Sargeant takes dominant win in OK
The Junior World Champion Logan Sargeant has won the first international OK race at the WSK Champions Cup at Adria, establishing a 3s lead in the wet Final against the Senior World Champion, Karol Basz.
- OK engines slightly faster than KF
- Sargeant (RFM) takes pole
- Travisanutto (Ward Racing) leads after the heats
- Basz (Kosmic) and Joyner (Zanardi) win Prefinals, although Joyner was penalised for a dislodged bumper
- Sargeant dominates the Final
OK vs KF
Comparing like with like, the fastest in the timed practice at several events that have recently taken place, with equivalent tyres, at Adria, there has been a performance increase with the new generation of OK engines of 0.3s to 0.5s. To find this out we have 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.
KSM team manager Ralf Schumacher said:
“We are very pleased with the first races in OK and OK-Junior. The Winterpokal at Kerpen was a successful test shot as both drivers did well, but we were mainly present to show the potential of the new engines and support their rapid implementation. To start with, everything has gone well. The starting of the engine poses no particular problems, except perhaps when pushing on the track for some, and the performance is already there waiting. As we have seen at Adria, the parc fermé and the track entrance need to be adjusted accordingly. The progress of these first races should reassure the skeptics.”
Already well ahead of everyone during OK practice, Logan Sargeant (FA Kart / Vortex) was clearly ahead of most of his opponents in the first qualifying session. Only Lorenzo Travisanutto (Tony Kart / Vortex) approached him by 0.054s. In 3rd position, Felice Tiene (CRG / Parilla) was more than 0.3s off, followed by Sun Yue Yang (FA Kart / Vortex) and Tom Joyner (Zanardi / Parilla).
In the second group, the battle raged between Nicklas Nielsen (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Clement Novalak (Tony Kart / Vortex), joined by Karol Basz (Kosmic / Vortex) and Max Hesse (Exprit / TM). Nielsen was trying to beat the benchmark time from Sargeant, but failed by 0.086s Hesse ensured 2nd place by 0.04s while Paavo Tonteri (CRG / Parilla) just snatched 3rd position ahead of Basz, Flavio Camponeschi (CRG / Parilla) and Novalak.
Logan Sargeant, the Junior World Champion, didn’t fail on his debut on the OK stage. Dominating during practice, his FA Kart / Vortex from the RFM team allowed him to snatch pole. Ward Racing pulled it off by giving Lorenzo Travisanutto a machine capable of competing with the leader. The RB Racing team is used to surprises and enabled Max Hesse to get noticed in 4th position at the wheel of a Exprit / TM, while with Paavo Tonteri Ward Racing had placed two drivers in the top five.
Travisanutto takes the lead in the OK heats
Travisanutto has exploited his machine prepared by Ward Racing perfectly to take command of the OK class on Saturday night at Adria. With two victories, beating the poleman Sargeant who was immediately competitive on his debut in OK, as always faithful to RFM. Once passed by Travisanutto on the last lap, Sargeant had to confront another rookie, the bubbling Novalak who eventually moved up to 6th.
With two 3rd places, Nielsen is 3rd in the ranking on his birthday, ahead of Basz and Tiene. Yue Yang and even more Christian Lundgaard (Energy / TM), remade some of their disadvantage from qualifying up to 8th and 9th places in front of Martijn Van Leeuwen (Birel ART / Parilla).
Consistent in the top 10, Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer, another newcomer to OK, has taken 13th place. Hampered in the first heat by a penalty of 10’’ for a fallen spoiler, Camponeschi is only 16th this time. After a retirement in the first heat, Joyner took a superb 2nd place to finish 19th.
Joyner and Basz comfortable in the wet
The rain had stopped, but the track was still wet for the first OK Prefinal. Travisanutto dominated the race before having to give up with an engine problem. Lundgaard recovered well in the lead ahead of Joyner. However he reduced the gap and quickly took control with five laps to go. Lundgaard was holding the pace and contained the return of Tonteri. Nielsen was not taking any risks to finish 4th. Starting last after recovering from a spin on the second formation lap, Bent Viscaal (Tony Kart / Vortex) made a tremendous rise to 5th position in front of Benjamin Lessennes (Kosmic / Parilla) and Tiene.
Basz clearly dominated Prefinal-B to finish as the winner with a lead of almost 5s. Yue Yang took an early lead ahead of his teammate Sargeant, while Van Leeuwen and Camponeschi battled for the 4th place while closing on Sargeant. Camponeschi lost ground. More at ease when the track began to dry, Sargeant passed Yue Yang with three laps left and finished 2nd as well.
Sargeant wins a historic victory in OK
Penalties for dislodged spoilers significantly altered the outcome of the Prefinals. In the A, Lundgaard took 1st position ahead of Tonteri, Nielsen, Joyner and Viscaal were punished as were Van Leeuwen and Novalak in the B.
The race began with a superb battle for the lead with Lundgaard then Sargeant in control with Basz in the role of the hunter, then Joyner, with a very good start, and Camponeschi fighting for 4th place. Viscaal came back strongly in 9th place. Eight karts were stopped on the edge of the track, including those of Légeret and Novalak, joined later by Lessenes. Tonteri returned to 5th while Basz was trying to reduce the gap with the leader Sargeant.
Sargeant continued to increase his lead over Basz, who was isolated in 2nd place. In contrast, Camponeschi, Tonteri and Nielsen and regrouped behind Lundgaard for four laps. The young Danish driver managed to control the threat from Camponeschi well and held 3rd place at the chequered flag, while Sargeant had established a 3s lead ahead of Basz.
From original text by Kartcom, translated by Kartlink