Taylor Barnard finishing in second place in the OK class final at Castelleto di Branduzzo, has taken the WSK Open Cup title. The British had to comeback from 7th place after a difficult start. Turney won the final and finished as the runner-up.
The OK class with only 34 participants had only one final. The Tony Kart Racing driver Joseph Turney (Tony Kart/Vortex/Bridg) was in the lead in the first laps until Taylor Barnard (KR/Iame/Bridg) stole the lead to his compatriot and pulled away together with SMP Racing driver Kirill Smal (Tony Kart/Vortex/Bridg).
The final was one of the best races of the weekend if not the best. Joseph Turney was determined to win this race and already at turn 1 he took the lead in front of Kirill Smal while pole sitter, Taylor Barnard drop to seventh place.
At that point, the championship was in Turney’s hands, but Barnard did not give up and started a big comeback.
Meanwhile, Turney and Smal pulled away from Dilano Van T’Hoff (Exprit/TM Racing/Bridg). Smal saw he was quicker, but he was unable to beat overtake the British who made contact with the Russian on lap 9, which caused an outing for Smal who had to drive over the grass and rejoined on sixth place.
Barnard continued his comeback and with 7 laps remaining he was already behind Turney who again, defended the position in a very aggressive way. This helped Van’ T’Hoff and Smal to close the gap with them.
The permanent defending drive of Turney finally payed off as the British took the victory by 0.059 seconds in front of Barnard who with the second place, secured the WSK Open Cup championship.
The last step of the podium was also decided in the last lap with Smal overtaking Van T’Hoff in the last chicane for the third place.
In the championship, Barnard takes the title ahead of Turney and Smal.