The second and final round of the WSK Open Cup was run at the International Circuit 7 Laghi (7 Lakes) on the weekend.
James Wharton was the best performed of the five Australians that contested the meeting. He had moved into a podium position in the OK-J final, but the strong run ended in retirement with a broken throttle.
Marcos Flack came 2nd in the OK-J B-Final with Cody Maynes-Rutty 13th.
OK-J (55 entrants):
- Cody Maynes-Rutty (PCR/Vortex) – Q21. Heats 20, 8, 13, 17. Ranking: 38. Pre-Final B: DNS. Final B: 13th.
- James Wharton (Parolin/TM) – Q31. Heats 4, 5, 6, 4. Ranking: 10. Pre-Final B: 3rd. Final: 32nd (DNF)
- Marcos Flack (Energy/TM) – Q35. Heats 10, 9, 18, 16. Ranking 33. Pre-Final A: 19th. Final B: 2nd.
Mini (66 entrants):
- Peter Bouzinelos (Parolin/TM) – Q45. Heats 19, 6, 16, 11. Ranking: 30. Pre-Final B: 17. Final: DNQ
- Alex Ninovic (PCRParolin/TM) – Q53. Heats 26, 13, 14, 20. Ranking: 46. Pre-Final B: 24. Final B: DNS
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The Two Rounds of WSK Open Cup
Two close and exciting rounds to fight for the WSK Open Cup in Lonato (BS) and Castelletto di Branduzzo (PV).
- round 2 results HERE
Taylor Barnard secured the OK victory lap after lap
The Brit Taylor Barnard (KR-Iame-Bridgestone) thought to have the victory of OK in the bag after the win in Lonato. His amazing fellow-countryman Joseph Turney (Tony Kart-Vortex) has been very competitive in Castelletto though and took the victory in the Final, while Barnard even slipped down to P7 instead, temporarily losing the classification lead to Turney.
Barnard had to fight his way through the pack to get back on the top of the classification and ended the race behind Turney at the sprint to the line. He nevertheless managed to keep the lead of the classification with 220 points, against the 188 scored by Turney.
Kirill Smal (Tony Kart-Vortex) hoped for a better result, as he was second heading into Castelletto. The Russian has been very competitive but slipped down at halfway through the race and was relegated to the third place of the classification at 171 points. The Dutch Dilano Van’t Hoff (Exprit-TM) obtained a good fourth place at 95 points and led the Italian Lorenzo Travisanutto (Tony Kart-Vortex), who was fifth at 62.
Andrea Antonelli beating rivals and tough luck in OKJ
Andrea Antonelli (KR-Iame-Vega) set the benchmark in OK-Junior, as he has been the only one always on top: two wins in the Final (in Lonato and Castelletto) earned Antonelli the top of the classification with 227 points.
The Russian Artem Severiukhin (Tony Kart-Vortex) ended second at 164 points recovering some places thanks to the P2 scored in Castelletto’s Final. Martinius Stenshorne (KR-Iame) had high hopes too, as he led the pack after qualifying, but accused some delay in the Final and eventually ended third in the classification at 125 points.
The American Ugo Ugochuckwu (FA Kart-Vortex) obtained a good fourth place with 117 points and led the Russian Nikita Bedrin (Tony Kart-Vortex), who slipped down to P5 at 102.
Nikola Tsolov victorious in 60 Mini
The Bulgarian Nikola Tsolov (Parolin-TM-Vega) put the WSK Open Cup victory in the bag thanks to the full haul in Lonato, but he kept his momentum also in Castelletto where only the Russian Dmitry Matveev (Energy-TM) could beat him in a red-hot Final.
Tsolov had the upper hand in the final classification with 220 points, but Matveev, who only competed in the second round, managed to climb straight from zero to the second place at 152 points. Among their rivals, the Thai Enzo Tarnvanichkul (Parolin-TM) came to the fore in Castelletto and managed to close his campaign in this series in third at 120 points.
The Austrian Kiano Blum (Parolin-TM) has been constant and ended the WSK Open Cup in fourth place at 109 points, while the Pole Jan Przyrowsky recovered several positions and ended fifth at 101.