Australian karters Marcos Flack and Joshua Fife both enjoyed strong showings and made the finals at the opening round of the WSK Champions Cup at Adria International on the weekend.
Flack (Energy/TM) qualified 8th in a mammoth 91-kart 60-Mini field. Consistent heat results of 7-3-3-3-6 moved him to fifth in the rankings and grid 3 for pre-final ‘A’. Unfortunately he dropped to 6th to start the final outside the top ten, but another strong drive netted 8th at the end.
Josh qualified 14th in KZ2. He moved to 10th (of 21) after heat results of 11-11-8. Eleventh in the pre-final was followed by 6th in the final, but a 3-second nosecone penalty resulted in an 8th place classification.
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Nielsen Dominates the OK Opener
The Dane Nicklas Nielsen (Tony Kart-Vortex-Bridgestone), who has been leading since heats, has kept his momentum in Prefinal A, taking the win ahead of the Italian Lorenzo Ferrari (Exprit-Vortex). The British driver Jonny Edgar (Exprit-TM) has challenged him, winning Prefinal B from the Czech Roman Stanek (Kosmic-Vortex), but Edgar saw Nielsen getting the lead in the Final, followed by Ferrari in second. The third place went to Barbados’ driver Zane Maloney (FA Kart-Vortex).
Aron Ruling OK Junior
The victory of OKJ was battled out by the British driver Harry Thompson and the Estonian Paul Aron (both on FA Kart-Vortex-Vega), that respectively ended Prefinal A in second and third place, behind the Italian Gabriele Minì (Parolin-Parilla). When the latter slipped down the pack in the Final, Aron and Thompson pulled away, exchanging positions on top. Aron eventually claimed the win from Thompson. The third place went to the Russian Kirill Smal (Tony-Vortex), who had been second in Prefinal B.
Vasile Clinches Win in KZ2
A good start was not enough: the Swede Emil Skaras (Energy-TM-Bridgestone) led qualifying heats and Prefinal, but slipped down the field early on in the Final. The Romanian Daniel Vasile (DR-Modena) had a good jump off the line instead and got the lead of the Final, keeping it throughout. The 2nd and 3rd place went to the French Tom Leuillet and Adrien Renaudin (Sodi-TM), that held the same places at the end of the Prefinal too.
Antonelli Fights and Wins 60 Mini
The Norwegian Martinius Stenshorne (Parolin-TM-Vega), who was the best of the lot also in the heats, and the Italian Andrea Antonelli (Energy-TM) had the upper hand in the two 60 Mini Prefinals, before challenging each other in the Final: after several overtaking moves on top, Antonelli managed to win this battle though. The second place went to Stenshorne and the third to the Italian Brando Badoer (Parolin-TM), who is the son of former Ferrari F.1 driver Luca Badoer.