After competing in the WSK Champions Cup at Adria International last weekend, Australian karters Joshua Fife and Marcos Flack have remained in Italy with the factory Energy Corse team and are this weekend competing in the opening round of the Super Master Series at the same venue.
- View the timetable, entry list and results via the WSK site HERE. The live stream will operate for Sunday’s pre-finals and finals from 11:00am local time (9:00pm AEDT)
With poor weather in Italy, track conditions are quite different to last weekend. With more teams attending this event, the KZ2 class has grown to 34 and Fife was an excellent 6th in qualifying, just 0.186s off pole (Tom Leuillet, SodiKart/TM). In fact, Fife was on provisional pole until the final 90 seconds of the session.
Meanwhile in 60Mini, Flack was 27th (of 87) in qualifying (group B for the heats) and was 14th in his opening race.
Regular visitor to Australia, Marijn Kremers (BirelArt/TM), qualified fastest in OK.
WSK qualifying day press release
The challenge is on for the WSK Super Master Series
Stopwatches had an intense working day today in Adria for the first competitive day of the WSK Super Master Series. As free practice have ended this morning, the 262 drivers present at the Adria Karting Raceway raised the bar testing the limits of their machinery since the beginning of qualifying, looking for the single lap performance.
The results of qualifying
Rain has made some qualifying sessions more tricky today. Under a changing weather, the Dutch driver Marijn Kremers (BirelArt-TM-Bridgestone) has been the quickest in OK, with a best laptime of 53”332s. Behind him, the Spanish driver Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG-TM), who led team mate Callum Bradshaw.
The surprise of the day in OK Junior has been the Argentine Isidoro Vezzaro (Tony Kart-LKE-Vega), who completed his best loop in 1’01”038s. Behind him, the Dutch Dilano van T Hoff (Exprit-TM) was second, while the Estonian Paul Aron (FA Kart-Vortex) was third and kept his momentum after winning the WSK Champions Cup last Sunday.
The French Tom Leuillet (Sodikart-TM-Bridgestone, above) is ready for the challenge in KZ2 and posted the quickest time in 52”085s, leading the Italians Riccardo Longhi (BirelArt-TM) and Paolo Ippolito (Lenzo-LKE).
Category 60 Mini saw new drivers on top, as the Czech Igor Cepil went quickest in 56”306s. The second place went to the competitive Norwegian Martinius Stenshorne, who led the Polish Tymoteusz Kucharczyk in third (all on Parolin-TM).
Qualifying heats, the first drivers to the fore
The preview of Saturday’s program has been quite interesting. The first round of qualifying heats has confirmed some results seen in qualifying, but also some new drivers put their name forward for the final win. Among these, the Spaniard David Vidales (Tony Kart-Vortex), won his first heat in OK, pipping the German Hannes Janker (KR-Parilla), who went on winning the second heat. The first heat of OK Junior has seen Aron confirming his speed, while the victory of the second was clinched by the French Evann Mallet (Kosmic-Parilla). Stenshorne and Kucharczyk shared the glory in 60 Mini. KZ2 will start its qualifying heats in the morning.