Historic First Win for Ricciardo Kart Factory Team
Ricciardo Kart Racing and Kiern Jewiss win WSK Champions Cup in the OKJ class.
On his debut in the Junior class and on a wet track, Kiern Jewiss delivered a perfect drive in the final: from tenth place on the grid, Kiern was immediately up amongst the leaders. Some quick laps and an overtaking masterpiece on the last lap netted him first place in his DR01-KFJ, giving the Ricciardo Kart Factory Team a first win of the season.
Rick Dreezen made it two podiums for Ricciardo Kart Racing, coming second in KZ2. Starting from third on the grid, Rick was a front runner right from the start and took the lead in the closing stages.
His second place was built on a strong showing in the Pre-final: starting from the sixth row on the grid, Rick was fifth as they crossed the line for the first time and managed to work his way up to third at the chequered flag.
Rasmus Lindh also proved his competitiveness in the OKJ class. The Swedish driver was fast all weekend, both over a single lap and during the race: having finished fourth at the end of qualifying, Rasmus fought for the top positions in all the heats, even managing to win one. Starting in second in his Pre-final, Lindh fought for the top positions, finishing in fifth place. Starting from seventh on the grid in the Final, the Swedish driver dropped back down the order to finish sixteenth, following contact with other competitors.
Rickard Kaell, Sporting Director: “I’m really happy with Kiern Jewiss’ victory in his first international race. The wet track brought his driving skills and the quality of the chassis to the fore. The contacts Rasmus Lindh had with other competitors in the Final were disappointing because both drivers could have fought for victory, considering the results obtained right from the first practice sessions. We tried different solutions for Rick Dreezen, involving both the chassis and the engine and the final result confirms we made the right choices. We need to continue improving so that we can be even more competitive at the Winter Cup.”
Kiern Jewiss #333: “The difficult start to the weekend did not make life easy for me, especially the 10 seconds penalty I was awarded in the second heat. I kept pushing and tried to gain some positions in the Pre-final. The goal for the Final was to win, but given the way the weekend had started I would have been happy to finish in the top five. Thanks to the work the team did on the chassis, I managed to fight for a place in the top 3. On the last lap I saw there was a chance to take lead, so I decided to go for broke. I’d like to thank Ricciardo Kart for working closely with me and continuing to push hard. The result shows our competitiveness as a team and I’m looking forward to getting back on the track for the next race.”
Rick Dreezen #3: “It’s been a good start to the season. Although we had a few small problems in the heats, we’ve shown great potential, even in dry conditions, and this will allow us to continue improving over the next races. The team took some major decisions before the Final and I’m happy to have finished on the podium, even if I’m slightly disappointed not to have won.
Rasmus Lindh #332: “We fought for the top positions throughout the weekend. Unfortunately, the different performance of the new tyres in the Final did not allow us to have the same results we managed in the Pre-final and the heats. I’d like to thank the team for their outstanding work.”
Next race: Winter Cup – Lonato (Italy), 19 – 21 February 2016