRA) and the young rookie Tymoteusz Kucharczyk (POL) should be highlighted. Defending European Champion Paul Aron (EST) was 15th behind Gabriel Bortoleto (BRA).

Effort rewarded for Travisanutto
Lorenzo Travisanutto (ITA) managed the feat of being the fastest in the second session with 50''716. Relegating the other Drivers of his group by more than three tenths, he was able to maintain the lead against Dexter Patterson (GBR), 2017 Junior World Champion, and Luigi Coluccio (ITA), respectively leaders of the last two sessions at 66 and 67 thousandths from Pole Position. Axel Saarmiala followed in 4th place two tenths further back while Jorge Carlos Pescador (ESP) finished 5th. The return to this category of Superkart Driver Yannick De Brabander (BEL) was marked by a beautiful 7th place just ahead of the reigning European Champion Hannes Janker (DEU). Many favourites have not achieved the expected success in this phase and will enliven the heats by trying to climb the rankings.

24 Qualifying Heats will be raced on Saturday, 22nd September, then eight more on Sunday morning before the revelation of the 34 finalists in each category, who will be able to fight for their world title.



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In this video Ricky Flynn explains the technical differences between the OK and Junior classes.



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The sky was overcast for the start of Qualifying Practice of the OK World Championship at Kristianstad. The temperatures remained quite high, even oppressive. Mattia Michelotto (KR / Parilla) and Hannes Janker (KR / Parilla) competed for 1st place in the first session. The surprising Olin Galli Vieira (CRG / Parilla) joined them in the top three. Janker posted the benchmark time, the only under 51'', in 50''997 or 2 tenths fastest than Galli Vieira. Karol Basz (Kosmic / Vortex) followed in 3rd position a thousandth ahead of Michelotto. Zane Maloney (FA Kart / Vortex) was 6th behind Rasmus Joutsimies (Tony Kart / Vortex). Jules Mettetal (Birel ART / TM) finished 12th and Evan Spenle (Kosmic / Parilla) 17th.


Lorenzo Travisanutto (KR / Parilla) settled at the top of the second session, then responded to the fastest lap of Ren Sato (Drago Corse / TM). Jonny Edgar (Exprit / TM) was 3rd ahead of Alexey Brizhan (Tony Kart / Vortex). Travisanutto finished with a 50''716 lap that gave him the provisional pole. Viktor Öberg (Gillard / Parilla) was 2nd at 0.331 '' ahead of Sato, Edgar and Brizhan.


Luigi Coluccio was the star of the third session with his fastest lap of 50''783 placing him in 2nd place overall. He outdistanced Jorge Pescador (Praga / Vortex) by 0.159'', while Yannick De Brabander (Praga / Vortex) was close behind in 3rd position. Viktor Gustafsson (Kosmic / Vortex) was 4th ahead of Callum Bradshaw (CRG / TM) and David Vidales (Tony Kart / Vortex). There was 9th place for Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG / TM) and 12th for Harry Thompson (FA Kart / Vortex). Franck Chappard (Redspeed / Parilla) finished only 21st.


In the last session, spared by the rain, Dexter Patterson (Exprit / TM) was ahead of Axel Saamiala and Tijmen Van Der Helm by setting a time of 50''782 which placed him 2nd overall. Noah Milell was finally 4th ahead of Bastian Buus. Marijn Kremers (Birel ART / TM) finished 9th behind Juho Valtanen and Vincent Fraïsse (Birel ART / TM) was 16th.


Travisanutto retained pole position from the second session against Patterson, Coluccio was 3rd ahead of Saamiala, Pescador 5th, Van Der Helm 6th, De Brabander 7th and Janker 8th.



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In cloudy, but dry weather, and very mild temperatures despite the strong wind, the Qualifying Practice of the Junior World Championship at Kristianstad began. Guilherme A. De Figueiredo (KR / Parilla) clocked the fastest time - 52''785 - of the first timed session in the very last moments against Marcus Amand (KR / Parilla), Enzo Trulli (CRG / TM) and Nikita Bedrin (Tony Kart / Vortex), all four grouped within 73 thousandths. Laurens Van Hoepen (Tony Kart / Vortex) finished 5th ahead of Isack Hadjar (Exprit / TM).


In the second session, Dino Beganovic (Tony Kart / Vortex) took provisional pole with a time of 52''772, followed by Luca Griggs (Exprit / Vortex). European Champion Paul Aron (FA Kart / Vortex) came 3rd a tenth behind, followed by Josep Maria Marti Sobrepera (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Joel Granfors (Tony Kart / TM), while Caesar Kristiansson (Tony Kart / Vortex) finished in a nice 6th place. Esteban Masson (Birel ART / TM) achieved an excellent 7th time, Conrad Laursen (FA Kart / Vortex) finished 10th, Suleiman Zanfari (Tony Kart / Vortex) 12th, and Craig Tanic (Birel ART / TM) 14th ahead of Macéo Capietto (KR / Parilla).


Enzo Scionti (CRG / TM) and Victor Bernier (Kosmic / Parilla) first contested 1st place in the third session. But it was Taylor Barnard (KR / Parilla) who posted the new provisional pole with 52''724 while Bernier was getting closer to 2nd place in the group, but also of the general classification, by 23 thousandths. Scionti was 3rd by 0.123, followed by Lorenzo Fluxa (Exprit / Vortex) and Thomas Ten Brinke (FA Kart / Vortex). Zak O'Sullivan (FA Kart / Vortex) ranked 10th, and Kirill Smal (Tony Kart / Vortex) 12th.


Kai Askey (FA Kart / Vortex) was distinguished in the fourth and last session, but Gabriel Mini' (Parolin / TM) won the big prize by taking pole position with a remarkable time of 52''443 which relegated Askey by 0.282''. Dilano Van T'Hoff took 3rd place against Tymoteusz Kucharczyk, a recent defector from 60 Mini, then Gabriel Bortoleto (CRG / TM). Sami Meguetounif (Exprit / Vortex) finished 7th and Loris Cabirou (Energy / TM) 20th.


The increasingly fast sessions allowed Mini' to take pole position in OK-Junior ahead of Barnard and Askey, Bernier was 4th ahead of Beganovic, Griggs 6th, De Figuereido 7th and Van T'Hoff 8th.



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The situation was different during the two free practice sessions of the OK World Championship in Kristianstad on Friday morning. Hannes Janker (KR / Parilla) was among the fastest as well as other favourites like Harry Thompson (FA Kart / Vortex), Dexter Patterson (KR / Parilla), Marijn Kremers (Birel ART / TM), Lorenzo Travisanutto (KR / Parilla) in other top positions. Note that Yannick De Brabander (Praga / Vortex) was already fast on his return to the category. As in Juniors, there is uncertainty on the development of the weather between 13:30 and 15:40.



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