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#1 William Hunt

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Posted 14 September 2022 - 01:14

Next weekend is the FIA Karting World Championship for OK (Senior category: 14+) and OK Jr.  (Juniors 12-14 year old)

 

First I will preview the OK (Senior) category, this is the final step before Formula 4 although some will do (some) shifter karting (KZ2 & KZ: gearbox class were the full time pro's drive in and usually stay in as a carreer) before moving to F4.

 

The OK class will no doubt be again a fight between the two biggest manufacturers: Tony Kart & Kart Republic. During the European Championship this year the duel between these two top teams got so intense that it resulted in a sort of repeat of what happened in DTM last year: team orders decided who won the title in quite a shamefull scenario.

 

Before the final round of the European championship the standings were:

 

1.  Joe  Turney  (GB)  Tony Kart  79 pts

2.  Kean  Nakamura Berta  (Jap)  Kart Republic  (Alpine Jr.)  75 pts

3.  Alex  Powell  (Jam)  Kart Republic  (Mercedes Jr.)  55 pts

4.  Enzo  Deligny  (Fra)  Parolin  55 pts

 

However during the final of the final round in Franciacorta title favourite Turney had dropped far in the field and it was already certain he wouldn't win the title unless the Kart Republic duo would retire or crash.
Shortly before the end of that race Mercedes Junior Alex Powell was leading ahead of Frenchman Evan Giltaire in a private Kart Republic from Belgian satelite team VDK Racing (from Wavre) with Kean Nakamura Berta in third.
 

So the factory Kart Republic's were running 1 & 3. With those standings Powell would be the European champion but Tony Kart's Turney would still be 2nd with Nakamura in 3rd in the tables.
Shortly before the end of the race Giltaire suddenly let Nakamura pass him: team orders. But strange since Giltaire doesn't drive for the factory team but for VDK.

What had happened is that Kart Republic's team owner, Dino Chiesa, had asked his satelite team (a system in karting comparable with the satelite teams in Moto GP) to let their driver give his position to Nakamura. 
This way Nakamura became champion, Powell 2nd but rival Turney from Tony Kart would only be third then.

So Mercedes Jr. Powell was robbed by his own team of the European title. And a European karting title or a WSK Super Masters title is in my book (and I'm not alone at all with that view) actually more worth as the world title because a world title is decided just over one weekend and luck can play a significant role then, a European title is decided over 4 rounds.

 

Formula Scout wrote a very good article about the team orders schandal:

https://formulascout...explained/96225

These were the final standings of the European Champ. OK  2022  (the rounds were in: Portimao (Por), Zuera (Esp), Kristianstad (Swe) & Franciacorta (Ita):

 

1.   Kean  Nakamura Berta  (Jap)  Kart Republic  (Alpine Jr.)  82 pts

2.   Alex  Powell  (Jam)  Kart  Republic  (Mercedes Jr.)  80

3.   Joe  Turney  (GB)  Tony Kart  79

4.   Enzo  Deligny  (Fra)  Parolin   61

5.   Evan  Giltaire  (Fra)  VDK , Kart Republic   55

6.   Tuuka  Taponen  (Fin)   Tony Kart   53

7.   Tomass Stolcermanis  (Lat)  Energy Corse   47

8.   Maksim  Orlov  (Rus)   Parolin   31

      Ean  Eyckmans  (Bel)   Eyckmans  GP,  Tony Kart   31

10. Oscar  Pedersen  (Swe)   Ward,  Tony Kart   25

11. Juha  Valtanen  (Fin)   Tony kart   22

12. Nicolo  Cuman  (Ita)   Forza,  Exprit   19

13. Gabriel  Gomez  (Bra)   CRG   18

      Olin  Galli  (Bra)   CRG   18

15. David  Walther  (Den)   Koski,  Tony Kart   16

      Arvid  Lindblad  (GB)   Kart Republic   16   (only did 2 of the 4 rounds, Red Bull Jr.)

17. Matheus  Ferreira  (Bra)   Kart Republic   11   (Alpine Jr.)

      Zachary  David  (Phil)   Sauber,  Kart Republic  (Sauber Jr.)   11

19. James  Egozzi  (USA)   Tony Kart   10

      Matheus  Morgatto   (Bra)   DPK,  Alonso  10

21. Freddie  Slater  (GB)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris  9

      Luca  Sammalisto  (Fin)  Kart  Republic   9

23. Adrian  Malheiro   (Por)   CRG   6

      Yuanpu  Cui  (Chi)   Kart Republic   6   (Mercedes Jr.)

25. Luigi  Coluccio  (Ita)  Tony  Kart   5

26. Arthur  Rogeon  (Fra)   VDK, Kart Republic  3

      Rintaro  Sato  (Jap)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris   (Takuma Sato's son)    3

      Harley  Keeble  (GB)   Birel ART   3

29. Cristian  Bertuca  (Ita)   Birel  ART   2

30. Hiyu  Yamakoshi  (Jap)   Praga   1

      Karol  Pasiewicz  (Pol)   Birel  ART   1

 

To give a decent (but far from complete) view on who was competitve in OK this year, these were the final standings of the WSK Super Masters (4 rounds):

 

1.   Joe  Turney   (GB)   Tony Kart   314

2.   Kean  Nakamura Berta  (Jap)   Kart Republic   271    (Alpine Jr.)

3.   Freddie  Slater  (GB)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris   248

4.   Tuuka  Taponen  (Fin)   Tony Kart   219

5.   Luigi  Coluccio  (Ita)   Tony Kart   208

6.   Enzo  Deligny   (Fra)   Parolin   164

7.   Artem  Severiukhin   (Rus)   Ward, Tony Kart   154  (he got banned by FIA later in the year by FIA for... doing a nazi greeting on the odium)

8.   Tomass  Stolcermanis  (Lat)   Energy Corse  126

9.   James Egozzi  (USA)  Tony Kart  118

10. Alex  Powell  (Jam)   Kart Republic   101   (Mercedes Jr.)

11. Cristian  Bertuca  (Ita)   Birel  ART   98

12. Oscar  Pedersen  (Swe)   Ward,  Tony kart  84

13. Akshay  Bohra  (Sing)   Kart Republic   72

14. David  Walther  (Den)   Koski, Tony Kart   63

15. Gustaw  Wisnieski  (Pol)   Forza,  Exprit   62

16. Rashid  Al Dhareri  (UAE)   Kart Republic   59

17. Matheus  Ferreira  (Bra)  Kart Republic   58   (Alpine Jr.)  

      Matteo  De Palo   (Ita)   Kart Republic  58

19. Maksimilian  Popov  (Rus)   Ward,  Tony Kart  53

20. Luka  Sammalisto   (Fin)   Kart Republic   44

21. Zachary  David  (Phil)   Sauber,  Kart Republic  43  (Sauber Jr.)

22. Karol  Pasiewicz  (Pol)  Birel  ART   34

23. Ean  Eyckmans  (Bel)   Eckmans  GP,  Tony Kart   33

      Yuanpu  Cui   (Chi)  Kart Republic  33   (Mercedes Jr.)

25. Sebastiano  Pavan  (Ita)  Team Driver,  Kart Republic   21

etc...   (46 drivers scored points)

 

Top 20 of Champions of the Future  (on the same tracks as the European Championship, each time 2 weeks ahead, 4 rounds):

1.   Joe  Turney   (GB)   Tony Kart   92

2.   Luigi  Coluccio  (Ita)  Tony Kart   82

3.   Tomass  Stolcermanis  (Lat)   Energy Corse   73

      Matheus  Morgatto   (Bra)   DPK,  Alonso   73

5.   Alex  Powell  (Jam)   Kart Republic   67   (Mercedes Jr.)

6.   Evan  Giltaire  (Fra)  VDK,  Kart Republic   61

7.   Kean  Nakamura Berta  (Jap)   Kart Republic   58  (Alpine Jr.)

8.   Oscar  Pedersen  (Swe)  Ward, Tony Kart   50

9.   Artem  Severiukhin   (Rus)   Ward,  Tony kart   46

10. Ean  Eyckmans  (Bel)  Eyckmans GP,  Tony kart   45

      Freddie  Slater  (GB)  Ricky  Flynn,  Lando Norris   45

12. Tuuka  Taponen  (Fin)   Tony Kart   41

13. Enzo  Deligny  (Fra)   Parolin   39

14. Juho  Valtanen  (Fin)  Tony Kart   34

15. Maksim  Orlov  (Rus)   Parolin   31

16. Yunapu  Cui  (Chi)   Kart Republic   26  (Mercedes Jr.)

17. David  Walther  (Den)  Koski,  Tony Kart   22

18. Gabriel  Gomez  (Bra)   CRG   18

19. Rintaro  Sato  (Jap)   Ricyky Flynn,  Lando Norris   17

20. Luka  Sammalisto  (Fin)  Kart Republic  16

etc...

 

Top 10 WSK Euro Series  (2 rounds this summer)

1.   Kean  Nakamura  Berta  (Jap)   Kart Republic  146   (Alpine Jr.)

2.   Enzo  Deligny  (Fra)   Parolin   122

3.   Tuuka  Taponen  (Fin)   Tony Kart   70

4.   Tomass  Stolcermanis  (Lat)   Energy Corse   59

5.   Joël  Bergström  (Swe)   Forza, Exprit   54

6.   Joe  Turney  (GB)   Tony Kart  45

7.   Yuanpu  Cui  (Chi)   Kart Republic  38   (Mercedes Jr.)

8.   Alex  Powell  (Jam)  Kart Republic  37   (Mercedes Jr.)

9.   Paolo  Ippolito  (Ita)   Kart Republic   29

      Arvid  Lindblad  (GB)  Kart Republic  29  (1 round only, Red Bull Jr.)

 

Top 5  WSK Champions Cup 2022  (opening round of the season and a prestigious title, suprisingly had a weak entry list in OK with all factory teams missing due to covid, unlike the Minis & Juniors who had a full entry)

1.   Danny  Carenini   (Ita)   Team Driver,  Kart Republic

2.   Maksimilian  Popov  (Rus)   Ward,  Tony Kart

3.   Coskun  Irfan  (GB)   Shamick  Europe,  Parolin

4.   Felix  Arnold  (Ger)   CV Performance,  Kart Republic

5.   Francesco  Marenghi  (Ita)   DPK,  Alonso Kart

 

 

Now before I will preview the entry list of this year's OK World Championship let's go back to 2021, this is also interesting since some of them are in F4 now (Antonelli had already switched to F4 since August '21, so did Charlie Wurz), world champion Taponen earned a test with the Ferrari Academy with his title:

 

FIA World Karting Championship OK (Senior) 2021

1.   Tuuka  Taponen  (Fin)   Tony Kart

2.   Luigi  Coluccio  (Ita)  Kosmic

3.   Arvid  Lindblad  (GB)   Kart Republic   (Red Bull Jr.)

4.   Ugo  Ugochukwu   (USA)   Kart Republic   (McLaren Jr.)

5.   Nikola  Tsolov  (Bul)   DPK,  Alonso   (Alpine  Jr.)

6.   Artem  Severiukhin   (Rus)   Ward,  Tony Kart

7.   Joe  Turney  (GB)  Tony Kart

8.   Ruben  Moya  (Esp)   Kart Republic

9.   Juho  Valtanen  (Fin)  Tony Kart

10. Pedro  Hiltbrandt  (Esp)   Leclerc, Birel ART

20. Martinius  Stenshorne  (Nor)   Leclerc,  Birel ART

23. Alfio  Spina  (Ita)  Parolin

26. Jesse  Carresquedo  (Mex)   Parolin

32. Tymotheus  Kucharczyk  (Pol)   Birel ART

35. Rafael  Camara  (Bra)  Kart Republic  (Ferrari Jr.)

 

FIA European Championship  OK  2021  (4 rounds in Genk (Bel), Aynay-les-Bois (Fra), Sarno (Ita) & Zuera (Esp)  )

 

1.   Andrea Kimi  Antonelli   (Ita)   Kart Republic  103   (Mercedes Jr.)

2.   Rafael  Camara  (Bra)  Kart Republic  80   (Ferrari Jr.)

      Arvid  Lindblad  (GB)  Kart Republic  80   (Red Bull Jr.)

4.   Nikola  Tsolov  (Bul)   Kart Republic   55   (Alpine Jr.)

5.   Arthem  Severiukhin  (Rus)   Ward,  Tony Kart   38

6.   Evan  Giltaire  (Fra)   VDK,  Kart Republic   31

7.   Ugo  Ugochukwu   (USA)   Kart Repbublic   (McLaren Jr.)

8.   Edoardo  Villa  (Ita)   Exprit   26

      Tuuka  Taponen  (Fin)  Tony Kart   26

      Juho  Valtanen  (Fin)  Tony Kart   26

11. Matheus  Morgatto  (Bra)   Birel  ART   25

      Martinius  Stenshorne  (Nor)   Leclerc, Birel ART   25

13. Alfio  Spina  (Ita)  Parolin   24

14. Ariel  Elkin  (Isr)   VDK,  Kart Republic   21

15. Yannick  De Brabander  (Bel)   Praga   20

16. Joe  Turney  (GB)   Tony Kart  19

17. Norton  Andreasson  (Swe)   Ward,  Tony Kart  13

      Brando  Badoer  (Ita)   Kart Republic  13

19. Ruben Moya  (Esp)   Kart Republic   12

20. Luigi  Coluccio  (Ita)  Kosmic  11

21. Rintaro  Sato  (Jap)   Ricky Flynn, Kosmic  10

22. Lorens  Lecertua  (Bel)   private, Kart Republic   9

23. James  Wharton   (Aus)   Parolin   7   (Ferrari Jr.)

      Timotheusz  Kucharczyk  (Pol)  Birel ART   7

 

WSK Super Masters OK 2021

1.   Rafael  Camara   (Bra)   Kart Republic   388   (Ferrari Jr.)

2.   Andrea Kimi  Antonelli  (Ita)  Kart Republic   296   (Mercedes Jr.)

3.   Arvid  Lindblad  (GB)   Kart Republic   255   (Red Bull Jr.)

4.   Tuuka  Taponen  (Fin)   Tony Kart   192

5.   Artem  Severiukhin  (Rus)   Ward,  Tony Kart   190

6.   Tymoteusz  Kucharczyk  (Pol)  Birel ART  171

7.   Joe  Turney  (GB)  Tony Kart   153

8.   Nikola  Tsolov  (Bul)   DPK,  Alonso  125  (Alpine Jr.)

9.   Luigi  Coluccio  (Ita)  Kosmic   112

10. Karol  Pasiewicz  (Pol)   Kidix, Kart Republic   90

11. Ugo  Ugochukwy  (USA)  Sauber, Kart Republic  83  (Sauber Jr.)

16. Brando  Badoer  (Ita)   Kart Republic   46

17. Emerson  Fittipaldi Jr.  (Bra)  DPK, Alonso   46   

 

Champions of the Future  2021  (4 rounds)

 

1.   Rafael  Camara  (Bra)   Kart Republic   260   (Ferrari Jr.)

2.   Arvid  Lindblad  (GB)  Kart Republic   256  (Red Bull Jr.)

3.   Nikola  Tsolov  (Bul)   DPK, Alonso   249   (Alpine Jr.)

4.   Tuuka  Taponen  (Fin)  Tony Kart  226

5.   Matheus  Morgatto  (Bra)   Birel ART   221

6.   Joe  Turney  (GB)   Tony Kart   214

      Tymoteusz  Kucharczyk  (Pol)   Birel ART   214

8.   Andrea Kimi  Antonelli  (Ita)   Kart Republic  196   (only did 3 of 4 rounds, Mercedes Jr.)

9.   Norton  Andreasson  (Swe)   Ward, Tony Kart  195

10. Martinius  Stenshorne  (Nor)   Birel ART   189

13. Ugo  Ugochukwu  (USA)   Kart Republic   160   (McLaren Jr.)

 

WSK  Euro  Series  2021  (3 rounds)

 

1.   Arvid  Lindblad  (GB)   Kart Republic   381   (Red Bull Jr.)

2.   Ugo  Ugochukwu   (USA)  Kart Republic  182  (McLaren Jr.)

3.   Tymoteusz  Kucharczyk  (Pol)  Birel  ART   144

      Nikola  Tsolov  (Bul)   DPK,  Alonso   144   (Alpine Jr.)

5.   Luigi  Coluccio  (Ita)  Kosmic   139

6.   Tuuka  Taponen  (Fin)  Tony Kart   122

7.   Andrea Kimi  Antonelli  (Ita)  Kart Republic  112  (only did 1 out of 3 rounds, Mercedes Jr.)

8.   Joe  Turney  (GB)  Tony Kart   111

9.   Brando  Badoer  (Ita)  Kart Republic   100

10. Martinius  Stenshorne  (Nor)   Birel ART  95

 

WSK  Open Cup 2021   (2 rounds)

1.   Tuuka  Taponen  (Fin)   Tony Kart   188

2.   Tymoteusz  Kucharczyk  (Pol)  Birel  ART   173

3.   Arvid  Lindblad  (GB)  Kart Republic  132   (Red Bull Jr.)

4.   Cristian  Bertuca  (Ita)   Birel  ART   122

5.   Nikola  Tsolov  (Bul)  DPK,  Alonso   120   (Alpine Jr.)

6.   Joe  Turney  (GB)  Tony Kart   109

7.   Ugo  Ugochukwu  (USA)  Kart Republic   102  (McLaren Jr.)

8.   Flavio  Olivieri  (Ita)  Praga   76

9.   Bruno  Del Pino  (Esp)   Tony Kart   60

10. Luidi  Coluccio  (Ita)  Kosmic   55

 

WSK  Champions Cup 2021  (season opener in Februari)

 

1.   Rafael  Camara  (Bra)  Kart Republic  (Ferrari Jr.)

2.   Andrea Kimi  Antonelli  (Ita)  Kart Republic  (Mercedes Jr.)

3.   Arvid  Lindblad  (GB)  Kart Republic  (Red Bull Jr.)

4.   Tuuka  Taponen  (Fin)  Tony Kart

5.   Artem  Severiukhin  (Rus)  Ward, Tony Kart

6.   Ugo  Ugochukwu  (USA)  Sauber,  Kart Republic  (Sauber Jr.)

7.   Joe  Turney  (GB)  Tony Kart

8.   Nikola  Tsolov  (Bul)  DPK,  Alonso  (Alpine Jr.)

9.   Brando  Badoer  (Ita)  Kart Republic

10. Norton  Andreasson  (Swe)  Ward, Tony Kart

 

WSK Final Cup 2021  (season close in November)

 

1.   Arvid  Lindblad  (GB)  Kart Republic  (Red Bull Jr.)

2.   Nikola  Tsolov  (Bul)  DPK, Alonso  (Alpine Jr.)

3.   Alex  Powell  (Jam)   Kart Republic  (Mercedes Jr.)

4.   Rafael  Camara  (Bra)   Kart Republic  (Ferrari Jr.)

5.   Karol  Pasiewicz  (Pol)   Ward,  Tony Kart

6.   Joël  Bergrström  (Swe)  Forza,  Exprit

7.   Matheus  Ferreira  (Bra)  Kart Republic  (Alpine Jr.)

8.   Gustaw  Wisniewski  (Pol)  Sauber,  Kart Republic  (Sauber Jr.)

9.   Zachary  David  (Phil)  Sauber, Kart Republic  (Sauber Jr.)

10. Kiano  Blum  (Aut)  Kart Republic

 

How are the OK karting stars from 2021 doing this year in F4? Well they're dominating it completely confirming they are a golden generation:

 

Italian F4:

1.  Andrea Kimi Antonelli  (Ita)  Prema   9 wins, 10 poles; 10 fastes laps

2.  Rafael  Camara  (Bra)  Prema   2  wins, 2 poles, 2 fastest laps

 

German F4:

1.  Andrea  Kimi Antonelli  (Ita) Prema  7 wins, 7 poles, 8 fastest laps  (missed 3 races)

3.  Rafael  Camara  (Bra)  Prema   1 win, 1 fastest lap, 7 podiums  (missed 6 races)

 

Spanish F4:

1.  Nikola  Tsolov  (Bul)  Campos   won 12 out of 15 races, 14 poles, 10 fastest laps

3.  Tymoteusz  Kucharczyk  (Pol) MP  1 win, 9 podiums

 

British F4:

3.  Ugo  Ugochukwu  (USA)  Carlin   2 win, 3 poles, 6 fastest laps, 10 podiums, best rookie

 

F4  UAE

2.  Rafael  Camara  (Bra)  Prema  6 wins, 4 wins, 5 fastest laps (would have won the title had he not missed 3 races)

 

 

I will post the entry preview in the next post


Edited by William Hunt, 17 September 2022 - 13:45.


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#2 Nemo1965

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Posted 14 September 2022 - 06:28

Ah. For you, William, just for nostalgia’s sake:

https://revu.nl/arti...at-wij-er-waren

#3 Beri

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Posted 14 September 2022 - 06:52

Leuk artikel Nemo! En mooie en goede opening post William. Petje af!

On the subject of the 2021 stars, Antonelli, Camara and Ugochukwu are destined to become Formula One drivers. Hardly anyone will doubt that. Having a proper Italian, Brazilian and American talent is good for Formula One.

#4 thegamer23

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Posted 14 September 2022 - 06:55

Great thread, congrats William! :up:

Looking forward to it!

#5 Nemo1965

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Posted 14 September 2022 - 08:25

Leuk artikel Nemo! En mooie en goede opening post William. Petje af!

On the subject of the 2021 stars, Antonelli, Camara and Ugochukwu are destined to become Formula One drivers. Hardly anyone will doubt that. Having a proper Italian, Brazilian and American talent is good for Formula One.

One of the two Dutch former karting worldchampions was a friend of my parents. I just don't know which 'Peter', and my parents have passed away, so I can't ask them! I can remember vividly being indignant back then. 'If they were worldchampions in karting, why are they not in F1 now!' Thats how simple I thought when I was a teenager...

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#6 PlatenGlass

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Posted 14 September 2022 - 08:43

There's an OK class but not one for good?

#7 William Hunt

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Posted 14 September 2022 - 10:16

FIA OK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRY LIST PREVIEW & TEAM GUIDE:

 

FACTORY TEAMS:

 

TONY KART are the most iconic name in karting. They are the equivalent for karting what Ferrari is to Autosport. Their green colours are just as famous in karting as Ferrari's red is in Formula 1. If you see a karting driver with a green racing suit and a white & green kart then you know he's driving a Tony Kart.

 

Every year they are title favourites, in particular in OK where they are a bit specialised in although they compete in all classes. 

 

Tony Kart always hires a couple of experienced top drivers and pays them well, pro's who do karting as a carreer, to drive in OK which is actually the final step before F4. After OK drivers choose either to go for a carreer in karting and go to shifter karts (KZ2, KZ: gearbox karts) or to go to F4 or even directly to sportscars sometimes (several IAME Senior drivers have done this the past years).

 

Their line-up as always looks extremely strong. Joe Turney (GB, 21 years old) is surely one of the most skilled karting drivers in the world. He won the WSK Super Masters title for them and is off course one of the big favourites for the world title. In 2019 he had a go at British F4 but finished only 10th overall and decided that he loves karting more and he has been a Tony Kart factory driver since then.

 

Juho Valtanen (Fin, 26 years old) is another experienced hand, who combines KZ2 with OK, and a Tony Kart resident. Luigi Coluccio (Ita, 19) is extremely quick although he probably expected to win more as 1 final this year, he was vice world champion last year and came from the now defunct Kosmic Racing outfit (Kosmic is a brand of the Tony Kart Group).

 

Tuuka Taponen  (Fin, 16) is Finland's best hope to be the next Kimi Raikkönen. He won the world title last year beating the likes of Lindblad, Tsolov, Ugochukwu & Camara (he suffered a DNF though) in the process. 
That title earned him a shootout for the Ferrari Driver Academy last year but he ended up coming second to Rafael Camara. Ferrari thought about adding Taponen as well to their Academy but in the end decide to monitor him further because Taponen had already signed a contract extension with Tony Kart but also because they had already added Oliver Bearman to their academy + they still had Wharton and now also Camara.

Taponen also made his shifter kart debut this year and showed amazin speed so he will have to decide: will he make a living of karting or try his luck at autosport? 
He has already done Formula Academy in Finland, a local junior single seater series so I think he will opt for cars and he might still end up in the Ferrari Academy since he is still on their radar.

 

American James Egozi (15) who also has an Italian passport, was a revelation in the second half of last year in OK Jr. when he was one of the quickest drivers winning a final in Lonato and finishing 2nd in Zuera & Sarno. He started the season well in '22 with a 5th & 7th in the opening rounds but he is a bit lost since then and hasn't been able to find back his speed. He still is a talented driver though but he needs another year in OK.

 

Keanu Al Azhari (UAE, 15) had a dissapointing year in '21 and hasn't been able to improve a lot this year. A 10th in the final in Franciacorta was his best result so expectations are not that high for him.

Oscar Wurz (Aut, 16), brother of F4 driver Charlie and son of Alexander Wurz, got this seat at a top team basically because of his name as son of a former F1 driver because his talent doesn't justify it. Out of 12 events he only reached the final (top 36) 5 times this year with a best result of 19th. 

 

Jakub Rajski (Pol, 17) is a paydriver and although he did win a Polish national title he really isn't talented. Riqui Liu (Chi, 16): a Chinese paydriver isn't part of the line-up anymore since he recently switched to F4 so he won't be seen this weekend: that isn't a big loss to be frankly honest.

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KART REPUBLIC is the other giant in karting. It's the team of the legendary team boss Dino Chiesa, for whom many F1 drivers have driven in karting. They are the arch rival of Tony Kart and their karts are very recognisable because they have a red dragon on a white background on their karts.
Kart Republic is the favoured manufacturer of F1 Academies. Often F1 Academies place their drivers with Kart Republic under the wings of Chiesa.

They also enter an armada of drivers in OK! Rather than hiring experienced hands they usually try to grab the hottest young talents and fill up their line-up with some paydrivers.

 

 Arvid Lindblad  (GB, 15) was born in London to Swedish parents but chose to drive under the British flag. He is a Red Bull Junior and imho he is the most talented driver of all Red Bull juniors.

Two weeks ago he came 3rd overall in the world championship KZ2 (shifter karts) despite competing against very experienced drivers: very impressive. He is an outstanding overtaker and can read a race like few can. He is my personal favourite to win the World Title OK this year.
He will do a full campaign in Italian F4 next year for Van Amersfoort.

 

Kean Nakamura Berta  (Jap, 15)  has a Slovakian father (this is the Berta part of his name) and a Japanese mother and lives in the UK, he drives under Japanese nationality. Nakamura is an Alpine Junior

Last year he won the OK Jr. world title in what was a bit of a controversial win (not Kean's fault) because he came 2nd after Freddie Slater but Slater received a 5 second penalty. Alpine signed him probably because of that world title and I personally thought that they should have signed Slater instead (who was dominant last year) but this year Nakamura has made a significant step forward and he is more often than not beating Slater. In fact Nakamura has been the strongest driver in OK this season together with Joe Turney but Turney is 6 years older.

Nakamura also won the European Championship this year, thanks to team orders, but it's not like he didn't deserve it. He often was the class of the field this year so Alpine picked a very good one.

 

A driver who had delivered and stepped up his level further, like Nakamura did, is Jamaican Alex Powell (15) who is a Mercedes Junior. He already showed great promise last year in OK Jr by winning two finals but his recent form his been nothing short of stunning. In his last 7 events he was 5th, 3rd, 3rd, 1st, 3rd, 1st & 3rd in finals so he is the man in form. You can almost bet he will be up there in the top 5 or top 3 next Sunday.

I don't rate him as high as Antonelli but he certainly is a driver who could also go far for Mercedes. Could he be the first Jamaican to reach F1?

He is already in the best academy to optimise his chances imho because Mercedes is loyal and tends to invest in few drivers but keeps on supporting them very long and unlike Alpine they don't drop their junior after a lesser season. That's how you should run an Academy.

Powell will surely go to F4 next season.

Yuanpu Cui  (China, 14) is also a Mercedes Junior. Although he certainly isn't slow I'm a bit mistified why he is in the Mercedes Academy. Because of his nationality? I think so because although he does show speed now and then his results don't justify a place in an F1 academy. He did score a 3rd place in Lonato recently which was his highlight of this year. 

 

Paolo Ippolito (Ita, 28?) is Kart Republics weapon to counter the experienced line-up of Tony Kart. Ippolito is a full time pro as a top shifter karter and this year even won the world title in KZ2 two weeks ago. He has done some OK rounds this year to prepare for Sunday's race and scored 2 poles but drove a but wild and didn't bring the goods in in the races. I strangely enough couldn't find his birth year, did find an article that claims he is 31 but that's impossible according to me, must be either 27 or 28.

 

Rintaro Sato  (Jap, 17) is Takuma Sato's son. He can be very quick on occasion but is very erratic. He has switched from Ricky Flynn Motorsport to Kart Republic recently but his results haven't really improved. Could still land well when he does F4 next year because he has an excellent coach with his father who probably has more time for him next year since Takuma is expected only to do the ovals in '23 in IndyCar.

 

Belgian Douwe Dedecker  (14) has major sponsor behind him with Austrian water drinks company BWT since 2 years. He has been a promissing talent but he's very eratic. He only switched to OK since this summer so is still new to the category, he's shown speed imediately but reaching the final would be a good performance considering he is driving against many older drivers (he's only just turned 14).

Dedecker has performed well in the German karting championship the last 2 years, winning a couple of finals there, but both last year and this year he is one weekend very fast and the next weekend somewhere hidden in the midfield pack. He lacks regularity. 
This year in March he was very impressive in Juniors in La Conca where he won all his heats in soaking rain and finished 2nd in the final but he hasn't been able to repeat that. I guess he will be hoping for rain this weekend.

You can easily recognise him in his pink BWT colours.

 

Luka Sammalisto (Fin) has been a solid midfielder who scores points reguraly but he's not quick enough to play with the fastest drivers. 

Best result in a final: 8th at Franciacorta.

 

Andy Ratel (Fra) will make his OK debut this weekend. Ratel comes from the IAME Euro Series. Last year he was very quick in IAME Juniors scoring a 3rd in Castelletto and a win in Portimao but this year his best results in IAME Senior were an 11th & 12th: not bad but not great either. This will be a learning weekend for him.

 

Shimo Zhang (H-Kong) who is half Chinese and half Japanese but drives under the flag of Hong Kong is a pay driver filling up the field just like the remaining Kart Republic drivers Bruno Mulders (Ned), Juan Cota Alonso (Esp) and Australian Jace Matthews (who is well in his 20s)

 

Zachary David  (15): born in the Philipines but lives in Malta drives for the SAUBER ACADEMY  but Dino Chiesa actually also runs this 'team' for Sauber. It's actually a factory Kart Republic kart in Sauber livery with Sauber paying the bills.

David was hired as a Sauber Junior at the end of last year after showing good speed at that time but he hasn't really reproduced it that much this year althoug he has flashes of speed now and then. He has recently made his F4 debut and didn't look embarasing.

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BIREL ART: This team is a fusion between Italian kart manufacturer Birel and French single seater outfit ART (active in F. Regional, F3 & F2). They have been together for many years. Their livery is white with some red.

