2022 WSK Super Master Series Champions: Pesl (MINI), Bondarev (OKJ), Van Walstijn (KZ2) and Turney (OK)

The finals in Sarno crowned the 2022 Champions of the WSK Super Master Series. The event held at the International Circuit Napoli was the fourth and closing round of the series after the opening two rounds run in Lonato and the third held last week in La Conca.

The weekend in Sarno has been among the most spectacular of the season yet and the MINI’s title was won by the Czech driver Jindrich Pesl (BabyRace/Parolin-Iame-Vega), that of OKJ to Ukraine’s Oleksandr Bondarev (Ricky Flynn Motorsport/LN-Vortex-Vega), KZ2’s to the Dutch Senna Van Walstijn (Sodi/Sodi-TM Racing-Vega) and OK’s to the Brit Joe Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team/Tony Kart-Vortex-LeCont).

The results of the heats and prefinals

Important points have been awarded at the end of qualifying heats (in total 41 races have been run in Sarno) and after the Prefinals held on Sunday morning.

In MINI (that is still sub-judice following the disqualification and subsequent appeal by the Czech driver and classification leader Jindrich Pesl), the best after qualifying heats was the Italian Iacopo Martinese (Baby Driver/Parolin-Iame-Vega). Prefinal-A was won by the Austrian Niklas Schaufler (Emme Racing/EKS-TM Racing), while Prefinal-B went to the Brit Roman Kamyab (BabyRace/Parolin-Iame).

At the end of the heats of OKJ the provisional lead was held by Kirill Kutskov (BirelART Racing/BirelART-TM Racing-Vega). The victory of Prefinal-A went to the Spanish driver Lucas Fluxa Cross (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame), while that of Prefinal-B to Kirill Dzitiev (Ward Racing/Tony Kart-Vortex).

The best of KZ2 after the heats was the Spanish driver Pedro Hiltbrand (BirelART Racing/BirelART-TM Racing-Vega), who kept the momentum winning Prefinal-A too. Prefinal-B went to the pole sitter from Holland Laurens Van Hoepen (Leclerc by Lennox Racing/BirelART-TM Racing).

The heats of OK saw the Japanese Kean Nakamura-Berta (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame-LeCont) leading the pack. He also won Prefinal-A. Prefinal-B was won by Latvia’s Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse/Energy-TM Racing) instead.

The winners of the Finals and the Champions of the WSK Super Master Series 2022.

Hogendoorn wins the MINI Final, Pesl is the Champion.

The first Final of the day in MINI produced a big battle. The Dutch Dean Hogendoorn (Alonso Kart by Kodix/Iame-Vega) had the upper hand in the closing lap and crossed the finish line ahead of the Czech  Jindrich Pesl (BabyRace/Parolin-Iame), who completed a good recovery race. The third place went to his teammate Iacopo Martinese, who led the race in the initial laps. The Spaniard Christian Costoya (Parolin Motorsport/Parolin TM Racing) ended fourth and was in the fight for the title for the whole race. The fifth place went to the Czech driver Oliver Palocko (BabyRace/Parolin-Iame), while the Italian Filippo Sala (Team Driver/KR-Iame) was sixth. The final classification is still sub-judice, but the advantage accumulated allows Pesl to secure the MINI title regardless the result of the appeal

Final MINI (sub-judice)

Dean Hoogendoorn (NLD)

Jindrich Pesl (CZE)

Iacopo Martinese (ITA)

MINI Championship:

Jindrich Pesl (CZE)

Christian Costoya (ESP)

Dries Van Langendonck (BEL)

The OKJ title goes to Bondarev, while the victory of the Final to Khavalkin.

OK-Junior saw the Ukrainian driver Oleksandr Bondarev (Ricky Flynn Motorsport/LN-Vortex-Vega) going out due to a contact in the initial laps. Bondarev could celebrate the title thanks to the advantage built especially taking the full haul in La Conca. The Final was won by Anatoly Khavalkin (Parolin Motorsport/Parolin-TM Racing), who took the lead of the race in the closing laps and crossed the finish line ahead of Kirill Dzitiev (Ward Racing/Tony Kart-Vortex) and the British driver Nathan Tye (Sodikart/Sodi-TM Racing), who took the podium from Dmitry Matveev (Koski Motorsport/Tony Kart-Vortex) in the closing stages. The fifth place went to Kirill Kutskov (BirelART Racing/BirelART-TM Racing), the sixth to Jan Przrowski (Tony Kart Racing Team/Tony Kart-Vortex).

