For the second event in a row, James Wharton did not made the OK-Junior Final of a WSK Final Cup round. However, Wharton had once again proven his pace, ranked 7th overall after a couple of second places in the heat races, but was eliminated from the event on the opening lap of Pre-Final A.
“I got caught on the outside at the middle hairpin, then spun on the outside ripple strip” James told KartSportNews. He had started from grid 4.
James had earlier qualified 7th, before netting heat results of 2nd, 5th, 3rd, 2nd.
- full results HERE
The next round is at Adria International this weekend.
Round 2 wrap video:
The challenge is on in WSK Final Cup.
The outcome of the races held today at the Settelaghi Kart in Castelletto di Branduzzo did not narrow down the list of possible winners of WSK Final Cup, despite this being the second of the three races in the calendar. Several surprising drivers crossed the chequered flag of the Finals as first in the four categories, which changed the values shown in the previous round. In two weeks time, the Adria Karting Raceway in Adria (RO) will stage a red-hot, decisive, closer for this WSK Series.
Dexter Patterson, new contender in OK.
The Italian Lorenzo Travisanutto (KR-Parilla-Bridgestone) had to give up on taking the win in OK due to a technical issue that voided the pole position he earned with the victory of Prefinal-A. The lead was therefore inherited by his most quoted rival, the Dane Nicklas Nielsen (Praga-Vortex), who had to give way to the combative Swiss Leandro Anderruti shortly after. The latter was followed by Dexter Patterson (both on KR-Parilla). The second half of the race smiled to Patterson, who managed to find his way past Anderruti and flew towards the victory, while the British driver Joe Turney (Exprit-TM) stole the podium from Nielsen in the closing stages. Travisanutto keeps the classification lead with 141 points, but he is now followed by Patterson at 109.
Ean Eyckmans, new winning name in 60 Mini.
The driver from Jamaica Alex Powell (Energy-TM-Vega), after winning Prefinal A in 60 Mini, started the Final from the pole position, but could not enjoy leading the pack for a long time. The Italian Brando Badoer (Parolin-TM), who dominated qualifying stages, took Powell’s position on top, but only for a handful of laps: the Belgian driver Ean Eyckmans (Parolin-TM) emerged on top among the very many drivers challenging each other, when Badoer slipped down the field due to a racing contact. The British driver Coskun Irfan (Parolin-TM) managed to gain advantage in this fight finding his way past Powell and closing the race behind Eyckmans in second place. Powell is still leading the classification at 169 points, but Eyckmans closed in at 137 points.
Marcus Amand wins and charges the OKJ classification.
Prefinal B’s victory earned the French Marcus Amand (KR-Parilla-Vega) a pole position start in OKJ Final. The Italian Gabriele Minì (Parolin-TM) managed anyway to install himself on top early on, and engaged in a fight with Amand that last half of the race. Minì eventually lost contact with the leader and the British driver Taylor Barnard (KR-Parilla) gained P2 behind Amand, but he lost P2 to the Dutch Laurens Van Hoepen (Tony Kart-Vortex) in the closing stages, as the latter completed a strong comeback race. The closing lap has been fatal to Barnard at the end of an endless battle. He lost in fact several positions, while the Russian Kirill Smal (Tony Kart-Vortex) got the most of this situation claiming the podium. Barnard (143 points) is still leading the classification in OKJ but Amand closed in and is only 3 points short of him now.
Renaudin dominates KZ2.
An error right after the start nearly cost Adrien Renaudin (SodiKart-TM-Bridgestone) the victory, but the French driver, who lost several positions, did not give up and bounced back overtaking his fellow countryman Emilien Denner (KalìKart-TM) for the lead. Renaudin recovered the lead in the closing stages after a duel with Denner, who eventually closed second. The Swede Axel Bengtsson (Kosmic-Vortex) had the upper hand on the Dutch Dylan Davies (DR-Modena) for P3. Renaudin leads the classification at 111 points, that is only 3 clear of Denner.
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