 

There resuls in the last couple of years have been a bit dissapointing in OK: unable to challenge Tony Kart & Kart Republic. Last year Tymotheusz Kucharczyk frequently delivered strong results for them but he is now in Spanish F4. They have been doing better in shifter karts.

 

Cristian Bertuca  (Ita, 16)  is their lead driver. He also started doing shifter karts (KZ2) for Birel ART this year and showed amazing speed in that class straight away, finishing 2nd in the world championship KZ2 two weeks ago after he came 2nd on his KZ2 debut in Cremona and 4th in the European championship.

So it's remarkable he only managed a 6th & 10th in OK Finals this year. Bertuca is clearly a top driver but the Birel ART chassis for OK seems to lack the competitiveness.
 

Karol Pasiewics (Pol) and Harley Keeble (GB) have also struggled really hard this year and I doubt it's the drivers fault. Keeble scored a win, three second places and a third last year in OK Jr., he was one of the quicker drivers then, and this year in OK he can hardly score top 15s. Birel ART needs to get their act together.
Ella Stevens  (GB) is the fourth factory driver of Birel ART. She is sponsored by Richard Mille and came from the British championship but honestly she is seriously out of her league at this level. But good to see a female driver in the field.

Yevan David (Sri Lanka) has been part of the Birel ART line-up this year but switched to Forza Racing recently due to underperforming (I think they sacked him).

 

Nicholas Todt is or was co owner of Birel ART and is one of the best managers in single seaters. He has brought several drivers to F1 including

Felipe Massa, Pastor Maldonado & Charles Leclerc. And he is also managing megatalent Gabriele Mini in F. Regional.

Todt often usually places the karting drivers he manages at Birel ART, he did so last year with Norwegian Martinius Stenshorne (now in F4).

Recently Todt signed up 12 year old talent Christian Costoya (Esp) who is still in Mini's.

 

Every year Birel ART organises a shootout for Birel ART drivers from all over the world in France with F4 cars. The winner gets a fully paid F4 seat in the championship of his choice and financial backing from Richard Mille. Last year Tymoteusz Kucharczyk won the shootout and he is now 3rd overall in Spanish F4 (behind Nikola Tsolov and Australian Hugh Barter).

Shall we see Bertuca, Pasiewics & Keeble this year in the shootout? Although it seems that Bertuca is more likely to choose a carreer in karting considering how well his KZ2 debut went.

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PAROLIN. A manufacturer with a rich history and one of the big names of karting, founded in 1994. They drive in red karts with white.

 

Young Frenchman Enzo Deligny (14) has been nothing short of amazing this year. Since recently drivers are allowed to enter OK Sr aged just 13 if  they turn 14 soon afterward. Deligny made use of this new rule and stunned everyone by becoming the youngest winner ever in the Senior category at the beginning of this year, winning at Sarno, what he repeated half a year later and scoring two second places in Zuera.
He's been so quick all year and most of the time he finished top 10 or even top 5. He certainly is one of THE drivers to watch this weekend. If I had an F1 academy I would sign him up.

Rashid Al Dhareri  (UAE) was the hype of the first half of the OK Jr. season last year. He won 4 of the first 5 rounds in 2021 and looked like the real deal and the first Arabic driver with potential to reach F1. But then he started to get a bit of a slump in the second half of '21 when Freddie Slater started dominating but he was still quick but didn't win another final.
This season he hasn't been able to find his speed in OK. He already switched teams twice in a desperate effort to find his form back. He started at Kart Republic, then switched for British outfit Forza and now he is at Parolin....it's clearly not the material but more a mental thing.

Al Dhareri without a doubt is a very talented driver and it's sad to see him struggle this year although he did have one highlight with a 5th in La Conca. He needs another year in OK before going to F4.

 

Maksim Orlov  (Rus) recently found his rhythm in OK. After scoring two 3rds and a 2nd in OK Jr. finals last year he needed half a year to get used to the quicker OK class. But his last 5 finals were very impressive: 10th, 5th, 2nd, 8th & 7th. Good chance he'll be in the top 10 on Sunday.

 

Hiyu Yamakoshi  (Jap)  has impressed a lot by reaching the final in 4 out of 6 rounds he contested this year as a driver who for the first time drove outside Japan with a best result of 15th in Portimao. He did that for the Czech manufacturer Praga but Praga is absent from the entry list this weekend but Parolin offered him a seat. Reaching the final (top 36) would be a very good result.

 

Martio Schettino (Ita) is a very experienced driver, already in his 30s, who will try to add another Parolin in the final. Not one of the quickest at all but a safe pair of hands.

 

Amer Harris (Mal) is a bit of a strange duck on the entry list. He's an older driver who has done F4 South East Asia in the past and the last 2 years he did touring cars in Malaysia, he also did IAME and Rotax Max and an odd OK event. He must be a pay driver who bought this ride. Not a single chance he will reach the final, let alone that he will survive the heats.

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CRG is one of the epic manufacturers in karting and off course they're Italian. Originally founded in the '70s (as Kalli Kart, the name later changed to CRG) they have a very big palmares. Drivers like Mike Wilson, Andre Couto, Sophie Kumpen, Robert Kubica, Giorgio Pantano, Alessandro Manetti, Danilo Rossi, Ryan Briscoe, Ernesto Viso, David Fore, Alex Palou, Fabian Federer, Pedro Hiltbrandt, Jorit Pex, Kas Haverkort, Dennis Hauger, Alvaro Parente, Nyck de Vries, Guido van der Garde, Callum Ilott and off course Max Verstappen have won countless trophies for them.

In the last few years CRG have more concentrated on shifter karts though. In Junior & Senior OK they have been running a program since a couple of years to get Brazilian drivers over to Europe so they have been running quite a lot of Brazilians lately.

 

Dino Chiesa used to be CRG's team manager but he eventually left them and founded his own team Corsa Chiesa that later was change in to Kart Republic when they started to produce their own chassis.

 

They run in a dark red colour similar to Ferrari with a bit of black added to the livery. So if you see a red kart with black it's a CRG.

 

Ollin Galli  (Bra, 26)  is a very experience professional full time karter who drives in Brazil, does the American championship during the winter and shows up in Europe for the big meetings like the European & World Championship.

He came 14th in the OK World Championship last year, did 5 rounds in Europe this year with a best result in a final of 9th in Kristianstad.

 

Gabriel Gomez  (Bra, 16) is usually glad if he can reach a final but had 2 outstanding results this year with a 5th in Franciacorta and a 5th in Zuera.

 

Adrian Malheiro  (Por, 14)  has shown speed in the heats on some occassions but still has a lot to learn and is often involved in collisions, he's still young though. Best result: 10th in Zuera. He will be very happy if he can reach the final. Uses Spanish racing licence but is Portugese.

 

Simone Bianco  (Ita, 14)  he only reached the final twice this year. Reaching the final would be a dream for him, not a talent.

 

Filippo Fiorentino  (Bra, 14) The third Brazilian completing CRG's OK line-up, is doing his first season in Europe this year. Hasn't shown anything.

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ENERGY CORSE is another traditional Italian manufacturer, founded in 1997. Their livery is blue with red.

Despite not fielding that many drivers in every category (like Kart Republic does) they have been pretty succesful lately thanks to some quick drivers.

 

Brazilian Matheus Ferreira  (15) is, like Nakamura, is an Alpine Junior. He had a strong season in OK Jr. in '21, finishing 2nd overall in the European Championship.

This year he started very strong with 2 pole positions in the first two Super Masters rounds but he couldn't transfer that in points and hasn't been able to match Nakamura at all in the races. He did score a 2nd in the final at Franciacorta but that was his single highlight of the year although he still did score quite a decent amount of points with lots of top 15 finishes (top 15 = points in karting) but meanwhile his Alpine Jr. team mate Nakamura was fighting for victories.
Ferreira is certainly a good driver but Alpine is known to be very impatient with drivers and harsh as well: they expect their juniors to win finals, races, titles and Ferreira hasn't done what Alpine expects of him. So I hope for him they don't dump him, they should give him another season in OK.

 

Ferreira drove last year and all of this year for Kart Republic but switched to Energy Corse last moment, no doubt in the hope that he will recover his form at a new team.

 

Tomass Stolcermanis  (Latvia, 14)  is a fantastic talent and one of the drivers to watch in OK. Last year he drove in three different categories (OK Jr., IAME Jr. & Rotax Max Jr) and he won the Rotax Max Grand Finals in Bahrein (the World title Rotax Max in a way) even though that was just his 2nd Rotax Max event that year.

This year, as a rookie in OK, he's been so quick all year and was always driving somewhere in front. On ten rounds he was 8 times in the top 10 and he won in Franciacorta.
An outsider for the world title. Bound to finish in the top 10 on Sunday. He's a driver F1 academy's should watch because he's extremely consistent.

 

Akshay Bohra  (Singapore, 14 or 15)  He is combining OK with Ginetta Junior (you can start there from age 14) in the UK this year, his older brother Nikhil (who is less talented) is doing F4. Was very quick in OK Junior and highly succesful in the German championship where he won a title. This year hasn't been easy switching between Ginetta Jr & Ok but he's had some pretty good results with a 7th, 10th and a 13th.

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IPK / Formula K:  The Italian IPK Group owns three karting brands and each in distinctive colours: Czech brand Praga in blue, OK1 in orange and Formula K in full green.

 

They're only entering one brand and one kart this year (sadly Praga is missing): a Formula K kart for Francesco Marenghi  (Ita, 15) , a co-entry with small local Italian outfit Serafini Racing. Marenghi showed speed in the Mini category but apart from a fluke result, one 5th place last year, he hasn't shown much but then he is also driving for a very small team this year. He wasn't able to reach the final the last 4 rounds.

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PANTANOGiorgio Pantano has been running a karting team since a number of years but last year his team was absent. In all silence Pantano had been building a small factory to... produce his own chassis so he surprised everyone early this year when he showed up in the IAME Euro Series with his own brand new produced chassis. Pantano is a manufacturer now.
And he hired some pretty decent drivers who are quite quick. He hasn't been competing in the WSK / FIA events though so this weekend will be a big test. Pantano karts have yellow colour with grey.

 

Giovanni Trentin  (Ita, 16)  was a decent midfielder in OK Jr., his best result this year in IAME Sr. was an 8th place in Castelletto.

Ruben Moya  (Esp, 18)  is Pantano's lead driver. He came 8th in the World Championship in Campanillos (Spain) last year on home soil and has been showing great pace in IAME Euro Series this year with a 5th in Valencia and a 5th in Mariembourg (Bel).

 

Peter Stiller  (Ita) has clearly been struggling to come close to he pace of his team mates Trentin & Moya this year. It's his first international season after several seasons in IAME Italy, he's been far out of his league to be honest.

 

Sadly Danilo Rossi's team  (DR Racing), another small Italian manufacturer like Pantano is absent from the OK entry list.

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DRAGO CORSE  small Italian manufacturer who entered two karts for two Japanese drivers who come from the Japanese scene.

Fuji Shota (Jap, 14)  has participated in the Rotax Max Grand Finals several times and came 8th there in 2019. Oda Yu (Jap) is completely unknown in Europe. They stand no chance to survive the heats with their lack of experience, it would be a miracle if  they did.

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A big manufacturer missing from the entry list is French company SODI KART, they are the biggest manufacturer of indoor karts in the world and highly competitive in OK Jr and KZ this year and focussing on those classes. Dutch manufacturer FALCON are also focussing on OK Jr.

Another absentee is Slovakian manufacturer MAD CROC who are only doing IAME Euro Series this year.

OTK Group (Tony Kart Group) their brands REDSPEED, KOSMIC & GILLARD (former British manuf.) are all represented in IAME Euro Series.

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SEMI FACTORY TEAMS:

 

RICKY FLYNN MOTORSPORT: British outfit Ricky Flynn have been an absolute top team for many years and they have won multiple titles as well. Until last year they were the satelite team of KOSMIC, a brand of Tony Kart and they often did better as the factory Kosmic team. 

But Tony Kart decided to stop the race team of Kosmic in order to promote their new brand LANDO NORRIS KART. Since Ricky Flynn is a close partner of Tony Kart and Lando Norris used to drive for them they decided to make Ricky Flynn the factory team for Lando Norris Kart.

 

Ricky Flynn has blue colours with yellow.

 

Freddie Slater (GB, 14) is a mega talent. He won the OK Jr. title in 2020 and came second in 2021 for Ricky Flynn. This year he's been struggling a bit to find his dominant form of last year but he's still very very quick so don't count him out for the world title because Slater is always there at big events when it matters. I'm surprised he hasn't been picked up yet by an F1 academy. 

Although he hasn't won finals this year he still had two 2nds and two 3rds. This kid's future is in single seaters but he'll do another year of OK next year, I expect him to be one of the drivers to beat in 2023.

 

Maxim Rehm  (Ger, 15)  has been doing a very busy schedule the last years combining the German championship with WSK & FIA. He's always one of the top title contenders in Germany but hasn't been able to really reproduce that succes outside his country although he's been quick on occasion. Last year he had a 4th place at Campanillos, this year his best in Ok was 9th in Zuera, he's been struggling for pace in '22 in WSK / FIA and might not even make the final. Good driver though and probably the quickest German in karting.

 

Enea Frey from Switerland and Rintaro Sato were the other two Ricky Flynn drivers this year but they left the team because they lacked results.

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FORZA RACING is another excellent British team. They were a satelite team of EXPRIT but since Tony Kart, who own the Exprit brand, decided to stop their factory team (Charlie Wurz drove for them last year) FORZA became the official factory team of Exprit this year.

 

Forza drives on red karts with white some black patches on it

 

Joel Bergström  (Swe, 15) is their lead driver. He won the Andrea Margutti Trophy in Mini, was a decent midfielder in OK Jr but since he switched to OK (Senior) he seems to perform better. Last year he was 5th & 6th in Lonato & Adria and this year he's performing excellent with a 6th in Franciacorta, a 12th in Kristianstad, a 2nd in Lonato and a 10th in Sarno. He seems in good form just at the right time and might be an outsider this weekend.

 

Nicolo Cuman  (Ita, 18)  brings experience to Forza. He's a good qualifier who sporadically scores a great result like 3rd at Zuera last year and 7th in Franciacorta this year. He's very up and down though: one weekend not making it to the final, a weekend later around 15th. But a pretty decent driver for a midfield team like Forza.

 

Gustaw Wisniewski  (Pol, 15)  was in the Sauber Academy last year (because of Polish sponsor Ohrlen & Kubica Sauber has supported some Polish drivers in the past) but had too many ups and (especially) downs. Can be very quick on occasion but can not qualify for the final the next weekend. Which is probably why he's not in a full blown factory team. He started the season well with a strong 3rd place in Lonato but has only been in the top 20 twice since then.

 

Yevan David  (Sri Lanka, 15)  was very impressive last year in the FIA Academy Trophy with a 4th in Wackersdorf and a 5th in Sarno & Adria (4 rounds with no teams and everyone on identical Exprit karts that are handed out by lottery, it's a country competition, as well with one participant maximum per country presenting his nation, it was won by Frenchman Arthur Dorison this year, it's only for the Junior category).

That earned David a factory contract with Birel ART but he's been performing so poor this year he was shown the door. Now he's with Forza.

Yevan's problem is that he is a poor qualifier so he often has to come from the back of the grid, he's a good overtaker though but if you start too far back you can forget about the final.

 

Sebastiano Pavan  (Ita, 14 or 15)  Decent midfield driver, combines OK with IAME Euro series.

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SATELITE TEAMS

 

WARD RACING: this Swedish outfit is actually a top team, they can dice with the factory teams when they have a strong driver, they're the official importer of Tony Kart in Sweden. Their Tony Karts have the same colour as the factory team (green & white) but you can easily recognise them because all their driver wear black racing suits. They often run Scandinavian & Russian drivers.

 

Ean Eyckmans (Bel, 14): son of former F3000 & Indy 500 driver Wim Eyckmans. Wim runs  a karting shop in Herentals where he distributes Tony Kart brands Kosmic & Exprit. 

Last year in OK Jr.  Ean drove for the Kosmic factory team and he had planned to stay with them this year but in Februari Tony Kart dropped a bomb shell by stopping their Kosmic racing team. Luigi Coluccio moved over to Tony Kart but Eyckmans was left in the cold and that's why Wim Eyckmans decided to enter his own team: Eyckmans GP, a team that runs in IAME Euro Series since many years but WSK / FIA is a different level since teams also have to tune the engines here and you compete against full blown big factory teams with lots of capital behind them: not the same as IAME where everyone has the same standard engine.
Ean is a very gifted driver: he came 3rd overall in WSK Super Masters in Mini's, last year he finished 3rd overall in the Junior European Championship and now he had to enter OK with a small budget in a privately run team by his dad.

This is a huge disadvantage, running just 1 kart, because you don't have any setup data from other drivers like the big teams do. 
But nevertheless Eyckmans, one of the youngest drivers still in the field, was quick: very quick, in particular in qualifying he's always on the sharp end. In the finals he often dropped back after initially running in the top 5 though but he still came 5th, 7th, 8th and 3rd in finals in a tiny one kart private operation on a shoestring budget against the mighty factory teams: simply amazing results.
But for the World Championship his dad decided he would stand a better chance in a team where he had access to set ups of his team mates so he just moved to Ward where he is now their lead driver as newcomer.

 

Oscar Pedersen  (Swe, 15)  has made Ward Racing forget losing their number 1 driver, Russian Artem Severiukhin, who got a possible ban for life from the FIA for doing a... nazi greeting on the podium... he had just won two finals. Artem claimed it was a joke and apoligised in tears but his team fired him the next day and the FIA shortly after that suspended his racing licence (possibly forever, I don't know that).

 

Pedersen showed incredible consistency this year. Out of 12 rounds he was 7 times in the top 10 and that included a 2nd and a 4th. Outsider.

 

All their other drivers are frankly just filling up the field and will be lucky or glad if they can reach the final: Caspian Hagman (Swe, 16), Daniel Vahlberg (Fin), Aada Turpeinen (Fin), Alvar Simesvaara  (Fin), Carmen Kraav  (Est), Sofia Kohtala  (Swe, 40 years old!), Jakobus Bogdanivicius (Lit) and the complete unknowns Vasileios Michaildis  (Gre) & Ryan Vincent (USA). Expect all of them at the back of the field although Hagman might surprise and reach the final if he's in his best form.

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KOSKI MOTORSPORT:  a team from Finland and the importer of Tony Kart and Finland They usually run Finish and Russian drivers.

 

David Walther  (Den, 14 or 15)  is their lead driver. He was 2nd overall in the FIA Academy Trophy last year. This year he's done a good job by reaching the final 11 times out of 13 in OK with two big highlights: 4th in Franciacorta & 4th in Sarno. Quick driver, most of the time a good midfielder.

 

Maksimilian Popov  (Rus, 14)   Talented kid who did a great job last year in OK Jr. This year he started the season strong with two top 10s and 2nd in the Champions Cup (where all factory teams were absent though) but sine then his results dropped massively, he even has problems to qualify for finals lately. Was born in Sochi, his dad is an airplane pilot.

 

Eemeli Koivisto  (Fin)   Older experienced driver, probably in his 20s already. Always on the cusp of qualifying for the final or not. Scored an 18th and twice 22nd as best results this year.

 

Nico Lemberg  (Fin, 15)  In 5 years drivin in WSK (Mini since age 10) he has never been able to qualify for a final. He's way too slow. His nationality is all that keeps him in this team.

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VDK RACING: excellent Belgian team, based in Wavre (under Brussells), who enjoyed great succes over the years, even winning a European Junior title with half French half Finish driver Marcus Amand who is currently in Italian & German F4. This year they are focussing mostly on IAME Euro Series, skipping WSK and only doing the FIA events (which are Champions of the Future + the European & World Championship).

 

They are the leading satelite team of Kart Republic and a close partner of them.

 

Frenchman Evan Giltaire (Fra, 15 or 16)  is their lead driver and he is doing a superb job. Giltaire has won in Zuera (IAME Senior), came in OK 4th in Portimao, 8th in Zuera, 6th in Kristianstad and 3rd in Franciacorta and he's leading the French Senior championship. He could be the next French single seater star in F4.

 

Arthur Poulain  (Fra, 15)  is rewarded by VDK with an entry in the World Championship after a very strong season in IAME Senior: he came 3rd in Zuera, Mariembourg & Castelletto.

 

Kevin Quevedo  (Arg)   older pay driver in his 20s, was very slow last year. Hopeless

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Parolin Czech Republic enters 1 kart for Czech driver Jiri Becicka (17) who is a good driver, his highlight was a 6th in Lonato.

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DPK RACING aka Don Pablo Karting, a Spanish team co-owned by Fernando Alonso (and running in his colours) who are representing the ALONSO KART brand. In reality that kart is a Kart Republic manufactured chassis with Alonso's colours painted on it.

 

They lost their absolut top driver to F4, Bulgarian Alonso protégé Nikola Tsolov who is also an Alpine Jr and utterly dominating Spanish F4.

 

DPK hired an established star driver as his replacement with experienced Brazilian Matheus Morgatto (18, will turn 19 in a couple of weeks). Morgatto has won two super heats this year but apart from a 7th he failed to deliver in the finals but he's quick and always an outsider for a good result this weekend. He doesn't run in Alonso's colours because he is sponsored by oil company Castrol this year and running in their green colours. All hope of this Spanish team rests on Morgatto's shoulders.

 

Maksilian Obst (Pol), Menyhert Kroszer (Hun) are midfielders at best.  Austrian Kiano Blum has shown speed in the German championship but not so much otuside Germany where his best result was  a 16th in Sarno. Jorge Hernandez is a completely unkown Mexican paydriver.

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Australian outfit SHAMICK EUROPE are financially supported by the Australian motorsport federation with the goal of giving young Australians the chance to gain experience in Europe. They also run British driver Coskun Irfin in OK Jr. this year. They are a PAROLIN satelite team.

 

Harry Arnette & Dante Vinci are the Australian hopefulls. Expect nothing of them. The Australian that Shamick usually runs never survive the heats. Expect them at the bottom of the time sheets.

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TB RACING TEAM TB is the  representative of Kart Republic in Germany and they are an excellent team in the German championship and frequently participate in FIA events. For this weekend they only entered one kart for the Austrian lady Emma Felbermayer.

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LECLERC BY LENNOX  Charles Leclerc also has a karting team, in fact it's the official satelite team of Birel ART. Birel ART initially wanted to launch Leclerc as a separate brand but they looked so similar to the Birel ART brand (same kart with just a Leclerc sticker on it) that they stopped calling it a Leclerc kart because nobody believed it anyway.

Leclerc's team is run by former karting driver Jordon Lennox-Lamb who is now 30 years old an back in 2017 stopped driving to become a team manager.

 

Leclerc normally enters decent drivers but this year he seems more focussed on KZ2 and he entered two completely unknown Italian paydrivers with Massimiliano Alosa and Giuseppe Guirieri for this weekend.

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The final private teams entered are British team Beyond Racing who enter one Kart Republic for the relatively quick Swiss driver Enea Frey, Czech team Hagemann Racing with an Exprit chassis for Jan Koller (Cze), Swiss outfit Innovate with a Tony Kart for the uknown Swiss Leonardo Cesaretti and Italian outift PRK with a Tony Kart for the equally unknown Ronnie Stefanie (Ita)

 

A total of 94 drivers have entered for the OK FIA World Championship.

 

PS: OK means Original Kart. A stupid name I know but the FIA invented that name so there you go.


Edited by William Hunt, 17 September 2022 - 13:48.


#8 JeePee

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Posted 14 September 2022 - 10:27

Tuuka Taponen  (Fin, 16) is Finland's best hope to be the next Kimi Raikkönen. He won the world title last year beating the likes of Lindblad, Tsolov, Ugochukwu & Camara (he suffered a DNF though) in the process. 

That title earned him a shootout for the Ferrari Driver Academy last year but he ended up coming second to Rafael Camara. Ferrari thought about adding Taponen as well to their Academy but in the end decide to monitor him further because Taponen had already signed a contract extension with Tony Kart but also because they had already added Oliver Bearman to their academy + they still had Wharton and now also Camara.

Taponen also made his shifter kart debut this year and showed amazin speed so he will have to decide: will he make a living of karting or try his luck at autosport? 
He has already done Formula Academy in Finland, a local junior single seater series so I think he will opt for cars and he might still end up in the Ferrari Academy since he is still on their radar.

I've had the pleasure meeting him on track in iRacing in a Formula 4 broadcast race. Guy is lightning quick.



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Posted 14 September 2022 - 12:50

Paolo Ippolito (Ita, 28?) is Kart Republics weapon to counter the experienced line-up of Tony Kart. Ippolito is a full time pro as a top shifter karter and this year even won the world title in KZ2 two weeks ago. He has done some OK rounds this year to prepare for Sunday's race and scored 2 poles but drove a but wild and didn't bring the goods in in the races. I strangely enough couldn't find his birth year, did find an article that claims he is 31 but that's impossible according to me, must be either 27 or 28.


Ippolito is best known (outside the karting world) as the "kid" and "dude" that Luca Corberi, and Corberi's dad attacked back in 2020. Corberi who then said he would retire (possibly in an attempt to get a lenient penalty, like Fenati did in Moto2(or was it Moto3?)). Didn't help, and he got a 15 year ban. Which he then appealed - and lost.

Australian outfit SHAMICK EUROPE are financially supported by the Australian motorsport federation with the goal of giving young Australians the chance to gain experience in Europe. They also run British driver Coskun Irfin in OK Jr. this year. They are a PAROLIN satelite team.


Personally dissapointed that they don't run Arrow Karts. But that's possibly down to me being the only one in Norway who used Arrow in my last few years in karting. Many say that a kart is a kart, but oh-no. That Arrow Kart is the best kart I've ever driven!

#10 William Hunt

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Posted 16 September 2022 - 15:36

FIA OK Junior WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRY LIST PREVIEW & TEAM GUIDE  (12-14 years old) 111 drivers entered:

 

FACTORY TEAMS OK Jr.:

 

PAROLIN  are by far the strongest manufacturer in the 60 Mini category and this year they have imho the strongest line-up in OK Jr. with Lammers & Khavalkin paired together.

 

René Lammers  (Ned):  I may be a bit biassed here as a huge fan of his father Jan Lammers (who became dad at a late age) but believe me: his son is highly talented.

 

Last year I've seen René display amazing skills in the rain on a soaking wet track in one of his last 60 Mini races where he drove from the back of the field to 4th., it was one of the drives of the year for me.

René had won 6 Mini finals including the Andrea Margutti Trophy, that he also won in IAME Jr, and he won the title in the WSK Super Masters & WSK Euro Series.

 

When he switched to OK Jr. He needed half a year to aclimitize to OK Jr, which is normal, but this year he displayed his talent again with a win at Lonato and two 2nds & a 3rd.

 

On raw pace he has been slightly behind Matveev, Khavalkin, Tye and lately also Przyrowski but they've had half a year more experience in Juniors (because Lammers stayed a bit longer in Mini).

 

He is certainly one of the title favourites.

 

Anatoly Khavalkin  (Rus):  Together with Matveev, Kutskov, Skulanov & Dzitiev (and Popov, Orlov and the banned Severiukhin in OK) part of an extremely talented Russian generation.  But the chance is a big that this will be a lost generation for Autosport with the war in Ukraïne, it will be hard for Russians to climb the single seater ladder as some like Michael Belov & Kiril Small are already experiencing.

 

Khavalkin was the lesser of Matveev in Mini (he still scored a win, two 2nds & a 3rd in it) but this year Anatoly seems to have turned the tables on his Russian rival by beating him in the European Championship so the jury is still out who the biggest Russian talent is: Matveev or Khavalkin. Both have won 2 finals this year (just like Pole Jan Przyrowski) but Matveev a stunning 5 poles positions.

 

Big chance we'll see the Russians armada fighting with the likes of Lammers, Przyrowski & Tye for the title on Sunday.

 

Zak Drummond  (GB)  This Scottish driver has done pretty well this year considering he was still in IAME Mini last year. He displayed a consisten form, in particular for a rookie: in 15 rounds he only missed  the final once. Usualy driving between positions 15 & 25 in the finals, he has stepped up his game since July with a stunning 2nd in Franciacorta, an 8th in Lonato and a 12th in Sarno.

 

A contender for a top 10 finish. He could win one or more finals next year.

 

Iwo Beszterda  (Pol)  It was a big surprise that Poland selected him to represent them in the FIA Academy Trophy, in particular when better drivers like Przyrowski & Gladysz are available (maybe they rejected? sometimes a country chooses a younger driver for the Academy Trophy so they gain experience). 

But Beszterda, who was unknown before his national selection (only thing of note on his cv was a 10th place in the Trofeo delle Industrie), did better as anyone expected by finishing 4th overall on a total of 54 countries that participated. He got a 3rd place in Cremona and a 5th in Le Mans.

 

But OK Jr. is tougher because there's only 1 driver per country in the FIA Academy Trophy. A 22nd & 23rd were Iwo's best results in OK Jr this year but it's a learning year for him.

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SODIKART: French manufacturer and the biggest producer of indoor karts in the world (by far), if you rent a kart big chance it's a Sodi. They have been focussing mostly on KZ (the top shifter class) the past couple of years where they run Senna van Walstijn (Ned) and Frenchmen Emilien Denner & Anthony Abasse.

 

Since recently they also tried to break in the OK / OK Jr. classes but 2021 was a very difficult year for them. They ran British driver Nathan Tye & Cathal Clark and Frenchmen Maxence Bouvier & Jules Roussel but results were very bad. 

Only Tye managed to score two top 15s in a final and he was the only driver who was retained, the otherse were let go and are doing IAME Euro Series this year.

 

During the winter they've worked really hard to design a new chassis and Tye did a lot of development work for them. Rotax Max super star Kai Rillaerts (Bel), he could be the next Vandoorne (expected in F4 France next year) tested the new Sodi chassis in December and immediately started to switch to it, a very good sign.

 

An OK kart chassis has to be homologated for 2 years so you have to get it right otherwise you have to wait two years and the difference with last year is huge: Tye is fighting for wins & titles now.

 

Nathan Tye (GB) has been one of the stars of the season in OK Jr. He won the finals in Portimao (Por), Zuera (Esp) & Kristianstad (Swe) and scored a 2nd and three 3rd places in other finals: an amazing season. He won the Champions of the Future title, came 3rd in the European Championship and 10th in the Super Masters.

He will for sure be in the fight for the world title this weekend as Sodi's lead driver.

 

Adam Hideg  (Hun) came over from Kart Republic for his second OK Jr. season and he's been very solid all year. Not as quick as Tye but did well as a second driver with lots of points finishes (top 15) in finals he came twice 7th, 8th, 10th, twice 13th, 14th, 15th so although he hasn't been challenging for final wins he has been very consistently in the points.

 

Louis Leveau  (Den) is from Denmark despite his French name. Has dissapointed me a lot. He had shown pretty decent results in IAME Mini & IAME Junior but had a very difficult to reach the finals when he switched to OK Jr. last year, he only managed it once. But with a year of OK Jr experience under his belt I expected him to make a big step forward but he didn't. 
Only reaching 2 finals out of 12 with a best result of 17th really isn't good. And it's not like the chassis isn't good because Tyre & Hideg are very quick in it.

 

Andy Consani  (Fra) made his debut in Juniors (in IAME initially) in November last year so he's still young and just doing his first full season of OK Jr. He has struggled as well but did a lot better as Leveau by reaching a final 8 times out of 15 with a best result of 13th.

