The fourth and final round of WSK Super Master Series was conducted at Lonato on the weekend, both Australians contesting the event making it through to their respective finals.
James Wharton (Parolin/TM) was back in the OK class for this round, qualifying 43rd (of 66 entries) and carding 21, 14, 13 in the heats, moving him up the rankings to 28th. 13th in pre-final B was followed by more progress in the final, finishing 19th. James concluded the four round series classified 36th in the OK category and 34th in KZ2.
Griffin Peebles (KR/IAME) qualified 8th in a huge field of 100 drivers in the Mini category. He was ranked 10th after the heats having placed 10th, 5th, 1st, 1st and 8th (he actually finished 2nd in the final heat but was handed a 2-second penalty “for one of the smallest touches ever”).
After a strong third in pre-final B, Peebles was running well inside the top ten in the final when an incident on lap 6 pushed him to the tail of the field, eventually classified 24th. Griff was placed 19th in the series, which was won by Rene Lammers.
official wsk press release
The KZ2 final goes to Denner, but the title to Kremers. The OK final is won by Lindblad, as Camara gets the title. Race and title of OKJ to Al Dhaheri. MINI dominated by Lammers.
The fourth and closing round of WSK Super Master Series at the South Garda Karting circuit in Lonato named the 2021 champions in a round that had an important participation with 316 drivers coming from 44 different countries. This made the 12th edition of the series organized by WSK Promotion reach 1.100 presences including the three rounds held in Adria, La Conca and Sarno.
The WSK Super Master Series 2021 titles eventually went to the Dutch Marijn Kremers (BirelART Racing/BirelART-TM Racing) in KZ2, the Brazilian Rafael Camara (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame) in OK, United Arab Emirates’ Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin Motorsport/Parolin-TM Racing) in OKJ and the Dutch René Lammers (Baby Race/Parolin-Iame) in MINI.
Two Prefinals were run for each category and the top 17 drivers of each race qualified for the Final.
In OK, classification leader Rafael Camara (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame) won the first Prefinal after dominating the weekend in Lonato since the beginning. Prefinal-B saw another strong interpreter of the category, Andrea Kimi Antonelli, having the upper hand, which envisaged for a KR Motorsport duel on top.
MINI’s Prefinal-A was won by the Dutch René Lammers (Baby Race/Parolin-Iame), who won the heats after a good comeback from qualifying practice and a shared lead with the Spanish driver Christian Costoya (Parolin Motorsport/Parolin-TM Racing). In Prefinal-B Costoya, despite being the most credited contender, slipped down to P13. The victory of Prefinal-B went to the Romanian David Cosma-Cristofor (Gulstar Racing/KR-Iame).
As expected, KZ2 Prefinal-A was won by the French Emilien Denner (Intrepid Driver Program/Intrepid-TM Racing), while another strong title contender, the Swede Viktor Gustavsson (Leclerc by Lennox/BirelART-TM Racing) ended third behind the other Frenchman Adrien Renaudin (Sodikart/Sodi-TM Racing). The Dutch driver Marijn Kremers (BirelART Racing/BirelART-TM Racing) won Prefinal-B and took the lead of the championship. The Finn Juho Valtanen (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame) ended seventh and lost the provisional lead instead.
In OKJ, Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin Motorsport/Parolin-TM Racing) won Prefinal-A, while classification leader from Jamaica Alex Powell (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame) was only eighth and saw his lead getting thinner. The victory of Prefinal-B went to the Brazilian Matheus Ferreira (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame).
