|20 February 2017|
Jack Doohan was the highest placed Australian at the 22nd edition of the Winter Cup at Lonato, Italy, on the weekend. Doohan finished eighth in the OK-J final, 11 second behind thw winner, fellow Ricky flynn Motorsport driver Harry Thompson. Jack had earlier qualified 8th and was ranked 12th after the normal heats and 14th after the two 'super heats'.
Unfortunately, neither of the other Aussies made it past the heats. After failing to register a qualifying time, Jace Matthews was ranked 51st after the heats in OK Senior, while Cody Maynes-Rutty was 45th in Mini ROK (having earlier qualified 53rd of 75 entrants).
Four red hot finals entertained spectators at the South Garda Karting circuit. Victory in the 2017 Winter Cups went to Jeremy Iglesias (KZ2), Lorenzo Travisanutto (OK), Harry Thompson (OK-Junior) and Alfio Spina (Mini Rok).
Above: Jeremey Iglesias leads KZ2 (pic - South Garda Karting)
from the press release
IGLESIAS DOMINATING KZ2
The French Jeremy Iglesias (Formula K-Tm-Bridgestone) has been the protagonist of KZ2 after being the quickest in qualifying and at the end of heats. Iglesias confirmed his lead in the Final, taking an early lead and fending off the attacks moved in the closing stages by the World Champion Paolo De Conto (CRG-Tm), as the latter put in a great comeback race after a not very brilliant qualifying. The third step of the podium went to the excellent Dutch driver Bas Lammers (Sodikart-Tm), while Fabian Federer (CRG-Tm), second early on, had to concede some positions due to a contact and settled for P9. The Italian Riccardo Longhi (BirelArt-Tm) was fourth and the French Anthony Abbasse (Sodikart-Tm) closed in fifth place, leading Flavio Camponeschi (CRG-Tm), Rick Dreezen (BirelArt-Vortex), Ben Hanley (Croc-Tm) and Patrik Hajek (Kosmic-Vortex). Last year’s winner Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex) ended 11th instead.
Above: KZ2 podium (pic - South Garda Karting)
TRAVISANUTTO AND HAUGER BATTLING IN OK
Lorenzo Travisanutto (Zanardi-Parilla-Bridgestone) took an early lead in OK’s Final and engaged an interesting battle with the Norwegian Dennis Hauger (CRG-Parilla) and the French Theo Pourchaire (Kosmic-Vortex), who had the upper hand in qualifying. At the flag, Travisanutto pipped Hauger, as Pourchaire completed the podium in P3. The fourth place went to the Polish Karol Basz (Kosmic-Vortex), who was followed by the Brazilian Gianluca Petecof (Tony Kart-Vortex).
Above: OK-Senior podium (pic - South Garda Karting)
THOMPSON SURPRISING OK-JUNIOR
OK-Junior’s victory went to the British driver Harry Thompson (FA Alonso-Vortex-Bridgestone), who got the most of a racing contact involving the race leader Andrea Rosso (Tony Kart-Vortex) and the other main contender in the Final, the British Christopher Lulham (Tony Kart-Parilla). The podium was completed by Franco Colapinto (Tony Kart-Vortex) in P2 and Leonardo Marseglia (Zanardi-Parilla) in P3.
Above: Andrea Rosso, 2nd in OKJ (pic - South Garda Karting)
SPINA WINNING MINI ROK FOR 0.01s
The victory of Mini Rok went to the Sicilian Alfio Spina (CRG-Vortex-Bridgestone), who completed a stunning comeback race, pipping the Russian Nikita Bedrin (Tony Kart-Vortex) at the flag. The two drivers were very close in the sprint to the line, but Spina took the win by 10 thousands of a second. The third place of the podium went to the other Russian Dmitry Ignatov (Energy-Vortex).
Above: Mini Rok podium (pic - South Garda Karting)
Above: KZ2 ready for the start (pic - South Garda Karting)
Above: OK-Junior podium (pic - South Garda Karting)
Above: Min Rok form up (pic - South Garda Karting)
Above: Pourchaire (212) OK (pic - South Garda Karting)
Above: Rosso (337) OK-Junior (pic - South Garda Karting)
Above: Formula Ks leading KZ2 (pic - South Garda Karting)
Above: Badoer, Mini Rok (pic - South Garda Karting)
Above: Ignatov, Mini Rok (pic - South Garda Karting)
Above: Pourchaire, OK (pic - South Garda Karting)