WSK Super Master Series, Adria: heats – Smal (OK), Lindblad (OKJ) and Foteev (Mini) top the standings

The second day of the first round of the WSK Super Master Series ends on the Adria circuit. The general classification after the heats set the starting grids of the pre-finals on Sunday

All the heats of this first round of WSK Super master Series were raced on dry, except the last of the Mini, on the wet.

Tomorrow morning, after the warm ups, the pre-finals and the finals will be streamed live on the wsk.it website

OK: Absolute domination by Kirill Smal

Tires: Bridgestone
Kirill Smal (Energy Corse – Energy / TM Racing)
  • Kirill Smal (Energy Corse – Energy / TM Racing) leads the provisional standings at the end of Heats thanks to 4 commanding wins. The Russian also scored 2 best laps and he really seems to be unbeatable at the wheel of Energy Corse powered by TM Racing. 
  • Joseph Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart / Vortex) also confirms the progress made last season and with 2 wins he finishes second in the classification at the end of the day. The Englishman improved his qualifying result by ten places and tomorrow he will be able to start from Pole in his Pre Final. 
  • Enzo Trulli (KR Motorsport – KR / IAME) beat Andrea Kimi Antonelli (KR Motorsport – KR / IAME) to 3rd place by a single point thanks to his consistency. Antonelli, who showed today that he can fight on equal terms against his more experienced opponents, scored also a win but it wasn’t not enough against Trulli, who made no mistakes and closed his run of Qualifying Heats with 3 second places and a third place.
  • Behind Antonelli, Robert De Haan (Energy Corse – Energy / TM Racing) takes 5th, remarking his speed by clocking three best laps. 6th, on the other hand, is last week’s winner Taylor Barnard (Rosberg Racing Academy – KR / IAME) who after two wins must also deal with a penalty. 
  • Two other protagonists round the top ten: James Wharton (Parolin Racing Kart – Parolin / TM Racing) moves from 20th to 9th place while Pedro Hiltbrand (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart / Vortex) climbed his way up by 26 positions after yesterday’s bad qualifying. 
  • At the end of the day, bad luck strikes Harry Thompson (Sauber karting Team – KR / IAME), 14th, who, after two wins, sees his hopes for a favorable position on tomorrow’s starting grid fade due to a retirement. We can talk about disappointing performance, however, with regards of the two reigning world champions Thomas Ten Brinke (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – Kosmic / Vortex), 18th, and Lorenzo Travisanutto (Tony kart Racing Team – Tony Kart / Vortex), relegated to 28th position. The disappointment of the day, anyway, is Nikita Bedrin (WARD Racing – Tony Kart / Vortex) who is unable to capitalize on the Pole Position finishing also out of the top ten (11th).
    Heats results

OKJ: Arvid Lindblad takes the lead

Pneumatici: Vega
Arvid Lindblad ( KR Motorsport – KR / IAME )
  • With three wins and a fourth place, Arvid Lindblad (KR Motorsport – KR / IAME) leads everyone in a category that still remains very open. Lindblad, after the excellent performance of the Champions Cup, certainly shows that he has something more when it comes to bringing home the result but the opponents are really fierce.
  • Starting with Karol Pasiewcz (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart / Vortex), 2nd, who after three second places and as many best laps finally takes the flag in first place in the last heat. In terms of speed, the Pole is second to none and his Tony Kart seems to be the weapon he needs to fight for first place. Keep your eyes on him. 
  • Alfio Spina (KR Motorsport – KR / IAME), once again, scored a noteworthy performance that further confirms his shape. After having scored the 17th time in qualifying, the Champions Cup winner does not miss a shot and puts in a win, a second, a third and a fourth place which will be worth the third position at the end of the day. 
  • Behind the top three, a quartet of drivers who will certainly be protagonists in the final stages of tomorrow. Tymoteusz Kucharczyk (Birel ART – RK / TM Racing) finishes 4th after also winning a heat, while Cristian Ho (Sauber Karting Team KR / IAME) follows him in 5th place behind by two points. 6th Artem Severiukhin (WARD Racing – Tony Kart / Vortex), three times 1st and firmly at the top of the standings until a penalty ruined his run. 
  • You have to go down to tenth position to find the Pole sitter Brando Badoer (KR Motorsport KR / IAME), who appeared less incisive this time compared to the Champions Cup. The Italian precedes another protagonist of the meeting that kicked off the season, Martinius Stenshorne (Rosberg Racing Academy – KR / IAME), second in the Final last Sunday but today only 11th.

    Heats results

MINI: Energy still at the top, this time with Foteev

Tires: Vega
German Foteev (Energy Corse – Energy / TM Racing)
  • 1 day and 10 heats after the qualifying practice, there is once again an Energy Corse in front of all the Mini. This time, however, at the wheel we find the Russian German Foteev (Energy Corse – Energy / TM Racing) who wins a heat and never goes beyond 5th place, despite always starting from the fourth row. Really good. 
  • What about the Russian who yesterday took pole? Dmitry Matveev (Energy Corse – Energy / TM Racing) is 14th despite two race wins and a second place. The reason is simple: in his latest he also had a problem with the fuel filter which forced him to close last. Shame! Tomorrow, however, we expect him to be the protagonist in his pre-final. 
  • The fresh winner and runner-up of the WSK Champions Cup, Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Racing Kart – Parolin / TM Racing) and Gerasim Skulanov (Formula K Serafini – IPK / TM Racing) booked the first row for tomorrow’s showdown and are confirmed at the top with their 2nd and 3rd place in the general ranking. 
  • Jan Przyrowsky (AV Racing – Parolin / TM Racing) makes no major mistakes and confirms his fourth place in qualifying. 
  • Both Kean Nakamura (Team Driver Racing Kart – KR / Iame) and Kai Sorensen (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart / Vortex) make a great leap forward from their position in qualifying. The Japanese was 29th and goes back to 5th place, while the American goes from 15th to 6th in the classification after the heats. 
  • Still in the top positions in the heats, the drivers who close the top 10: Maciej Gladysz (Parolin Racing Kart – Parolin / TM Racing), 7th, Marcus Saeter (Revolution Motorpsort – Energy Corse – TM Racing), 8th, Jimmy Elias (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart / Vortex), 9th, and Jindrich Pesl (JP Motorsport – Parolin / TM Racing), 10th.
  • Among others, to watch out for tomorrow, there is a Parolin Racing Kart / TM Racing pair. Let’s talk about Guillaume Bouzar and Rashid Al Dhaheri. The former payed dearly for the last race run with the choke open. Rashid, however, despite always starting from the fifth row, always managed to recover and even wins the last heat in the wet. Too bad for the 32nd place due to a contact, which forced him to settle for 19th place in the general classification.
    Heats results

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