The finals named the four title winners
Great win to Denner in the KZ2 final, but Kremers gets the title
In KZ2, after a stop due to an incident at the start, the Frenchman Emilien Denner (Intrepid Driver Program/Intrepid-TM Racing) got the lead of the race and claimed a solid win, while the Dutch Marijn Kremers (BirelART Racing/BirelART-TM Racing) installed himself soon in P2 finding his way past the other French driver Adrien Renaudin (Sodikart/Sodikart-TM Racing) and kept the position until the end. This result earned him the title. The third step of the podium went to the Dutch driver Stan Pex (KR Motorsport/KR-TM Racing), who recovered four places from his position on the starting grid. The previous classification leader, Juho Valtanen (KR Motorsport/KR-TM Racing) did not go beyond P8 and therefore closed the championship in second place, leading the Swede Viktor Gustavsson (Leclerc by Lennox/BirelART-TM Racing).
KZ2 Final Classification: 1. Kremers points 261; 2. Valtanen 204; 3. Gustavsson 165; 4. Renaudin 161; 5. Palomba 154; 6. Denner 153; 7. Celenta 135; 8. Puhakka 126; 9. Pex 114; 10. Albanese 109.
Lindblad wins the OK Final, Camara the title
In OK the duel for the title involved the Brazilian Rafael Camara (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame) and his teammate from Italy Andrea Kimi Antonelli. A third driver of KR Motorsport, the Brit Arvid Lindblad, came out on top from this battle. He took the lead of the race, keeping it all the way to the chequered flag. The second place was enough for Rafael Camara to secure the title though, while Andrea Kimi Antonelli had to settle for P6 after losing some ground at the start. The third step of the podium went to the Italian Luigi Coluccio (Kosmic Racing/Kosmic-Vortex) at the end of a great weekend for him. Antonelli ended the championship in second place, while the final victory earned Lindblad the third place of the classification.
OK Final Classification: 1. Camara points 388; 2. Antonelli 296; 3. Lindblad 255; 4. Taponen 192; 5. Severiukhin 190; 6. Kucharczyk 171; 7. Turney 153; 8. Tsolov 125; 9. Coluccio 112; 10. Pasiewicz 90.
Al Dhaheri dominates OK-Junior
United Arab Emirates’ driver Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin Motorsport/Parolin-TM Racing) dominated OK-Junior in Lonato and secured the full haul that allowed him to take the lead of the standings, due also to the troubled weekend experienced by the previous leader, the Jamaican Alex Powell (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame). Al Dhaheri secured a solid win in the final leading the Brit Harley Keeble (Tony Kart Racing Team/Tony Kart-Vortex) and the Japanese Kean Nakamura-Berta (Forza Racing/Exprit-TM Racing). Powell was 18th in the final and ended third in the final classification, as he was overtaken also by the Brazilian Matheus Ferreira (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame), who was fourth in the final.
OKJ Final Classification: 1. Al Dhaheri points 247; 2. Ferreira 205; 3. Powell 192; 4. Slater 190; 5. Bohra 184; 6. Kutskov 182; 7. Nakamura 175; 8. Popov 153; 9. Keeble 140; 10. Deligny 136.
Lammers dominates the MINI final and claims the title
In the final sprint to the title of MINI the Dutch René Lammers (Baby Race/Parolin-Iame) had the upper hand and managed to get past his main rival, the Spanish driver Christian Costoya (Parolin Motorsport/Parolin-TM Racing). The victory in the Final earned Lammers the title, while Costoya had a troubled Prefinal and recovered several positions in the Final, but could not go beyond P10. The Italian Emanuele Olivieri (Formula K Serafini/IPK-TM Racing) completed a good race ending second behind Lammers (both in the final and in the championship). The Russian Vladimir Ivannikov (Drago Corse/EKS-TM Racing) also did a good race and ended third. The Russian Gerasim Skulanov (CRG Racing Team/CRG-TM Racing) recovered a lot of places, but had to settle for P4.
MINI Final Classification: 1. Lammers points 345; 2. Olivieri 265; 3. Costoya 223; 4. Skulanov 181; 5. Ivannikov; 6. Pesl; 7. Orjuela; 8. Przyrowsky; 9. Cosma-Cristofor; 10. Schaufler.
- Complete results are available at www.wskarting.it HERE.
The next appointment on track is on June 13th in Adria for the second round of the WSK Euro Series.