Basz wins but Joyner disappointed in Euro OK
Tom Joyner was the strong favourite to win the first round of European OK at Zuera but racing incidents in the Final ruined his chances and World Champion Karol Basz took the win.
Tom Joyner (Zanardi / Parilla) finished ahead by a fraction, 0.028s ahead of Logan Sargeant (FA Kart / Vortex) in Qualifying for the European OK Championship at Zuera by setting the reference time of 60.716s. Marta Garcia (Evokart / Parilla) took 3rd position in perfect equality with Lorenzo Travisanutto (Tony Kart / Vortex), while Alexander Smolyar (Tony Kart / Vortex) completed the top five. There was a slight disappointment for Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG / Parilla) in 14th and Clement Novalak (Tony Kart / Vortex) in 16th.
Joyner was alone in the lead of Heat 1 finishing nearly 2s ahead of Garcia, a long way ahead of Sargeant who was able to take advantage of the retirement of Travisanutto after a seize on the last lap. 4th position went to Hiltbrand after a penalty for Felice Tiene (CRG / Parilla).
Joyner managed to escape to victory again in the second heat, but Garcia was overtaken by several drivers, starting with Smolyar, while Karol Basz (Kosmic / Vortex), with the fastest lap, came 3rd after concerns in the struggle in the early laps, with Bent Viscaal (Tony Kart / Vortex) finishing 4th ahead of Hiltbrand. Tiene had retired due to technical problems after three laps when he was 4th. Sargeant steadily lost ground and slipped back to 20th.
In the classification of the heats, Joyner was in the lead ahead of three drivers with the same score (9 pts): Garcia, Viscaal and Hiltbrand. Basz moved up to 5th, Sargeant 10th, Travisanutto 14th, Novalak 17th, Tiene 29th.
For once it was a race start without particular trouble, Basz was able to contest the leadership of Joyner. But the Briton did not rush to respond, going back in front of the Pole on the way to the finish. Viscaal closely followed the duel between the top two to ensure a convincing 3rd position. Martijn Van Leeuwen (Birel ART / Parilla) was overwhelmed early in the race, and Garcia finally took 4th position, with the fastest time. Travisanutto finished 5th, Sargeant gained six places to finish 9th, Tiene 14 places to reach 15th position and Lucas Legeret (Birel ART / Parilla) 11 to finish 20th. Hiltbrand retired early in the race.
The duel between Joyner and Basz had started in the Prefinal, and continued for most of the OK Final at Zuera. Basz took the lead earlier than previously, but Joyner repassed at halfway after the Pole had appeared to experience a problem. But the battle broke out again. Sargeant for a moment had a chance of the podium, however Garcia and Christian Lundgaard (Ricciardo / Parilla) battled for 3rd place.
Positions tightened at the approach of the last lap, with Lundgaard managing to attack Joyner with Garcia in his wake and Sargeant not far from them. The Briton tried to regain his position, but he could not avoid damage a few corners from his goal and had to retire while Basz won ahead of Lundgaard, who set the fastest lap, and Garcia. Hannes Janker (CRG / Parilla) came back to 5th position ahead of Viscaal and Smolyar in 7th after starting from 20th place. Tiene retired early in the race. Legeret was again the victim of mechanical problems and he could not even start the formation lap.