WSK Euro Series Concludes

press release 9 June 2013

The WSK Euro Series ends in Genk (B); the winners are Verstappen (NL – CRG-TM KZ1), Negro (I - DR-TM KZ2),  Boccolacci (F - Energy-TM KF) and Norris (GB – FA Kart-Vortex KFJ).

The winners of WSK Euro series 2013 (L to R) Lando Norris, Dorian Boccolacci, Riccardo Negro and Max Verstappen
Above: The winners of WSK Euro series 2013 (L to R) Lando Norris, Dorian Boccolacci, Riccardo Negro and Max Verstappen
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The chequered flag on the WSK Euro Series

The chequered flag for the WSK Euro Series was shown in Genk (B). The fourth and final round of the season awarded the Series to the four winners in the four remaining categories, after the 60 Mini category was won by Eliseo Martinez (Hero-LKE-Le Cont) in Sarno (Italy). On the circuit in Flanders, which can be regarded as a sort of 'last mile' of the season, the results remained uncertain until the end, with drivers chasing each other in the category standings since Saturday, after KZ1 and KZ2 Final 1.

Verstappen keeps his rivals at bay and wins  in KZ1

If you want to succeed you have to work hard, as hard as Verstappen (CRG-TM-Bridgestone) did to win the KZ1 category this year. Since the beginning it had been clear that he was the man to beat: the son of the former F1 driver Jos Verstappen is about to follow his father's footsteps. Max trained hard during winter and got repaid by a winning debut in the gearbox category at the first appointment of the series in Muro Leccese (Italy): But the unpredictable was lurking around the corner, in Zuera (Spain): a faux pas in the third round of the series. Two top drivers such as  the English  Ben Hanley (ART GP-TM-Bridgestone) and the Dutch Bas Lammers (Intrepid-TM-Bridgestone) immediately took advantage of the situation winning the two finals of the Spanish weekend. However, Verstappen was soon back in the game and, to secure victory in the championship, he  just  needed  to  win  Final 1  in  Genk  last Saturday. Hanley, on the other hand, did not manage to close the gap and had to be content with second place, fending off the attacks of a tough rival such as the Belgian Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter-Bridgestone). Behind the first three drivers, special mention for the Italian Paolo De Conto, the Dutch Jorrit Pex (CRG-TM-Bridgestone) and his fellow countryman Lammers. Their season was absolutely remarkable as their final positions in the Series clearly show.

KZ1 winner Max Verstappen
Above: KZ1 winner Max Verstappen
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Boccolacci's performance is outstanding in KF

Dorian Boccolacci (Energy-TM-Vega) was doubtlessly the protagonist in KF, even though the challenge was definitely demanding: there were four different winners of the four Finals of the season. The first winner was the English  Ben Barnicoat (ART GP-TM-Vega), who dominated in Muro Leccese. Then it was the Italian Felice Tiene's turn to win, in Zuera (Spain). Only in the third round, in Sarno (Italy), Boccolacci succeeded in winning the Final, while in Genk the winner was the Danish Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic-Vortex-Vega), who closed the season. In the end, Boccolacci deserved victory thanks to his consistent results. This allowed him to finish ahead of Nielsen, the runner-up, and Barnicoat, third. Excellent season also for the Polish Karol Basz (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) and the English George Russell (Birel-TM-Vega), fourth and fifth respectively. Tiene placed sixth.

Boccolacci, KF
Above: Boccolacci, KF
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Negro wins in KZ2

The KZ2 protagonists were two Italian drivers: Marco Zanchetta (Maranello-TM-Bridgestone), who took the lead in the first round of the season, and Riccardo Negro (DR-TM-Bridgestone), who was always in close pursue of the leader. With such a narrow lead, the tiniest issue was fatal for Zanchetta: he lost a great deal of his lead in Final 1, in Sarno. Here, on the other hand, Negro took advantage of the situation and won the race, closing the gap with his rival. Each of the four rounds saw the two drivers winning the two Finals alternatively until, in Genk, Zanchetta got stopped by a broken gear lever. That was a big chance for Negro: he won race one and took over leadership, keeping it until the end of the Series. Behind the first two drivers, excellent placing for the Czech Jan Midrla (Birel-TM-Bridgestone), thanks to a streak of placing in the first three positions. Also the Swedish Joel Johansson (Energy-TM-Bridgestone) behaved well and finished fourth after winning Final 2 in Genk, finishing ahead of Emil Antonsen (DR-TM-Bridgestone) and Francesco Celenta (Energy-TM-Bridgestone).

Negro leads KZ2 opening lap
Above: Negro leads KZ2 opening lap
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KZ2 podium
Above: KZ2 podium
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Norris is the winner in KF Junior

The skills of the English Lando Norris (FA Kart-Vortex-Vega) helped him to fend off his rivals attacks. Thanks to his brilliant beginning of season – he achieved a double win in the Pre-final and in the Final both in La Conca and then in Zuera -, his lead over the Italian Alessio Lorandi (Tony Kart-Parilla-Vega) was remarkable. Lorandi, after his faux pas in Zuera, recovered well thanks to his victory in the Final of Sarno, but by then the gap with Norris was too wide.

Lando Norris
Above: Lando Norris
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However, the category was eventful until the end: in Genk the winner was the German David Beckmann (Zanardi-BMB-Vega), at his maiden victory in an international competition; a victory which rocketed him to the third place of the championship behind Norris and Lorandi. Positive season also for the English Daniel Ticktum and Ahmed Enaam (both on FA Kart-Vortex), who placed fourth and fifth respectively. Sixth the Italian Leonardo Pulcini (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega), who confirmed to be one of the most remarkable surprises of the category.

Lando Norris
Above: Lando Norris
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