Due to the new age regs, OK at Lonato was a battle between drivers like Theo Pourchaire and Dennis Hauger who may only have been out of Mini for a year, and more experienced drivers like Lorenzo Travisanutto.
In better weather than the previous races of 2017, Jeremy Iglesias was ahead at almost every stage in KZ2 at the Winter Cup but was challenged by Paolo De Conto in the Final.
Harry Thompson of RFM took his first international win at the Winter Cup in OK-Junior at Lonato while Chris Lulham was also outstanding at Piers Sexton’s revitalised team but unfortunately didn’t finish.
As the competition returned to Adria for the second weekend in a row (and a weekend of testing before that) VDK’s Ulysse De Pauw took the OK win in the first round of the WSK Super Master Series.
Ilya Morozov was consistent throughout the meeting and took the win after coming to the front in the Prefinal, while the young British drivers Thompson, Edgar and O’Sullivan were easily in the front third of the field.
World Champion Pedro Hiltbrand celebrated his move to the Tonykart factory by winning the Champions Cup, fighting off Millel, Taoufik and Travisanutto in the Final.
CRG dominated the first international race of the year, the WSK Champions Cup at Adria, with Flavio Camponeschi splitting the Pex brothers on the Final podium.
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.
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.
The qualifying heats of the World Junior Championship were, to say the least, fiercely contested in a veritable marathon, mostly at night. Surprises were constant, not to mention the many penalties for dropped spoilers.