FIA Karting European Championship OK and OKJ, Wackersdorf: OK Final – Andrea Kimi Antonelli is the new European Champion

The Italian gets the victory he was looking for to win the “playoff” with Taylor Barnard who is third (later penalized) at the finish line behind Rafael Camara.

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  • Before the final, Andrea Kimi Antonelli (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) knows well that there is only one useful result available to win the championship: the win. Any other placement would hand the victory to Taylor Barnard (Rosberg Racing – KR – IAME), even in the event of a retirement of the latter. But Antonelli, who started from pole, never gave up the lead for all the 26 laps, not even when he slowed down around mid-race to keep tire temperatures under control.
  • The Italian crossed the line first in front of a Rafael Camara (Forza Racing – Exprit – TM Racing) who, at the beginning, got really close to Antonelli. However, the Italian put meters between himself and the Forza Racing driver in the second half of the race, so much so that Camara had to watch his back from Taylor Barnard (Rosberg Racing – KR – IAME), third on the finish line and then relegated to sixth position due to the incorrect position of the front fairing. The Englishman, it must be said, is the great loser of this championship: the general classification sees him second behind Antonelli by only 2 points.
  • A brilliant Marcus Amand (VDK – KR – IAME) will therefore go up on the third step of the podium after posting fastest lap of the race.
  • Luigi Coluccio (Kosmic Kart Racing Department – Kosmic – Vortex) finished fourth after starting from second place. The Italian is the protagonist of a not-so-good start, in which he lost 4 positions already in the first lap.
  • Behind him Juho Valtanen (Pantano Team – KR – IAME), 5th, precedes Barnard and Joe Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), who still got third place in the championship, and Norton Andreasson (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex).
  • Matheus Morgatto (Birel ART Racing – Birel ART – TM Racing) recovers 4th position and finishes in 8th  ahead of Laurens Van Hoepen (Leclerc by lennox Racing – Birel ART – TM Racing) and Luca Griggs (SFR Motorsport – Tony Kart – TM Racing): the Englishman ends a solid weekend with a placement in the top ten.
  • Nikita Bedrin (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex), after throwing away his chances of obtaining third place in the championship in the Heats, recovers 8 positions and finishes 12th. Nice comeback also by Oliver Gray (Leclerc by Lennox Racing – Birel ART – TM Racing), 19th with 17 positions gained and Lorenzo Ressico D’Aloisio (Pantano Team – KR – IAME), 22nd (+10).
  • Bitter final for Nikolas Pirttilahti (Pantano Team – KR – IAME), who retired while he was third behind Camara. Not even Lorenzo Patrese (KR Motorsport – KR reach the finish line) – IAME) made it to the finish line

Final Results 

FIA Karting European Championship | OK

  1. Antonelli 67
  2. Barnard 65
  3. Turney 43
  4. Bedrin 40
  5. Camara 39




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