Jewiss wins on OK-Junior debut
Kiern Jewiss took a brilliant win in the Final on his debut in the class in the WSK Champions Cup for the Ricciardo team, after quietly gaining places all weekend. Timothy Peisselon lost the lead on the last lap and Fin Kenneally joined them on the podium.
- Taoufik (RFM) takes pole
- De Pauw (BirelART) and Taoufik lead after the heats
- Shvetsov (Ward Racing) and Kenneally (RFM) win the Prefinals in the rain
- Jewiss (Ricciardo) passes Peisselon (RFM) on the last lap of the Final to win
OK-Junior vs KF-Junior
OK-Junior seems to be slightly slower than KF-Junior. This is only a quick analysis from the early season, while the development of these new engines has barely begun.
We put together the times from the 2015 WSK Gold Cup and the 2015 WSK Final Cup, which saw quite similar weather conditions to those of the 2016 WSK Champions Cup. We also looked at the KZ2 times to see possible changes in track conditions.
The pit exit was swiftly reorganized to avoid problems with the OK and OK-Junior who can’t stop as the old KFs could in order to yield to karts which are already running at full speed. A long strip of concrete had to be poured in parallel to the starting line, and the entry to the track is now at the first corner on the right with good visibility and sufficient length to choose a time to fit in to the traffic.
RFM takes pole with Taoufik
The weather was fair and cool with a dry track for Qualifying. Temperatures, however, had increased from free practice in the morning.
Charles Milesi (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Timothy Peisselon (FA Kart / Vortex) battled at the front of the first OK-Junior group close to 50s0. Victor Martins (Kosmic / Parilla) took 1st place less than a minute from the end, then was dislodged by Peter Ptacek (Formula K / Parilla) by a thousandth with a 49.930s. Milesi posted the 3rd fastest time in front of Bogdan Fetisov (Tony Kart / TM) and Caio Collet (ART Birel / Parilla). Peisselon was 6th and Theo Pourchaire (Kosmic / Vortex) 11th. Milan Petelet (Praga / Parilla) took 13th on the approach to the chequered flag.
Ulysses De Pauw (Birel ART / Parilla) moved ahead of the second group two minutes from the end, but Sam Taoufik (FA Kart / Vortex) managed his session impeccably to complete the last lap in the slipstream behind De Pauw to take pole, 0.019s faster with 49.546s. Pavel Bulantsev (Tony Kart / Vortex) made his appearance in 3rd position ahead of Rasmus Lindh (Ricciardo / Parilla) and David Vidales (Energy / TM).
The second group proved considerably faster than the first (0.384s apart) who suffered from running on the 60 Mini rubber. Taoufik, known last year as the surname of Worship, took pole ahead of De Pauw, who dominated during practice, Ptacek finished in 8th place which was a pleasant surprise.
De Pauw dominates OK-Junior on Saturday night
Although group E had finished its heats, the others would compete in the last two heats on Sunday morning before lining up for the start of the two Prefinals. At this stage, the official Birel ART driver De Pauw completed a clean sweep of three wins in three races. He beat the RFM driver Taoufik, twice a winner, while three drivers were credited with the same total of six points behind Bulantsev, the revelation of the new year Lindh confirmed in the leading group and Milesi on the momentum of his performances in the WSK Final Cup of 2015. Vidales and Alessandro Brigatti (Exprit / TM) were well placed in the top 10 with the advantage of having already completed their four heats.
Timothy Peisselon (FA Kart / Vortex) was 8th in the provisional ranking thanks to his 2nd place finish in the last race with a reinvigorated machine. A driver just moved up from 60 Mini, Leonardo Marseglia (Tony Kart / Vortex) was also in good shape, but Collet should be ahead as he already has four results.
De Pauw and Taoufik still leading the final ranking of the heats
A fine and persistent rain made the Adria track very slippery on Sunday morning. The OK-Juniors had two more heats to complete in these difficult conditions. The incidents were more numerous, all from a lack of experience. The slightest touch often caused a spin and retirement. Shvetsov and Ptacek won brilliantly, but De Pauw and Taoufik both took 2nd places that allowed them to keep the top two positions in the intermediate classification.
Bulantsev took 3rd on equal points with Lindh and Shvetsov, while Milesi dropped back to 6th place ahead of Vidales and Fin Kenneally (FA Kart / Vortex). Despite his retirement on the formation lap of the last race, Peisselon was 16th.
It was raining again at Adria for the Prefinals at the WSK Champions Cup. Shvetsov immediately took control of Prefinal A, while Ptacek, who started from 11th position, gave his all to take 2nd place from Bulantsev. But the Czech driver fell to 6th place due to a spoiler penalty. De Pauw was in 4th position ahead of Frederik Vesti (Exprit / Vortex) and finally passed Bulantsev to recover 2nd position.
There was a great fight between Milesi and Taoufik at the start of Prefinal B. Lindh was trying to contain the onslaught on Kenneally but in vain and Collet and Peisselon struggled with Alessandro Giardelli (Tony Kart / LKE) for 6th.
Peisselon attacked Lindh then Collet for 4th place, and at the front Milesi attacked Taoufik then Kenneally passed both of them. Kenneally won, Milesi finished 2nd, Taoufik dropped to 10th with a 10s penalty, so Peisselon took 3rd position. There was a great recovery for Noah Watt (Tony Kart / Vortex) in 9th place.
Jewiss ahead of Peisselon at the end of the Final
It was a difficult first lap for some of the drivers in the Final, as the OK-Junior is not too forgiving of mistakes in the rain. Collet managed to start after a while as Milesi led the race in front of Kenneally. But Peisselon quickly seized 2nd position and Kiern Jewiss (Ricciardo / Parilla) took 3rd. De Pauw, Shvetsov and Lindh lost a lot of ground on the first lap.
Ptacek retired prematurely but Peisselon brilliantly took the lead at halfway while Taoufik regained ground in the pack. Milesi had to give up 2nd place to Jewiss after five laps. Shvetsov managed to break into the top 10 before retiring, but De Pauw was down in 11th. Jewiss closed back on the leader in the last three laps and crept past on the last lap when Peisselon slightly opened the door. Kenneally took 3rd place in front of Milesi and Bulantsev.
“The difficult start to the weekend did not make life easy for me, especially the 10 seconds penalty I was awarded in the second heat. I kept pushing and tried to gain some positions in the Pre-final. The goal for the Final was to win, but given the way the weekend had started I would have been happy to finish in the top five. Thanks to the work the team did on the chassis, I managed to fight for a place in the top 3. On the last lap I saw there was a chance to take lead, so I decided to go for broke. I’d like to thank Ricciardo Kart for working closely with me and continuing to push hard. The result shows our competitiveness as a team and I’m looking forward to getting back on the track for the next race.”
From original text by Kartcom, translated by Kartlink