James Wharton charged from 23rd to 9th in the round 1 final of the WSK Super Master Series at Adria last night.
Starting 9th in Pre-Final A, Wharton incurred a nose-cone penalty (as did 12 other drivers) and was classified 16th.
While he struggled in the wet, come the dry final Wharton proved one of the fastest in the field, setting third fastest race lap and getting inside the top ten (from grid 32!) for a 9th place finish.
“(It) was a challenging weekend” he admitted on social media.
“Wet pace was lacking all weekend and only the final was dry. I managed to make up 23 spots in the final, more than anyone else and cross the line 9th, faster than the eight in front. Overall we are 16th in the series standings.”
Wharton’s next Euro event is the Winter Cup at Lonato.
- full results are HERE.
Travisanutto wins the tight challenge in OK
The OK Final started with the fight involving the Dutch Kas Haverkort (CRG-TM-Bridgestone) and the Scot Dexter Patterson (KR-Iame). The first got the lead from the pole position and fended off the rival early on, but eventually had to concede his position despite managing to stay close to the Scot. The Italian Lorenzo Travisanuto (KR-Iame) started from the fourth row of the grid and slid in the fight among the leading duo, taking on the lead from Patterson.
The Dutch had the upper hand on the Scot in the fight for the runner-up position and closed his effort behind the leader Travisanutto. The British driver Harry Thompson (FA Kart-Vortex) recovered from P12 managing also to reach P2, but unfortunately, a penalty for the dropped front fairing relegated him to P5. The provisional classification of OK sees Travisanutto on top (64 points), followed by Haverkort at 60 and Patterson at 50.
Camara holds on to the lead and wins OK Junior
The OK Junior Final has been unpredictable until the very end. Half of it was firmly in the hands of the Italian Andrea Antonelli (KR-Iame-Vega), but he was challenged by the Swede William Silverholm (Tony Kart-Vortex) in the closing stages.
The two switched positions on top until the Brazilian Rafael Camara (Birel Art-TM) found his way past both. In the following tight fight, Silverholm was put off by a move by the Spanish Pepe Martì (Tony Kart-Vortex), who ended the race on top but was later on handed a penalty.
The victory went to Camara, who was joined on the podium by Robert De Haan (Energy-TM) and Thomas Ten Brinke (FA Kart-Vortex). Camara is also leading the classification at 89 points and is followed by De Haan (55) and Antonelli (44). Final B, the race reserved to drivers not qualified for the Final, was won by the Dutch Laurens Van Hoepen (FA-Vortex) in the morning.
Maiden WSK win for Al Dhaheri in 60 Mini
The domination of the Belgian Ian Eyckmans did not last long in the 60 Mini Final, as he was overtaken by the Arab Emirates’ driver Rashid Al Dhaheri (both on Parolin-TM-Vega). The latter started from the fourth row of the grid, but installed himself on top and kept the lead until the chequered flag.
The Russian Dmitry Matveev (Energy-TM) displayed a good shape and would have obtained a podium finish, had it not been for the dropped front fairing that cost him a penalty. Behind Al Dhaheri, Eyckmans held on to P2 leading the Russian Maksimilian Popov (Parolin-TM) in P3. Al Dhaheri (65 p.) is on top of the classification, followed by Eyckmans (53) and Kutskov (Energy-TM, 48). Final B was won by the Italian Andrea Filaferro (Tony Kart-TM-Vega).