Final OKJ

Anatoly Khavalkin

Kirill Dzitiev

Nathan Tye (GBR)

OKJ Championship:

Oleksandr Bondarev (UKR) points 295

Kirill Dzitiev points 250

Dmitry Matveev points 231

The KZ2’s Final to Viganò, as Van Walstijn takes the title.

A twist happened also in KZ2 when the Spanish driver Pedro Hiltbrand (BirelART Racing/BirelART-TM Racing-Vega) had to retire due to a technical issue when he seemed to be heading to the victory of the Final and of the Championship. His retirement allowed the Italian Matteo Viganò (Leclerc by Lennox Racing/BireART-TM Racing) to take the win leading his teammate from France Tom Leuillet, and Paolo Ippolito (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame), who came third at the end of a recovery race. The forth place went to Jeremy Iglesias (CRG Racing Team/CRG-TM Racing), the fifth to the Dutch Senna Van Walstijn (Sodikart/Sodi-TM Racing), who could clinch the title thanks to this result. The sixth to the Polish David Liwinski (Leclerc by Lennox Racing/BireART-TM Racing).

Final KZ2

Matteo Viganò (ITA)

Tom Leuillet (FRA)

Paolo Ippolito (ITA)

KZ2 Championship:

Senna Van Walstijn (NLD) points 210

Matteo Viganò (ITA) points 181

Pedro Hiltbrand (ESP) points 146

Deligny ends on a high in OK, but the title goes to Turney.

The Final of OK went to the French driver Enzo Deligny (Parolin Motorsport/Parolin-TM Racing-LeCont), who led the British driver and classification leader Joseph Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team/Tony Kart-Vortex), who settled for P2 that earned him the title. The third step of the podium went to the Brit Freddie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport/LN-Vortex), while the fourth went to the Dane David Walther (Koski Motorsport/Tony Kart-Vortex), who recovered several places. The main title contender was the Japanese Kean Nakamura-Berta (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame) though, but he lost some positions ending the Final in fifth place leading Latvia’s Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse/Energy-TM Racing).

Final OK

Enzo Deligny (FRA)

Joseph Turney (GBR)

Freddie Slater (GBR)

OK Championship:

Joseph Turney (GBR) points 314

Kean Nakamura-Berta (JPN) points 271

Freddie Slater (GBR) points 248

The next rounds.

The WSK 2022 season will continue with the two rounds of the WSK Euro Series that are scheduled for July 17th in Lonato and July 31st in Sarno. The new WSK Super Cup by MINI will be on September 4th in La Conca in an event fully dedicated to the MINI drivers. The closing part of the season will include the WSK Open Cup on October 2nd (on a circuit still to be confirmed), and the WSK Final Cup on November 6th in Sarno and November 20th in Lonato.

Complete results are available at: www.wskarting.it/index.asp

North American Report

It begins with Enzo Deligny in OK, who is a two-time Challenge of the Americas champion (2019-2020) before moving to Europe and racing full time. His victory marks the first for Deligny in the OK category, as he begins his rookie season in the division. James Egozi (Tony Kart Racing Team) was the only other USA driver in the Final along with Jamaican Alex Powell (KR Motorsport). Each suffered a pushback bumper penalty, dropping them down to 16th and 17th respectively.

Two drivers from the USA made the main event in the MINI class. SKUSA and USPKS champion Jack Iliffe (Parolin Motorsport) was third overall in qualifying, but suffered some issues in the heat races to fall down to P27 on the grid for the Final. He improved two spots to 25th in the 8-lap run. Leading the way for USA was Vivek Kanthan (AVRacing / Parolin) with a 19th place finish. 2022 SKUSA Winter Series Micro Swift champion Alessandro Truchot (FRA) (Parolin Motorsport) was sixth overall after qualifying, however, a Prefinal incident took him out of transferring to the Final by one position. Canadian Ilie Tristan Crisan (Drago Corse Racing Team / EKS) was 40th after the heat and Prefinal points were tabulated to round out the North America drivers in MINI.

Former SKUSA champion Matias Orjuela Garcia (COL) (Shamick Europe / Parolin) was the only notable driver that competes in North America in the OKJ division, placing 18th in the Final.

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