Hiltbrand takes World Championship and third title of 2016 in Bahrain
Pedro Hiltbrand is the new World Champion in OK, his third CIK title of the year after his European Championship in OK and International Super Cup in KZ2. The outgoing World Champion Karol Basz took 2nd and Felice Tiene was 3rd.
Karol Basz (Kosmic / Vortex) quickly ceded under pressure from Lorenzo Travisanutto (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Alexander Smolyar (Tony Kart / Vortex) and the Pole then lost ground consistently. Noah Milell (Kosmic / Vortex) was 3rd followed by the astonishing Vincent Fraïsse (Sodi / TM), Tom Joyner (Zanardi / Parilla) and Tom Bale (Kosmic / Vortex) while Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Clément Novalak (Tony Kart / Vortex) did not start the race as well as they hoped.
Smolyar took the lead on lap 6 in front of Milell and Travisanutto and Joyner joined them and the top two then detached themselves from the chasing group. Milell took the lead on lap 10, Smolyar responded and Joyner moved closer to 3rd position while Basz came back to 4th with the fastest lap. He managed to overtake Joyner two laps from the finish. Milell tried to attack Smolyar, but in vain, and it was Basz who finished 2nd.
Smolyar won, Basz saved his race with 2nd place, Milell was 3rd, Joyner 4th, Bale 5th, Fraïsse 6th and Travisanutto 7th.
Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart / Vortex) led the first formation lap strangely far ahead of poleman Paavo Tonteri (CRG / Parilla) and the rest of the pack.
Tonteri was in the lead after the lights went out, followed in his shadow by Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG / Parilla), then Lorandi and Jordon Lennox-Lamb (Birel ART / Parilla) in the middle of the fight.
Hiltbrand took the lead on the first lap while Tonteri dropped to 6th. Lorandi came back to 2nd in front of Rasmus Lindh (Ricciardo / Parilla) and Felice Tiene (CRG / Parilla) but Ben Hanley (Croc Promotions / TM) gave up the fight. Tiene attacked Lorandi before mid-way and passed for 2nd while the Baby Race driver stopped. Christian Lundgaard (Ricciardo / Parilla) took 3rd, and Tonteri returned to 4th in front of Hannes Janker (CRG / Parilla). Tiene moved closer to three tenths off Hiltbrand, while Tonteri and Janker completed the top four.
Tiene took the lead with two laps to go and won the race by four tenths ahead of Hiltbrand. Janker outstripped Tonteri on the line, securing the top four places for the CRG marque ahead of Lundgaard in 5th. Tiene was later penalised 10s for the incident with Lorandi, putting him back to 10th.
There was an excellent start from Hiltbrand when the lights went out for the Final. However, Basz attacked and took control on the second lap, but Hiltbrand responded. Lundgaard took 3rd place ahead of Tonteri, Janker and Joyner. Smolyar gave up. Deprived of victory in Prefinal 2 by a penalty, Tiene returned to the top 10 after a good start to the race.
Basz gave way to Lundgaard in 2nd and Tonteri 3rd. Travisanutto was also coming through well in 6th position with eight places taken again. In the lead, Hiltbrand was five tenths ahead of Lundgaard at halfway. Very fast, Basz came back to 3rd in front of Tonteri, Milell and Tiene. The Pole attacked and passed Lundgaard on the 13th of the 22 laps and then quickly joined Hiltbrand. In 5th position, Milell confirmed the speed of the Kosmic with the fastest lap.
Basz led the field after his successful pass on Hiltbrand on lap 16. But the Spaniard was reluctant to be left behind. He regained the lead again by passing Basz on the S and took off. Basz lost time, but found 2nd place 2s from the leader. Lundgaard and Tiene crashed in a straight line, spectacularly but without injury. Lundgaard gave up.
Pedro Hiltbrand ensured his victory before celebrating his world title which is added to the European OK title and his victory in KZ2 at the International Super Cup. Basz finished 2nd, Tiene 3rd, Tonteri 4th and Janker 5th, four CRGs in the top five.