Aussies Conk Out at La Conca

The third round of the WSK Super Master Series was not a good one for the three Australian OK-Junior class racers.

In fact, none of the trio (James Wharton, Christian Mansell and Marcos Flack) made the finals.

The three Aussie juniors in Italy (L to R) James Wharton, Christian Mansell and Marcos Flack

Wharton qualified 12th in the 66-kart field, and other than a DNF (20th) in his second heat, recorded strong finishes of 2nd, 3rd and 2nd to rank sixth overall. Running second in his pre-final, James clipped the barrier at the chicane on lap three and was out, unable to transfer to the final.

Unfortunately, Mansell (Lennox Racing Team, Exprit/Vortex) was forced to pull out of the event prior to qualifying, having hurt his ribs during practice on Friday.

Flack, meanwhile, was not able to compete due to a visa issue.

Australian mechanic Ben George with his driver for the event, Norway’s Martinius Stenshorne. He was ranked 12th after the heats and started the final inside the top ten.

The official WSK report

New leaders of WSK after Muro Leccese

The outcome of Finals has yet again changed the values seen on track in qualifying. The Finals at the La Conca World Circuit of WSK Super Master Series ended with the victory going to new talents, which ended up with important changes in the provisional classifications.

Maiden win for Minì in OK

The Italian Gabriele Minì (Parolin-TM-Bridgestone) had a crescendo of performance in La Conca as he himself described his weekend after the win claimed in the Final.


Start of the OK Final (pic – Images/WSK)

Minì managed to take the lead early on, hitting on Dexter Patterson’s chances (KR-Iame) after the latter won Prefinal B. The Finn Juho Valtanen (Kosmic-Iame) started from the front row, as he won Prefinal B, but went off track at the start and rejoined from the back. Minì pulled away but the Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG-Iame), also showing a good crescendo in the crucial stages of the weekend, started chasing him. Patterson came to the fore in the closing stages and, after losing several positions early on, he managed to bounce back and get P2 off Hiltbrand, while Minì was claiming his maiden OK Final.

Patterson is currently leading the classification at 239 points after overtaking Lorenzo Travisanutto (KR-Iame), who is now second at 201 points. On top, the podium of the OK Final.

Gabriele Mini atop the OK podium (pic – Images/WSK)

Maiden win for Antonelli in OK Junior

Andrea Kimi Antonelli (KR-Iame-Vega) claimed the OKJ victory. The Italian started the Final from the second row and managed to recover some places in the initial laps taking the lead.

Ok-Junior winner Kimi Antonelli (pic – Images/WSK)

The Brit Arvid Lindblad (Exprit-TM) slipped down the pack instead, after claiming Prefinal A’s victory and closed his race in fourth place. Thomas Ten Brinke (FA Kart-Vortex) ended an amazing comeback behind Antonelli. Started from P23, the Dutch driver climbed all the way up to P2 getting the position off the Russian Nikita Bedrin (Tony Kart-Vortex), who had previously won Prefinal B.

Antonelli strengthened his classification lead reaching 215 points, while Ten Brinke and Bedrin follow him at 154. Above, the podium of OK Junior.

OKj podium (pic – Images/WSK)

Alex Powell winning the photo finish in 60 Mini

Only 0.058s split the Jamaican Alex Powell (Energy-TM-Vega) and the Belgian Ean Eyckmans (Parolin-TM) at the flag of 60 Mini’s Final.

Alex Powell (pic – Images/WSK)

Powell started the race from the eighth spot of the grid and managed to take the lead from Eyckmans, as the latter won Prefinal B. Eyckmans did not give up though and fought all the way to the chequered flag. The British driver Coskun Irfan (Parolin-TM) won Prefinal A and briefly led the Final early on, before closing the race on the podium in P3.

Eyckmans managed to install himself on top of the classification at 227 points overtaking Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin-TM), who is second at 189.

60 Mini podium (pic – Images/WSK)
The Russian junior, Nikita Bedrin, was 3rd OKJ (pic – Images/WSK)