Trio of Aussies at WSK Champions Cup

The international karting season kicks off at Lonato this weekend with the opening round of the WSK Champions Cup.

A trio of Australians are entered, including NSW cadet driver Hudson Petta.

A notable absentee is Lewis Francis who is testing for the OK category this weekend at Franciacorta. Francis will race the WSK Super Masters series the following week at Lonato, his first OK Senior race in Europe.

Aussies Entered:

  • William Calleja – Mini (Babyrace Driver Academy, Parolin/IAME)
  • Hudson Petta – Mini U10 (Energy Corse SRL, Energy/TM)
  • Dante Vinci – OK (KR Motorsport, KR/IAME)

For more information and to follow the event:

  • WSK Champions Cup entry list HERE
  • Results will be posted HERE
  • Live stream (Sunday only) via WSK YouTube HERE or Facebook HERE.
The Lonato South Garda circuit (pic – WSK)

official WSK press release/preview

WSK Champions Cup at the start of international karting with several top drivers

The international karting season is about to kick off at the South Garda Karting Circuit with the WSK Champions Cup, the first event on the WSK Promotion calendar. Taking place on the weekend of January 21st, this event marks the beginning of the 2024 season, featuring around 280 drivers from 51 countries in the MINI, OKNJ, OKJ, OK and KZ2 categories.


High quality and quantity.

An excellent lineup of drivers will include the most qualified teams for this season opener, featuring many young talents, some of whom were winners in the previous edition. Examples include the Ukrainian Oleksandr Legenkyi, who transitioned from Under 10 to MINI Gr.3, the Turkish driver Iskender Zulfikari, now attempting OKJ after winning the Champions Cup in MINI in 2023, the English racer Lewis Wherrell, who triumphed last year in OKJ and is now competing in OK, and Cristian Bertuca, who is making another attempt in KZ2. The participation in the second year of the federal category OKNJ is also interesting, with several MINI protagonists moving up to the higher category among the top contenders.

Several drivers to debut with new teams.

Many champions will be vying for victory, including several making their debut with new teams. Giuseppe Palomba, after his recent victories in the WSK Euro Series 2022 in KZ2, is making his debut with Sodikart this year, alongside new teammates and former rivals like the French champion Emilien Denner. In short, there are many novelties, with a large number of rookies starting from MINI with a full roster of participants and various team changes in different categories. This makes the first event of the year particularly exciting, serving as an initial test for a season that promises to be captivating right from the start.

The final stages on Sunday, January 21st in Live Streaming.

On Sunday, January 21st, the prefinals and finals will be broadcast live on TV Live Streaming on the WSK Promotion Facebook page and YouTube website.

Program – WSK Champions Cup, Lonato

  • Wednesday January, 17th and Thursday 18th: free practice from 8:00.
  • Friday, January 19th: free practice from 8:20; qualifying practice from 10:40; qualifying heats from 13:00.
  • Saturday, January 20th: warm up at 8:00; qualifying heats from 10:00.
  • Sunday, January 21st: warm up at 8:00; live on TV and Live Streaming: Prefinals from 9:20, Finals from 12:30 (12:30 MINI GR3, 13:00 MINI U10, 14:00 OKJ, 14:30 KZ2; 15:00 OK; 15:30 OKNJ).