After some promising heat races, things were looking good for the Aussies in Adria with some potential top tens on the cards. But in the end, it didn’t turn out that way.
Back in Europe, but now as a senior driver, James Wharton only qualified 23rd in OK, but bolted up the order to ninth after the heats. Unfortunately he did not finish the final.
In the huge 60Mini field, Griffin Peebles kept chipping away and got himself into the final and finished 22nd.
Ironically, it was the top-ranked Aussie that ended up missing the finals. Peter Bouzinelous was a strong 7th overall after the 60 Mini heats, but drama in his pre-final dropped him out of the zone for the A-Final.
Results wrap for the Aussies below. Scroll down for the official WSK report & photos.
Peter Bouzinelos (Parolin/TM – KidiX srl): Q – 6. Heats – 2, 2, 10, 9 (ranked 7th). PreFinal – 22. Final ‘B’ – DNF.
Griffin Peebles (Parolin/TM – AV Racing): Q – 21. Heats – 7, 22, 7, 11 (ranked 22nd). PreFinal – 10. Final – 22nd.
James Wharton (Parolin/TM – Parolin Racing Kart): Q – 23. Heats – 5, 4, 8 (ranked 9th). PreFinal – 11th. Final – DNF.
THE FIRST TITLES OF 2020 AWARDED IN ADRIA
The opener of the WSK season offered an excellent spectacle with the WSK Champions Cup, the traditional event that awarded the first titles of 2020 at the Adria Karting Raceway in the 15th year of activity of WSK Promotion.
The 170 drivers on track came from 37 different countries to battle out the victory in the three entitled categories OK, OK-Junior and Mini. Novelties and new lineups were present and some drivers switched to higher categories too. Interestingly, three sisters from the Czech Republic were present: Babickova Eliska and Tereza in OK, Perta in OKJ challenged several strong rivals.
WSK Champions Cup also had the duty to provide a first indication on the main protagonists of this new season and the first titles of 2020 were claimed in Adria by the Brit Taylor Barnard (KR-Iame-Bridgestone/Team Rosberg) in OK, the Italian Alfio Andrea Spina (KR-Iame-Vega/Team KR) in OK-Junior, and the Russian Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin-TM Racing-Vega/Team Parolin) in Mini.
Barnard dominates the OK final
OK Prefinals in the morning had the first twist following a penalty handed to the Dutch Thomas Ten Brinke (Kosmic-Vortex-Bridgestone), who was the quickest after heats. Prefinal-A was therefore won by the Brazilian Rafa Camara (Exprit-TM Racing), while the Brit Taylor Barnard (KR-Iame) won Prefinal-B. Andrea Kimi Antonelli (KR-Iame) could not take part in the final stages due to the fever and flu after being the quickest in qualifying and claiming the victory in the first qualifying heat.
The Final was eventually dominated by the British driver Taylor Barnard, who led the race throughout. The Spaniard Josep Marti Sobrepera (KR-Iame) managed to climb up to P2, but he was later on found under-weight and penalized. The second place was therefore inherited by the Russian Kirill Smal (Energy-TM Racing) and the third by the British driver Harry Thompson (KR-Iame), who lost a few positions. The Brazilian Matheus Morgatto (Parolin-TM Racing) managed to recover 21 places up to the final P5 behind the Russian Nikita Bedrin (Tony Kart-Vortex).
OK Final classification: 1. Barnard (GBR); 2. Smal (RUS); 3. Thompson (GBR).
Maiden win for Spina in OK-Junior
In OK-Junior, the British driver Arvid Lindblad (KR-Iame-Vega) confirmed his speed and won Prefinal-A, followed by his teammate Alfio Andrea Spina, while the Norwegian Martinius Stenshorne (KR-Iame) won Prefinal-B leading the Brit Freddie Slater (Kosmic-Vortex). Final-B’s victory went to the Pole Tymoteusz Kucharczyk (RK-TM Racing).
The Final has been lively and hard-fought with several drivers aiming to the win. Eventually, Alfio Andrea Spina (KR-Iame-Vega) claimed his maiden win in OK-Junior. He had to face the challenge of the Norwegian Martinius Stenshorne and Singapore’s Christian Ho at the end of a good comeback race. The all KR-Iame podium welcomed several teams: KR Motorsport with Spina, Rosberg Racing Academy with Stenshorne and Sauber Karting Team with Ho. The fourth and fifth positions went to two protagonists of the weekend: the Russian Artem Severiukhim (Tony Kart-Vortex) that was fourth and the Brit Arvid Lindblad (KR-Iame) fifth, after holding P2 early on.
OK-Junior Final classification: 1. Spina (ITA); 2. Stenshorne (NOR), 3. Ho (SGP).
Mini’s final dominated by the Russian Khavalkin
Mini’s Prefinal-A was won by the Russian Dmitry Matveev (Energy-TM Racing-Vega), as his fellow-countryman Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin-TM Racing) won Prefinal-B. The victory of the Final-B went to Tiziano Monza (KR-TM Racing).
The Russian Anatoly Khavalkin had the upper hand in the Final dominating the race from lights to flag. The second position went to another Russian, Gerasim Skulanov (IPK-TM Racing), while the fight for the third position was won by Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin-TM Racing), who led the Russian Dmitry Matveev (Energy-TM Racing). The fifth position went to the Pole Jan Przyrowsky (Parolin-TM Racing), who led his fellow-countryman Maciej Gladysz (Parolin-TM Racing), that had previously led the pack after qualifying heats.
MINI Final classification: 1. Khavalkin (RUS); 2. Skulanov (RUS); 3. Al Dhaheri (ARE).
The next appointment on track is for next week – from January 31st to February 2nd, in Adria for the first of the four rounds of WSK Super Master Series.
- Complete classifications are available at http://www.wskarting.it