I expect him to improve next season.

 

Joel Pohjola  (Fin)  is a debutant in OK Jr. this weekend. Last year he did 60 Mini (category below OK Jr) in WSK and reached the final 6 times out of 8 which is good since Mini always has large entry fields of +- 100-120 drivers with a best result of 9th in the prestigious Andrea Margutti Trophy.

This year he did some Rotax Max and the FIA Academy Trophy were he defended the colours of Finland finishing 14th overall with a 7th place in Cremona (Ita) and a 10th in Genk (Bel).

 

Andrea Dupe  (Fra)  started the year in IAME Euro before switching to Sodi in OK Jr in June. Only reached the final once since then.

 

Emilio Ortolani  (Fra)  did the French Cadet championship last year, he will make his debut in OK Jr. Expect him to be at the bottom of the time sheets.

 

Realistically all Sodi's hopes are on Tye & Hideg but with the Englishman they have one of the title favourites.

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TONY KART  are always a force to be reckoned with although they won't have it easy because the playing field has been very level chassis wise this year in OK Jr. with Sodi, Parolin, Kart Republic and OTK's other brand Lando Norris also winning finals.

 

Jan Przyrowski  (Pol)  has been in his top form just at the right moment. In his last 4 finals he was 2nd, 13th, 1st, 1st & 2nd. His best results prior to that were a 5th & 6th. He won in Franciacorta & Lonato and has already shown promise last year with 3rd in the Lonato Winter Cup. He is probably Tony Kart's best bet for the world title.

 

Enzo Tarnvanichkul (Tha) showed great promise last year after beiing quick in Mini's and adapting well to OK Jr. He has been very consistent this year, reaching the final 11 times out of 12 but hasn't quite been able to match the raw pace of Przyrowski but he is still half a year younger as the Polish driver and Enzo did have an amazing weekend at Zuera with 2nd in the final. Could be an outsider, he's talented but still needs to untap his true potential.

 

Arthur Dorison  (Fra)  is having an amazing season. After dominating the French Minime (called Micro in other countries) & Cadet championships he exploded in '22 in his second Junior year.

He dominantly won the prestigious French Junior Championship (5 rounds), beating Kimi Tani (Fin) & Adam Rahali (Pakistan) with 40 points difference and winning 3 out of 5 finals in Salbris, Varennes & Anneville and finishing 4th in La Hague, and actually that was 3 out of 4 wins because he missed one round because of his busy schedule.

 

He then won the FIA Academy Trophy for France with wins in Genk & Le Mans and came 3rd in Zuera in a manche for the European Championship (where he came 13th overall).

 

With the French champ. and the FIA Academy Trophy now finished he can concentrate on a good result this weekend.

 

Jimmy Helias  (Fra)  After spending three full seasons in 60 Mini he adapted well to OK Jr last summer but has'nt been able to make the big jump forward I expected him to make at top team Tony Kart this year. A 5th, 11th & 12th as best results is'nt that bad but he still has some learning to do to match Przyrowski, Tarnvanichkul & Dorison. We know he can be quick though.

 

Maria Germano Neto  (Por) is part of the Ferrari Driver Academy in their Girls on Track program to promote women in racing. Since Tony Kart is a partner of Ferrari they run her in their factory team. Tony Kart are also running Spanish 17 year old Ferrari Jr. Laura Camps Torras in KZ2 this year (where she is struggling, not to say suffering).

 

Germano Neto ran for FA Racing Spain (Fernando Alonso Racing) the last 3 years in IAME Mini and didn't do so bad often running in midfield. 

 

She's 13 now and had a tough season with just 3 times qualified for a final out of 14 rounds but she had a major breakthrough during the European Champ. round in Franciacorta where she finished a very strong 15th in the final: a points finish. 

 

Alp Hassan Aksoy  (Tur)  has managed to reach 8 out of 11 rounds he did this year so he's a decent driver but a best finish of 13th doesn't justify a seat in one of the best teams on the grid. On the other hand: Helias hasn't done that much better but the Frenchman has shown speed on more occasions.  Aksoy seems quite regular but a midfield driver at best: he hasn't shown any spark yet.

 

Giacomo Pedrini  (Ita)  I guess Tony Kart also wanted to run an Italian as an Italian team but this kid really is not good. Only reached the final (top 36) twice on 13 tries and he finished only 28th & 36th (last) in those.

In the heats he's always classified somewhere between places 50 & 60. What is he doing in a top team?

 

Tony Kart is giving two drivers from the Brazilian championship a chance to gain their first experience in Europe this weekend (a role CRG usually fulfills as the team to go for Brazilians). Nothing at all is known about them but I assume they've shown promise in Brazil. their names are Alfredo Ibiapina & Gabriel Moura. If they can reach the Super Heats on Sunday (top 72) that would be a big success.

 

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KART REPUBLIC are a bit less succesful this year but that's because they had mega line-ups the previous two seasons in OK Jr., in 2020 they had Antonelli, Ugochukwu (Sauber Jr then), Stenshorne, Badoer, Powell & Dedecker and in 2021 Powell, Ferreira, Wisniewski (Sauber Jr) Kutskov, Dedecker & Akshay Bohra. Those are seriously strong line-ups. They won 6 finals out of 21 rounds last year, this year so far only 1 out of 16.

 

Maxens Verbrugge  (Fra) had a bit of a reputation of a wild driver last year since he was involved in incidents now and then. He's calmed down a bit during his third full season in OK Jr. and was quite constant reaching the final 10 out of 12 times in WSK/FIA rounds (once he was 37th, one place short).
He's had succes in his cameo in the German championship where he won two finals with some top 10s in FIA rounds and a highlight of 3rd in Kristianstad. But in his 3rd season in this class we excpected a more from him: 22nd in the European Champ. & 45th in Super Masters is really not good for a driver who was expected to be one of the leaders of Kart Republic, his German wins saved his season.

 

Lucas Cross Fluxa  (Esp): hailing from the very rich and in Mallorca famous Fluxa family he is bound to go to single seaters. The Fluxa's are amongst the richest families in Spain, they own a shoe shop network and a hotel imperium. His older brother Lorenzo Fluxa is driving in F. Regional Europe this year and is not bad, his younger sister Luna is his teammate this year.

 

Like Verbrugge Lucas is in his third full season of OK Jr and will move to OK next year. 
He ended his season in great form last year winning the WSK Final Cup and he started it great too 8th, 1st & 4th in the opening rounds so he took Kart Republics only final win in OK Jr. in WSK or FIA this year.

 

A 5th in Portimao and a 2nd in Kristianstad were his other highlights so he's having a pretty good year but hasn't been able to fight for a title with the likes of Matveev, Khavalkin or Tye. He's still too eratic for that. All three Fluxa's are good drivers but Lucas seems like the one with the highest potential to me. With the capital behind him he could go as far as F2 (I expect that actually).

 

 

Luna Cross Fluxa  (Esp): younger sister of Lucas & Lorenzo. She became a Mercedes Junior after becoming the first woman to win a title in the IAME Euro Series winning the Mini category and beating strong drivers like Roman Kamyab (GB) and Sacha Van 't Pad Bosch (Ned) to that title.

At just 13 years of age she's also the first female to join the Mercedes Academy. In IAME Mini she won at Genk & Castelletto and came 2nd in Zuera. This year is a learning year for her: the step from Mini to Junior is huge and even harder for a girl. She only managed to reach 3 out of 14 finals this year but she'll get stronger next year.

 

Lenn Nijs  (Bel)  since his compatriot Douwe Dedecker (Bel) recently switched to OK Sr. he will have to do without his best friend now but they're still in the same team. Finally got his chance in a good team this year after struggling in a small private team last year.

 

Nijs has proven to be an excellent overtaker this year. The problem is: he doesn't qualify well which is why we often see him fight from the back to the front. 

 

He reached the final 11 out of 14 times this year and in two occasion he just nearly missed out as 38th (top 36 to the final). In Zuera he showes what he can do if he qualfies better, he came 4th in the final there. Still has a lot of learning to do but he's quite quick.

 

 

Taym Saleh  (Ger)  has learned his craf in the German Championship (DKM) which had a strong entry last year in Junior with Akshay Bohra (Sing) beating Maxim Rehm & Douwe Dedecker (Bel) to the title. Saleh came 9th overall and scored a 2nd place in Genk.

 

He's a very regular midfield driver this year with a 10th in Lonato, 11th in Kristianstad & Zuera. In finals he's usually driving between 10th & 20th place. 

 

Stepan Antonov  (Rus)  one of many Russians driving in OK Jr. but certainly not one of the more better ones. He's having a very bad season with only 2 finals (in which he was 31st & 32nd). In a way that's strange because last year he did better when he switched from Mini to OK Jr halfway the season with an 11th in the Trofeo delle Industrie and a 12th in the WSK Champions Cup. Those were promissing results but he went backwards this year.

 

Sebastien Kawpeng  (Phil)  After trying a couple of events in Europe in '19-'20 he engaged in his first full year in Europe and what a difficult time he had. He usually can be found between places 50 & 70 after the heats but did get in a final twice: 22nd in La Conca and 19th in Portimao. I guess the step from Asia to Europe is a huge one so let's see if he can improve next year.

 

Joshua Graham  (GB)  won the Honda Cadet Class in the UK in 2020 so comes from the British scene without international experience, this will be his debut in OK Jr.

 

Miguel Costa  (Bra) is part of the SAUBER ACADEMY, Sauber Academy is officially a seperate team entry but I find it a bit of a stretch to say that Sauber runs it's own karting team.

In reality Dino Chiesa's Kart Republic runs that team too and it's actually a factory Kart Republic painted in Sauber livery with Sauber paying all the bills.

 

In a similar way the Mercedes Jr. drivers in OK also run in a different livery (from Argenti, a partner from Mercedes who coach their karting drivers and who have an F4 team as well) but those are under Kart Republic on the entry list.

 

Sauber has trimmed down it's karting line-up this year to just two drivers with Philipino Zachary David in OK and Costa in Ok Jr. They've lost Ugochukwu (to McLaren) and let go Wisniewski, Gladysz & Monza (who was in Mini last year), retained Costa and added David. I think they've made a mistake to let Gladysz go.

 

Costa has been extremely consistent this year but he seems to lack the agression and ultimate pace to win a final. A 4th, two 5ths, two 6ths & a 7th are suberb results but winning a final could change a lot in his head. A bit like how Nigel Mansell's first win changed him.

He is certainly worth holding on to for Sauber, he's a driver with potential.

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ENERGY CORSE have recently lost their lead driver, Peruvian Andreas Cardenas, to Fernando Alonso's outfit DPK. Cardenas moved over to Alonso's team because he signed up with Alonso's new driver management company.

 

Jules Caranta  (Fra) now leads the team, a very quick Frenchman who combines OK Jr. with IAME Jr., he drives for French outfit Jana Racing with an Exprit kart in IAME and nearly missed out on the title with Henry Josselyn (GB) beating him.

 

He hasn't been quite able to replicate his IAME results in OK Jr. although he did come a fine 10th overall in the European Championship with a 5th & 7th at the finals in Zuera & Portimao.

 

Martin Molnar  (Hun)  started the year in the shadow of Cardenas but from April onwards his performance went up and he started to establish himself as a very good driver with consistent results in the finals: 9th in Portimao, 7th in Zuera, 3rd in Franciacorta, 5th in Lonato.  Caranta & Molnar may not be the favourites for the world title but both are underdogs that could cause an upset.

 

 

Dries Van Langendonck  (Bel)  the youngest driver in the field making his debut in Juniors this weekend. He either just turned 12 or is still 11 (since you are allowed to enter OK Jr. if you turn 12 shortly afterwards). 
Dries stunned on his WSK Mini debut last year with a pole position as a 10 year old rookie against driver who were 2-3 years older and this year he became the class of the field in Mini together with Spaniard Christian Costoya and he won the prestigious Andrea Margutti Trophy (the most important Mini title over 1 weekend since they don't have a world championship).

 

Back in '20 when he was just 9 he was breaking lap records in a Mini category kart in Genk what urged Birel ART to offer him a three year contract plus karting legend Alessandro Manetti as his personal coach. But Birel ART only entered 1 kart in Mini so he had no set-ups or data from team mates to compare: a huge disadvantage in karting + Parolin has the best chassis in Mini: all the top drivers there are on a Parolin. So his dad decided to break the contract with Birel ART towards the end of last year and go to the factory team of Parolin: a very good move that paid off this year.

 

Now jumping from Mini to OK Jr. is a huge step comparable with going from an F4 to an F2, the gap between OK Jr. & OK on the other hand is not so big: the OK Sr class is just a bit faster but they're on the same chassis. An OK Jr kart is signifcantly bigger as a Mini kart, has 125cc instead of 60cc, 46bhp instead of 32bhp (still significantly more as an indoor rental kart which has around 9 to max 11bhp) and top speed of 160km/h instead of 120km/h in Mini + G forces up to 3G in corners.

 

The finals are also longer: 11 laps in Mini, 25 in OK Jr. & OK + the strategy is different. Mini races are often sprints & slipstram fights like in Moto 3 with the decision often in the final lap (like a bunch sprint in cycling). OK Jr & OK are very different.

 

It usually takes half a year to get up to speed in Juniors if you come from Mini (also because you're the youngest again and fighting drivers who are older), some need a year to adapt.
So a lot of eyes will be on Van Langendonck but reaching the final would already be a great result. He's there to learn. Competing for the prizes is impossible as a debutant in a world championship (that has also never happened before).

 

 

Kian Fardin  (Ch)  This Swiss kid was a decent midfield driver in Mini who switched to Juniors in October last year and he started the year with a fantastic 6th in the Champions Cup (the traditional season opener) but since then had trouble getting in to finals what he managed 5 times out of 13. He has potential and is quick though.

 

Jensen Burnett  (Can) had several top 15 finishes in 60 Mini in WSK last year and ended his season strong with a 5th in the Lonato Winter Cup, 13th in US SuperNationals in Las Vegas and a strong 4th in the Mini Rotax Max Grand Finals in Bahrein.
But this year has been a bit of a pain for him, he only reached 3 finals but we know OK Jr is tough for rookies.

 

Alexander Dahlström  (Fin)  came from IAME Mini and started the season with 32nd in the IAME Jr. Winter Cup, has only reached one final since then: 31st in Portimao. However he's still a rookie in OK Jr. this year and was showed some speed in Mini.

 

Energy Corse's line-up is completed with two unknown paydrivers: Andrey Adaykin (Rus) & Toby Dvorak (Aus).

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BIREL ART  

 

Kirill Kutskov  (Rus)  one of several highly talented Russians in the field. In his 3rd Junior season, he was succesful last year with a wins in Sarno & Zuera and a 2nd in Aunay-les-Bois. He hasn't won a final yet this year but he is much more consisten. Last year he could win a final and in then finish the next 2 rounds 25th. This year he is most of the time driving finals in the top 15 and racking op top 10 finishes with a best of 3rd in Lonato. He hasn't been quite able to match Matveev & Khavalkin though but came a strong 5th overall in the Super Masters. He is Birel ART's best bet.

 

Jindrich Pesl  (Cze)  a super talent who was on a high in Mini in Februari-March when he came 2nd in the Champions Cup behind Costoya (Esp) and then he had an amazing run in the WSK Super Masters with 2 wins and 2nd places in the finals, winning the title before switching to OK Jr. in which he, like almost everybody, struggled a lot.

 

He did 2 rounds for Czech Republic in the FIA Academy trophy and came 6th in Genk and 4th in Le Mans.
He should be one of the drivers to watch next year in OK Sr, when he has his learning period behind him.

 

Reno Francot  (Ned)  he made his name by finishing 4th in the Mini Rotax Max Finals in Portimao '20 and by winning a round in Wackersdorf for the FIA Academy Trophy last year. He's managed to reach 8 out of 14 finals this year with a best finish of 11th in a final.

 

Zoë Florescu Potolea  (Rom)  One of 4 girls on the grid. She's always in the back of the standings after the heats, between places 60 & 80 but once (out of 22 rounds in '21-'22), in Kristianstad (Swe), she miraculously reached the final (top 36) and was 27th in that race.

 

Dinu Sabin Stroescu  (Rom)  Started well with 12th in the Champions Cup but then was usually found around 60th place after the heatsfor the rest of the year.

 

Kilian Josseron  (Ch)  a very promissing driver. After spending '21 in the midfield in Mini he was dicing with the best in Mini early '22: 6th in the Champions Cup, 11th in the IAME Mini Winter Cup in Valencia and then a strong string of results with 7th, 10th, 6th & 8th in the four Super Master rounds: good for 7th overall behind Pesl, Costoya, Van Langendonck, Martinese, Sala & Hoogendonck: that's strong company. His jump to OK Jr since April has been a tough learning experience with just 1 final but that's quite normal.

 

The Birel ART line-up is completed with 2 unknown rookies: Arjun Chedda (India) & Martti Ritonen  (Fin)

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CRG 

Nikolas Roos  (Z-A)  from South Africa is in his 3rd full season OK Jr. is having a pretty good season reaching 10 of 13 finals and he enjoyed some succes in the FIA Academy Trophy where he was 7th in Genk & 6th in Cremona. Usally runs somewhere between position 15 & 30 in finals with a best result of 9th in Sarno.

 

Scott Lindblom  (Swe)  was a pretty good midfield driver in Mini ('19-'21) usually running between positions 20 & 30 in finals with two 4ths as best result. Since June he switched to OK Jr. and reached 2 out of 5 finals since then but he shocked the system by scoring a pole position in Lonato in July and he continued his strong pace with a fastest lap in the final but he only finished in 22nd.
He might cause another upset. Could be an outsider since he has shown that he can be quick.

 

Nico Lahnalati  (Fin) Hopeless driver. Even though this is his 3rd season in OK Jr. he was always somewhere between position 60 & 80 after the heats (lowest 82nd) and only reached one final in which he was 27th.

 

Francisco Macedo  (Por)  Like Lahnalati a backmarker. Did IAME Jr. last year. Only reached on final as 29th.

 

Francisco Gazon  (Col)  Another anonymous driver but he is new in Junior this year. Just reached one final as 35th.

 

Gabriel Sano  (Bra)  participated in FIA Academy Trophy for Brazil but didn't show anything in it.

 

Enzo Nienkotter  (Bra) comes from the Brazilian karting scene and seems to have some potential. Came 6th in the SuperNationals in Las Vegas in '19, only did one WSK round this season but managed to make the final

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FALCON is a Dutch manufacturer who after a break are back this year with a new chassis that they entered in DKM (Germany), IAME Euro Series & OK Jr. The team was founded in 1998 by former karting World Champion Peter de Bruijn. After his karting driver carreer Peter started to work for CRG as an engine tuner before setting up his own team in '98 and eventually building his own kart.

 

And it's a wonderful machine. 
In the Germany Falcon turned out to be the best chassis this year: Jens Treur (Ned) won the DKM Jr. title with Tobias Clausen (Den) in 3rd and Jason Bralic (Ned) 9th).

 

Jens Treur (Ned) is the only kart Falcon entered this weekend. His team mate Clausen switched to Shamick in July. Outside Germany Treur reached the final 4 times with a best result in a final of 18th.

 

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IPK / FORMULA K:  The Italian IPK Group enters one works Formula K kart, they didn't enter one for their other brands Praga (Czech brand) and OK1.

 

Emanuele Olivieri  (Ita)  was a star in 60 Mini last year (also on a Formula K). He won 4 finals out of 13 rounds and also had two 2nds and a 3rd. He was 2nd overall in the WSK Super Masters behind René Lammers, 3rd in WSK Euro Series behind Christian Costoya & Vladimir Ivannikov and 4th in WSK Open Cup behind Schauffler, Pesl, Cosma & Costoya.

 

This year is a learning year for him with a best result of 7th in Kristianstad. Highly talented driver that will be one to watch next year.

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DR (DANILO ROSSI) is a small Italian manufacturer owned by former karting star Danilo Rossi who ran a team in F. Regional until last year: DR Formula. They run in red & white colours with the racing number in black on a yellow background.

 

Hampus Varis (Swe)  is from the Swedish karting scene. Came 4th in the Swedish Mini Cup in '20, 5th in the Swedish Jr. Cup and 13th in the Swedish Junior Championship in '21. This year he did one FIA round in Kristianstad in which he finished 62nd in the heats.

 

Faidon Papafilippou (Gre)  did two full seasons in Mini in WSK before switching to OK Jr. in July. Was 36th in WSK Euro Series last year, This year he was again quite anonymous with just 1 final in Sarno in which he was 30th.

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PANTANO: this brand new manufacturer from Giorgio Pantano is doing IAME Euro Series this year and enters one kart. 

 

Ermano Quintieri  (Ita)  drove in IAME Jr. in '21 & '22. His best results in finals: 21st in Trofeo delle Industrie & 20th in Castelletto.

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SEMI FACTORY TEAMS:

 

RICKY FLYNN MOTORSPORT are running the works LANDO NORRIS KART brand for the OTK Group (Tony Kart Group). This British outfit is an absolute top team who have won many titles in the past including the world title that they won two years ago with Freddie Slater (GB).

 

Maciej  Gladysz  (Pol)  Poland has a couple of interesting drivers with Kucharczyk (in Spanish F4 now) and Gladysz easily their most promissing ones. Gladysz has been very quick since his many days, winning the WSK Open Cup at Adria in 2020.
Last year he won the FIA Academy Trophy for Poland, beating David Walther (Den) & Oleksandr Bondarek (Ukr) in the process.

Gladysz won two finals this year: at Franciacorta and the most recent one in Sarno so he is in great shape just at the right moment.
He lacks the regularity of the absolute top drivers though: he can win a final and two weeks later finish in 25th in the next one.
But I expect him to be up there with the contenders.

He's Ricky Flynn's best hope to win the OK Jr. world title again.

 

Thomas Strauven  (Bel)  Won the Rotax Max International Trophy in the Micro category in '19 and became a star driver in IAME Euro Series finishing 2nd overall in the IAME International Games at Portimao after finishing 2nd in the Rotax Max Euro Trophy at Genk earlier in '21.
That earned him a seat at top team Ricky Flynn in OK Jr. and he adapted quickly.
He's shown great speed in qualifying and  the heats but hasn't always been able to reproduce that in the Super Heats & Final although he did score two 4ths, a 9th and a 5th which is very impressive for a rookie in this category.

 

Alfie Slater  (GB)  Because his brother Freddie Slater won the Junior world title in '20 and came runner-up behind Nakamura last year, Alfie has been living in the shadow of Freddie. It's not easy beiing the younger brother of a super talent but... Alfie is a very good driver too. He was'n a final winner in Mini but still a really quick driver.
He is doing his first full season of OK Jr. and reached the final in half of the rounds (7/14) and once he scored a top 10 with 6th in Franciacorta.

 

Salim Hanna  (Col)  Quick Colombian who is still waiting for his break through. Showed his potential in Mini in '20 with 8th in WSK Open Cup, 7th in the Florida Winter Tour and 10th at the USA Winter Series. Last year he defended Colombia's colours in the FIA Academy Trophy and came 9th.
I expected him to step up a gear next year but he hasn't done better as two 11ths in finals.
I know he's a quick driver though, if he can score a good result it could do wonders for his confidence.

 

Leo Robinson  (Alg)  His father is British and his mother Algerian. He opted to drive under the nationality of Algeria and they actually follow him in the press there. He's one of the starts in IAME Euro Series.
He came third IAME Euro Series, Winter Cup & the Internationa Final in '19 and 3rd in IAME Mini Winter Cup at Valencia in '20 and has been one of the quicker IAME Junior drivers in '21-'22.
He made his OK Jr. debut recently at Sarno immediately reaching the final and finishing 14th. He's a driver with potential.
 

David Cosma  (Rom)  was very quick in Mini this year (a 10th & 9th in finals) before he switched to OK Jr. in April. Also raced in IAME Euro Series where he had an encouraging 12th in Franciacorta. Needed some time to find his speed in Mini but when he did he was very quick. His brother Bogdan is still in 60 Mini. I expect him to need time in Junior too so by '24 he will probably be up to speed.

 

Oleksandr Bondarev  (Ukr)  was really impressive when he competed with a small family run private team last year. That earned him a spot in a top team and boy was he delivering this year. 
However just as Bondarev was becoming the master of OK Jr. he suffered a major horror crash at the extremely quick Zuera track in Spain. As he excited the final corner, a corner that you take flat out, Matveev was sliding slightly wide forcin Bondarev over the kerb.

Bondarev's LN kart then lost control and ran over Matveev's front bumper who's kart was vaulted in the air and even touched Oleksandr's helmet. Molnar then avoided the mayhem and Sandro Perez want on the grass.
Alexander 'Salkha' Dahlström who was further back in the field then ran full throttle without braking frontal in to the kart of Bondarev who was facing the wroing direction. Dahlström's kart was also vaulted in the air.

The ravage was big and for 45 minutes medical crew were on the scene. Matveev escaped injury but Dahlström broke a leg and an arm whilst Bondarev, probably the brightest talent in this category, broke both legs with a complex compound fracture on one leg.
Dahlström has already recovered from his injuries and competes this weekend. Bondarev probably will not be seen before 2023.

Early this season I was fearing a crash between Bondarev, Ukrainian driver, and of several Russians because the Russians and Bondarev were always running in front of the field. They've always kept it clean until Zuera. Now I saw that crash live and although Matveev drifted towards the side it clearly was a racing incident. It's also very uncomon to see a kart that goes over the kerb suddenly snap like Bondarev's did. The FIA also judged it a racing incident but it was the biggest crash by far I ever saw in karting, haven't seen anything as heavy as this in my whole life.

Bondarev was at that point fast becoming one of my favourite drivers, who showed remarkable pace and I thought he was someone who would end up in an F1 academy. I hope he recovers soon.

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FORZA RACING  from the UK are the official EXPRIT works team. Exprit is an OTK Brand.

 

Lewis Wherrell  (GB)  was one of the aces in IAME Mini last year, winning the IAME Warriors Final in Adria. And he's found his rhythm in OK Jr. very quickly. After nearly missing the final on his first two Junior weekends he made the cut in all 9 consecutive ones and lately scored a string of excellent results: a 9th, 4th, 4th and a 6th. He is a driver who could grow in a contender for the prizes in 2023.

 

William Go  (Phil)  Had his breakthrough in the FIA Academy Trophy with a 2nd in Genk and 9th in Cremona good for 6th overall and continued his great form with a 3rd & 15th in Lonato & Sarno, good for 10th overall in the WSK Euro Series.

Needs to build on that next year, he's still too eratic but like Wherrell he is only in his first full time Junior season so it's unlikely that he will be a contender this weekend.

 

Edward Robinson  (GB / Esp)  Has double nationality British / Spanish but races under the flag of Spain this year. They call him 'Edu' as his first name. He grew up in Spain (possibly also born there like Maya Weug) starting in the Spanish Cadet scene before doing his first WSK Mini event in '18. He for sure isn't as talented as the other Robinson in the field (who's not related): Leo. 
Of the 27 OK Jr rounds he competed in during '21-'22 he only reached the final 8 times with a carreer best of 15th in Franciacorta.

 

Alex O'Grady  (Irl)  Irishman O'Grady is another quick kid that Forza recruited in IAME. Reached the final 5 times out of 10 this year and has shown some flashes of raw speed in the heats so may reach the final. Best results: 17th in Zuera, 18th in Lonato.

 

Aryame Bansal  (Ind)  He can always be found between places 60 & 80 after the heats. But it's his first season in Europe and it's not easy to jump from India to the strongest karting competition in the world. He's certainly not bad at all but needs more time to adapt. He did reach one final in Kristianstad where he was 26th, an encouragng result.

 

Mattia Colnaghi  (Ita)  Another IAME recruit. Had a strong season opener with 9th in the Champions Cup (but the factory teams were missing there) and hasn't shown anything since then. Usually around place 50 in the heats. If stops tangling with other drivers he could reach more finals.

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DPK (Esp)  Spanish outfit Don Pablo Karting (DPK), co-owned by Fernando Alonso (who also owns a fantastic karting circuit in Oviedo) could be considered a semi factory team because they are the official representative of the FERNANDO ALONSO KART (often called FA Kart) brand but in reality those are actually Kart Republic chassis painted in Alonso's recognizable azure blue rainbow colours. 

 

Niklas Schaufler  (Aut)  is one of two karting drivers backed by F1 sponsor BWT (the other is Belgian Douwe Dedecker who recently switched to OK Sr.), an Austrian drinking water company. And like Dedecker he is easy to spot in his pink kart and pink racing suit.

Schaufler is someone I rate very highly, he was so quick in Mini and unlucky not to win a final.

Since end of March he  switched to OK Jr. and was between places 50 & 55 for his first three Junior rounds but that's perfectly normal because the jump from Mini to Junior is huge. But in the next three OK Jr. rounds he reached the final and was 17th, 16th & 19th: very impressive for a rookie.
I expect a lot of him in the future and with his current form he'll probably make the final on Sunday.

 

Andres Cardenas  (Peru)  Started the season very strong for Energy Corse with victory at the Champions Cup (Energy was the only full blown factory team to compete there though) and 2nd in the WSK Winter Series. Continued good form with fastest lap in Zuera where has was 6 at which point Fernando Alonso signed him up for his new management company where he joins Clément Novalak (Fra, F2), Nikola Tsolov (Bul, Spanish F4) and recent signing Gabriel Bortoletto (Bra, F. Regional) so he switched to Alonso's team DPK in July.

Cardenas, like Morgatto in OK, is sponsored by Castrol and his kart has their green livery.

 

Sandro Perez  (Esp)  Combined IAME with WSK two years in Mini and started this year in IAME Jr. before joining OK Jr. Has been mostly between positions 40 & 70 after the heads, needs to stop crashing. Reached 4 out of 9 finals in OK Jr.

 

Adrian Benito Ferrer  (Esp)  Not to be confused with former tennis player David Ferrer (Ferrer is quite a common name in Spain). Spent 2,5 years in IAME with his best results there 9th in Valencia & 3rd in Zuera. Competed for Spain in the FIA Academy Trophy but was very dissapointing as 22nd overall. Don't expect much of him to be anywhere near the final after his mediocre Academy run to be honest.

 

Aleksandar Bogunovic  (Slovenia) A pretty good midfield driver who had a strong run in the Academy Trophy with 7th overall.

 

Leon Brunner  (Ita)  Combines WSK with the Italian national championship and hasn't showed anything of worth. Expect him to be in the lower half of the field, probably between places 60 & 80 after the heats.

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SATELITE TEAMS

 

KOSKI MOTORSPORT is the importer of TONY KART in Finland, together with Swedish Ward Racing an official Tony Kart satelite team (similar to the satelite teams in Moto GP but satelite teams have identical material as the factory teams in karting).

 

Koski have had an amazing season in OK Jr. this year thanks to mega talent Matveev challenging for tiles but Bouzar & Peebles has brought in some points as well.

 

Dmitry Matveev  (Rus)  super talented kid who was a dominant force in 60 Mini in '19 & '20 and is in mega form this year. But despite his strong consistency he still missed out on the major titles this year: 3rd in WSK Super Masters behind Bondarev (Ukr) & Dzitiev (Rus), 3rd in Champions of the Future behind Tye (GB) & Khavalkin (Rus) and 4th in the European Championship behind Khavalkin, Przyrowski (Pol) & Tye.
Khavalkin has become a bit of an arch rival of him this year, one of them was born in Siberia: I think it's Matveev.
He seems like a very nice kid in interviews, humble as well. But his Russian nationality will work against him when he later moves to cars.

