Ricciardo Kart Unlucky at Inaugural Round of WSK Super Master
The first round of the WSK Super Master Series was affected by severe weather conditions on the Saturday. Given the impossibility of running the heats normally, the competition organisers decided that the Pre-final starting grids would be based on the qualifying times.
Starting from ninth on the grid in the OKJ Pre-final A, Kiern Jewiss managed to fight his way up to third, thanks to very fast lap times and a lot of overtaking. Starting from sixth place in the Final, Kiern was seventh after the first lap after which he fought his way up to fifth at the flag.
Penalised by a difficult qualifying session, Rasmus Lindh still managed to maximise his potential in the Pre-final, climbing to eleventh place, in addition to posting the second fastest time in the race. Starting from twenty-first on the grid in the Final, Rasmus’ pace was compromise due to a collision in the early stages, which compromised the chassis set-up. He finished twenty second.
Javier Gonzalez had an unlucky Super Master debut with Ricciardo Kart in the OK class. The young Mexican driver was forced to retire on the fourth lap of the Final due to a technical problem. After a difficult qualifying session, Gonzalez improved his race lap times, managing to make up some places during the race and get closer to the leading lap times.
After posting the fourteenth fastest time in the KZ class qualifying session, Rick Dreezen showed he was competitive in the Pre-final, despite a technical problem that stopped the Belgian driver from fully exploiting his potential. From twelfth on the starting grid in the Final, Dreezen produced some quick laps times which saw him pull off some good overtaking move. Unfortunately, Rick was forced to retire on lap 11 after making contact with another kart.
Rickard Kaell, Sporting Director: “If we consider pure performance, it was a positive weekend, because the karts were very competitive. We were very unlucky in some instances on the track and this affected the final result.
After a difficult qualifying session, Jewiss immediately managed to recover in the first heat on Friday, posting some fast times. He also continued his comeback in the Pre-final, finishing third. Unfortunately, he started the Final on the outside row, which did not help his comeback. Had he started further forward, he would have been able to fight for a podium finish.
Lindh’s finishing position was influenced by the qualifying session. The Swedish driver was included in the first group: the track was more slippery and he struggled to find the ideal grip. However, he managed to recover in the heat on Friday, finishing eighth and posting the third fastest lap in the race. He was also second fastest in the Pre-final and could have fought for a better position, had he not had that contact at the start.
On his Super Master debut, Gonzalez made good progress, improving in both the Pre-final and Final. He has an excellent chance to develop in the coming races.
Dreezen was competitive throughout the weekend. In qualifying, the gaps between the drivers were really minimal and a tenth of a second could have made a difference. In addition, his fastest lap in the Final was comparable to those of the drivers who competed for a podium finish.”
Kiern Jewiss, #309: “Not a bad start to the season. We clawed some points, but it was not easy. When we manage to put it all together, the team and I will be unstoppable. I’d like to thank my mechanic Mansell for pushing me hard and having helped me a lot this weekend. I have to continue to improve myself so I will be ready for Sarno.”
Rasmus Lindh, #310: “We were fast throughout the weekend. Unfortunately, I was unable to achieve my goal in qualifying. Everything seemed to go well in the Pre-final and Final, but the pace during the race decreased.”
Javier Gonzalez, #217: “This weekend was a completely new experience for me. I learned a lot of new things and we will undoubtedly continue to improve. I’d like to thank the whole team for their continued support. I will continue to work to get to the top as soon as possible.”
Rick Dreezen, #11: “We began the weekend aggressively, so that we would be fast from the very first practice session. The extreme weather conditions made everything more complicated. In the Final, I was unlucky to not finish the race due to a contact, but I’m happy because we did some good work on developing the DR-32 chassis. We need to improve in the qualifiers in order to start further up the grid.”