Collet takes his first OKJ win at Adria
60 OK-Junior drivers started Qualifying for the WSK Super Master Series, Round 4, under the sun and warmth of Adria eventually the Brazilian Caio Collet put his Birel ART on the top step of the podium.
The best times were achieved in the last few metres of each session, as the karts mostly went out on track at 5–6 minutes from the end, which is uncommon in Junior.
With 49.791s, Ulysses De Pauw (Birel ART / Parilla) was the fastest of the first session who ran in the rubber of the 60 Minis, ahead of Noah Watt (Tony Kart / Vortex), Kiern Jewiss (Exprit / Vortex), Guido Moggia (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Ugo De Wilde (Kosmic / Parilla). Jewiss has switched to Forza from Ricciardo this weekend.
The second session benefited unsurprisingly from better conditions and Dennis Hauger (CRG / Parilla) was able to take pole position 0.3s faster than De Pauw with 49.485s, followed by Caio Collet (ART Birel / Parilla), David Vidales (Tony Kart / Vortex), Rasmus Lindh (Ricciardo / Parilla) and Victor Martins (Kosmic / Parilla).
Parilla started the event well in Junior as there were six IAME engines in the top 10, including the top three places. The general classification would alternate the positions of each group, as is the habit in WSK.
Although the Junior races were as always very lively, the penultimate heat, A against D, crossed the line after two spectacular accidents causing the first red flag to stop it first, then eight laps under slow procedure for the second. The Birel ART drivers were very fast as Collet led the heat standings ahead of De Pauw, then Lindh in 4th finishing behind Vidales. The two favourites of the championship were the most prominent of the early heats, but Watt was only 6th and Sami Taoufik (FA Kart / Vortex) sank to 22nd.
There was a good fight in the leading group of Prefinal A for OK-Junior. Collet was first overtaken by Jewiss then Fin Kenneally (FA Kart / Vortex) and Watt joined the party in the lead. Timothy Peisselon (FA Kart / Vortex) dropped well back along with Vidales at halfway. Collet took over the lead, followed by Kenneally, Dmitrii Bogdanov (FA Kart / Vortex) and Watt. Collet won the race, Kenneally 2nd, Watt 3rd, who set the fastest time.
De Pauw and Isac Blomqvist (Tony Kart / Vortex) quickly escaped in Prefinal B from Alejandro Lahoz Lopez (FA Kart / TM), while Taoufik came back strongly in 4th position in front of Hauger and Martins. Hauger attacked Blomqvist on lap 13 and took 4th from Taoufik before Lahoz soon after. Blomqvist then lost two places at once. It was a good win for De Pauw ahead of Hauger and Taoufik, and Teddy Wilson (CRG / Parilla) finished 6th.
Hauger and Taoufik overtook the Birel ART front row on the first lap of the Final, then Collet took 3rd position ahead of Kenneally. The Brazilian took 2nd place on lap 4, while De Pauw was 7th from Martins. Collet took control of the race on lap 5 against Hauger and Taoufik, while the trio had already distanced Kenneally, Watt and De Pauw in 6th.
The top three would not get further than 1.5s ahead of Watt, but the ranking did not change. Collet was the winner from Taoufik and Hauger in 2nd and 3rd, then Watt, with the fastest lap then Kenneally.
- Sami Taoufik (RFM) 270
- Noah Watt (BabyRace) 248
- Ulysse De Pauw (Birel ART) 209
- Caio Collet (Birel ART) 183
- Fin Kenneally (RFM) 170
- David Vidales (Tonykart Racing Team) 165