He's on of the big favourites for the world title.

 

Guillaume Bouzar  (Lux)  has been lightning quick this year. Was in an epic title fight for the FIA Academy Trophy but came six points short of Arthur Dorison (Fra). Was 6th overall in the European championship. 

Was 3rd at Cremona, 2nd in Genk, 3rd in Kristianstad and 3rd in Portimao but didn't manage to win a final. Strong contender.

 

Griffin Peebles  (Aus)  midfield driver who has scored points on a couple of occasions this year but can just as well finish an eventh as 60th or event 75th (like at Franciacorta). Second year in Junior, best result of 12th in Lonato in July. 

 

Oliver Kinnmark (Swe) was a decent midfield driver in Mini but hasn't done well this year. I expect him to be around places 60 to 70 this weekend.

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WARD RACING the importer of TONY KART in Sweden. Top team, they often fight up front with the full blown factory teams. Their karts have the same colours (green & white) of the works Tony Kart's but the Ward drivers have very recognisable black (with a touch of yellow) racing suits whilst the Tony Kart factory drivers were just as recognisable green suits.

 

Marcus Saeter  (Nor)  finished last season on a high with 2nd place in the penaltimute round at the Lonato Winter Cup so I had high expectations from him this year. I've been slightly dissapointed by him. Not that he did poorly at all: he started the season in superb form with 6th & 5th but then had a drop in form still reaching finals but finishing at the back of them. Between May & July he recovered with an 8th, 12th, 6th & 11th but he hasn't been able to fight for wins in finals. Still a very quick driver but he needs to become consistent.

He doesn't seem to have the raw speed that Matveev, Khavalkin, Przyrowski, Gladysz, Tye & Lammers have displayed and seems a step behind them. Still a very good driver though, but missing something to be a top driver.

 

Kiril Dzitiev  (Rus)  won the Trofeo delle Industrie last year for Ward which was his breakthrough. Started the season as 2nd driver of Ward but quickly established himself as their lead driver and he even won at Franciacorta. Part of an exceptional Russian generation and someone to watch.

 

Marcel Kasprzicki  (Pol)   Very constant midfield driver and reliable points scorer but missing the ultimate speed to dice with the best. Had an 8th in the final at Franciacorta and was three times 14th so is enjoying a pretty good season.

 

Guy Albag  (Isr)  Israël's (by far) biggest talent is Ariel Elkin but Elkin is doing IAME Euro Series this year in the Senior category where he finished 4th overall behind Eli Goldstein (Bel), and VDK duo Arthur Poulain (Fra) & Evan Giltaire. Elkin had started the season with VDK, then switched to German manufacturer TB Kart and recently made his debut in top class KZ where he finished the World Championship 25th in Le Mans. He's expected to move to F4 nex year.

Enough about Elkin. Albag is a solid midfield driver usually running anonymously in the finals between places 20 & 30 with a carreer best result of 9th. Not a contender for a prize this weekend at all but he's decent

 

Elliott Kaczynski  (Swe)  was a good midfield driver in Mini, even winning the Trofeo della Industrie. Has discovered that the difference between Mini & Junior is quite big. Has reached a final 7 out of 13 times so far, best result in a final 12th.

 

Leo Nilsson  (Swe)  the Swedich national championship is considered very competitive and they drive on OK karts there so it's already an accomplishment for a Swede to be selected for Ward Racing, the team that is the pride of Sweden in karing, it means you are one of the very best Swedes. But he hasn't been good enough for the international WSK/FIA field, where the elite drives, to be honest although he did manage one 12th in a final.

 

Mark Brovko  (Ukr) No this kid is really out of his league at this level. Usually around place 80, expect him to be somewhere at the bottom of the time sheets. He is wasting a competitive seat at Ward imho.

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VDK RACING: This Belgian team from Wavre is a strong partner of KART REPUBLIC, they run in WSK & IAME Euro Series this year and have won the FIA European OK Jr title with half Finish half French driver (now in F4) Marcus Amand. They usually enter a mix of Frenchmen & Belgians.

 

Thibaut Ramaekers  (Bel)  has been a revelation this year in IAME Jr., he was leading the championship halfway after winning the final in Mariembourg but ended up 6th overall. He also was very quick as Belgium's representative in the FIA Academy but a DNF in Le Mans and a crash in Genk that dropped him to 18th put him out of championship contention.

As a reward for his strong form in IAME VDK rewarded him with a run in three OK Jr. events and he reached the final each time, which is good for a rookie, with 17th in Lonato as his best. He still has learning to do at WSK/FIA level though.

 

Clément Outran  (Fra)  Started in IAME Jr. end of 2020 and immediately won the Trofeo delle Industrie. After poor results in OK Jr. he switched back to IAME halfway '21 and came 2nd in the strong Benelux championship and some decent result in the IAME Euro Series.

This year he was one of the aces in IAME Euro series finishing 4th overall behind Joslyn Henry (GB), Jules Caranta (Fra) & Sacha van 't Pad Bosch (Ned) and as a reward VDK selected him for the World Championship.

 

Hugo Martiniello  (Fra)  After coming third overall in the competitve French championship in the Cadet category he went to IAME Euro Series with VDK and finished a strong 10th overall with a 6th in Zuera. Also did some French Juniors this year. Rookie in OK Jr.
He's the youngest of VDK's line-up.

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SHAMICK EUROPE  Somebody has asked why this Australian team doesn't run with karts of Australian manufacturer Arrow. Well they probably opted for PAROLIN because they have satelite team status with them. And that's very important because that means support from the factory including immediate spare parts supply but most important: in WSK & FIA teams have to tune their engines (unlike IAME & Rotax Max where every team runs the same standard engine that they can't mess with).
This makes this competition seriously more expensive but also more complex. Satelite teams are helped by the factory with tuning. 

They have financial support from the Australian autosport federation and always run a couple of Australians as a result but those 'ozzies' usually run at the back. The difference between the Australian championship and the elite driving WSK / FIA is day and night.

 

Tiziano Monza  (Sing / Ch) has double nationality Singapore / Switzerland (where he grew up) but drives under the flag of Singapore. Was a Sauber Junior the past two years (in Mini already) and has shown to be a very quick driver in Mini.
He had a rough time switching to Junior last year, which is normal, but he still only missed one final yet Sauber dropped him, that was rather harsh.
But maybe Sauber was right because after switching to Alonso's DPK outfit he had a very tough time this  year  with positions as low as 50 & 72 but a single highlight of 5th in Kristianstad but that doesn't erase his poor season.

Switched to Shamick Europe just before the world championship, hoping that the Parolin chassis will suit him better.

 

Matias Orjuela  (Col)  Won in Cremona in the FIA Academy and was a strong 3rd overall there for Colombia but has been very anonymous in OK Jr. this year.

 

Tobias Clausen  (Den)  Had a very strong year in the DKM OK Jr. championship in Germany in the works Falcon, finishing 3rd overall but has been an anonymous mid pack driver in WSK / FIA with a best result of 14th at Zuera.

 

Shamick's entry is completed with 4 Australians hoping for glory in Europe who certainly will feature at the back of the time sheets because  this level is way above their level: Bradley Majman, Jaxson Burns, Jenson Burns & Max Walton. Reaching the Super Heats (top 72) would be a major success for them but I can't even see them getting close to that since they're all 4 amongst the worst of the 111 entries.

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LECLERC BY LENNOX RACING  Charles Leclerc's karting team, with British former karter Jordon Lennox-Lamb running it as team manager (since Charles has no time for that with F1) is the official satelite team of BIREL ART.

 

Gerasim Skulavov  (Rus)  was a star back in 2020 in Mini when he won three finals and came 4th overall behind Dmitry Matveev (Rus), Kean Nakamura Berta (Jap) & Maciej Gladysz  (Pol) as a factory Formula K (IPK Group) driver.

When he switched to Junior last year in June he had big time struggles which is something that can be expected jumping from Mini. But those struggles continued this year.
He couldn't get in the final of the first 5 rounds and seemed stuck between positions 40 & 60 with low morale. But change came at Portimao where he finally broke in the final and ended 14th in Portimao and two weeks later he was 16th in Zuera. The last 4 rounds he got in the final 3 times but usally ran towards the back. When is Skulanov going to find back his fine form he displayed in Mini? He needs to turn the tide because he's seriously underperformed for a driver with his talent.

 

Petr Ageev  (Rus)  He's been driving at international level in WSK since 2018 now and still hasn't showed anything remotely. Useless pay driver.

 

Noah Wolfe  (GB)  He was 10th in the IAME Mini Final last year, that was his only event outside the UK but locally in the UK he is considered very promissing but this is a totally different ballgame. But he deserves we judge him later since he is still unproven in Europe.

He runs on a RICCIARDO chassis in blue colours, it actually is a rebadged Birel ART chassis. Birel ART also has Leclerc & Kubica brands but in reality it's just their logo on a Birel ART but the Ricciardo chassis actually has a seperate blue livery which does make it seem more like a separate brand I guess.

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PRIVATE ENTRIES

 

TB KART  are a small German manufacturer that mainly focusses on the German DKM championship and WSK. Like Sodikart they also produce indoor karts. They used to run in fluorescent green colours but this year they ran in a completely black colours which is immediately spotted. We'll have to wait to see if they chose their traditional green again for the World Championship or remain in black livery.

 

However they run their own chassis (TB) in shifter karts (DD2, KZ2, KZ) but in OK Jr they run with KART REPUBLIC chassis so I assume they'll run in black colours and only use the green livery for their own chassis.

 

Austrian girl Emma Felbermayer has done a nice job for them in OK by qualifying several times for the final, she one of the most promissing females and TB run another girl in OK Jr.

 

Tom Kalender  (Ger)  is their lead driver and a top driver in DKM (Germany) where he was vice champion nearly missing the title to Falcon factory driver Jens Treur (Ned). Kalender also did 4 WSK rounds this year reaching the final three times with a best result of 10th in Lonato.
Together with Maxim Rehm (who's doing OK with Ricky Flynn) he's the most talented German young karter.

 

Simon Rechenmacher (Ger)  Germany has few talented driver in karting to be honest. Maxim Rehm (German OK Sr. champion) is for sure the best one of them. Simon did fine in DKM with 4th overall but got seriously trashed (with a low point of 88th in Lonato) but in July he caused a major upset but not only reaching the final in Sarno but finishing 4th in it behind the Poles Gladysz & Przyrowski & Tye but ahead of Khavalkin.

 

Mathilda Paatz  (Ger)  One of the female drivers. She's never reached a final though but was surprisingly selected by the German federation to represent them in the FIA Academy Trophy but alas she couldn't reach a final there either. She's going to be trashed this weekend.

 

GAMOTO  They are one of the best teams in the Mini category where they represent the works EKS brand (small Italian manufacturer, not active in OK Jr or OK currently). In OK Jr. they've run different chassis the last couple of years including Parolin and this year they run on TONY KART but they aren't an official satelite team like Ward or Koski. They run in turquise & blue colours a bit similar to the March Leyton House colours in the '90s.

 

Santino Panetta  (Ita)  combined the Italian IAME Championship with representing Argentina in the FIA Academy Trophy this year where he scored a best of 5th at Cremona and was 11th overall.  Reaching the Super Heats (top 72) would already be a big succes for him.

 

Markas Silkunas  (Lit)  more experienced as his team mate Panetta who hasn't shown anything in three years of WSK but did show speed in Rotax Max Mini two years ago. He represented Lithuania in FIA Academy Trophy (best result 10th at Le Mans). But like Panetta he will be very happy if he can reach the Super Heats (top 72).

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Czech team HAGEMANN RACING will enter a private EXPRIT chassis for Jacub Kamenik (Cze) who has been at WSK level since 2019 and has always been somewhere at the back of the field.

 

PASKE RACING from Lithuania enter a private Italian RIGHETTI RIDOLFI chassis (the only one in the field) for Kipras Jurse (Lit) who is a certainty completely at the back.

 

To wrap up the field there are two private Tony Karts entered by two drivers without a team. They are Frenchman Sacha Avril, who was twice vice champion in the French nationale Minime category in '19 & '20. This year he's been running in the French Junior and the IAME Junior Euro Series and he's done some Rotax Max + a WSK round as well but he's having a pretty poor year and a really hard time adapting to Juniors.
He will surely be somewhere at the very bottom of the time sheats, in particular without at team you are basically hopelessly lost then.

 

The other driver making the bad decision to enter without a team here is Kimi Tani (Fin). Tani had a dreadfull season last year in OK Jr. never even qualifying for a final once. So he made the smart decision to take a step back and enter the national French Junior championship where he redeemed himself as vice champion. But entering in the world championship with no team is suicide, it's nuts. He's going to be trashed so badly.

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Edited by William Hunt, 17 September 2022 - 23:43.


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Posted 17 September 2022 - 07:54

On Friday morning timed free practice took place followed by Qualifying (in 4 groups) 

 

There were 2 massive surprises in OK Jr. Qualy. Firs of all Swiss driver Kian Fardin scored the pole position, very unexpectedly. We knew he was a a good qualifier in Mini and a reliable midfielder there but he had shown nothing worth mentioning this year in OK Jr. and usually ends the heats around 40th to 50th position so this is a major shock that nobody possibly could have expected.

The other surprise was that youngest driver of the field, making his debut as a Junior this weekend, super talented Dries Van Langendonck (Belgium) set the 2nd time in his group behind mega favourite and Euroipean OK Jr. champion Anatoly Khavalkin (Rus), good for the 7th qualy position in total!
Now everyone knows Van Langendonck is a rare talent but Mini drivers who for the first time step in an OK Junior kart, that is way more powerful with a significantly bigger engine (125cc instead of 60cc) as a general rule always struggle and usually need 6 months or more to get up to speed.
So to see someone switching and qualifying just a fraction behind the raigning European Champion who is 2,5 years older as him, that is unheard of.

It would have been very good had he been just in the top 50, that is the best half of the field after all, as a complete rookie. On top of that Van Langendonck also won his first heat.

 

At the beginning of 2021 Van Langendonck, who was just 10 years old then, also caused a major shock and an even bigger one by qualifying on pole position as a rookie in WSK Mini in a 128 strong field against drivers of who the best ones were already almost 13 so almost 3 years older.

And he jumped to Junior after just 1,5 years in Mini were most stay 3 years...

 

Chinese driver Zhenrui Chi and Russian Gerasim Skulanov (for Charles Leclerc's team!) were the other big surprised although I'm not that surprisedd of Skulanov because he used to be awesome in Mini and had to get a breakthrough in OK Jr. at some point, that was overdue.

 

What I certainly had not expected either is Alexander Dahlström (Fin) qualified so well since he just returned from a broken leg and he has never been that quick before. I'm pretty sure the likes of Chi and Dahlström are going to drop far back after the heats though so they better enjoy their short moment of glory.

Another major upset and sock result if the quite uknown Noah Wolfe (GB) who comes from the local British karting scene and has hardly international experience qualified in the top 10. I also think he will drop far back after the heats though but he may surprise me. It does seem like Energy Corse & Leclerc got their qualy set ups right and I doubt anyone had expected Andrea Dupe to qualify that high so this qualy session was full of major surprises but many of them will drop back in the heats and may even struggle to reach the final, I expect that.

 

Qualy is in the end just  trying to do 1 clean and perfect lap but for the heats you can't drop the ball and you need to do 7 heats before the Super Heat on Sunday and all the time save your tyres without scoring too much penalty points. That's a hell of a task.

 

There were some other upsets: Guillaume Bouzar (Lux), who is vice champion in the FIA Academy Cup and a shadow favourite, was the only driver who didn't get a lap in because of technical problems and another big name: Jules Caranta (Fra), a star in IAME Euro series, was disqualified. Both will have to start all their heats from the back now....
Even if they have to start all their heats from dead last, don't count out Bouzar & Caranta: they are great overtakers and could still reach the final and even score a top 10 there. But then they can't afford any bad heat and have to be on it every second but it's possible.

 

Of the top favourites Nathaniel Tye  (GB) was 21st but that's still an excellent result: if you qualify in the top 30 you still have a great shot at the world title since the field will be devided in 8 groups in OK Jr.... so actually 21st means you still have a very good starting position in the heats.

Dmitry Matveev (Rus) was 39th: not a total disaster but he'll have to do some serious overtaking in the heats then.

For René Lammers it's getting pretty problematic: 58th is very very bad for him. Good that he's one of the best overtakers, he can show that now. For Arthur Dorison it's a disaster: back in 75th in a factory Tony Kart....

 

With several completely unexpected names qualifying up front this will make the heats very interesting as quicker drivers are going to try to overtake them. The strange thing is: this is the most surprising qualy result of the whole season and at the World Championship...

 

QUALIFYING OK JR.

1.   Kian FARDIN  (Ch)  Energy Corse

2.   Jan  PRZYROWSKI  (Pol)   Tony Kart

3.   Anatoly  KHAVALKIN  (Rus)  Parolin

4.   Gerasim SKULANOV  (Rus)    Leclerc,  Birel ART

5.   Zhenrui  CHI   (Chi)   Beyond,  Kart Republic

6.   Alexander  DAHLSTRÖM  (Fin)   Energy Corse

7.   Dries  VAN LANGENDONCK  (Bel)  Energy Corse

8.   Noah  WOLFE  (GB)  Leclerc,  Ricciardo

9.   Andrea  DUPE  (Fra)  Sodi 

10. Martin  MOLNAR  (Hun)   Energy Corse

11. Maciej  GLADYSZ  (Pol)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris    

12. Adam  HIDEG  (Hun)   Sodi

13. Leo  NILSSON  (Swe)  Ward,  Tony Kart

14. Alp Hassan  AKSOY  (TUR)  Tony Kart

15. Andres  CARDENAS  (PERU)   DPK,  Alonso

16. Petr  AGEEV  (Rus)  Leclerc,  Birel ART

17. Enzo  TARNVANICHKUL  (Tur)   Tony Kart

18. Scott  LINDBLOM  (Swe)  CRG

19. Alfie  SLATER  (GB)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris

20. Niklas  SCHAUFLER  (Aut)   DPK,  Alonso

21. Nathaniel  TYE  (GB)   Sodi

22. Mattia  COLNAGHI  (Ita)   Forza,  Exprit

23. Enzo  NIENKOTTER  (Bra)   CRG

24. Taym  SALEH  (Ger)   Kart Republic

25. Joshua  GRAHAM  (GB)   Kart Republic

26. Andrey  ADAYKHIN  (Rus)   Energy Corse

27. Iwo  BESTERDA  (Pol)   Parolin

28. Jimmy  HELIAS  (Fra)  Tony Kart

29. Stepan  ANTONOV  (Rus)   Kart Republic

30. Gabriel  MOURA  (Bra)   Tony Kart

31. Clément  OUTRAN  (Fra)  VDK,  Kart Republic

32. Alex  O'GRADY  (Ire)   Forza,  Exprit

33. Tobias  CLAUSEN  (Den)   Shamick Europe,  Parolin

34. Jens  TREUR  (Ned)  Falcon

35. Killian  JOSSERON  (Ch)   Birel ART

36. Marcel  KASPRZYCKI  (Pol)   

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37. Aleksandar  BOGUNOVIC  (Slv)  DPK,  Alonso

38. Maxens  VERBRUGGE  (Fra)  Kart Republic  

39. Dmitry  MATVEEV  (Rus)  Parolin

40. Joel  POHJOLA  (Fin)   Sodi

41. Sandro  PEREZ  (Esp)   DPK,  Alonso

42. Luna  FLUXA  (Esp)   Kart Republic   (quickest woman)   (Mercedes Jr.)

43. Marcus  SAETER  (Nor)   Ward,  Tony Kart

44. Salim  HANNA  (Col)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Noris

45. Aryaman  BALSAL  (Ind)   Forza,  Exprit

48. Tiziano  MONZA  (Sin)  Shamick Europe,  Parolin

51. Thomas  STRAUVEN  (Bel)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris

52. Thibaut  RAMAEKERS  (Bel)   VDK,  Kart  Republic

54. Tom  KALENDER  (Ger)  TB Kart

56. Lewis  WHERELL  (GB)  Forza,  Exprit

58. René  LAMMERS  (Ned)  Parolin

59. Andy  CONSANI  (Fra)  Sodi

61. Zac  DRUMMOND  (GB)  Parolin

67. Lucas  FLUXA  (Esp)  Kart Republic

75. Arthur  DORISSON  (Fra)  Tony Kart

76. Nikolas  ROOS  (Z-A)  CRG

79. Louis  LEVEAU  (Den)  Sodi

84. Lenn  NIJS  (Bel)  Kart Republic

87. Miguel  COSTA  (Bra)  Sauber Academy,  Kart Republic   (Sauber Jr.)

89. Kirill  KUTSKOV  (Rus)  Birel ART

90. William  GO  (Phil)  Forza, Exprit

92. Renot  FRANCOT  (Ned)  Birel ART

96. Jindrich  PESL  (Cze)  Birel ART

104. Maria Germano  NETO  (Por)  Tony Kart  (Ferrari Jr.)

DNS  Guillaume  BOUZAR  (Lux)   Koski,  Tony Kart

DSQ  Jules  CARANTA  (Fra)  Energy Corse


Edited by William Hunt, 17 September 2022 - 19:34.


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Posted 17 September 2022 - 07:56

Heats of FRIDAY:

 

Heats Live stream + live timing SATURDAY:

https://www.fiakarti...2022-sarno/live

 

youtube live stream Heats Saturday (live timing on the FIA site alone though):


Edited by William Hunt, 17 September 2022 - 08:06.


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Posted 17 September 2022 - 08:22

Any strong girl prospect in karting scene ?



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Posted 17 September 2022 - 09:42

HEATS OK JUNIOR  FRIDAY:

 

HEAT G-H

1.   Dries  VAN LANGENDONCK  (Bel)   Energy Corse

2.   Taym  SALEH  (Ger)  Kart Republic

3.   Dmitry  MATVEEV  (Rus)   Parolin

4.   Noah  WOLFE  (GB)  Leclerc,  Ricciardo

5.   Miguel  COSTA  (Bra)  Sauber  Academy,  Kart Republic

6.   Tiziano  MONZA  (Sin)   Shamick Europe,  Parolin

7.   Petr  AGEEV  (Rus)  Leclerc,  Birel ART

8.   Emanuele  OlLIVIERI  (Ita)  Formula K

9.   Jindrich  PESL  (Cze)  Birel ART

10. Joel  POHJOLA  (Fin)   Sodi

 

HEAT E-F

1.   Aleskandar  BOGUNOVIC  (Svn)   DPK, Alonso

2.   Zhenrui  CHUI  (Chi)  Beyond,  Kart Republic

3.   Nathaniel  TYE  (GB)   Sodi

4.   Stepan  ANTONOV  (Rus)   Kart Republic

5.   Leo  NILSSON  (Swe)  Ward, Tony Kart

6.   Alp Hassan  AKSOY  (Tur)  Tony Kart

7.   Zac  DRUMMOND  (GB)   Parolin

8.   Gabriel  MOURA  (Bra)   Tony Kart

9.   Ermanno  QUINTIERI  (Ita)  Pantano

10. Jules  CARANTA  (Fra)  Energy Corse

 

HEAT C-D

1.   Anatoly  KHAVALKIN  (Rus)   Parolin

2.   Adam  HIDEG  (Hun)   Sodi

3.   Niklas  SCHAUFLER  (Aut)   DPK, Alonso

4.   Maciej  GLADYSZ  (Pol)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris

5.   Marcus  SAETER  (Nor)  Ward,  Tony Kart

6.   Jimmy  HELIAS  (Fra)  Tony Kart

7.   Salim  HANNA  (Col)  Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris

8.   Gerasim  SKULANOV  (Rus)   Leclerc, Birel ART

9.   Lucas  FLUXA  (Esp)   Kart Republic

10. Andy  CONSANI  (Fra)   Sodi

 

HEAT A-B

1.   Enzo  TARNVANICHKUL  (Tha)   Tony Kart

2.   Jan  PRZYROWSKI  (Pol)   Tony Kart

3.   Kian  FARDIN  (Ch)  Energy Corse

4.   Kirill  KUTSKOV  (Rus)  Birel ART

5.   Martin  MOLNAR  (Hun)   Energy Corse

6.   Scott  LINDBLOM  (Swe)   CRG

7.   Joshua  GRAHAM  (GB)  Kart Republic

8.   René  LAMMERS  (Ned)  Parolin

9.   Elliott  KACZINSKY  (Swe)   Ward,  Tony Kart

10. Sacha  AVRIL  (FRA)  private, Tony Kart

 

HEAT D-E

1.   Nathaniel  TYE  (GB)  Sodi

2.   Adam  HIDEG  (Hun)   Sodi

3.   Gerasim  SKULANOV  (Rus)  Leclerc,  Birel ART

4.   Stepan  ANTONOV  (Rus)  Kart Republic

5.   Kirill  DZITIEV  (Rus)   Ward, Tony Kart

6.   Leo  NILSSON  (Swe)  Ward, Tony Kart

7.   Jules  CARANTA  (Fra)  Energy Corse

8.   Guillaume  BOUZAR  (Lux)   Koski,  Tony Kart

9.   Marcel  KASPRZYCKI  (Pol)   Ward,  Tony Kart

10. Zac  DRUMMOND  (GB)   Parolin

 

HEAT C-F

1.   Anatoly  KHAVALKIN  (Rus)  Parolin

2.   Marcus  SAETER  (Nor)  Ward,  Tony Kart

3.   Maciej  GLADYSZ  (Pol)  Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris

4.   Iwo  BESZTERDA  (Pol)  Parolin

5.   Mattia  COLNAGHI  (Ita)  Forza,  Exprit

6.   Killian  JOSSERON  (Ch)  Birel ART

7.   Lucas  FLUXA  (Esp)   Kart Republic

8.   Alfie  SLATER  (GB)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris

9.   Tom  KALENDER  (Ger)   TB,  Kart Republic

10. Arthur  DORISON  (Fra)  Tony Kart

 

HEAT A-G

1.   Kian  FARDIN  (Ch)  Energy Corse

2.   Enzo  TARNVANICHKUL  (Tha)  Tony Kart

3.   Andres  CARDENAS  (Peru)  DPK,  Alonso

4.   Sandro  PEREZ  (Esp)  DPK, Alonso

5.   Dmitry  MATVEEV  (Rus)   Parolin

6.   Andrea  DUPE  (Fra)  Sodi

7.   Miguel  COSTA  (Bra)  Sauber Academy,  Kart Republic  (Sauber Jr.)

8.   Dries  VAN LANGENDONCK  (Bel)  Energy Corse

9.   Emanuele  OLIVIERI  (Ita)  Formula K

10. Tobias  CLAUSEN  (Den)  Shamick Europe,  Parolin

 

HEAT B-H

1.   Scott LINDBLOM  (Swe)   CRG

2.   Jan  PRZYROWSKI  (Pol)   Tony Kart

3.   Taym  SALEH  (Ger)   Kart Republic

4.   Griffin  PEEBLES  (Aus)  Koski,  Tony Kart

5.   René  LAMMERS  (Ned)   Parolin

6.   Simon  RECHENMACHER  (Ger)  TB,  Kart Republic

7.   Luna  FLUXA  (Esp)  Kart Republic   (Mercedes Jr.)

8.   Alex  O'GRADY  (Ire)  Forza,  Exprit

9.   Oliver  KINNMARK  (Swe)  Koski,  Tony Kart

10. Lewis  WHERRELL  (GB)   Forza,  Exprit

 

HEAT A-F

1.   Enzo  TARNVANICHKUL  (Tha)  Tony Kart

2.   Andrea  DUPE  (Fra)  Sodi

3.   Mattia  COLNAGHI  (Ita)   Forza,  Exprit

4.   Alp Hassan  AKSOY  (Tur)   Tony Kart

5.   Kian  FARDIN  (Ch)   Energy Corse

6.   Maxens  VERBRUGGE  (Fra)  Kart Republic

7.   Tom  KALENDER  (Ger)  TB,  Kart Republic

8.   Gabriel  MOURA  (Bra)  Tony Kart

9.   Tobias  CLAUSEN  (Den)  Shamick Europe,  Parolin

10. Santino  PANETTA  (Arg)  Gamoto,  Tony Kart

 

HEAT C-E

1.   Maciej  GLADYSZ  (Pol)  Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris

2.   Anatoly  KHAVALKIN  (Rus)  Parolin

3.   Zhenrui  CHI  (Chi)  Beyond,  Kart Republic

4.   Iwo  BESZTERDA  (Pol)  Parolin

5.   Lucas  FLUXA  (Esp)  Kart Republic

6.   Alfie  SLATER  (GB)  Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris

7.   Thomas  STRAUVEN  (Bel)  Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris

8.   Kirill  DZITIEV  (Rus)  Ward,  Tony Kart

9.   Leo  NILSSON  (Swe)  Ward,  Tony Kart

10. Zac  DRUMMOND  (GB)  Parolin

 

HEAT B-G

1.   Martin  MOLNAR  (Hun)  Energy Corse

2.   Jan  PRZYROWSKI  (Pol)  Tony Kart

3.   Dries  VAN LANGENDONCK  (Bel)   Energy Corse

4.   Jens  TREUR  (Ned)  Falcon

5.   William  GO  (Phil)   Forza,  Exprit

6.   Jensen  BURNETT  (Can)  Energy Corse

7.   Jakub  KAMENIK  (Cze)  Hagemann,  Exprit

8.   Louis  LEVEAU  (Den)  Sodi

9.   Andrey  ADAYKIN  (Rus)  Energy Corse

10. Bradley  MAJMAN  (Aus)  Shamick Europe,  Parolin

 

HEAT D-H

1.   Niklas  SCHAUFLER  (Aut)  DPK,  Alonso

2.   Taym  SALEH  (Ger)  Kart Republic

3.   Salim  HANNA  (Col)  Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris

4.   Simon  RECHENMACHER  (Ger)  TB,  Kart Republic

5.   Gerasim  SKULANOV  (Rus)  Leclerc,  Birel ART

6.   Jimmy  HELIAS  (Fra)  Tony Kart

7.   Lewis  WHERRELL  (GB)  Forza,  Exprit

8.   Tiziano  MONZA  (Sin / Ch)  Shamick Europe,  Parolin

9.   Guillaume  BOUZAR  (Lux)  Koski,  Tony Kart

10. Alex  O'GRADY  (Ire)  Forza,  Exprit

 

STANDINGS HEATS AFTER FRIDAY:

 

1.   Enzo  TARNVANICHKUL  (Tha)   Tony Kart    2 pts.

2.   Anatoly  KHAVALKIN  (Rus)   Parolin   4 pts.

3.   Jan  PRZYROWSKI  (Pol)   Tony Kart   6

4.   Tayme  SALEH  (Ger)  Kart Republic   7

5.   Kian  FARDIN  (Ch)   Energy Corse   8

6.   Maciej  GLADYSZ  (Pol)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris   10

7.   Gerasim  SKULANOV  (Rus)   Leclerc,  Birel ART   16

8.   Dries  VAN LANGENDONCK  (Bel)   Energy Corse   17

9.   Niklas  SCHAUFLER  (Aut)   DPK,  Alonso   18

10. Andrea  DUPE  (Fra)  Sodi,  21

11. Adam  HIDEG  (Hun)   Sodi,   23

      Iwo  BESZTERDA  (Pol)   Parolin   23

13. Martin  MOLNAR  (Hun)   Energy Corse  25

14. Zhenrui  CHI  (Chi)  Beyond   26

15. Simon  RECHENMACHER  (Ger)   TB,  Kart Republic   27

16. Nathaniel  TYE  (GB)   Sodi   28

      Dmitry  MATVEEV  (Rus)   Parolin   28

18. Scott  LINDBLOM  (Swe)   CRG   30

19. Alex  O'GRADY  (Ire)   Forza,  Exprit   31

      Marcus  SAETER  (Nor)   Ward,  Tony Kart   31

      Lucas  FLUXA  (Esp)   Kart Republic   31

22. Leo  NILSSON  (Swe)   Ward,  Tony Kart   32

      Gabriel  MOURA  (Bra)   Tony Kart   32

      Kirill  DZITIEV  (Rus)   Ward,  Tony Kart   32

25. Alfie  SLATER  (GB)  Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris   35

      Tobias  CLAUSEN  (Den)   Shamick  Europe,  Parolin   35

      Zac  DRUMMOND  (GB)   Parolin   35

28. Griffin  PEEBLES  (Aus)   Koski,  Kart Republic   38

29. Mattia  COLNAGHI  (Ita)   Forza,  Exprit   39

30. Kirill  KUTSKOV  (Rus)   Birel  ART   40

31. Maxens  VERBRUGGE  (Fra)   Kart Republic   41

      Jules  CARANTA  (Fra)   Energy Corse   41

33. Noah  WOLFE  (GB)   Leclerc,  Ricciardo   42

      Lewis   WHERELL  (GB)   Forza,  Exprit   42

35. Joel  POHJOLA  (Fin)   Sodi,   43

      Salim  HANNA  (Col)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris   43

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      Tiziano  MONZA  (Sin / Ch)   Shamick Europe,  Parolin   43

38. Jimmy  HELIAS  (Fra)   Tony Kart   44

      Stepan  ANTONOV  (Rus)   Kart Republic   44

40. Clément  OUTRAN   (Fra)   VDK,  Kart Republic   45

      Sandro  PEREZ  (Esp)   DKP,  Alonso   45

42. Alp Hassan  AKSOY  (Tur)  Tony Kart   46

      Petr  AGEEV  (Rus)   Leclerc,  Birel  ART   46

      Jens  TREUR  (Ned)   Falcon   46

      Sacha  AVRIL  (Fra)  private,  Tony Kart   46

46. René  LAMMERS  (Ned)   Parolin   47

47. Killian  JOSSERON  (Ch)   Birel ART   49

48. Jason  GRAHAM  (GB)   Kart Republic    50

      Aleksandar  BOGUNOVIC  (SVN)    DPK,  Alonso   50

      Marti  RITONEN  (Fin)   Birel ART   50

     Jindrich  PESL  (Cze)   Birel ART   50

52. Guillaume  BOUZAR  (Lux)   Koski,  Tony Kart   51

53. Andres  CARDENAS  (Peru)   DPK,  Alonso   52

      Thomas  STRAUVEN  (Bel)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris   52

      Tom  KALENDER  (Ger)   TB,  Kart Republic   52

      Reno  FRANCOT  (Ned)   Birel ART   52

57. Luna  FLUXA   (Esp)   Kart Republic   53   (Mercedes Jr.)

      William  GO  (Phil)   Forza,  Exprit  53

59. Sebastian  GARZON  (Col)    CRG   54

      Miguel  COSTA  (Bra)   Sauber Academy,  Kart Republic  54   (Sauber Jr.)

