VICTORIES IN THE OK AND U10 MINI CATEGORIES FOR TONY KART ON THE OCCASION OF THE WSK AT SARNO
After the four victories in Lonato and Franciacorta, another success has arrived for our Tony Kart Racer 401 RR in the master class of the single-gear karts, on the occasion of the 3rd round of the WSK Super Master Series. First place also for the Rookie chassis in the MINI Gr.3 U10.
The winning streak of our Tony Kart Racing Team does not stop in this beginning of the season. In the third round of the WSK Super Master Series, held on the Naples International Circuit, the Tony Kart Racer 401 RR (together with the VTS engine by Vortex) precedes everybody on the finishing line of the final reserved to the OK category, while the Rookie chassis wins in the MINI Gr.3 U10. The Tony Kart Racing Team is also at the top of the KZ2 and OKJ categories, once more with the "Racer" model, and with the "Rookie" model, in the MINI Gr.3. In all categories, as always, thanks to the engines by Vortex.
In OK category, our Luigi Coluccio gains the second championship victory for the Racing Team in this class. Luigi jumps on the right foot thanks to a solid Top 10 placing in the qualifying session and continues positively in the following heats to finish second in the A pre-final on Sunday morning. Coluccio reveals his cards in the decisive final: after just four laps he climbs to second position and, about at the half of the race, he is able to take the lead until the chequered flag. Joining Coluccio on the podium is James Egozi, with a third place after a weekend spent at the top of the standings. The American driver, in fact, collects the pole position in the chrono practice, in addition to a victory in the pre-final A and a success in the qualifying heat. With this result, Egozi remains firmly at the top of the championship. Jan Przyrowski, leader of the intermediate ranking at the end of the qualifying heats with a victory under his belt, proves he has everything to aim for the overall victory, with a third place and the fastest lap in the pre-final A: in fact, the Polish driver is in contention in the early stages of the final for the first position and finishes the race in the Top 10. Sebastiano Pavan is also competitive, and able to finish in the top ten the last race of the weekend thus gaining the third place as his best finish in the eliminatory heats. Arthur Poulain recovers not less than 26 positions in the qualifying heats and closes the final in the Top 15. Finally, Zoe Florescu Potolea also takes part in the final round at Sarno, which however has to leave early due to an accident.
In OKJ class, Kirill Dzitiev is one of the fittest drivers in the category: in Friday's free practice he sets the best time in his group and, with a series of important results gained in the qualifying heats, he is able to climb 43 positions in the intermediate ranking. In addition, Dzitiev wins with authority the pre-final A on Sunday morning and is thus a candidate as one of the pretenders for the final victory; unfortunately, despite finishing second, he is forced to raise the white flag in the last race of the weekend. Positive race for Alp Hasan Aksoy, able to take a victory and a third place in the eliminatory heats. The Turkish driver, winner of the first round of the championship in Lonato, brings home a precious Top 10 in the final. Close to the Top 15 is our Davide Bottaro, always on the rise throughout the weekend. On the other hand, Scott Kin Lindblom has to face an unlucky end: the Swedish driver is fourth in the standings at the end of Saturday with two second places in the qualifying heats, but in Sunday's final he has to stop a few laps before the end.
In KZ2 class, Tom Leuillet is again among the leaders of the category after his brilliant victory at Franciacorta. The Frenchman, fifth in the qualifyings, signs a victory in the qualifying heat and prepares to fight for the highest step of the podium in the final. However, a collision on the first lap with a rival cancel out the work done by Leuillet. Norton Andreasson, on the other hand, gains 12 positions in the final compared to his position on the starting grid, with a fast lap signed in the eliminatory heats, while Jean Luyet finishes just behind his Swedish teammate. An early finish also for Samuel Luyet in Sunday afternoon's final.
In the MINI Gr.3, we find another convincing performance by Ilie Tristan Crisan. The Canadian driver is third in his group during the Friday's chrono practices and scores two third places in the qualifying heats, going on to achieve a Top 10 in the final. In the Mini Gr.3 U10, won by a Tony Kart Rookie, Sebastian Eskandari-Marandi is in the running for a podium position, thanks to two Top 3 in the eliminatory heats and a fastest lap in the B pre-final; unfortunately, a 5-second penalty for the front spoiler in the wrong position prevents the Australian driver from hitting the target.
No break for the Tony Kart Racing Team. Next week (March 9th – 12th) the drivers of the OK and OKJ categories will get on the track of Valencia for the 1st Round of the Champions of the Future, while the youngest MINI drivers will face the opening round of the WSK Open Cup in Lonato.