Victor Martins is World Junior Champion in Bahrain
VDK’s Victor Martins continued his run of form to take the ultimate prize in Bahrain, the World Junior Championship, ahead of David Vidales who had been ahead until the Final.
David Vidales (Tony Kart / Vortex) held the lead at the start of the Bahrain World Junior Championship Prefinal 1. Théo Pourchaire’s (Kosmic / Vortex) start of the race was a bit more complicated as Gianluca Petecof (CRG / Parilla) and Sami Taoufik (FA Kart / Vortex) overtook him to take 2nd and 3rd place.
Petecof took the lead on lap 3. In 5th place, Hampus Eriksson (Tony Kart / Vortex) was ahead of Alejandro Lahoz Lopez (Exprit / TM), Kiern Jewiss (FA Kart / Vortex) and O’Neill Muth (CRG / Parilla). Pourchaire took 3rd position by attacking Taoufik on lap 5 and Eriksson followed him in 4th place while Vidales was back in the lead. The leading group had not yet stabilised. Taoufik seemed to encounter problems and dropped down in the standings and Eriksson surpassed Pourchaire two laps from the end to take 3rd place.
The win came back to Vidales, followed by Petecof, Eriksson 3rd with fastest time, Pourchaire 4th, Jewiss 5th and Teddy Wilson (Energy / TM) 6th.
There was a good start for Victor Martins (Kosmic / Parilla) ahead of Fin Kenneally (FA Kart / Vortex) and Oscar Piastri (FA Kart / Vortex) but Dennis Hauger (CRG / Parilla) lost several places. Kenneally and Piastri were soon to overtake, with Pavel Bulantsev (Tony Kart / Vortex) joining the group. Martins passed for 2nd on the third lap, and Bulantsev and Andrea Rosso (Birel ART / TM) were following Piastri.
At the front, Martins attacked Kenneally who immediately responded under Bulantsev’s interested gaze on the 7th of the 11 laps. The positions of the leaders continued to change, allowing Rosso to join them.
Martins then took a small advantage against Kenneally, which allowed him to win the race. Rosso succeeded in taking 3rd position on the line from Bulantsev. Hauger managed to return to 5th after his difficult start, Eteki was in a remarkable 6th position ahead of Charpentier.
Petecof got a good start ahead of Vidales. He took advantage of his position on the inside line to take 2nd in front of Martins and took the lead on the second lap. Kenneally and Pourchaire were among the leading group. Martins took the lead on the third lap, followed by Vidales, just ahead of their pursuers.
On lap 6, Vidales attacked and Martins found himself 5th. But the Spanish driver then dropped to 6th behind Petecof. Then it was Kenneally’s turn to drop back from the fight to 14th position. At the approach of mid-race, Martins was again the leader, nine tenths ahead of Petecof, Pourchaire and Vidales. The list of retirements increased: Taoufik, Wilson, Eriksson, Bradshaw…
While Martins escaped, Pourchaire took 2nd place in front of Vidales and Petecof. Vidales recovered 2nd position on the 13th of the 18 laps, and Martins extended his lead to more than 1.6s. Petecof then overcame Pourchaire by slightly cutting the line, which caused a contact.
Martins won the World Junior Championship by crossing the finish line with a 2.3s lead over Vidales. Pourchaire was 3rd under the chequered flag ahead of Shvetsov and Petecof.