|7 February 2017|
Atrocious weather hampered the opening round of the WSK Super Master Series at Adria on the weekend.
Chilling cold and wet conditions caused problems for many, but not Australian Jack Doohan who broke through for his maiden podium in European competition with second in the OK-J final.
Fellow Aussie Marcos Flack placed 23rd in the 60 Mini Final. Marcos had earlier qualified 3rd fastest and was ranked 10th after the heat races.
Above: KZ2 heat start (pic - press.net images)
official WSK Finals Day press release
Adria launches the top drivers of the WSK Super Master Series
Stronger than the harsh weather condition: the 243 drivers of the WSK Super Master Series, at its season-opener round, defeated the incessant rain and brought home the first results for their standings. At the Adria Karting Raceway, international karting showed once again how spectacular and gripping its wet races can be. The second round at the weekend of 5th March in Castelletto, near Pavia.
Above: Pavel Bulantsev, top ranked Junior after the heats (pic - press.net images)
De Pauw goes full throttle in OK
The Belgian Ulysse De Pauw (Kosmic-Parilla-Bridgestone) and the Italian Lorenzo Travisanutto (Zanardi-Parilla) won the Prefinals hands down and then, in the Final, it was the former to prevail. De Pauw gained an early lead and pulled away while, behind him, Victor Martins (Kosmic-Parilla) managed to steal the runner-up position from Travisanutto. However, the French was hit by a penalty after the end of the race for his misplaced front-fairing. So, it was Travinasutto who eventually scored the second position behind De Pauw; third position for the Spanish David Vidales (Tony Kart-Vortex).
Above: OK podium (pic - press.net images)
Anthony Abbasse is the king of the wet track in KZ2
The French Anthony Abbasse (Sodi-TM-Bridgestone) kept at bay the rivals of his own team, starting with the Dutch Bas Lammers, after they had won the A and B Prefinals. Abbasse won the Final ahead of Lammers, while the Dutch Jorrit Pex (CRG-TM) scored the third position. In the battle for the fourth place, the Czech Patrik Hajek (Kosmic-Vortex) finally managed to beat Matteo Zanchi (Wildkart-TM). Zanchi placed ahead of the Swedish Douglas Lundberg (Sodi-TM).
Above: KZ2 podium (pic - press.net images)
Above: Douglas Lundberg, KZ2 (pic - press.net images)
Surprising victory for Andrea Rosso in OK Junior
Great surprise in the OK Junior Final, when the Russian Pavel Bulantsev (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) and the Italian Leonardo Marseglia (Zanardi-Parilla) – the two frontrunners – were forced to pull over. Their retirement made way to Andrea Rosso’s (Tony Kart-Vortex) victory; he and Jack Doohan (FA Kart-Vortex) passed the Russian Ilya Morozov during the first laps and the three drivers crossed the finishing line in this order.
Above: OK Junior podium (pic - press.net images)
Alfio Spina beats all in 60 Mini
The Italian Alfio Spina (CRG-TM-Vega) took over the leadership from his fellow countryman and team mate Luca Giardelli during the early stage of the 60 Mini Final. Spina, finally, won a hard race on a slippery track. Third position for the Malaysian Adam Putera (CRG-TM), who overtook the Italian Andrea Antonelli (Tony Kart-Vortex).
Above: 60 Mini podium (pic - press.net images)