.....
69. Andy CONSANI   (Fra)   Sodi    61

72. Maria Germano  NETO  (Por)   Tony Kart   63   (Ferrari Jr.)

76. Louis  LEVEAU  (Den)   Sodi   66

77. Thibaut  RAMAEKERS  (Bel)   VKD,  Kart Republic   68

79. Lenn  NIJS  (Bel)   Kart Republic   69

80. Emanuele  OLIVIERI  (Ita)  Formula K   70

83. Arthur  DORISON  (Fra)   Tony Kart   73

84. Nicklas  ROOS  (Z-A)   CRG   74

87. David  COSMA  (ROM)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris   76

109. Aryaman  BANSAL  (Ind)   Forza,  Exprit   105  penalty points

 

**  Matveev has already moved up from his 31st qualy position to 16th.

**  Top favourites Khavalkin & Tony Kart duo Tarnvanichkul & Przyrowski have already moved to the top 3 of the standings on Friday staking their claim on the title and Gladysz, another top favourite is really close too.

 

**  Jules Caranta had done a phenomal job already (as I had expected) by moving from dead last to already 31st (so in the top 36): an astonishing job. Bouzar did great to moving from position 109 to nr 52
**  René Lammers is very slowly climbing to that top 36 but still has a lot of work to do if he wants to be in the running on Saturday: he moved from 58 to 46 on Friday.

**  Andres Cardenas & Thomas Strauven, two shadow favourites are in huge trouble.

**  Arthur Dorison, FIA Academy Trophy winner and French National Junior champion can forget about this championship already: that is a shocker, so can South African Nicklas Roos...
 


Edited by William Hunt, 17 September 2022 - 13:48.


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Posted 17 September 2022 - 09:48

Any strong girl prospect in karting scene ?

 

The most promissing is Spanish girl (from Mallorca) Luna Fluxa who is a rookie this year in Junior, she was the Mini IAME Euro Series winner last year and is in the Mercedes Academy and races with Kart Republic.

There's a couple of others: Emma Felbermayer, Austrian girl, does an okay job in OK. Ferrari has a Junior female driver in their Girls on Track as well with Maria Germano Neto (Portugal) and they have Laura Camps (Spain) in KZ2 shifter karts (she's been pretty bad there), both at Ferrari's partner Tony Kart. There's also German girl Mathilda Paaz but she's been too slow to be honest.

Fluxa is the most promissing girl but the quickest woman in karting for sure is actually currently racing in the Rotax Max Euro Trophy Mathilda Olsson, who also has raced in Porsche Cup Scandinavia. She is really quick and even fighting for wins sometimes.

Also quick is Belgian girl Sita Van Meert who runs for VDK in IAME Euro Series in the Junior class.

 

We've had a girl moving straight from karting to World Series this year (big jump since that F. Regional car has 270bhp and even 300bhp with the push to pass button): Tereza Babickova.


Edited by William Hunt, 17 September 2022 - 09:54.


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Posted 17 September 2022 - 11:27

QUALIFYING OK (SENIOR)

 

1.    Maxim  REHM  (Ger)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris

2.    Matheus  FERREIRA  (Bra)   Energy Corse   (Alpine Jr.)

3.    Oscar  PEDERSEN  (Swe)   Ward,  Tony Kart

4.    Maksimilian  POPOV  (Rus)   Koski,  Tony Kart

5.    Maksim  ORLOV  (Rus)   Parolin

6.    Matheus  MORGATTO  (Bra)   DPK,  Alonso

7.    Zachary  DAVID  (Phil)   Sauber Academy,  Kart Republic   (Sauber Jr.)

8.    Rashid  AL DHARERI  (UAE)   Parolin

9.    Yuanpu  CUI  (Chin)   Kart Republic   (Mercedes Jr.)

10.  Paolo  IPPOLITO  (Ita)   Kart Republic

11.  Alex  POWELL  (Jam)  Kart Republic   (Mercedes Jr.)

12.  Arvid  LINDBLAD  (GB / Swe)   Kart Republic   (Red Bull Jr.)

13.  Juho  VALTANEN  (Fin)   Tony Kart

14.  Akshay  BOHRA  (Sin / USA)   Energy Corse

15.  Arthur  POULAIN   (Fra)   VDK, Kart Republic

16.  Ean  EYCKMANS  (Bel)   Ward,  Tony Kart

17.  Tomass  STOLCERMANIS   (Lit)   Energy Corse

18.  Luka  SAMMALISTO  (Fin)   Kart Republic

19.  Tuuka  TAPONEN  (Fin)   Tony Kart

20.  Ruben  MOYA   (Esp)   Pantano

21.  Malo  BOLLIET  (Fra)   Kart  Republic

22.  Joel  BERGSTRÖM  (Swe)   Forza,  Exprit

23.  Ronnie  STEFANI  (Ita)   PRK,  Tony Kart

24.  Evan  GILTAIRE  (Fra)   VDK,  Kart Republic

25.  Kean  NAKAMURA BERTA  (Jap / Svk)   Kart Republic  (Alpine Jr.)

26.  Ményhert  KRÒSZER  (Hun)   DKP,  Alonso

27.  Gabriel  GOMEZ  (Bra)   CRG

28.  Freddie  SLATER  (GB)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris

29.  Arthur  ROGEON  (Fra)   VDK,  Kart Republic

30.  Kiano  BLUM  (Aut)   DPK,  Alonso

31.  Enzo  DELIGNY  (Fra)   Parolin

32.  Cristian  BERTUCA  (Ita)   Birel ART

33.  Yevan  DAVID  (SRI-L)   Forza,  Exprit

34.  Rintaro  SATO  (Jap)   Kart Republic   (Takuma Sato's son)

35.  Simone  BIANCO  (ITA)   CRG

36.  Ollin  GALLI  (Bra)  CRG

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

37.  Jakub  RAJSKI  (Pol)   Tony Kart

38.  Caspian  HAGMAN  (Swe)   Ward,  Tony Kart

39.  Kevin  QUEVEDO  (Arg)   VDK,  Kart  Republic

40.  David  WALTHER   (Den)   Koski,  Tony Kart

41.  Bruno  MULDERS  (Ned)   Kart  Republic

42.  Sebastiano  PAVAN  (Ita)   Forza, Exprit

43.  Hiyu  YAMAKOSHI  (Jap)   Parolin

44.  Rafael  MODONESE  (Peru)   Leclerc,  Birel ART

45.  Enea  FREY  (Ch)   Beyond,  Kart Republic

46.  Jace  MATTHEWS  (Aus)   Kart Republic

47.  Douwe  DEDECKER  (Bel)   Kart Republic

48.  Giovanni  TRENTIN  (Ita)   Pantano

49.  Nicolo  CUMAN  (Ita)   Forza,  Exprit

50.  Maksymilian  ANGELARD  (Pol)   Leclerc,  Birel ART

51.  Gustaw  WISNIEWSKI  (Pol)   Forza,  Exprit

52.  Francesco  MARENGHI  (Ita)   Formula K

53.  Eemeli  KOIVISTO  (Fin)   Koski,  Tony Kart

54.  Alvar  SIMESVAARA  (Fin)  Ward,  Tony Kart

55.  Nacho  TUÑON  (Esp)   DPK,  Alonso

56.  Leonardo  CESARETTI  (Ita)   Innovate,  Tony Kart

57.  Alise  RODELLA  (Ita)   Forza,  Exprit

58.  Jokubas  BAGDONAVICIUS  (Lit)   Ward,  Tony Kart

59.  James  EGOZI  (USA)   Tony Kart

60.  Adrian  MALHEIRO  (Por)   CRG

61.  Ella  STEVENS  (GB)   Birel ART

62.  Shimo  ZHANG  (H-K)   Kart Republic

63.  Juan  COTA ALONSO  (Esp)   Kart Republic

64.  Filippo  FIORENTINO  (Bra)   CRG

65.  Massimiliano  ALOSA  (Ita)   Leclerc,  Birel ART

66.  Ryan  VINCENT  (USA)   Ward,  Tony Kart

67.  Emma  FELBERMAYER  (Aut)   TB,  Kart  Republic

68.  Jorge  HERNANDEZ  (Mex)   DPK,  Alonso

69.  Vasileios  MICHAILIDIS  (Gre)   Ward,  Tony Kart

70.  Harley  KEEBLE  (GB)   Birel ART

71.  Karol  PASIEWICZ  (Pol)  Birel ART

72.  Maksymilian  OBST  (Pol)   DPK,  Alonso

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

73.  Aada  TURPEINEN  (Fin)   Ward,  Tony Kart

74.  Luigi  COLUCCIO  (Ita)  Tony Kart

75.  Peter  STILLER  (Ita)   Pantano

76.  Jan  KOLLER  (Cze)   Hagemann,  Exprit

77.  Carmen  KRAAV  (Est)   Ward,  Tony Kart

78.  Oscar  WURZ  (Aut)  Tony Kart   (son of Alexander Wurz)

79.  Nico  LEMBERG  (Fin)   Koski,  Tony Kart

80.  Keanu  AL AZHARI  (UAE)   Tony Kart

81.  Mario  SCHETTINO  (Ita)   Parolin

82.  Fuji  SHOTA  (Jap)   Drago Corse

83.  Sofia  KOHTALA  (Fin)   Ward,  Tony Kart

84.  Amer  HARRIS  (Mal)   Parolin

85.  Dante  VINCI  (Aus)   Shamick Europe,  Parolin

86.  Daniel  VAHLBERG   (Fin)  Ward,  Tony  Kart   (no time set)

87.  Oda  YU  (Jap)  Drago Corse  (no time set, crashed)

88.  Joe  TURNEY  (GB)  Tony Kart   (DSQ)

89.  Harry  ARNETT  (Aus)   Shamick  Europe,  Parolin   (DSQ)

90.  Jiri  BECICKA  (Cze)   Parolin Czech Republic   (DSQ)

 

* Contrary to the OK Jr. category there were virtually no surprises in OK (Senior). Maybe Popov & Orlov qualified higher up as expected. 

 

* The big shocker and a massive upset was that absolute top favourite Joe Turney (GB) was disqualified for a technical infringement and will have to start all his heats from the complete back of the grid. An absolute disaster for Tony Kart, Turney's hopes of winning the world title already seems away before the start of the first heat, he can't affort a single mistake in any of his heats now.
 

* Second shocker was the another top favourite, Vice World Champion in OK Luigi Coluccio (Ita) only qualified at the back in 74th.... That's two factory Tony Kart stars at the back.

Oscar Wurz also qualified badly in a works Tony Kart but frankly that's not so unexpected, he's only part of that top team because of his last name to be honest, his brother Charlie who is now in F4 was better in karting but not a top driver either (he drove for Exprit last year).

 

* Reigning OK World Champion Tuuka Taponen  (Fin)  qualified a solid 19th so is in quite a good position to defend his crown. Red Bull Jr. Arvid Lindblad, who is my personal favourite to win the world title was 12th and Ean Eyckmans did well too after his switch to Swedish squad Ward Racing as 16th.



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Posted 17 September 2022 - 11:39

How can we follow it? Is the whole thing on Youtube?

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Posted 17 September 2022 - 11:44

How can we follow it? Is the whole thing on Youtube?

 

Live timing + live tv on the FIA site:

https://www.fiakarti...2022-sarno/live

 

Live tv link on youtube (Van Langendonck just had a crash with Leo Nilsson unfortunately, both continues but that will cost Van Langendonck a lot of penalty points):

(yesterday's heats are also on youtube)
PS: all major karting events can be found on youtube and are always broadcasted live as well (WSK, FIA, IAME Euro Series).


Edited by William Hunt, 17 September 2022 - 11:45.


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Posted 17 September 2022 - 12:35

FRIDAY HEATS OK (SENIOR):

Drivers were divided in 6 groups (8 in OK Jr.) so will have to do 5 heats each (7 in OK Jr.)

 

Penalty points determing the standings in the heats and the starting grid eventually for the final with the driver with least penalty points on pole position. A heat win means 0 penalty points, a second place 2, a third place 3, a 20th place 20 penalty points etc... so a DNF will hit your hopes hard. If you don't start a heat you get the penalty points for last place + two extre penalty points.

 

HEAT E-F

1.    Arvid  LINDBLAD  (GB)   Kart Republic   (Red Bull Jr.)

2.    Matheus  MORGATTO  (Bra)   DPK,  Alonso

3.    Alex  POWELL  (Jam)  Kart Republic   (Mercedes Jr.)

4.    Tomass  STOLCERMANIS  (Lit)   Energy Corse

5.    Simone  BIANCO  (Ita)   CRG

6.    Luka  SAMMALISTO  (Fin)   Kart Republic

7.    Maksim  ORLOV  (Rus)   Parolin

8.    Kiano  BLUM  (Aut)   DPK,  Alonso

9.    Sebastiano  PAVAN  (Ita)   Forza,  Exprit

10.  James  EGOZI  (USA)   Tony Kart

 

HEAT C-D

1.    Oscar  PEDERSEN  (Swe)   Ward, Tony Kart

2.    Yuanpu  CUI  (Chi)   Kart Republic   (Mercedes Jr.)

3.    Maksimilian  POPOV  (Rus)   Koski,  Tony Kart

4.    Freddie  SLATER  (GB)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris

5.    Ean  EYCKMANS  (Bel)   Ward,  Tony Kart

6.    Paolo  IPPOLITO  (Ita)   Kart Republic

7.    Joel  BERGSTRÖM  (Swe)   Forza,  Exprit

8.    Rintaro  SATO  (Jap)   Kart Republic   (Takuma Sato's son)

9.    Gabriel  GOMEZ  (Bra)   CRG

10.  Gustaw  WISNIEWSKI  (Pol)   Forza,  Exprit

 

HEAT A-B

1.    Tuuka  TAPONEN  (Fin)   Tony Kart

2.    Matheus  FERREIRA  (Bra)   Kart Republic   (Alpine Jr.)

3.    Maxim  REHM  (Ger)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris

4.    Kean  NAKAMURA BERTA  (Jap)   Kart Republic   (Alpine Jr.)

5.    Juho  VALTANEN  (Fin)   Tony Kart

6.    Enzo  DELIGNY  (Fra)   Parolin

7.    David  ZACHARY   (Phil)   Sauber Academy,  Kart Republic   (Sauber Jr.)

8.    Cristian  BERTUCA   (Ita)   Birel ART

9.    Nacho  TUÑON  (Esp)   DPK,  Alonso

10.  Ruben  MOYA  (Esp)  Pantano

 

HEAT C-F

1.    Matheus  MORGATTO  (Bra)   DPK,  Alonso

2.    Yuanpu  CUI  (Chi)  Kart Republic   (Mercedes Jr.)

3.    Malo  BOLLIET  (Fra)   Kart Republic

4.    Oscar  PEDERSEn  (Swe)   Ward,  Tony Kart

5.    Gabriel  GOMEZ  (Bra)  CRG

6.    Evan  GILTAIRE  (Fra)   VDK,  Kart Republic

7.    Arthur  POULAIN  (Fra)  VDK,  Kart Republic

8.    Olin  GALLI  (Bra)   CRG

9.    Arvid  LINDBLAD  (GB)   Kart Republic   (Red Bull Jr.)

10.  Sebastiano  PAVAN  (Ita)  Forza,  Exprit

 

HEAT B-D

1.    Freddie  SLATER  (GB)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris

2.    Maksimilian  POPOV  (Rus)   Koski,  Tony Kart

3.    Rashid  AL DHARERI  (UAE)   Parolin

4.    Paolo  IPPOLITO  (Ita)   Kart Republic

5.    Akshay  BOHRA  (Sin)   Energy Corse

6.    Luigi  COLUCCIO  (Ita)   Tony Kart

7.    Joel  BERGSTRÖM  (Swe)   Forza,  Exprit

8.    Joe  TURNEY  (GB)  Tony Kart

9.    Ruben  MOYA  (Esp)  Pantano

10.  Jace  MATTHEWS  (Aus)   Kart Republic

 

The Heats Standings after Friday were not that representative since 2 groups out of 6 did only 2 heats and the other 3 so naturally those 2 groups had less penalty points.
Anyway this was the top 10 Heats Standings after Friday:

 

1.   Matheus  MORGATTO  (Bra)   DPK,  Alonso   2  penalty points

2.   Oscar  PEDERSEN  (Den)   Ward,  Tony Kart    4 pts.

      Tuuka  TAPONEN  (Fin)   Tony Kart   4

4.   Yuanpu  CUI  (Chi)   Kart Republic   6   (Mercedes Jr.)

5.   Kean  NAKAMURA BERTA  (Jap / Svk)   Kart Republic   8   (Alpine Jr.)   

6.   Freddie  SLATER  (GB)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris   9

7.   David  ZACHARY  (Phil)   Sauber Academy,  Kart Republic   13   (Sauber Jr.)

      Arvid  LINDBLAD  (GB)   Kart Republic   13   (Red Bull Jr.)

9.   Maksimilian  POPOV   (Rus)   Koski,  Tony Kart   16   

      Juho  VALTANEN  (Fin)   Tony Kart   16     



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Posted 17 September 2022 - 12:38

I think this is a great thread, have already watched my first heat and will go some more later.

 

Back some time ago, which may a year or two you lined the various classes up against each other, since everyone moves on much earlier than before I can't get my head around the hierarchy between the classes. I think you may have explained back then, when I raced way, way back the top class was Group A - How do the classes measure against each other, which are the more important ones?



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Posted 17 September 2022 - 13:11

I think this is a great thread, have already watched my first heat and will go some more later.

 

Back some time ago, which may a year or two you lined the various classes up against each other, since everyone moves on much earlier than before I can't get my head around the hierarchy between the classes. I think you may have explained back then, when I raced way, way back the top class was Group A - How do the classes measure against each other, which are the more important ones?

 

The FIA (WSK uses the same FIA rules, WSK means World Series Karting, an Italian organisation who also organise Italian F4 & F. Regional Europe) classes are divided by age:

 

60 Mini:          10-12  (in reality they allow from 9 if they have their birthday in the same semester) 60 cc, top speed 120km/h

OK Junior:      12-14  (in reality possible from 11)  125 cc, top speed +- 160 km/h, engine has 14.000 RPM Limiter, HARD TYRES, WEIGHT: 140 kg., +- 32 BHP

OK (Senior):   14+     (in reality possible from 13 but very rare, only two drivers did that)  125cc identical chassis as OK Jr., top speed +- 175 km/h engine has 16.000 RPM Limiter, MEDIUM TYRES, WEIGHT 145kg, +- 42 BHP + Power Valve

 

Those are the direct drive 'automatic' classes meaning no gearbox, you don't have to shift gears up & down. OK replaced KF classes years ago (Max, Albon, Gasly etc... still raced in KF3, KF2, KF classes: they weren't direct driver but had a touch & go sytem with a battery to start. In OK the battery was removed.

Before KF there were 100cc karts which were cheaper actually. FIA made karting more expensive when they switched to 125cc engines.

 

Then there are the shifter karts (with a gearbox, they also have 125cc 2 stroke) where drivers go if they want to have a carreer in karting (staying in it instead of going to cars):

 

KZ2    15+     Minimum weight 170kg.  Water cooled engine with 46BHP with 6 speed gearbox. Gearbox has to be hand operated and manual in KZ2. MEDIUM TYRES.

KZ      15+     Minimum weight: 165kg. Engine +- 52 BHP, 6 speed gearbox, electro mechanical gearbox allowed. SOFT TYRES. TOP SPEED 180km/h, 0-100Kmh: 3.35 sec. G Forces up to 2-3G in corners.

 

The national championships of France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain run according to FIA rules.

 

FIA Academy Trophy:

 

3 to 4 rounds in a season, everyone on identical OK Jr. Exprit chassis with identical engines, no tuning allowed. Karts are allocated by lottery. One driver per country, no teams, the drivers defends the colour of his country. Age 12-14  (in reality from 11).

 

 

Classess in IAME  (single make engine class: only standard IAME Engines, IAME is an Italian brand, no tuning allowed):

 

X30 Mini  (10-12)

X30 Junior  (12-15)

X30 Senior  (14+)

 

Benelux, France, USA, Italy national championship all use IAME classes (many other countries as well).

 

Classes in ROTAX MAX  (Single Make Classes: only standard Rotax engines, Rotax is an Austrian brand, no tuning allowed):

 

Rotax Max Micro  (7-10, often dived in 2 subclasses: one for complete rookies, one for drivers with at least 1 year experience)

Rotax Max Mini   (10-12)

Rotax Max Junior  (12-15)

Rotax Max Senior  (14+)

Rotax Max DD2  (15+ )  shifter class, 2 speed gearbox

 

In france they call the Micro class 'Minime' and the Mini class 'Cadet'. In the UK They call the Micro class 'Bambino' and the Mini class 'Cadett. UK Also has a Honda engine class for Cadett.

 

UK, Benelux, USA, India, Thailand and many other countries around the world also have a Rotax national championship.

 

Italy & USA also have a ROK engine championship. USA uses Swift & ROK engines for Mini class. They also have a TaG Junior class in the USA. IAME is the most popular junior & senior class in the USA.

 

Minimum ages can differ per country. In UK & France Junior is up to 15 I believe and Senior 15+. In some countries you can start karting nationally from the age of 7, in other countries it may be 8 or 9. Internationaly from 10 in WSK (although they allow exceptions at 9 already) and FIA minimum from 12 (Juniors) officially but they allow at 11 in reality.

 

There also exists an Asian IAME championship. Little is known about the Japanese karting scene since there are not English language websites documenting that but it's  pretty strong considering how many  great drivers it produces. I believe they use Honda and Yamaha engines there.

 

Best karting websites for results / databases

www.kartcom.com

www.wskkarting.it

https://www.driverdb.com/

https://www.kart-dm.de/en/

https://www.iameeuroseries.com/

https://www.rotaxmax...eurotrophy.com/

https://www.acisport...campionati/CIK/
https://www.bnlkartingseries.com/

https://www.iameseri...nelux.com/home/

https://www.britishk...mpionships.org/


Edited by William Hunt, 15 November 2022 - 05:47.


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Posted 17 September 2022 - 13:18

 

 

Thanks a lot.



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Posted 17 September 2022 - 14:36

Paolo Ippolito (Ita, 28?) is Kart Republics weapon to counter the experienced line-up of Tony Kart. Ippolito is a full time pro as a top shifter karter and this year even won the world title in KZ2 two weeks ago. He has done some OK rounds this year to prepare for Sunday's race and scored 2 poles but drove a but wild and didn't bring the goods in in the races. I strangely enough couldn't find his birth year, did find an article that claims he is 31 but that's impossible according to me, must be either 27 or 28.

 
He was born on 11 April 1996 in Siena (source), so he is 26.



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Posted 17 September 2022 - 20:18

Thanks for all the great, very informative posts @William Hunt, much appreciated!

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Posted 17 September 2022 - 21:54

STANDINGS AFTER HEATS OK JUNIOR:  (This determines grid order Super Heats: uneven positions in Super Heat A even in Super Heat B meaning nr. 1 = pole Super Heat A, nr. 2 = pole Sper Heat B, top 72 to Super Heats)

 

Between   brackets  (...)  position Qualifying:

 

1.    (17)    Enzo  TARNVANICHKUL  (Tha)   Tony Kart    7 penalty points

2.    (3)      Anatoly  KHAVALKIN  (Rus)   Parolin   9 pts.

3.    (2)      Jan  PRZYROWSKI  (Pol)   Tony Kart   11

4.    (24)    Taym  SALEH   (Ger)   Kart Republic   23

5.    (1)      Kian  FARDIN  (Ch)   Energy Corse   30

6.    (6)      Martin  MOLNAR  (Hun)   Energy Corse   31

7.    (12)    Adam  HIDEG   (Hun)   Sodi   32

8.    (5)      Zhenrui  'Newman'  CHI   (Chi)   Beyond,  Kart Republic   38

9.    (18)    Scott  LINDBLOM   (Swe)   CRG   39

10.  (4)      Gerasim  SKULANOV  (Rus)   Leclerc,  Birel ART   40

11.  (21)    Nathaniel  TYE   (GB)   Sodi  40

12.  (27)    Iwo  BESZTERDA  (Pol)   Parolin   41

13.  (7)      Dries  VAN LANGENDONCK  (Bel)   Energy Corse   43

14.  (43)    Marcus  SAETER  (Nor)   Ward,  Tony  Kart   49

15.  (11)    Maciej  GLADYSZ  (Pol)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris   56

16.  (20)    Niklas  SCHAUFLER  (Aut)   DPK,  Alonso   56

17.  (64)    Simon  RECHENMACHER   (Ger)   TB Kart,   Kart Republic   56

18.  (38)    Maxens  VERBRUGGE  (Fra)   Kart Republic   58

19.  (13)    Leo  NILSSON   (Swe)   Ward,  Tony Kart   60
20.  (61)    Zac  DRUMMOND  (GB)   Parolin   60
21.  (14)    Alp Hassan  AKSOY  (Tur)   Tony Kart   61
22.  (44)    Salim  HANNA  (Col)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris   64
23.  (31)    Clément  OUTRAN   (Fra)   VDK,  Kart Republic  70
24.  (56)    Lewis  WHERRELL  (GB)    Forza,  Exprit   72
25.  (15)    Andres  CARDENAS  (Peru)   DPK,  Alonso   73

26.  (57)    Lucas  FLUXA  (Esp)   Kart Republic   73
27.  (16)    Petr  AGEEV  (Rus)   Leclerc,  Birel ART   74
28.  (58)    René  LAMMERS  (Ned)   Parolin   74
29.  (38)    Dmitry  MATVEEV  (Rus)   Koski,  Tony Kart   75
30.  (30)    Gabriel  MOURA  (Bra)   Tony Kart   77
31.  (51)    Thomas  STRAUVEN   (Bel)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris   77
32.  (22)    Mattia  COLNAGHI  (Ita)   Forza,  Exprit   78
33.  (42)    Luna  FLUXA  (Esp)   Kart Republic   78   (Mercedes Jr.)
34.  (109)  Jules  CARANTA  (Fra)   Energy Corse   79
35.  (34)    Jens  TREUR  (Ger)   Fakon   80
36.  (35)    Killian  JOSSERON   (Ch)   Birel ART   80
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37.  (53)    Kirill  DZITIEV  (Rus)   Ward,  Tony Kart   80
38.  (89)    Kirill  KUTSKOV  (Rus)   Birel ART   80
39.  (29)    Stepan  ANTONOV  (Rus)   Kart Republic   81
40.  (50)    Griffin  PEEBLES  (Aus)   Koski,  Tony Kart   82
41.  (108)  Guillaume  BOUZAR  (Lux)   Koski,  Tony Kart   84

42.  (9)      Andrea  DUPE  (Fra)   Sodi   87
43.  (32)    Alex  O'GRADY   (Ire)   Forza,  Exprit   87
44.  (19)    Alfie  SLATER  (GB)   Ricky Flynnn  Lando Norris   89
45.  (37)    Aleleksandar  BOGUNOVIC   (Svn)   DPK,  Alonso   89
46.  (23)    Enzo  NIENKOTTER  (Bra   CRG,   91
47.  (54)    Tom  KALENDER  (Ger)   TB Kart,  Kart Republic   91
48.  (33)    Tobias  CLAUSEN   (Den)   Shamick Europe,  Parolin   93

49.  (90)    William  GO   (Phil)  Forza,  Exprit   94
50.  (28)    Jimmy  HELIAS  (Fra)  Tony Kart   95
51.  (41)    Sandro  PEREZ  (Esp)   DPK,  Alonso   96
52.  (36)    Marcel  KASPRZYCKI  (Pol)   Ward,  Tony Kart   97
53.  (55)    Adrian  BENITO FERRER  (Esp)   DPK,  Alonso   99
54.  (52)    Thibaut  RAMAEKERS  (Bel)   VDK,  Kart Republic   100
55.  (25)    Joshua  GRAHAM  (GB)   Kart Republic   101
56.  (48)    Tiziano  MONZA   (ITA)   Shamick Europe   102

57.  (8)      Noah  WOLFE  (GB)   Leclerc,  Ricciardo   104

58.  (40)    Joel  POHJOLA  (Fin)   Sodi   104
59.  (87)    Miguel  COSTA  (Bra)   Sauber Academy,  Kart Republic   104   (Sauber Jr.)

