European OK, OKJ Champs: Kart Republic dominates qualifying practice in Sweden, pole positions for Patterson and Antonelli

Kart Republic is back on a dominant way at Kristianstad, Sweden for the third round of OK and OKJ European championship, with the pole positions of Andrea Kimi Antonelli in OKJ and Dexter Patterson in OK.

OK: Patterson beats Travisanutto for pole position

The day started under wet conditions for the first practice session in which the reigning world champion, Lorenzo Travisanutto (KR/Iame/LeCont) who took the world championship here at Kristianstad, was the best under wet conditions.

A wet track that was so useful for all the participants to test the wet tyres to set up the chassis just in the case if the rain comes back during the weekend.

Travisanutto was also the quickest on dry surface on the last practice. The Italian was on a mission for qualifying practice, he was the favourite to get it but there was the championship leader Dexter Patterson (KR/Iame/LeCont) who beat the Italian for the pole position.

Thanks to the lap-time set in the first qualifying practice series, the Sauber Karting Team driver beat Travisanutto thanks to the lap-time of 50.328 seconds, against the 50.339 seconds of Travisanutto.

OKJ: Andrea Kimi Antonelli comes back in first place

Under a 91 drivers’ entry, the battle for pole position today has been more complicated than the usual.

Despite testing under dry conditions on Wednesday and Thursday, today with the wet track for the first two practice sessions only let the drivers test the Kristianstad track surface on dry track for the last practice session.

The pole position for the Junior category arrived already in the first group with the Rosberg Racing Academy driver, Andrea Kimi Antonelli (KR/Iame/Vega) who set the fastest lap with a time of 52.247 seconds.

None of the following groups managed to improve the lap time of the Italian driver. Tuukka Taponen (Redspeed/Iame/Vega) who was the best in qualifying practice series 4 set the second fastest lap of the day with a time of 52.309 seconds.

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