|press release||10 April 2017|
Two Australians competed at the fourth and final round of the WSK Super Master Series at Sarno on the weekend. One made it through to the finals while the other didn't.
Philippines-born Australian Flynn Jackes (Tony Kart/Parilla, Piers Sexton Racing) quaified 64th in the 71-kart field, then carded 16-17-19-26 in the heats. He then gained access to the Final by moving up a stack of positions in his pre-final, taking 14th. Jackes then crossed the line 21st in the 13-lap final but a 10 second nose cone penalty dropped him to 25th.
Meanwhile, Jack Doohan (FA/Vortex, Ricky Flynn Motorsport) qualified 22nd. Mixed heat results (6-26-8-25) saw him start the pre-final deep in the field. He initially crossed the line two positons short of making the Final, and then tumbled down the field further with a post-race nose cone penalty.
Despite this, Doohan still managed to finished the Super Master Series ranked 6th in the OK-Junior standings. Flynn Jackes was 49th. Marcos Flack, who did not compete at all rounds, was 33rd in 60 Mini.
Above: Result, OK Junior Final
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Hajek wins the KZ2 final, Lammers wins in the WSK standings
The KZ2 final was rather eventful; the Finnish Simo Puhakka (Kosmic-Vortex-Bridgestone) was forced to retire after few laps and from that moment onward the battle for victory was between the Czech Patrik Hajek (Kosmic-Vortex) and the two mates of the team Sodi Kart, the French Anthony Abbasse and the Dutch Bas Lammers. The winner was, eventually, Hajek, while Lammers settled for third, behind Abbasse: enough to keep the leadership of the category.
Above: KZ2 podium
Basz is the winner in OK but Novalak grabs the Series
The Spanish Pedro Hiltbrand (Tony Kart-Vortex-Bridgestone) aimed at victory and he did all he could in the OK Final. The Spaniard gained an early lead but, after few laps, the Polish Karol Basz (Kosmic-Vortex) took over and pulled away. Basz finished in first position ahead of Hiltbrand, while the tussle for the remaining podium position was won by the Italian Lorenzo Travisanutto (Zaardi-Parilla), third ahead of the English Clément Novalak (Tony Kart-Vortex). The latter, thanks to today’s result, succeeded in the category.
Above: OK winner Karol Basz
Michelotto wins the OKJ Final but Rosso is the category leader
Hard luck for Christopher Lulham (Tony Kart-Parilla-Vega) and Zak O’Sullivan (FA Kart-Vortex): they had a good start and led the pack for the first three laps, then they made contact. With the two Brits out, the Italian Mattia Michelotto (Zanardi-Parilla) only had to keep at bay the driver from Barbados Zane Malhoney (FA Kart-Vortex) to win the race. The Italian Andrea Rosso (Tony Kart-Vortex), who placed fifth, won the category.
Above: OK Junior podium
The victory of the 60 Mini Final goes to Camara. The Series goes to Minì
Heated battles between many drivers in the 60 Mini Final. During the first stage of the race, the Italian Gabriele Minì (Parolin-TM-Vega) had a hard time and dropped back from the first position. The Russian Nikita Bedrin (Tony Kart-TM) was very near to the victory of the Series, but Minì managed to achieve a great recovery and to grab the third place on the last lap. Minì won the Series in the nick of time, while the Final of Sarno went to the Brazilian Rafael Camara (BirelArt-TM). Second place for the Italian Francesco Pulito (EvoKart-TM).
Above: Series winner Gabriele Mini leads Antonelli, 60Mini
Above: 60Mini podium
Above: Now with Kosmic, Puhakka DNFd the KZ2 final
Above: Heat race start, 60 Mini
Above: Start of OKJ heat race
Above: OK Senior podium
Above: OK Senior charge into turn 1 in a heat race, Basz leading