60.  (77)    Edu  ROBINSON  (GB / Esp)   Forza,  Exprit   106

61.  (57)    Guy  ALBAG  (Isr)   Ward,  Tony Kart   107
62.  (78)    Sebastian  GARZON  (Col)   CRG   109
63.  (6)      Akexander  DAHLSTRÖM  (Fin)   Energy Corse   111

64.  (71)    Louis  LEVEAU   (Den)   Sodi   111

65.  (59)    Andy  CONSANI   (Fra)   Sodi   112
66.  (66)    Nicolas  ROOS   (Z-A)   CRG   113

67.  (63)    Francisco  MACEDO  (Por)   CRG   114
68.  (92)    Reno  FRANCOT  (Ned)   Birel ART   114
69.  (74)    Oliver  KINNMARK   (Swe)   Koski,  Tony Kart   115

70.  (62)    Toby  DVORAK   (Aus)   Energy Corse   116

71.  (96)    Jindrich  PESL  (Cze)   Birel ART   116

72,  (105)  Sacha  AVRIL   (Fra)   private,  Tony Kart   117
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73.  (75)    Arthur  DORISON  (Fra)   Tony Kart   118
74.  (80)    Kimi  TANI  (Fin)   private,  Tony Kart   119

75.  (85)    David  COSMA   (Rom)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris  123
76.  (88)    Sébastien  KAWPENG  (Phil)   Kart Republic   123

77.  (84)    Lenn  NIJS  (Bel)   Kart Republic   124
78.  (69)    Ermanno  QUINTIERI   (Ita)   Pantano   126

79.  (106)  Jensen  BURNETT  (Can)   Energy Corse   128
80.  (46)    Hugo  MARTINIELLO   (Fra)   VDK,  Kart Republic   131
81.  (26)    Andrey  ADAYKIN  (Rus)   Energy Corse   132
82.  (100)  Giacomo  PEDRINI  (Ita)   Tony Kart   132
83.  (71)    Jakub  KAMENIK  (Cze)   Hagemann   133
84.  (49)    Max  WALTON  (Aus)   Shamick Europe   134
85.  (65)    Elliot  KACZYNSKI  (Pol)   Ward,  Tony Kart   134
86.  (95)    Jaxson  BURNS   (Aus)   Shamick Europe   135
87.  (94)    Alfredo  IBIAPINA   (Bra)   Tony Kart   136
88.  (103)  Mark  BROVKO   (Ukr)   Ward,  Tony Kart   136

89.  (96)    Mathilda  PAATZ  (Ger)   TB,  Kart Republic   138
90.  (70)    Santino  PANETTA  (Arg)   Gamoto,  Tony Kart   139
91.  (73)    Martti  RITONEN  (FIn)   Birel ART   141
92.  (97)    Timofey  MIKHAYLOV  (Rus)   Vira,  Tony Kart   143

93.  (102)  Hampus  VARIS  (Swe)   Danilo Rossi  (DR)   144
94.  (68)    Jurse  KIPRAS  (Lit)   Paske,  Righettu Ridolfi   147
95.  (93)    Michael  IDER  (Ita)   CRG   147
96.  (98)    Bradley  MAJMAN  (Aus)   Shamick Europe   147

97.  (104)  Maria Germano  NETO  (Por)   Tony Kart   147   (Ferrari Jr.)

98.  (72)    Gabriel  SANO   (Bra)   CRG   149

99.  (91)    Emilio  ORTOLANI  (Fra)   Sodi   151
100.(60)    Leon  BRUNNER  (Ita)   DPK,  Alonso   154

101.(107)  Faidon  PAPAFILIPPOU  (Gre)   Danilo Rossi  (DR)   156
102.(47)    Emanuele  OLIVIERI   (Ita)   Formula K   157    (withdrew, probably with injury)
103.(66)    Markas  SILKUNAS  (Lit)   Gamoto,  Tony Kart   157
104.(101)  Jenson  BURNS  (Aus)   Shamick Europe,  Parolin   157
105.(81)    Leo  Robinson  (Alg)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris   160
106.(82)    Nico  LAHNALAHTI  (Fin)   CRG   160

107.(99)    Zoe  FLORESCU POTOLEA  (Rom)   Birel ART   164
108.(83)    Dini Sabin  STROESCU   (Rom)   Birel ART  166
109.(45)    Aryaman  BANZAL  (India)   Forza,  Exprit   179

110. ----     Matias  ORJUELA   (Col)   Shamick  Europe   -- --   (DNA)

        ----     Arjun  CHHEDA  (India)   Birel ART   -- --   (DNA) 



#26 KWSN - DSM

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Posted 17 September 2022 - 22:08

So first 36 are onwards, rest are done?



#27 William Hunt

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Posted 17 September 2022 - 23:36

STANDINGS OK (SENIOR)  AFTER HEATS:

 

1.     (6)     Matheus  MORGATTO  (Bra)   DPK,  Alonso    2 penalty points

2.     (3)     Oscar  PEDERSEN  (Swe)   Ward,  Tony Kart   14 pts.

3.     (9)     Yuanpu  CUI   (Chi)   Kart Republic   17  (Mercedes Jr.)

4.     (19)   Tuuka  TAPONEN  (Fin)  Tony Kart   19

5.     (25)   Kean  NAKAMURA-BERTA  (Jap / Svk)   Kart Republic   20   (Alpine Jr.)

6.     (7)     Zachary  DAVID  (Phil)   Sauber Academy,  Kart Republic   21   (Sauber Jr.)

7.     (12)   Arvid  LINDBLAD   (GB / Swe)   Kart Republic   22    (Red Bull Jr.)

8.     (17)   Tomass  STOLCERMANIS  (Lat)   Energy Corse   22

9.     (1)     Maxim  REHM   (Ger)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris   23
10.   (28)   Freddie  SLATER   (GB)   Ricky Flynn,  Lando Norris    23
11.   (11)   Alex POWELL   (Jam)   Kart Republic   25   (Mercedes Jr.)

12.   (13)   Juho  VALTANEN   (Fin)   Tony Kart   29

13.   (8)     Rashid  AL DHARERI   (UAE)   Parolin   30

14.   (10)   Paolo  IPPOLITO  (Ita)   Kart Republic   30

15.   (20)   Ruben  MOTA  (Esp)   Pantano   31
16.   (5)     Maksim  ORLOV  (Rus)   Parolin   32

17.   (24)   Evan  GILTAIRE  (Fra)   VDK,  Kart Republic   35
18.   (2)     Matheus  FERREIRA  (Bra)   Kart Republic   36   (Alpine Jr.)

19.   (4)     Maksimilian  POPOV  (Rus)   Koski,  Tony Kart   37

20.   (27)   Gabriel  GOMEZ  (Bra)  CRG    38
21.   (31)   Enzo  DELIGNY   (Fra)   Parolin   39
22.   (16)   Ean  EYCKMANS  (Bel)   Ward,  Tony Kart   44
23.   (18)   Luka  SAMMALISTO  (Fin)   Kart Republic   44
24.   (26)   Menyhért  KROSZER  (Hun)   DPK,  Alonso   50
25.   (35)   Simone  BIANCO   (Ita)   CRG   52

26.   (21)   Malo  BOLLIET  (Fra)   Kart Republic   53
27.   (40)   David  WALTHER   (Den)   Koski,  Tony Kart   57
28.   (22)   Joel  BERGSTRÖM  (Swe)   Forza,  Exprit   58

29.   (14)    Akshay  BOHRA  (Sin / USA)   Energy Corse   60
30.   (36)    Olin  GALLI  (Bra)  CRG   63
31.   (41)    Bruno  MULDERS  (Ned)   Kart Republic   63

32.   (88)    Joe  TURNEY  (GB)   Tony Kart   63
33.   (74)    Luigi  COLUCCIO  (Ita)   Tony Kart   64
34.   (55)    Nacho  TUNON  (Esp)   DPK,  Alonso    65
35.   (32)    Cristian  BERTUCA   (Ita)   Birel ART   70
36.   (29)    Arthur  ROGEON  (Fra)   VDK,  Kart Republic   71
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37.   (42)    Sebastiano  PAVAN  (Ita)   Forza,  Exprit,   72
38.   (59)    James  EGOZI  (USA)   Tony Kart  74
39.   (70)    Harley  KEEBLE  (GB)   Birel ART  75
40.   (52)    Francesco  MARENGHI   (Ita)   Formula  K  77
41.   (53)    Juan  COTA  (Esp)   Kart Republic   77
42.   (44)    Rafael  MODONESE   (Peru)   Leclerc,  Birel ART  79
43.   (37)    Jakob  RAJSKI   (Pol)   Tony Kart   80
44.   (51)    Gustaw  WISNIEWSKI   (Pol)   Forza,  Exprit   80
45.   (80)    Keany  AL AZHARI  (UAE)   Tony Kart   81

46.   (23)    Ronnie  STEFANI  (Ita)   PRK,  Tony Kart   82
47.   (71)    Karol  PASIEWICZ   (Pol)   Birel ART   84

48.   (34)    Rintaro  SATO   (Jap)   Kart Republic   85    (Takuma Sato's son)

49.   (38)    Caspian  HAGMAN  (Swe)   Ward,  Tony Kart   85

50.   (54)    Alvar  SIIMESVAARA  (Fin)   Ward,  Tony Kart   93
51.   (30)    Kiano  BLUM  (Aut)   DPK,  Alonso   94
52.   (43)    Hiyu  YAMAKOSHI  (Jap)   Parolin   94
53.   (75)    Peter  STILLER  (Ita)   Pantano   95
54.   (29)    Kevin  QUEVEDO  (Arg)   VDK,  Kart Republic   96
55.   (45)    Enea  FREY  (Ch)   Beyond,  Kart Republic   97
56.   (49)    Nicolo  CUMAN   (Ita)   Forza,  Exprirt   97
57.   (62)    Shimo  ZHANG  (Jap / H-K)   Kart Republic   98

58.   (78)    Oscar  WURZ  (Aut)   Tony Kart   98    (Alexander Wurz' son)

59.   (54)    Filippo  FIORENTINO   (Bra)   CRG   99
60.   (33)    Yevan  DAVID   (SR-L)   Forza,  Exprit   100
61.   (84)    Amer  HARRIS  (Mys)   Parolin   100

62.   (58)   Jokubas  BAGDONAVIUS  (Lit)   Ward,  Tony Kart   101

63.   (53)   Eemeli  KOIVISTO  (Fin)   Koski,  Tony Kart   102

64.   (56)   Leonardo  CESARETTI  (Ch)   Innovate,  Tony Kart   103

65.   (90)   Jiri  BECICKA  (Cze)   Parolin Czech Republic   104

66.   (72)   Maksymilian  OBST  (Pol)   DPK,  Alonso   106
67.   (15)   Arthur  POULAIN  (Fra)   VDK,  Kart Republic   107

68.   (46)   Jace  MATTHEWS  (Aus)   Kart Republic   107
69.   (76)   Jan  KOLLER  (Cze)   Hagemann,  Exprit   107

70.   (79)   Nico  LEMBERG  (Fin)   Koski,  Tony Kart   107
71.   (50)   Maksymilian  ANGELARD   (Pol)   Leclerc,  Birel ART   108
72.   (69)   Vasileios  MICHAILIDIS  (Gre)   Ward,  Tony Kart   109

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73.   (67)   Emma  FELBERMAYER  (Aut)   TB,  Kart Republic   110
74.   (85)   Dante  VINCI   (Aus)   Shamick  Europe,  Parolin   112

75.   (48)   Giovanni  TRENTIN   (Ita)   Pantano   113

76.   (61)   Ella  STEVENS   (GB)  Birel ART   116

77.   (87)   Oda  YU  (Jap)  Drago Corse   116
78.   (65)   Masimiliano  ALOSA   (Ita)   Leclerc,  Birel ART   117
79.   (86)   Daniel  VAHLBERG   (Fin)   Ward,  Tony Kart   119
80.   (66)   Ryan  VINCENT  (USA)   Ward,  Tony Kart   120
81.   (82)   Fuji  SHOTA  (Jap)   Drago Corsa   120

82.   (77)   Carmen  KRAAV  (Est)   Ward,  Tony Kart   121

83.   (89)   Harry  ARNETT  (Aus)   Shamick Europe,  Parolin   121
84.   (73)   Aada  TURPEINEN  (Fin)    Ward,  Tony Kart   122
85.   (58)   Jorge  HERNANDEZ   (Mex)   DPK,  Alonso   128
86.   (86)   Sofia  KOHTALA  (Fin)   Ward,  Tony Kart   132
87.   (57)   Alvise  RODELA  (Ita)   Forza,  Expritt   13 3

88.   (60)   Adrian  MALHEIRO  (Por)   CRG   136
89.   (81)   Mario  SCHETTINO  (Ita)   Parolin   142
90.   (47)   Douwe  DEDECKER  (Bel)   Kart Republic   144  (didn't start anymore Saturday because of a broken rib)
91.   -- --    Juliano  HOLZEM  (Ger)   Dörr Motorsport,  Kart Republic    -- --    DNA
        -- --    Andy  RATEL   (Fra)   Kart Republic    -- --    DNA
        -- --    Giuseppe  GUIRRERI  (Ita)   Leclerc,   Birel ART   -- --   DNA      



#28 Marklar

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Posted 18 September 2022 - 08:50

there are way too many team orders this year

#29 KWSN - DSM

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Posted 18 September 2022 - 13:05

there are way too many team orders this year

 

They call it 'progress'.



#30 thegamer23

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Posted 18 September 2022 - 13:18

Brazil having a renaissence this year in Motorsport!  :up:



#31 KWSN - DSM

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Posted 18 September 2022 - 14:51

How long to the finals? 2 hours after 11:00AM US EST?


Edited by KWSN - DSM, 18 September 2022 - 15:01.


#32 KWSN - DSM

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Posted 18 September 2022 - 15:54

It's live now.



#33 FullOppositeLock

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Posted 18 September 2022 - 17:15

Looks like a plucky outsider managed to win the world title rather convincingly.

Edited by FullOppositeLock, 18 September 2022 - 17:38.


#34 William Hunt

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Posted 18 September 2022 - 17:30

Well I didn't want to post results of the finals today yet so people had the chance to watch it first but someone already gave away the OK Senior title winner, but the OK Jr title winner has not been spoiled yet so for people who haven't watched it yet, you can see it on youtube (Super Heats + the final in OK & OK Jr.
As always it was a wonderful weekend of racing, a world title in karting is one of the highest achievements one can achieve in motorsport. You have to beat +- 100 drivers for that in a relative level playing field. In F1 you only need to beat 1 or 2 drivers if you are in the best car making F1 a category that isn't competitive at all (the midfield is competitive in F1 though).

For comparison: in F4 at least half of the drivers ther wouldn't even be able to reach a final (top 36) at this level so this is imho worth so much more as an F4 title (and if you look at how the top drivers in karting blow the oposition away in F4 that is very telling).
Don't underestimate the talent on the grid: the drivers on the bottom of the time sheets at this level in karting are still the very best of their country (like those Australians amongst the slowest drivers: they are stars in their own country (even getting financial support from the Australian autosport federation to try their chance in Europe) in the local scene but nobody at this level):



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Posted 18 September 2022 - 17:37

Oh sorry, wasn’t aware you didn’t want to give away the result. I will amend my post so some mystery remains for those who want to watch delayed.

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Posted 18 September 2022 - 17:58

Tuukka Taponen is only 15, unbeliavable


Edited by motorhead, 18 September 2022 - 17:58.


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Posted 18 September 2022 - 18:28

Tuukka Taponen is only 15, unbeliavable

 

I was convinced Taponen  was 16 but just checked his birthday and his 16th birthday is next month, in October. My mistake because I thought he had his birthday in the summer, hence why I wrote he was 16 in my guide, I should have double checked it instead of relying on my memory so you caught a mistake of me there ;)
And no it is not unbelievable because these days drivers are allowed to do F4 from the age of 15 and the minimum age for OK is officially 14 (and many switch, in particular the best Juniors actually, the moment they turn 14 to OK even when they can  still drive a full year in OK Jr.) 

And there is even a way to go around that age rule since they since recenty already make exceptions for 13 year olds if they turn 14 the same semester and have proven themselves in Junior.
Freddie Slater & Enzo Deligny (and I think also a third driver did that) used that rule and made their OK debut at 13 becoming the youngest OK Senior drivers ever en Deligny stunned the establishment by winning a final early this year, becoming they youngest winner of all time at Senior level in a field where some like Ippolito or Juho Valtanen are already 26 and last year we had Belgian Yannick De Brabander, ex world champion, doing the European Championship for Praga at age 30.

 

This year the oldest driver participating in the World Championship is Sofia Kohtala (Fin) who is.... a 46 years old woman and by far the oldest in OK this year, I think she may be the only one over 30 this year and it was probably her final int. race. She was one of the slowest though but quite an achievement to even participate here.
Kohtala drives for Swedish team Ward Racing  (Ward is the importer of Tony Kart in Sweden and an official Satelite team) and she was doing the competitive Swedish championship for them but back in April there was a huge scandal in karting when Ward's lead driver, who had just won 2 finals (even 3 but they discqualified him from the 3rd), (the then 15 year old) Russian Artem Severiukhin performed a nazi salute on the podium in Portimao....

Off course with the war in Ukraïne lingering at the background this gesture was even more sensitive and the story went around the world. For one time karting was mentioned in mainstream press worldwide but thanks to Severiukhin not in a positive way at all.
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Severiukhin a day later posted a video where he was apoligising in tears (and claiming the stretched arm nazi salute he did was a joke done because of a bet he did with a friend...) But his team Ward fired him that same day, the Italian federation immediately suspended his licence, a week later Artem had to appear at the FIA and had his racing licence suspended indefinately (don't know if he will ever receive it back, I somehow doubt it).
 

Now why am I telling this nazi salute story? Because Ward decided to replace the Russian with 46 year old Sofia Kohtala, who became the oldest driver ever in OK this way.

Kohtala also has a driver coach, the name of her coach is .... Tuuka Taponen: a 15 (soon 16) year old coaching someone over 40. So this is how I wrap up this story and why I started taking about Kohtala: there is a link with Taponen!


Edited by William Hunt, 18 September 2022 - 18:36.


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Posted 18 September 2022 - 18:37

So Valtonen and Ippolito are racing Karts for a living, how much do they make doing that?



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Posted 18 September 2022 - 19:49

So Valtonen and Ippolito are racing Karts for a living, how much do they make doing that?

It's largely sponsors (i.e. a veteran like Kremers is way more interesting than a kid that will just leave next year for F4), SM and a bit prize money (more in the states than in Europe). Some also get employed by the factories and do work besides racing. This all can reach six figures, but most obviously dont.

Tuukka Taponen is only 15, unbeliavable

OK is always largely a field of 14/15 year olds that target car racing with some pros mixed in. Though he did do some KZ racing where nearly all are pros too

Looks like a plucky outsider managed to win the world title rather convincingly.

DPK is racing the dominant KR chassis, I wouldnt call it a outsider at all. Morgatto has also been flying in the states all year.

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Posted 18 September 2022 - 21:56

So first 36 are onwards, rest are done?

 

It used to be top 34 to the finals but they changed that to 36 in 2020 because the entry lists have grown so far the past 5-6 years. This year they changed the format as well with the Super Heats. In the past there were 'Prefinals' (I called them Semi Finals which was a more suitable name imho).

In the old system you had to be in the top 60 after the heats to progress to the two Pre Finals on Sunday Morning. Now the top 72 goes to the Super Heats (so 12 drivers more).

But the Pre Final was a direct elimination system. On Sunday morning the 60 drivers were divided in two groups (A & B: uneven & even according to their Heat standings so the 1st, 3rd, 5th up until the 59th driver in group A and the 2nd, 4th up until 60th in Group B). Then from each Pre Final the ones who finished that Pre Final in the top 18 (top 17 before 2020) progressed to the final (36 from '20, 34 before 2020) so if you were the best driver in the Heats (actually called Qualifying Heats because you have to qualify for Sunday) on Friday & Saturday but you had bad luck on Sunday morning by not finishing in the top 18 (or top 17 before '20) then you were out of the final!

The new Super Heats system is much less exciting imho but it's considered more honest because if you have bad luck on Sunday morning after dominating the heats you can still be in the final (happened to Tarnvanichkul this year actually: best OK Jr. driver after the heats, bad luck in the Super Heat but still in the final, in the old Pre Final system he would have been out of the final.

 

Now the simply add the Super Heats penalty points to their tally of the heats so it will change the order but it also means that the drivers starting at the back of the Super Heat grid have no (or almost no) chance to reach the final but in the old system they still had a chance if they could drive from the back to 18th place.

I prefer the old system with Pre Finals (Semi Finals) because that added so much tention: the exact position you finished your Pre Final in determined grid order for Sunday (with the driver in the quickest Pre Final getting the pole) and the fight for that last Final spot, the 18th (or 17th before '20) was always so intense it added more excitement for the viewers, often that 17th or 18th place was decided in the final lap or even corner, it was nail biting.
The Super Heats system means you need to have the points tally of the drivers in your hand bacically and then you need to do the maths to calculate their final grid spot but that also depends on the result in the Super Heat B off course so it became complex.

 

So before 2020 it was: top 60 to Pre Finals with in each pre final 30 drivers and the top 17 or 18 (so a total of 36 and 34 before '20) qualifying directly for the Final.
Today it is top 72 to Super Heats and the 36 drivers with the least amount of penalty points from the Heats AND the Super Heats added up reach the final. In case of a tie for points highest finishing position in a heat is the tie breaker.

 

The penalty points system (Heats & Super Heats same system: same amount of penalty points) is very simple: a heat win gets your ZERO points, a 2nd place 2, a 3rd place 3, place 25 25 points etc... If you don't start a heat you get the points of the number of drivers in that heat + 2 extra penalty points. Ad disqualification because of a technical infringement gets you the same points as a DNS meaning total + 2.

 

In WSK & European Championships they have different points system (I'm not talking about penalty points in the heats are but about the championship). In the FIA Championships, which are the World Championship, the European Championship (4 rounds), the Champions of the Future Euro Series (which take place 2 weeks before a European Champ. event at the same circuit so also 4 round) and the Academy Trophy (3 or 4 rounds, they run in the same schedule as the KZ & KZ2 European Championship: this allows OK Jr. drivers to participate in it) they use a different points system as WSK. (Off course in the World Championship there are no points to earn because there is only 1 event so the winner of the final wins it.)

 

FIA hands out points to the top 10 in the standings after the Heats & Super Heats and the top 15 in the final!

FIA system:

Heats Points: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1  championship points for top 10 final standings after the Heats

Super Heats:  10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

Final Points:  25-20-16-13-11-10-6-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1   (note that this the exact same scoring system as the top 15 in Moto GP has!)

 

FIA classes are: KZ, KZ2, Academy Trophy (all running the same schedule) and OK & OK Jr.

 

There are 4 rounds in the European Championship and in Champions of the Future (both FIA championships). So in each round you can score points in the Heats, the Super Heat and in the final.
But for the final tables the FIA selects the 3 best rounds, meaning only your 3 best weekends are counted, this is done to counter that a driver can crash out of an event of suffer an engine failer so to counter bad luck. I'm not in favour of this, I think all 4 rounds should count, not the best 3 since bad luck is part of sport imho.
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WSK, which stands for World Series Karting (they are based in Italy and also organise Italian F4 & F. Regional Europe), runs with the same rules and the same teams & drivers as the FIA events so a full program as a factory driver means you are doing all WSK & FIA events which is a lot, they have a busy schedule but WSK has a different points system!

 

Some factory teams add one or two older drivers who also do shifter karts for them to their roster for the FIA events because a world or European title is very prestigious so they want to maximise their chances. Juho Valtanen (26) always does such a program for Tony Kart whilst Joe Turney (21) has been doing the complete schedule (WSK+FIA) in OK the last 4 years for Tony Kart..

 

The points system in WSK is a bit different every round. The points you can win increase to make the championship fight more intense with each round. They organise the:

WSK Super Masters (4 rounds and most important multiple rounds title together with the FIA European Championship). It usually takes place from Februari until April.

 

WSK Euro Series (that always used to be 4 rounds and just as important as the Super Masters but in 2021 it was just 3 rounds and this year only 2 rounds.

I believe they have lowered this because since 2019 FIA created the Champions of the Future Euro Series and this has made the calendar too full). It usually takes place in June-July.

 

- WSK Open Cup : organised since 2018. In 2018 it was 1 round, in '19, '20 & '21 each time two rounds, this year 1 round. It is always in October.

 

- WSK Champions Cup:  the traditional season opener, either end of Januari or early Februari (end of Februari last year because of corona) Organised since 2014. In the first 2 years it was 2 rounds at La Conca. Since 2016 it's a 1 round event always at Adria but this year it was at the South Garda circuit in Lonato.

 

- WSK Final Cup:  organised since 2011 and always the traditional season closing event that takes place in November. It always was a 1 round event except in 2017 (2 rounds) and 2018 (3 rounds). I usually takes place at Adria (which has an F4 / sportscar race track right next to the karting circuit, just as in Le Mans, Valencia, Sakhir & Portimao) but Castelletto (aka as the '7 Lakes', 7 Laghi circuit) organised it also several times and the first edition was done at Ortona which isn't used internationaly anymore.
This year the Final Cup takes place at the Napoli circuit in Sarno, with the Mount Vesuvius in the background: the location where we had this year's World Championship.

 

- WSK Super Cup:  is new since this year and for 60 Mini category only. It was created because they have far less events as OK Jr & OK since FIA has no Mini category. It was 1 round at La Conca.

 

- WSK Night Edition:  this hasn't been organised anymore since 2016. It used to be a 1 round event taking place... at night at Adria. I would like to see it come back since racing at night in karts made it a unique event.

It was only done twice: '15 & '16 but had some interesting winners: in 2015 Logan Sargeant won the Junior category and Leonardo Lorandi (who was a Renault Jr in F. Renault Eurocup in 2019) the senior class. In 2016 Nikita Bedrin (Russian... and Italian, born in Italy, in F4 now) won the 60 Mini class and Alexander Smolyar (Rus, F3 now) the OK (Senior) class.

- WSK Gold Cup: was only organised once at Adria (1 round) in March 2015. It also has an interesting list of prize winners. The 60 Mini category was won by Dennis Hauger (Nor, F2, Red Bull Jr.). In Juniors (then still the old formula called KF Jr.) the top 4 of the Gold Cup was:

1.   Christian  Lundgaard  (Den)  Indycar now

2.   Kush Maini  (Ind)  F3 now

3.   Logan Sargeant  (USA)  F2, Williams Jr.

4.   Artem Petrov  (Rus)  IndyPro 2000 in the US

Some of  the other well known names in that races included Gilles Magnus (Bel, FIA World Touring Cars), David Vidales (Esp, F3), Charles Milesi (WEC), Marta Garcia (W Series), Felipe Drugovich (F2), Clément Novalak (F2), Petr Ptacek (F3), Riccardo Feller (DTM), Giacomo Altoe (GT Endurance, IMSA) and Lorenzo Colombo (WEC)

 

The top 4 of the '15 Gold Cup in Senior was:

1.   Karol Basz  (Pol)  Sportscars today

2.   Niclas Nielsen  (Den)  WEC

3.   Martijn van Leeuwen  (Ned)  professional shifter karter in KZ2

4.   Marcus Armstrong  (N-Z)  F2

Richard Verschoor (F2) & Jüri Vips (F2) were 10th & 12th in that final.
 

So even if only one WSK Gold Cup was organised it had an interesting entry list.

 

Now the WSK Points system is as follows:

ROUND1

Heats  (Called the Intermediate standings):   10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1  for the top 10

Pre Finals / Super Heats:                                 30-20-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for the top 12

Final:                                                                 50-30-20-15-12-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1  for the top 15

 

ROUND2

Intermediate:   11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1  for the top 11

Super Heats:   40-30-20-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1  for the top 13

Final:               60-40-30-20-15-12-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1  for the top 16

 

ROUND3

Intermediate:   12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1  for the top 12

Super Heats:   50-40-30-20-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for the top 14

Final:               70-50-40-30-25-20-15-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for the top 19

 

ROUND4

Intermediate:   13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1  for the top 13

Super Heats:   60-50-40-30-20-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1  for the top 15

Final:               80-60-50-40-35-30-25-20-15-12-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-11   for the top 20

 

All rounds count for the final standings in WSK (unlike in FIA where the best 3 scores out of 4 count) and as one can see every round more points are earned. A third in the fourth Round of WSK Super Masters actually scores you the same amount of points as winning Round 1. Winning a Super Heat in Round 4 is even worth 10 points more as winning the final in Round 1.

The FIA system (Moto GP points system + top 10 for Intermediate & Super Heats) is much simpler except the drop 1 round rule can make it a bit anoying to calculate.

The WSK system is quite complex but more exciting as each round the stakes become higher and the points increasing als acts as a catch-up mechanism.

 

IAME & Rotax Max also have their own points system which are completely different. IAME's system is also pretty complex, it also increases the points per round but not as much at all as in WSK. I could post it if anyone is interested, I actually find their system the most fair and most interesting only slightly increasing the points tally. IAME also used to have the same Pre Final system as WSK & FIA had until last year, they copied them and also have Super Heats now (with 36 in the final).

 

In the DKM (Deutches Kart Meistershaft), the German Championship, they use the FIA points system with the only difference that they don't have a Super Heat or a Pre Final: they run 2 finals there (with the same drivers), each with full points (so 25 for the winner): they  call it final 1 & final 2 and they also give points for Qualifying for the top 3: 5-3-1 pts. Rotax Max Euro Trophy also had 2 finals this year (and no Super Heat).

When I wrote in the Guides that top 15 is points in karting I was actually referring to the finals in the FIA events since you can see that in WSK (and IAME) you can even score points in the top 20 sometimes.

 

I always keep an excel file up to date all the time and every season for ALL WSK & FIA finals using the Moto GP system that FIA uses for their finals for all events (also WSK Finals) and then I add it up as if all FIA & WSK championships are all 1 big championship and then I make my own season tables and that gives an excellent view of who the best drivers that year in that class were! The drivers doing well in those charts usually go very high in the autosport pyramid. It's a very good way to project who could end up in F1 because you not only have to be fast to end up with lots of points you also and in particular need to be consistent as well and consistency is even more important then beiing fast now and then if you want  to have a carreer in autosport. A driver who wins a final and then finishes ouside the top 15 twice in my book is less impressive as one who finishes 4th in a final three times in a row and that reflects in the Moto GP points system I use.

 

I thought about also adding points for intermediate and Super Heats but that would be a lot of work (still do able) but more importantly: it would give too big of a points advantage to drivers completing in the full season compared to drivers who switch category halfway the season because they reached minimum age for a higher class!
I keep those stats for Mini, Junior & Senior and also for IAME Euro Series.


