Birel ART Won the Final Round of the WSK Super Master
Caio Collet scored his first victory in the OKJ class for Birel ART Racing at the end of a weekend on which he dominated thanks to the victory in his RY30S8 in Pre-final 1 and the wins in three heats. “It was a great weekend. We were very quick throughout, in qualifying, in the heats and especially in the Pre-final. In the Final, I started on the outside and was fifth at the first corner. After taking back the lead during the initial laps, I managed to keep it until the checkered flag, recording a great victory and confirming our competitiveness after the excellent result at the European Championships. I’d like to thank Birel ART, IAME and my sponsors“, said Caio.
After the victory in Pre-final 2 and in three heats, Ulysse De Pauw achieved the seventh place in the Final. Ulysse said: “I’m a little disappointed with the result. We were quick throughout the weekend, so I don’t know what happened in the Final. It is a shame because we could have won the championship. We still finished third overall and I will do my best to improve in the second round of the European Championships which will be held at the same circuit.”
In the OK class, Martijn van Leeuwen crossed the finish line in thirteenth place: “The weekend started very well. We posted the third fastest time in qualifying and the first heat was excellent: the chassis and the engine were perfect. In the Pre-Final and Final I made some mistakes and I lost some time. I can’t wait to get back out on the track in the next race“, said Martijn.
17th place finish for Lucas Légeret. The Swiss driver said: “Problems with the tyres affected our performance. However, I’m confident that we can achieve better results in the next races.”
Taymour Kermanshahchi finished the Final in twenty-third place. Taymour said: “We learnt a lot over the weekend at Adria. We need to be quicker, but given the improvements in recent weeks, I am optimistic for the upcoming events of the season.”
Jordon Lennox-Lamb was forced to retire in the KZ class. Jordon said: “The weekend did not end the way I wanted it to. Right from the first practice sessions, we tried to understand the track conditions, which changed continuously due to the high temperatures. On Saturday, we felt very positive about the chassis, the engine and even the drivability. Unfortunately, the last day didn’t go as expected and I even got a puncture in the Final. We have already planned a series of practice sessions to improve and be more competitive in the coming races.”
Gianluca Beggio, Technical Director: “Considering the technical situation after the second place at the European Championships achieved by Caio Collet, our goal at Adria was to win. Saturday was an outstanding day for all classes: the three Birel ART and Ricciardo Kart junior drivers finished the heats in the top four places, we won a heat in the OK class with Martin van Leeuwen, finishing in second place overall -, and both factory teams got into the top 6 in the KZ class. In general, on the final day we had the potential to achieve a better result, but we still managed a place in the front row in the OKJ Final, we won with Collet and we finished third in the standing with De Pauw. In the OK Final, Van Leeuwen’s performance was compromised by some uncertainty when overtaking. Lucas Légeret’s performance was good, considering it is his debut season in a very competitive class such as OK. He is building up experience, especially in how to manage a race in the Final and this is a very important aspect for the rest of the season.
Based on the data analysed, Taymour Kermanshahchi’s lap times are improving noticeably since the first races and he is getting closer and closer to the top ten. Finally, Jordon in the KZ class proved he was competitive throughout the weekend: he always managed to compete in the top 4 in the heats and was very fast in the Pre-final, although a too conservative tyre strategy and a puncture compromised his performance and the result in the Final.”