Edited by William Hunt, 18 September 2022 - 22:19.


#41 Marklar

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Posted 18 September 2022 - 22:16

It used to be top 34 to the finals but they changed that to 36 in 2020 because the entry lists have grown so far the past 5-6 years. This year they changed the format as well with the Super Heats. In the past there were 'Prefinals' (I called them Semi Finals which was a more suitable name imho).

In the old system you had to be in the top 60 after the heats to progress to the two Pre Finals on Sunday Morning. Now the top 72 goes to the Super Heats (so 12 drivers more).

But the Pre Final was a direct elimination system. On Sunday morning the 60 drivers were divided in two groups (A & B: uneven & even according to their Heat standings so the 1st, 3rd, 5th up until the 59th driver in group A and the 2nd, 4th up until 60th in Group B). Then from each Pre Final the ones who finished that Pre Final in the top 18 (top 17 before 2020) progressed to the final (36 from '20, 34 before 2020) so if you were the best driver in the Heats (actually called Qualifying Heats because you have to qualify for Sunday) on Friday & Saturday but you had bad luck on Sunday morning by not finishing in the top 18 (or top 17 before '20) then you were out of the final!

The new Super Heats system is much less exciting imho but it's considered more honest because if you have bad luck on Sunday morning after dominating the heats you can still be in the final (happened to Tarnvanichkul this year actually: best OK Jr. driver after the heats, bad luck in the Super Heat but still in the final, in the old Pre Final system he would have been out of the final.

 

Now the simply add the Super Heats penalty points to their tally of the heats so it will change the order but it also means that the drivers starting at the back of the Super Heat grid have no (or almost no) chance to reach the final but in the old system they still had a chance if they could drive from the back to 18th place.

I prefer the old system with Pre Finals (Semi Finals) because that added so much tention: the exact position you finished your Pre Final in determined grid order for Sunday (with the driver in the quickest Pre Final getting the pole) and the fight for that last Final spot, the 18th (or 17th before '20) was always so intense it added more excitement for the viewers, often that 17th or 18th place was decided in the final lap or even corner, it was nail biting.
The Super Heats system means you need to have the points tally of the drivers in your hand bacically and then you need to do the maths to calculate their final grid spot but that also depends on the result in the Super Heat B off course so it became complex.

 

So before 2020 it was: top 60 to Pre Finals with in each pre final 30 drivers and the top 17 or 18 (so a total of 36 and 34 before '20) qualifying directly for the Final.
Today it is top 72 to Super Heats and the 36 drivers with the least amount of penalty points from the Heats AND the Super Heats added up reach the final. In case of a tie for points highest finishing position in a heat is the tie breaker.

 

The penalty points system (Heats & Super Heats same system: same amount of penalty points) is very simple: a heat win gets your ZERO points, a 2nd place 2, a 3rd place 3, place 25 25 points etc... If you don't start a heat you get the points of the number of drivers in that heat + 2 extra penalty points. Ad disqualification because of a technical infringement gets you the same points as a DNS meaning total + 2.

 

In WSK & European Championships they have different points system (I'm not talking about penalty points in the heats are but about the championship). In the FIA Championships, which are the World Championship, the European Championship (4 rounds), the Champions of the Future Euro Series (which take place 2 weeks before a European Champ. event at the same circuit so also 4 round) and the Academy Trophy (3 or 4 rounds, they run in the same schedule as the KZ & KZ2 European Championship: this allows OK Jr. drivers to participate in it) they use a different points system as WSK. (Off course in the World Championship there are no points to earn because there is only 1 event so the winner of the final wins it.)

 

FIA hands out points to the top 10 in the standings after the Heats & Super Heats and the top 15 in the final!

FIA system:

Heats Points: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1  championship points for top 10 final standings after the Heats

Super Heats:  10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

Final Points:  25-20-16-13-11-10-6-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1   (note that this the exact same scoring system as the top 15 in Moto GP has!)

 

FIA classes are: KZ, KZ2, Academy Trophy (all running the same schedule) and OK & OK Jr.

 

There are 4 rounds in the European Championship and in Champions of the Future (both FIA championships). So in each round you can score points in the Heats, the Super Heat and in the final.
But for the final tables the FIA selects the 3 best rounds, meaning only your 3 best weekends are counted, this is done to counter that a driver can crash out of an event of suffer an engine failer so to counter bad luck. I'm not in favour of this, I think all 4 rounds should count, not the best 3 since bad luck is part of sport imho.
-----------------
WSK, which stands for World Series Karting (they are based in Italy and also organise Italian F4 & F. Regional Europe), runs with the same rules and the same teams & drivers as the FIA events so a full program as a factory driver means you are doing all WSK & FIA events which is a lot, they have a busy schedule but WSK has a different points system!

 

Some factory teams add one or two older drivers who also do shifter karts for them to their roster for the FIA events because a world or European title is very prestigious so they want to maximise their chances. Juho Valtanen (26) always does such a program for Tony Kart whilst Joe Turney (21) has been doing the complete schedule (WSK+FIA) in OK the last 4 years for Tony Kart..

 

The points system in WSK is a bit different every round. The points you can win increase to make the championship fight more intense with each round. They organise the:

WSK Super Masters (4 rounds and most important multiple rounds title together with the FIA European Championship). It usually takes place from Februari until April.

 

WSK Euro Series (that always used to be 4 rounds and just as important as the Super Masters but in 2021 it was just 3 rounds and this year only 2 rounds.

I believe they have lowered this because since 2019 FIA created the Champions of the Future Euro Series and this has made the calendar too full). It usually takes place in June-July.

 

- WSK Open Cup : organised since 2018. In 2018 it was 1 round, in '19, '20 & '21 each time two rounds, this year 1 round. It is always in October.

 

- WSK Champions Cup:  the traditional season opener, either end of Januari or early Februari (end of Februari last year because of corona) Organised since 2014. In the first 2 years it was 2 rounds at La Conca. Since 2016 it's a 1 round event always at Adria but this year it was at the South Garda circuit in Lonato.

 

- WSK Final Cup:  organised since 2011 and always the traditional season closing event that takes place in November. It always was a 1 round event except in 2017 (2 rounds) and 2018 (3 rounds). I usually takes place at Adria (which has an F4 / sportscar race track right next to the karting circuit, just as in Le Mans, Valencia, Sakhir & Portimao) but Castelletto (aka as the '7 Lakes', 7 Laghi circuit) organised it also several times and the first edition was done at Ortona which isn't used internationaly anymore.
This year the Final Cup takes place at the Napoli circuit in Sarno, with the Mount Vesuvius in the background: the location where we had this year's World Championship.

 

- WSK Super Cup:  is new since this year and for 60 Mini category only. It was created because they have far less events as OK Jr & OK since FIA has no Mini category. It was 1 round at La Conca.

 

- WSK Night Edition:  this hasn't been organised anymore since 2016. It used to be a 1 round event taking place... at night at Adria. I would like to see it come back since racing at night in karts made it a unique event.

It was only done twice: '15 & '16 but had some interesting winners: in 2015 Logan Sargeant won the Junior category and Leonardo Lorandi (who was a Renault Jr in F. Renault Eurocup in 2019) the senior class. In 2016 Nikita Bedrin (Russian... and Italian, born in Italy, in F4 now) won the 60 Mini class and Alexander Smolyar (Rus, F3 now) the OK (Senior) class.

- WSK Gold Cup: was only organised once at Adria (1 round) in March 2015. It also has an interesting list of prize winners. The 60 Mini category was won by Dennis Hauger (Nor, F2, Red Bull Jr.). In Juniors (then still the old formula called KF Jr.) the top 4 of the Gold Cup was:

1.   Christian  Lundgaard  (Den)  Indycar now

2.   Kush Maini  (Ind)  F3 now

3.   Logan Sargeant  (USA)  F2, Williams Jr.

4.   Artem Petrov  (Rus)  IndyPro 2000 in the US

Some of  the other well known names in that races included Gilles Magnus (Bel, FIA World Touring Cars), David Vidales (Esp, F3), Charles Milesi (WEC), Marta Garcia (W Series), Felipe Drugovich (F2), Clément Novalak (F2), Petr Ptacek (F3), Riccardo Feller (DTM), Giacomo Altoe (GT Endurance, IMSA) and Lorenzo Colombo (WEC)

 

The top 4 of the '15 Gold Cup in Senior was:

1.   Karol Basz  (Pol)  Sportscars today

2.   Niclas Nielsen  (Den)  WEC

3.   Martijn van Leeuwen  (Ned)  professional shifter karter in KZ2

4.   Marcus Armstrong  (N-Z)  F2

Richard Verschoor (F2) & Jüri Vips (F2) were 10th & 12th in that final.
 

So even if only one WSK Gold Cup was organised it had an interesting entry list.

 

Now the WSK Points system is as follows:

ROUND1

Heats  (Called the Intermediate standings):   10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1  for the top 10

Pre Finals / Super Heats:                                            30-20-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for the top 12

Final:                                                                           50-30-20-15-12-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1  for the top 15

 

ROUND2

Intermedaite:   11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1  for the top 11

Super Heats:   40-30-20-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1  for the top 13

Final:               60-40-30-20-15-12-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1  for the top 16

 

ROUND3

Intermediate:   12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1  for the top 12

Super Heats:   50-40-30-20-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for the top 14

Final:               70-50-40-30-25-20-15-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for the top 19

 

ROUND4

Intermediate:   13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1  for the top 13

Super Heats:   60-50-40-30-20-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1  for the top 15

Final:               80-60-50-40-35-30-25-20-15-12-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-11   for the top 20

 

All rounds count for the final standings in WSK (unlike in FIA where the best 3 scores out of 4 count) and as one can see every round more points are earned. A third in the fourth Round of WSK Super Masters actually scores you the same amount of points as winning Round 1. Winning a Super Heat in Round 4 is even worth 10 points more as winning the final in Round 1.

The FIA system (Moto GP points system + top 10 for Intermediate & Super Heats) is much simpler except the drop 1 round rule can make it a bit anoying to calculate.

The WSK system is quite complex but more exciting as each round the stakes become higher and the points increasing als acts as a catch-up mechanism.

 

IAME & Rotax Max also have their own points system which are completely different. IAME's system is also pretty complex, it also increases the points per round but not as much at all as in WSK. I could post it if anyone is interested. IAME also used to have the same Pre Final system as WSK & FIA had until last year, they copied them and also have Super Heats now (with 36 in the final).

 

In the DKM (Deutches Kart Meistershaft), the German Championship, they use the FIA points system with the only difference that they don't have a Super Heat or a Pre Final: they run 2 finals there (with the same drivers), each with full points (so 25 for the winner): they  call it final 1 & final 2 and they also give points for Qualifying for the top 3: 5-3-1 pts. Rotax Max Euro Trophy also had 2 finals this year (and no Super Heat).

I didnt read the whole thing so I may have missed that but prior to this year FIA championships only had the qualifying heats that made up the grids, they used to have the pre-finals you are describing here for a while but dropped them after I think 2016, they only brought them this year back.

It's WSK that has consistently pre-finals and that changed this year the rules to be less brutal should I say (lol)



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Posted 18 September 2022 - 22:24

Thanks William Hunt, this have been very informative I have watched a lot of Karting this weekend, and likely seen a couple of future F3 and F2 race winners in the course of it.



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Posted 18 September 2022 - 22:27

So Valtonen and Ippolito are racing Karts for a living, how much do they make doing that?

 

Yes and so do driver doing KZ are who are employed with a salary by a factory team. You could compare it with an autosport carreer in Sportscars (WEC, GT racing, Touring cars).

 

Like in autosport often sponsors are also involved so some driver bring budget and their salary is a percentage of the sponsor money. Other are paid like an employee. I heard that the best paid karters on a salary earn between 150.000 & 300.000 euro on a yearly basis but that's the elite really.

Drivers like Lorenzo Travisanutto and Senna van Walsteijn are most probably is in that pay category but I think very few are.

 

Some will have a normal wages like an employee in a private firm who does a 9 to 5 job but think about this: if you could do a 9AM to 5PM desk job or you could drive karting races for the same salary as a living: what would you choose?

 

I've read an interview with Travisanutto last year in a magazine and he said: I had the choice to do what I love so much or look for money risking getting debt so I knew what to choose and I haven't had a moment of regret, I'm getting paid to do what I love most.

Travisanuto was a driver I had marked out as a super talent who I for sure saw going all the way to F1, a bit similar in talent to Antonelli. And he was managed by... Nico Rosberg so I thought it was a strange choice at the time because I assumed Rosberg would get him in touch with the necessary sponsors but he still made that choice. Well maybe I overestimated Rosberg there.

To give you an idea: Travisanuto won the OK World Championship back to back 2 years in a row! And he also won the Super Masters, the European Championship and the Super Cup in shifter karts.
Feeder Series website Formula Scout called Travisanuto the hottest young talent of motorsport of the year in the year he won his second OK World Title.

I seriously though this guy is going to be the next Charles Leclerc for sure but he stayed in karting. Antonelli was the next big hype that arrived after Travisanuto.

 

Als think about the choice they face when they arrive in OK (14+ class) and they face the following choice: finding financial backers who are prepared to pay F4 for you (which starts at 100.000 but in reality (only the French F4 costs that minimum, the FIA had initially capped the price of F4 at 100.000 but only the French champîonship still follows that rule) is often actually 250.000 and even up to 300.000 euro in Europe, I personally know a, very rich, dad of a driver personally and he told me he paid exactly 250.000 euro for a full season in F4 at Jenzer: not even a top team, it included Italian F4, some German F4 rounds and UAE F4 though but still: a lot of money) or... getting paid for doing what you love (if you're good enough off course, there are also pay drivers in karting) without the stress to look for sponsors / money for F4. And it gets even a lot more expensive after F4.


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Posted 18 September 2022 - 22:38

Yes and so do driver doing KZ are who are employed with a salary by a factory team. You could compare it with an autosport carreer in Sportscars (WEC, GT racing, Touring cars).

 

Like in autosport often sponsors are also involved so some driver bring budget and their salary is a percentage of the sponsor money. Other are paid like an employee. I heard that the best paid karters on a salary earn between 150.000 & 300.000 euro on a yearly basis but that's the elite really.

Drivers like Lorenzo Travisanutto and Senna van Welsteijn are most probably is in that pay category but I think very few are.

 

Some will have a normal wages like an employee in a private firm who does a 9 to 5 job but think about this: if you could do a 9AM to 5PM desk job or you could drive karting races for the same salary as a living: what would you choose?

 

I've read an interview with Travisanutto last year in a magazine and he said: I had the choice to do what I love so much or look for money risking getting debt so I knew what to choose and I haven't had a moment of regret.
Travisanuto was a driver I had marked out as a super talent who I for sure saw going all the way to F1, a bit similar in talent to Antonelli. And he was managed by... Nico Rosberg so I thought it was a strange choice at the time because I assumed Rosberg would get him in touch with the necessary sponsors but he still made that choice. Well maybe I overestimated Rosberg there.

 

Als think about the choice they face when they arrive in OK (14+ class) and they face the following choice: finding financial backers who are prepared to pay F4 for you (which starts at 100.000 but in reality (only the French F4 costs that minimum, the FIA had initially capped the price of F4 at 100.000 but only the French champîonship still follows that rule) is often actually 250.000 and even up to 300.000 euro in Europe, I personally know a, very rich, dad of a driver personally and he told me he paid exactly 250.000 euro for a full season in F4 at Jenzer: not even a top team, it included Italian F4, some German F4 rounds and UAE F4 though but still: a lot of money) or... getting paid for doing what you love (if you're good enough off course, there are also pay drivers in karting) without the stress to look for sponsors / money for F4. And it gets even a lot more expensive after F4.

 

Yes, I asked due their age and then when googling over the weekend came across Jeremy Iglesias who became World Champion at 32 or 33 in one of the shifter classes, he spend a career in kart racing so must have made some money doing that.

 

I can easily see how racing in karts for years beat spending untold hundreds of thousands, if not millions with a very low chance of making it to the top, it may seem defeatists, but deep down most of the drivers even at a karting level know if they have enough to make it to F1 or not, some naturally make it, but it's a slog each level up it gets harder, staying in Karting will have you battle for wins and championships every year, and it so much fun to race gokarts.



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Posted 19 September 2022 - 04:00

Thanks William Hunt, this have been very informative I have watched a lot of Karting this weekend, and likely seen a couple of future F3 and F2 race winners in the course of it.

 

That's not just 'likely', that is a 100% certainty because all of the top drivers fighting for wins & a championship in F2, F3 & F. Regional came from top level karting bar a few exceptions and those exceptions are always drivers who aren't from Europe like Japanese drivers (who do karting in Japan only mostly) or American or South American drivers who often do karting in the US (USNationals, Florida Winter Series) because it's not evident for a child to move to another continent. Same with some of the drivers from New Zealand (like Lawson, who did win everything you can win in his country though). Still there are a lot of Brazilians, Columbians, Australians & New Zealanders who move to Europe anyway but financially that is a very difficult move. Marcus Armstrong did the full WSK/FIA pyramid. Doohan moved to Europe too. So did Drugovich eventually (after dominating the Brazilian scene).

 

To give you an idea of top drivers in feeder F2 & F3 series right now:

 

F2

 

Felipe Drugovich: moved very late from Brazil (where he was the best driver easily), was only 2 years in Europe but immediately quick: 3rd in the Champions Cup, 5th in Super Masters, 8th in European & World Championship. No title but pretty great results for a driver who just moved from Brazil. Drove for BabyRace & Kosmic.

 

Théo Pourchaire: won 4 French national titles (utterly dominated French scene), then was 3rd in the German championship, only raced 1,5 years on European level but he came 3rd in the Winter Cup and 3rd at the World Championship so he immediately made impact. Drove for Jana Racing (importer in France of Exprit) in France and Kosmic in Europe.

 

Logan Sargeant: many titles. Won the World Championship Junior in 2015. Drove for Ricky Flynn Motorsport.

 

Jack Doohan: only raced 2 years in Europe but was 3rd in the European Championship, 6th in Super Masters & the World Championship: that's when Red Bull already picked him up. Drove for Tony Kart & Ricky Flynn.

 

 

 

Jehan Daruvala: one of the quickest karters of his generation which is partly why I always defend him when people bash him on this forum and call him 'just a pay driver', believe me he reached F2 on merit because he was immediately quick in every category. You don't  get picked by Red Bull in F3 if you're slow.

 

He won the Asia Pacific championship in 2012, then British title in 2013 and was also 2nd in the FIA Super Cup that year (that event doesn't exist anymore), as a rookie in Senior he then was 2nd in the German championship, 6th in Super Masters and 3rd in the World Championship. That's not a CV of 'just a pay driver' you know.  Ricky Flynn driver.

 

Frederik Vesti: won several Danish titles, two years of international European karting in which he won the WSK Champions Cup. Despite that I don't consider Vesti a top driver to be honest. He's not bad but I wouldn't have picked him for the Mercedes Academy. Drove for Energy Corse and British outfit Forza Racing.

 

Jüri Vips: spent a large part of his karting carreer in Rotax Max, less single seater top drivers come from there, it's inferior to WSK & FIA to be honest what doesn't mean that there isn't future single seater talent hidden there. Vips won the Rotax Winter Cup and the Rotax Max Grand Finals which is the unoficial Rotax world championship (only the FIA may use that term). Drove for Strawberry Racing (importer of Tony Kart in the UK so semi factory team in Rotax & IAME), then switched to Zanardi Strakka (team doesn't exist anymore in karting although Strakka is in Sportscars) and Ricky Flynn in WSK/FIA. Finished 9th in the World Championship Junior for Zanardi Strakka and 12th in thje European champ. Senior for Ricky Flynn.

 

Dennis Hauger: with 8 major titles easily the most succesful karting driver currently in F2. Didn't win a European or world title (best of 4th in those events) but did win the Super Masters, WSK Gold Cup, Champions Cup, two German and an Italian national title.... Was a factory driver for CRG (Max Verstappen also raced for them).

 

Marcus Armstrong:  his karting cv looks slightly underwhelming when you look at his positions in major championships but that is very deceptive because he always was extremely quick and driving somewhere up front and 6th in Super Masters, 2nd in the Winter Cup, 8th in the Final Cup and 9th in the European Championship is still a good cv. Was a factory driver for Tony Kart.

 

Richard Verschoor: 2nd in Rotax Max Euro Trophy then won the German title, was 2nd in the Champions Cup & Final Cup and 3rd in the European Championship. Drove for RB Racing (team doesn't exist anymore) and for CRG Keijzer (now active in Rotax Max, they are the Dutch importer of CRG, they also did the German championship in the past).

 

Clément Novalak: won the Super Masters in Junior & Senior! 2nd in the World Championship Junior. Tony Kart works team. Also came 3rd in the Swedish champ. for Ward.

 

David Beckman: won two German titles and once vice champion in Germany. 3rd in WSK Euro Series, 5th in European Championship. Drove for CRG Keijzer, Zanardi, Energy Corse and Ricky Flynn.

 

Roy Nissany: I'm adding him for fun: his best results in international karting were 95th in South Garda Winter Cup (WSK field) and 33rd in Trofeo delle Industrie... that's very bad

Drove for Gandolfio: a small Italian team (don't know if they still exist).

 

Roberto Merhi: added for contrast with Roy Nissany: he won the South Garda Winter Cup and the Trofeo delle Industrie.... Drove for Birel (before the fusion with ART), CRG & Parolin.

 

Olli Caldwell:  best result: 3rd in Rotax Max Euro Trophy. Like I said before: Rotax Max is a bit the poor man's European championship and has inferior driver talent as in WSK / FIA and also as IAME imho. That doesn't mean I look down on Rotax Max: if you have less budget it's ideal and this year it has two of the best karters in the world (Kai Rillaerts, from Belgian: mega talent but little budget, and former FIA World Champion Callum Bradshaw (Strawberry), in it imho so there are also good drivers in it

 

But it's telling that Caldwell, who is one of the lesser drivers in F2 imho doesn't have a strong karting cv like other F2 drivers and Caldwell did have the money to go to FIA events but he chose the easier path avoiding the best karters of his generation. Drove for KR Sport in the UK & Rotax Euro Trophy. 

 

KR Sport is a British racing team who compete in the UK and also do full campaigns in IAME Euro Series and Rotax Max Euro Trophy but I wish they would change their team name because it is ridiculously close to the name that Kart Republic uses on their entries which is K.R. Motorsport Srl. and KR Sport doesn't even compete with Kart Republic chassis and Kart Republic is sometimes abreviated as KR as chassis name on the entry list (just like the Lando Norris chassis always appears as LN on entry lists).

 

Marino Sato:  He actually did WSK & FIA for 2 years and combined that with Rotax Max (so a very busy schedule) after coming 2nd in the FIA Asia Pacific championship (which is a LOT weaker as the European karting scene to be honest but it has the FIA stamp of aproval).

He had problems reaching finals reaching them in less than half of his attempts and it shows in F2. His best championship standings: 16th in IAME Euro, 38th & 37th in Super Masters, 49th in the European Championship.

 

I think that when you read this and you compare Sato or Nissany with the top drivers in F2 then you will notice that how they do in karting is a very accurate way to predict how they will do later in single seaters. I would even say it's the perfect prediction tool. I've been attacked a number of times on this forum for saying that karting is by far the best measuring tool to judge the real raw talent & potential of a driver but I firmly stick by this conviction because I've been keeping those stats for so long and honestly: they really never lie.

If you are so often unable to reach finals in karting like Sato did then you are never going to become a good driver. Miracles don't happen.

Sato was a workd Praga driver (Czech manufacturer, now in the IPK Group, Praga also makes Trucks, they even participated in the Dakar rally).

 

 

Cem Bolkubasi is often cited in the media as a driver who switched from Sim Driving (so gaming actually) to driving but that's not accurate because he did karting in Rotax Max, best result 4th in the Rotax winter Series so not a good cv.

 

I actually ended up looking at more drivers than just the top drivers in F2 (Enzo Fittipaldi didn't race in Europe but in the US and came 6th & 7th national competitions there and he was 8th in the Rotax Max Grand Finals. So quite a weak karting cv actually but it's not like he sucked at it like Nissany). The other full time F2 drivers: Ralph Boschung raced in his home country Switzerland with a practically blanco cv, Calan Williams raced in the Australian scene with no local titles and then started to Australian F. Ford. Amaury Cordeel is the only one in F2 who never did karting! He's a rich kid who bought his way up in single seaters but it you take in account that he never did karting he's actually pretty good, he was a good overtaker in F. Renault Eurocup but always qualified bad, recently scored points in F2: I wouldn't call him talented at all but he's probably better as many assume considering he is by far the least experienced driver in F2. If you skip karting you have an enormous disadvantage compard to kids who have been racing since the age of 7-8-9 or 10 at latest.

 

 F3:

 

Victor Martins:  he had a god gifted talent and is in my opinion easiest the most talented driver from all drivers currently in F2 & F3. He was a gymnast who's ambition was to go to the Olympics later. But one day he tried a kart for fund and loved it so much he switched sport. He was 13 then and immediately entered the French Rotax championship and came 3rd with no experience at all. A year later he started to dominate the French & Belgian karting scene.

At age 14,5 he made his debut on the European / International karting scene with still extremely little experience under his belt, against kids who were already doing this since they were 7 to 9. And he immediately came 3rd in the European Championship and won the world title promptly on his first attempt. Since then he came 2nd in French F4, 2nd & 1st in F. Renault Eurocup (what is now F. Regional Europe) and 5th & 1st in FIA F2. If you wonder which driver is a megatalent in F2 & F3: that's him!

If it was up to me I would put Martins straight in F1 at Alpine next year.

Drove for Belgian outift VDK Racing in karting: they often run the quickest French drivers.

 

Zane Maloney: only did two years in Europe but immediately was quick. 5th in the world championship in Junior (in his first international season in Europe!), 4th in the European Championship & 3rd in Champions Cup + 2nd in USSuperNationals (US champ.) in Senior. He was Ricky Flynn's lead driver.

 

Oliver Bearman: followed the IAME Euro path, which is the second best championship after WSK / FIA (WSK & FIA have the same teams & drivers) but he utterly dominated it winning 4 titles in it!  His brother Thomas Bearman currently is in IAME Euro Series but he doesn't have the talent of Oliver at all, not even close. He drove for KR Sport (which as I've mentioned before has nothing to do with Kart Republic, they're a private British team) and one weekend for Strawberry (importer Tony Kart in the UK and active in British Champ. + IAME & Rotax Max: the best team there).

 

Roman Stanek:  1st in Final Cup, 3rd in Winter Cup, 7th European Championship. Was a Kosmic works driver.

 

Isack Hadjar:  didn't look special at all in karting but he didn't suck in it either: 2nd in Rotax Max France, came 16th in the European & 22nd in the World champ. for British team Forza. So not an impressive cv at all but he skipped OK (Senior) and went straight to French F4 in which he was 4th.

But... the French F4 championship is actually by far the best championship to start your carreer (not only because it's a lot cheaper: no teams there, everyone identical equipment handed out by lottery!). And that is because drivers stay together a whole year there on a boarding school (at Le Mans I think, might be Magny Cours but I think Le Mans) where they have teachers teaching them about technical stuff, but it's also a sporting school where they do physical training. Each driver participated in it is coached.

If there is any championship in the world where they can make of a decent driver a good one and of a good driver a very good one then it is in France at the F4 school of the FFSA (the French federation).

In some of the other F4 championships many drivers just fly in to the races and don't stay the whole year with the team training (at some of the top teams like Prema they actually do, it's one of the main reasons why Prema is so strong imho: not just because they have good engineers: they are great at coaching and training drivers!)

It's absolutely no coincidence that French F4 produced several highly rated talents including for example Arthur Leclerc who did very little karting. Hadjar is a typical top product of French F4 and someone who I never had expected to make such a mega jump forward because he honestly looked very mediocre and not that talented at all before he was at  the French F4 school. If he had done another F4 championship I'm 100% certain he would never have ended up a Red Bull junior: impossible because he would not have the same skills he learned in France at that boarding school then, that school is world class, there is nothing similar in the world.

 

Arthur Leclerc: he wasn't interested at all in a carreer in motorsport like his brother. Just for fun he did a year of karting when he was 14: won a French national title and was also 2nd in another French national champ., he then lost interest again but he obviously was talented considering what he showed with almost no experience. After doing not a single race at age 15 & 16 he the suddenly decided he would like to try French F4 now already 17 and his carreer went up quickly then, no doubt thanks to that great French F4 school but he truly is a natural talent like his brother if you consider how little experience he has.

 

Jak Crawford: he only raced one year in Europe (with Energy Corse & Kosmic) and did very well by reaching the final 9 times out of 12 in his first and only year outside the US although he didn't score any particular strong results (9th is best place in a final at Sarno) but.... he completely dominated the American karting scene winning every major title there which is why Red Bull picked him (I'm pretty sure Red Bull wanted an American driver as well so picking the one who is winning all the US titles then makes sense in that case). Jumped straight from Junior karting to F4 starting in the Mexican championship where they allow you in from age 14 (which is why the FIA doesn't give Super Licence points for Mexican F4).

 

Caio Collet:  was a dominant force in Brazilian karting before moving to Europe and coming 3rd in Rotax Max Grand Finals and 3rd in the FIA World Championship as a Junior for Birel ART.

 

Franco Colapinto: after winning the Argentine title came 2nd in the South Garda Winter Cup (WSK field but not organised by WSK but by the circuit). Drove for CRG who often run South American drivers.

 

Alexander Smolyar: won the Trofeo Andrea Margutti and the WSK Night edition, 7th in the European Championship in Senior. Also did half a year of KZ2 shifters before F4. Drove for Ward Racing, succesful Tony Kart satelite team from Sweden.

 

Zak O'Sullivan:  2nd in DKM (Germany), 4th in Champions Cup, 6th in Super Master & Trofeo A. Margutti. Drove for Fusion in the UK (Fusion are a top team in IAME) and for Ricky Flynn in Europe.

 

Jonny Edgar: won countless national titles in the UK, then won the Swedish title and was 1st in the European Championship OK Jr., 3rd in WSK Super Masters in OK for Forza Racing. Like Hauger or Doohan he was picked up by Red Bull in karting.

 

Juan Manuel Correa: won Rotax Max Grand Finals, was strong in the American karting scene. 5th in the European Championship Senior for Energy Corse

 

Kush Maini: 2nd in WSK Euro Series, 3rd in WSK Super Masters, 1st in Andrea Margutti Trophy. Drove for BabyRace Academy in Mini (satelite team of Parolin, top team in Mini) and Forza Racing in Junior

 

Gregoire Saucy: only raced in the Swiss scene so far less experienced, which makes his F. Regional title more impressive.

 

Kaylen Frederick: only competed in the USA, best result: 5th in Florida Winter Tour.

 

David Vidales: a star in karting, after several Spanish titles was 2nd in the World Championship in Junior & Senior. Did KZ2 shifters because he has absolutely no money for single seaters and came 2nd in the FIA KZ2 Super Cup. Several famous Spanish drivers including Pedro de la Rosa then started to look for money so one of Spain's rare talents wouldn't be lost for autosport and when Pedro & co did find the budget they put Vidales straight in F. Renault Eurocup (270bhp car instead of 160bhp in F4!) because David was already 18 then: late for F4 and he scored a pole positon and two wins on his debut. Big talent and heavily underrated driver in F3 because he is flying under the radar at Campos!

He was a Tony Kart factory driver!

 

William Alatalo was twice champion of Finland. Drove for Mad Croc (a Slovakian kart manufacturer, this year in IAME) but hasn't got any strong results in Europe although he competed 2 years in all major championships. Best results: 14th in WSK Champions Cup (that event for CRG though), 18th in WSK Final Cup, 23rd in IAME Euro, 27th in the European Championship, 35th Super Masters. Pretty weak cv though.

 

Oliver Goethe: son of a rich WEC sportscar GT driver. He drove for a very good team: VDK Racing (Kart Republic satelite) but scored poor results and often couldn't reach finals. 53rd in the European Championship & 84th in the World Championship are not results you want to boast with at all.....

He is enjoying a strong season this year though but.... in the weakest edition oft the Euroformula Open to date (and that was never strong), had a great F3 debut though but that was at Spa just after he had raced in Euroformula at Spa so he had extra track experience in a similar car! I'll keep my judgement on him next year in F3 though.

 

Reece Ushijima was strong in the IAME Asia championship but that is a lot weaker as in Europe. He only was 32nd in IAME Euro Series: that's bad. Drove for Piers Saxton Racing.

 

Sebastian Montoya: started in the US scene where he won one title. Then did 2,5 years in Europe (WSK/FIA). He couldn't qualify for a single final the first half year but beiing a rookie in OK Jr. is very hard so I don't blame him for that, most drivers struggle as rookie in OK Jr. that's quite normal.

But in the next two years he never showed a special spark but he was an anonymous midfield driver who almost always reached the final so he was very constant. In 2018 he reached the final in 8 out of 9 rounds and in '19 in 8 out of 10. He was always driving at the back of the field in finals though, his best finish was a 10th in Le Mans.

So he was consistent in reaching the finals but in finals he was completely unvisible. Not a very good karting CV if you also consider that he was a Tony Kart factory driver.
Has shown spark in single seaters though and has a great coach with his dad. He is one of the rare exceptions who wasn't great in karting but is a talent in single seaters.

 

Oliver Rasmussen: did Rotax Max and then switched to KZ2. Came 11th in the European Championship KZ2 as a Kosmic works driver.

 

Brad Benavides:  half Spanish half American. Did shifter karts from the age 16 until 20 and combined KZ2 with single seaters in 2018-2021. Campos even entered a shifter kart for him in the now stopped IAME Shifter category and he won the IAME Winter Cup for them. His best KZ2 result was 4th in the 2018 Champions Cup. He's not very talented if you ask me but very experienced in gearbox karts.

 

Ido Cohen: drove for CRG and I actually rate him as a pretty lousy driver. Raced in Rotax Max and combined that with the German championship & WSK and in his final karting season he combined Rotax Max with the IAME Euro series in which he was not bad as 12th overall. Did have a good season in his second year of Italian F4 but has'nt shown anything since then. Backmarker in F3 with a poor karting cv (76th & 29th in Super Masters).

 

Rafael Villagomez:  24th for Parolin in WSK Final Cup OK in '17, then won the IAME Euro Series in Senior surprisingly in '18, then went to KZ2 shifters as a Birel ART factory driver, in the winter of 2020 he won the F4 shootout for Birel ART drivers in France earning him a fully funded F4 drive and sponsorship from Richard Mille. Hasn't shown anything in single seaters (or very little). Not a talent at all despite that IAME title (but he was already 18 then in a field of mostly 14 to 16 year olds) I rate him quite low.

 

Pepe Marti: won the Spanish title and was 4th in the OK Jr World Championship for Tony Kart in 2019, then had a very anonymous OK season in '20 for Kart Republic that was still saved a bit with a strong 7th place at the World Championship OK. He's shown speed in F4 & F. Regional Asia, he's not bad.

 

Francesco Pizzi was a star in Mini where he won the South Garda Winter Cup, was 2nd in the Super Masters (winning finals in Castelletto & Sarno), then was a midfield driver in OK Jr (two 5ths and a 7th placen an 8th & 10th in finals was actually pretty good) and went to KZ2 then. But he was a star again in Italian F4 losing the title to a bigger star: Gabriele Mini.
He is a driver to watch next year in F3. In particular because of his fantastic performance in F4 he is a talent  to keep an eye on. Seemed to change team all the time in karting, drove for so many teams including Fusion, Lenzokart, Novalux, Manetti & Birel ART.

 

David Schumacher  naturally drove for the team of his dad Ralf Schumacher in karting and also in F4 & F. Regional (US Racing). Ralf Schumacher actually owns two karting teams: KSM Schumacher Racing Team (this used to be owned by Willy Weber who ran the KSM team even in German F3 in the '80s & '90s) and RS Motorsport (which stands for Ralf Schumacher off course). KSM used to do the WSK championship as well up until 2020 but since then Ralf only enters the German championship.
David did his complete karting carreer with KSM and was 3rd & 2nd in the German Senior championship but on the European scene he was a bit out of his league and a decent midfield driver who reached finals half the time. Did have quite a good season in '17 when he was 14th in Super Masters and 13th in the European Championship.
Drove his last karting race in 2019 when he was 70th (so no final) in the South Garda Winter Cup, in other words, completely at the back of the field.

Not even nearly as talented as Michael's son Mick, not even close.

 

Frederico Malvestiti: this guy really sucked at karting and I mean sucking really hard. He drove in the Italian Easykart championship which is basically a fourth rate championship and he even sucked at that. His carreer best was 48th as a Junior at the Andrea Margutti Trophy on just 57 entries.... He is not good enough for F3 at all. Rich paydriver who only started to get good results in F4 after 3,5 years in that class. I suspect that even the dog of my parents would be better at karting as Malvestitit was.

 

Niko Kari he was a pretty strong karter. Drove for Ward Racing. 21st in the European & 8th in the World Championship + 10th in Super Masters in Juniors in 2013. In his only Senior season in 2014 he scored a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th & 10th in Finals so a very strong consistent run or top 10s and he was 5th in the World Championship that year.

 

Nazim Azman: raced most of his carreer in Asia off the radar, had a 13th in WSK Final Cup for Gamoto in Mini and a very poor 62nd in Super Masters in Mini, dissapeared of the radar completely then apart from some races in Rotax Max.

 

Hunter Yeany: apart from his US F4 title this kid hasn't shown anything apart from a podium in GB3. Not a talent at all (US F4 series far weaker as European single seaters).

 

Enzo Trulli: he was a lightning quick qualifier in karting who often failed to bring in the goods in the races. His dad was legendary in karting, Enzo a decent midfielder who did an upset in qualy now and then. He did win the Andrea Margutti Trophy and was very consistent since he almost always reached the final which is also an achievement.

In his final karting year (his only season in OK) he only participated in 8 events (I assume because he might have been practising F4 already then) but scored 3 times an 8th in finals. Not bad at all but not great either. He was moved up way too quickly to F3 imho, I still think it's a driver we should keep one eye on. Should improve in F3 with more experience.

Trulli drove for Team Driver (an Italian private team usually running Kart Republic chassis), CRG Keijzer (Dutch team and importer of CRG in the Netherlands) and in his final karting year 2020 for Birel ART & Kart Republic so he only drove for a top team / factory team in his final year which is weird considering the reputation of his dad.

 

Ayrton Simmons:  very weak karting cv except one small achievement: 1st in Rotax Max Grand Finals but that was in the Micro category for 7 to 10 years old and that is really way too young to judge kids potential yet (many only start competition at Mini) + the competition is lower as in Mini: far lower so it's not really a reference. 

 

Filip Ugran: poor karting cv, was very quick in Italian F4 though but not as a rookie. Best result: 14th in Trofeo Andrea Margutti. Did 1,5 years of KZ2 shifters with a best of 21st in the Champions Cup (which is not that bad at all considering you're competing with older drivers there).

 

Laszlo Toth: like Ugran a poor karting cv. Highlights: 3rd in Rotax Max Winter Cup (driving for Belgian outfit Daems Racing which is a very good team in Rotax). Did a year of KZ2 shifters in 2017 with very poor results except a 19th in the Champions Cup. Toth raced for Danilo Rossi's team DR in KZ2.

 

Christian Mansell:  Should feel terribly ashamed with his results in karting. He did two full season in OK Jr. in Europe for Lennox Racing in '18 & '19 (which in 2020 was bought by Charles Leclerc but Lennox still runs the team, it's a satelite team of Birel ART). Mansell was running at the back in litteraly every WSK of FIA event he entered until the highlight of his karting carreer at the WSK Euro Series round in Angerville where he finally got to a final and finished 19th in it.

 

Why Mansell thought it was a good idea to do single seaters after such a dreadful karting carreer is beyond me. He did better as expected in cars though with 3rd in GB3 but I have low expectations for him in F3 for this Australian.

 

Alessandro Famularo:  After he won a final in IAME Mini in Castelletto in '16 Juan-Pablo Montoya started coaching him (until he was in F4 at Prema Montoya was his driving coach, no doubt getting well paid by Famularo's rich family). But in OK Jr. he was very anonymous, not reaching the Finals half the time and with a best result of 15th. Not exactly something to smile about. Montoya then entered him in the USNationals in IAME where he didn't even get to the final. In F4 he couldn't even show anything that remotely smells of a hint of talent, in his second season of F4 at Prema he was a master in crashing and did win the odd race in ADAC F4. This kid really hasn't got talent. He had one small moment of glory as an almost 13 year old in IAME Mini, when he was the oldest driver in the field. No talent can be found here. 

He raced for Birel ART in OK Jr., in that year his brother Anthony also raced for Birel ART. Anthony was just as bad, if not worse, apart from one fluke result when he actually made a final and was 8th in it, that was in Oviedo on a circuit owned by Alonso. Maybe he ate special mushrooms that day that he was quick in Oviedo.

 

Zdenek Chovanec: I'm not even going to talk about how bad this driver is. He is driving in BOSS GP this year where he is... dominating by winning 5 out of 6 races and scoring poles. But that is a championship for old and very rich amateur drivers who race there with former GP2 cars and even old F1 cars from the '90s. Even Mahaveer Raghunathan managed to be competitive in that class.. that should tell you how bad the level is there. He should stay there and not come back to FIA F3 please: it suits him fine. Chovanec did some IAME for Spanish outfit Monlau (a karting team active in IAME Euro Series and the Spanish championships who are making their first steps in Spanish F4 with the help of Van Amersfoort this year), naturally he couldn't even get close to reaching a final.

 

 

* So conclusion: all top drivers in F2 & F3 (bar a rare exception) were top drivers in WSK / FIA karting. So you will always see drivers now in WSK / FIA ending up winning races in F2 & F3 and eventually reaching F1: always.

 

The top drivers in karting either stay in karting or go to F4 or straight to sportscars (yes that happens too sometimes, in particular with the best IAME Euro Series drivers. if you don't have the budget to WSK/FIA and do IAME instead then you are likely to try sportscars before F4 since single seaters quickly becomes more expensive) and then from F4 to F. Regional-F3-F2 and F1.

The bad karting drivers also go to F4 where they are always blown away by the good ones. And several bad still progress to F. Regional. By F3 & F2 several extremely wealthy bad drivers remain (see the likes of Nissany, Marino Sato in F2 or Chovanec, Mansell, Famularo, Ugran, Toth in F3 although Ugran is not so bad since he was very quick in F4).
It also makes sense that the top drivers in karting are likely to become the top drivers later in F. Regional / F3 & F2 because if you beat kids your age as a teenager you're likely going to still beat those some kids at later age. It's the same in other sports like tennis. A top youth tennis player who beats kids his age is likely to still be better as those same kids he beat earlier when they grew up.
And also: if you don't show anything in your youth as a teenager it's highly likely you'll never show anything or: if you suck at something as a kid you very likely will always suck at it.

 

Of all drivers in single seaters though the two most talented imho are not in F3 & F2. They are in F. Regional (Gabriele Mini) and F4 (Andrea Kimi Antonelli) imho. I guess you could also add Victor Martins to that exceptionally talented list because Martins won titles with so little experience in such a short timespan. Hauger has a very strong CV, probably the strongest karting cv in F2, but I wouldn't put him in the same talent league as Antonelli & Mini (and also not as Camara, Lindblad & Tsolov to be honest). Dino Beganovic (F. Regional) is also one I would watch closely but not as good as Mini, he's been a bit more lucky as Mini this year.


Edited by William Hunt, 19 September 2022 - 06:22.


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Posted 19 September 2022 - 06:21

DPK is racing the dominant KR chassis, I wouldnt call it a outsider at all. Morgatto has also been flying in the states all year.

 

Yes and DPK is also owned by a certain... Fernando Alonso, you may have heard of him lol. Morgatto has been a top driver for years, he's no nobody. He was clearly one of the favourites for the world title this year although he wasn't having a lot of luck this year but he did land Castrol sponsorship (so did Peruvian Andres Cardenas in OK Jr. who moved from Energy Corse to DPK after signing a management contract with Alonso). Plus Morgatto's very experienced: turns 19 years old in two weeks so he's older than most drivers in OK who are 14-15-16.
I expected him to be up there this weekend because he's able to peak at the right moment. He was in a class of his own in the heats, I think he won almost all his heats. This year he finally had a chassis that allowed him to win, having mostly driving Birel ART & Parolin karts in the past (in 2019 he was on a Tony kart though).

 

Absolutely, several years in a row now Kart Republic had the dominant chassis in OK, one could even say it was the best chassis in OK since 2018 actually. But let's be honest: it's not just the chassis. They've also had the cream of the top drivers on their chassis all those years but it's not like Tony Kart or some other teams didn't have good drivers.

Kart Republic always enters a lot of karts in OK & OK Jr. so by the numbers they are in the majority followed by Tony Kart. And if you compare the results of their lead drivers with the rest of their line-up then the difference is quite big so driver talent absolutely plays a big role: they often hired the best drivers in OK and if you do that you're likely to win the most races. If you grab drivers like Travisanuto, Barnard, Antonelli, Camara or Lindblad you are going to win finals for sure.

 

Having the best chassis in karting isn't going to win you a single final: you need great drivers to drive it too. The less talented factory Kart Republic drivers don't even reach the final on the same equipment as the lead drivers, keep that in mind.

 

If you look at chassis Final wins since 2018 in OK (I'm chossing 2018 since Kart Republic only became a manufacturer in that year, and in no time one of the biggest kart producers in the world although in sales numbers Tony Kart & Birel ART are likely still bigger world wide. In 2017 Dino Chiesa was still just running his team, which was called Chiesa Corse and ran the now defunct Zanardi brand what was a brand of CRG):

 

2018 (16 rounds):

 

1. Kart Republic: 9 wins  (2 by Lorenzo Travisanuto, 2 by Dexter Patterson for the factory team and.... 5 by German driver Hannes Janker for German team TB. Janker never found the money to go to single seaters and stayed doing OK until he was 24 and quit racing at the beginning of last year)

 

2. Tony Kart2 wins  (both by Nicklas Nielsen for KSM Schumacher, the Tony Kart factory team had David Vidales & Noah Milel, a Swede now in KZ who won a shifter world title, as lead drivers but they didn't win a final although Vidales came close on several occasions. Nielsen is a WEC Ferrari AF Corse driver and was one of the top stars in karting)

 

 Alonso Kart 1 win  (today Alonso Kart is produced by Kart Republic, back then it was still produced by Tony Kart so it actually may be added up with Tony Kart bringing their total to 3 chassis wins. Ricky Flynn was representing the Alonso brand in '16, '17 & '18 and Zane Maloney won that final at La Conca).

 

3.  CRG and Parolin each had 1 win and both were scored by current F. Regional driver Andrea Rosso (who is very talented but has no money to continue his carreer sadly).

 

 

CRG could have won a lot more that year though because Kas Haverkort had three 2nd places and Spanish star Pedro Hiltbrandt two 2nds.

 

- Birel ART: 1 win  (Luigi Coluccio in Lonato)

 

- Kosmic: 1 win  (Roman Stanek in Sarno). Now Kosmic is one of many brands owned by the OTK Group ( = Tony Kart). And that Kosmic chassis in reality is so similar to a Tony Kart chassis that you can hardly sport the difference except the livery and some tiny differences and it has the same parts. So you could add to to Tony Kart's total but then they still lose 4-9 to Kart Republic.

 

- Jonny Edgar was the lead driver of another OTK brand: Exprit for Forza Racing, but he didn't win a final that year.

 

2019 (18 rounds):

 

1. Kart Republic12 wins (6 wins for Lorenzo Travisanuto who drove for German outfit CV Performance that year, 4 wins for Dexter Patterson in Sauber Academy colours and 2 wins for Taylor Barnard in Rosberg Academy colours but buth run by the factory. They also had Kai Askey (GB) on a works Kart Republic that year but he was dissapointing).

 

2. Parolin3 wins  (all by Gabriele Mini who seemed to be the only driver to constantly threaten the Kart Republic dominance in 2019)

 

   Tony Kart: 3 wins  (one each by Joe Turney & Pedro Hildbrandt and one also for Ward Racing, Tony Kart satelite team, for Dino Beganovic, Russian F4 driver Kirill Small came close to winning with a 2nd in Adria behind Mini)

 

So only 3 different chassis won finals in Ok in 2019. CRG (with Kas Haverkort) and Birel ART (Luigi Coluccio) each had one second place.

Exprit had a best of one third for Dilano van 't Hoff in Angerville (France).

 

2020 (17 rounds, the year Tony Kart fought back in a mega duel with Kart Republic:

 

1.   Tony Kart8 wins  (3 wins by Joe Turney and 1 by Pedro Hiltbrandt & Callum Bradhsaw for the factory team + 2 by Nikita Bedrin for Ward and 1 by Marcus Amand for VDK, VDK would become a satelite of arch rival Kart Republic from 2021. Tuuka Taponen made his OK debut in the final OK race of that year ending 3rd).

 

2.   Kart Republic: 7 wins  (4 wins by Taylor Barnard in Rosberg colours and 3 by Andrea Kimi Antonelli in Mercedes Jr. livery. Their other works drivers Pepe Marti only managed a 4th and Hungarian Levent Revesz just a 5th. Barnard & Antonelli were clearly their lead drivers. Juho Valtanen didn't win but scored three 3rd places for Pantano on a customer Kart Republic chassis).

 

3.  Birel ART 2 wins (1 win each by Oliver Gray, currently a Williams Jr., and UAE based driver Jamie Day, both Gray & Day drove for Charles Leclerc's team who also had Laurens van Hoepen on their line up but he was outperformed by Gray & Day. The Birel ART factory team had Maya Weug (Esp / Bel / Ned) and Cristian Bertuca (Ita) as lead drivers)

 

Energy Corse had one 2nd place for Kirill Small (Rus) and one 4th for Robert De Haan (Ned, now in Spanish F4 after winning a shootout)

 

Exprit had one 2nd + two 3rds for Rafael Camara (who had just done half a season in OK that year and was a superb rookie) and a 4th for Dilano van 't Hoff (Ned), Nicolas Pirtilahti (Fin) also managed a 4th. Charlie Wurz managed a 5th for Exprit.

 

Parolin had a great lead driver with Matheus Morgatto (Bra) and although Morgatto performed very well and was consistent with lots of points finishes, he couldn't get any higher result as 4th for Parolin so I guess their chassis wasn't good enough.

 

TB , a small German manufacturer (this year running on Kart Republic chassis in OK and on their own TB chassis in shifters) had Italian Edoardo Villa (this year in IAME Sr.) scoring a 5th for them.

 

2021 (20 rounds: back to Kart Republic dominance)

 

1.  Kart Republic:  16 wins out of 20!!! They won the first 14 finals in OK in a row!  One win was for Alonso Kart with Nikola Tsolov but that was a Kart Republic chassis painted in Alonso's livery.  

Arvid Lindblad (GB) 6 wins, Andrea Kimi Antonelli (Ita) 5 wins, Rafael Camara (Bra) 4 wins and Tsolov 1 in Alonso's colours, Ugo Ugochukwu (US) didn't win but was quick all year)

 

2.  Tony Kart:  2 wins (1 each for works drivers Joe Turney & Tuuka Taponen but Tuuka's win was the most prestigious one: the world title). Tony Kart actually had 3 wins because their brand Exprit scored 1 win with Kean Nakamura Berta, that win was remarkable because it was Nakamura's debut as a Senior.

 

3.  Birel ART:  1 win for Tymoteusz Kucharczyk (Pol) who currently is 3rd overall in Spanish F4 (that Tsolov is totally dominating winning almost every race). Kucharczyk's Birel ART was actually rebadged 'Kubica' in a poor atempt of Birel ART to sell that as a different brand, they've tried that with the Ricciardo and Leclerc brand names too but nobody believes it's any different from a Birel ART chassis: it's exactly the same exact the stickers on it (just like Alonso's brand is a Kart Republic).

Matheus Morgatto (Bra) & Cristian Bertuca (Ita) were the other Birel ART lead driver and satelite team Leclerc had Martinius Stenshorne & Pedro Hiltbrandt as their leaders.

At least Tony Kart succesfully manages to succesfully market and sell their other brands. It's a very smart strategy of Tony Kart to have different distributors competing with each other in the same territory. They just rebrand their karts and make tiny changes on them with a completely different paint scheme and voila you have another brand.

Tony Karts now has a lot of brands: Tony Kart, Lando Norris (since this year), Kosmic, Exprit, Eos, Redspeed and Gillard (a British manufacturer that went bankrupt and Tony Kart just bought that name, not the British factory. Valtteri Bottas won a world title on a Gillard). They run Redspeed, Kosmic & Gillard with satelite teams in IAME Euro Series.

 

Czech manufacturer Praga did entered a works team in 2021 in OK and had Yannick De Brabander (Bel), Rafael Modonese (Peru) & Flavio Olivier (Ita) running for them. They did an excellent job but could win agains the mighty Kart Republic although De Brabander was in a shock fight for the win in Aunay (Fra) but that was a David Vs Goliath fight he couldn't win and he dropped to 5th.

 

Parolin had a very poor year with Valerio Rinicella (Ita, Spanish F4 this year, coached by Giancarlo Fisichella) and James Wharton (Aus, Ferrari Jr.) driving for them. 

 

2022  (season still in progress, 17 rounds so far but WSK Open & Final Cup still to run)

 

1.  Tony Kart:  6 wins  (2 for Joe Turney, 1 for Luigi Coluccio & Tuuka Taponen and two for the now banned Russian Artem Severiukhin for satelite Ward Racing).

 

     Kart Republic6 wins  (2 for Kean Nakamura Berta (Jap, Alpine Jr.), 2 for Alex Powell (Jam, Mercedes Jr.), 1 for Matheus Morgatto (Bra) for DPK on an Alonso, 1 for the very experienced Italian Danny Carenini for Italian customer outfit Team Driver).

 

3.  Energy Corse  (2 wins for Tomass Stolcermanis (Lit) )

     Parolin  (2 wins for Enzo Deligny (Fra) who became the youngest OK winner ever)

 

4.  Exprit (Tony Kart brand) had a 2nd for Joel Bergström  (Swe), Freddie Slater (GB) scored two 3rd for OTK's other brand in OK, Lando Norris (run by Ricky Flynn)

     CRG's best result in an OK final this year was a 5th for Brazilian Gabriel Gomez in Zuera.

     Birel ART is having an absolutely dreadful year in OK with their best result in a final just 6th for Cristian Bertuca. Luckily for them Bertuca did an awesome job in KZ2.

 

In Ok Junior Kart Republic has not been as dominant at all as in OK (Senior) by the way but they still do very well there. Kart Republic is not competitive in Shifter Karts though and Parolin is the dominant force in 60 Mini. 

In Ok Jr. Ricky Flynn Motorsport actually have been the best team quite often and they are a Tony Kart semi factory team running the Kosmic and now the Lando Norris brand for them and they won the world title OK Jr. with Freddie Slater in 2020 and should have won it last year too. Lando Norris off course famously drove for Ricky Flynn as have many other top drivers who went to the top of autosport.

French manufacturer Sodikart, who only since last year entered OK Jr (and isn't active yet in OK) has been seriously impressive this year with their brand new chassis and I think that is currently the best OK Jr. chassis (and in Junior they have the same chassis as in Senior, just different engine & tyres).

 

I expect Sodikart to also move to OK next year (most probably with Nathaniel Tye still their lead driver) so Kart Republic & Tony Kart should watch out.

 

Now whilst Kart Republic clearly won the most finals in OK (and probably also when you add up all finals in OK Jr & OK) it was often Tony Kart who still managed to grab big titles like a European or World Championship. At the World Championships Tony Kart is just always up there as if they know how to peak at the exact right moment. Like they did last year with Tuuka Taponen or the year before with Callum Bradshaw.

 

Taponen & Bradshaw won just 1 final for Tony Kart in 2021 & 2020 but each time it was the world title. Bradshaw then won the IAME title for Tony Kart and tried to do the same in Rotax Max this year so he would win titles in all different championships but he's met a superior Kai Rilaerts (Bel) there this year who is on a private Sodikart and has been completely dominating Rotax Max for a couple of years now. Rilaerts is for sure the most talented driver not in WSK / FIA and he is expected to go to French F4 next year: he might be one picked up by an F1 academy in the future, possibly a Vandoorne 2.0.

 

And if Turney hadn't messed up big time in the final race of the European Championship Tony Kart would have won that title too this year because Turney had a comfortable lead over Nakamura & Powell before that final race.

Turney did win the WSK Super Masters title this year though and he also won the Champions of the Future title. Both series are 4 round events. So again Tony Kart won a title despite winning less finals over the whole year (but equal so far this season).

 

That most sting with Kart Republic, that Tony Kart still managed to win the most prestigious titles despite winning (much) less races and it is probably why Dino Chiesa used team orders to secure 1st & 2nd in the European Championship.


Edited by William Hunt, 19 September 2022 - 16:57.


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Posted 19 September 2022 - 06:55

Hey, I just referenced William Hunt’s pre-competition description: “Morgatto has won two super heats this year but apart from a 7th he failed to deliver in the finals but he's quick and always an outsider for a good result this weekend.” Didn’t seem he was one if the strongest shouts to grab the title in such dominant fashion? I mean, he just bolted away in the first few corners and thereafter easily controlled a 3s gap.

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Posted 19 September 2022 - 07:23

Hey, I just referenced William Hunt’s pre-competition description: “Morgatto has won two super heats this year but apart from a 7th he failed to deliver in the finals but he's quick and always an outsider for a good result this weekend.” Didn’t seem he was one if the strongest shouts to grab the title in such dominant fashion? I mean, he just bolted away in the first few corners and thereafter easily controlled a 3s gap.

 

True you've got me there. But Morgatto was a big name who did fail to deliver the results this year. For someone with his reputation a best of 7th in a final in WSK / FIA this year is a very poor results for someone with his experience, in particular because he had a competitive chassis. If he was driving a Birel ART okay then.

 

But as I've also sadd he always was quick this year, so he had the speed in him as he showed in heats, but in the finals things never clicked for him and he did have some bad luck also. But knowing he's an experienced driver who can peak for a big championship event he was at least an outsider yes.
Not the big favourite, otherwise he would have scored a win or at least top 3 finishes in a final but he would always be an outsider with a chance for victory yes.

 

So in a way his dominance this weekend was surprising and make you wonder: why did he never do that the rest of the year? But him winning it with all his experience is not a big upset either. In OK Junior there were a lot of upsets and huge surprises though: many drivers in OK Jr suddenly had the best performance of their life!

Like Adam Hideg for example, good driver but I never thought he would be in the title fight and there were some other up front I had not expected to be that quick last weekend. In OK Sr. there were very few surprises actually except that Morgatto was as good as he was yes.

 

I had put stars (didn't post it here) put after every driver that had a chance to win the world title this weekend. The biggest favourites (imho that is) I gave 5 stars and the lowest one star.
Arvid Lindblad was number 1 favourite for me and I gave him 5 stars, I also gave 5 stars to Kean Nakamura Berta and Alex Powell and to Joe Turney as well. Taponen got 4 stars from me (Coluccio as well) and I only gave Morgatto two stars which means I saw him more as a long shot but not impossible otherwise I would have given him zero stars.

I had expected a world title fight in OK between Lindblad & Turney to be honest with F1 juniors Nakamura & Powell also in the title fight and Taponen closely behind them. But I was wrong and my prediction went completely out of the window after Turney got disqualified from Qualy and had to start all heats from the back (he still did a mega job though passing almost 100 karts over the weekend) and when Lindblad got pushed out in the first lap: not his fault at all.

 

I still believe Lindblad could have threatened Morgatto had he not missed his start since Lindblad can read a longer race like no other driver and he just punches at the right moment. We were robbed of a great title fight imho because that first lap crash that took 3 contenders out (the other one was Luigi Coluccio, Tony Kart works driver, it was Danish driver David Walther who crashed in to Lindblad & Collucio taking two top favourites out). That crash allowed Morgatto to already create a gap in the first lap because there was chaos behind him.

Lindblad had completely missed his start though which was why he suddenly was in the path of Walther who started much lower on the grid. But even when Lindblad drops to the midfield he is still in the running, as he has proven countless times (same for a driver like Turney who can cut through the field like a knife through soft butter). He did it in the KZ2 final when he came 3rd in the World Championship.

 

If Morgatto didn't make such a gap so soon it would still have been possible to have an exciting title battle but once he was far up front you just knew that such an experienced driver who knows how to save his tyres and watch all temperatures isn't going to give that away anymore. But he really deserved it and it's nice to see a Brazilian having succes again. 

 

 

Turney's chances received the final blow in the Super Heat but up until that point I still believed he could perform a miracle because well it's Turney and he's done miraculous drives before, you can just never count him out even if he seems in a lost position.

 

But karting is far less predictable as autosport you know. In particular less predictable as F1 off course where you know the winner is going to be most likely Max this year and otherwise it wil be Leclerc or maybe Perez, Sainz or one of the Mercedes drivers as a long shot. Also less predictable as F2 & F3 and those are already categories where surprises happen now and then.

 

We are talking about fields of +- 100 drivers and yes some chassis, like the ones from Kart Republic & Tony Kart, are a bit better but not that much, in reality it's a pretty level playing field compared to single seaters wich is why I find karting the most exciting form of motorsport: it's unpredictable and intensely competitive with so many drivers having a chance to win.

 


Edited by William Hunt, 19 September 2022 - 07:52.


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Posted 19 September 2022 - 07:28

The kid will turn 20 next month. What do you think his future holds William Hunt? Professional kart racer, or will he try his hands at formula racing?



#50 Nemo1965

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Posted 19 September 2022 - 16:52

Totally unimportant, but after years at my college, seeing fewer and fewer students interested in cars in general (except for Max Verstappen-newbies), I now have two students (2!) in one class who are not only petrol-heads... but they both have been quite high level kart-drivers (2016 BNL International Karting Series Seniors and 2021 Rotax Max Senioren in the Netherlands). The first one mentioned already drove in Formula 4. The closest one of my students ever came to motorsport was one being the sister of the girlfriend of Nyck de Vries and the other a bosom-friend of Guido van der Garde...

 

I won't write down their names, because I want to guard their privacy. But I thought it would be nice to mention here. 


Edited by Nemo1965, 19 September 2022 - 16:53.