Overall the competition turned out intense and rough throughout the weekend on the Italian circuit. Sunday morning, the Super Sleeves calmed things down a bit, but the finals then reached a form of climax.
The allocation of titles has been uncertain until the end, the leaders of the provisional classifications having failed to materialize their ambitions during this last event of the European season. The best drivers in the heats weren’t always able to continue at the same pace in the Super Heats and the finals. Good outsiders managed to win.
OK-Junior: Przyroswki winner of a final with twists and turns
The first round of the OK-Junior final set the tone with multiple contacts and five pilots who went no further. Starting from 11th position, the Briton Nathan Tye managed to take the lead on the third lap. But his title dreams didn’t last as he was rapidly losing ground.
However, he returned to 3rd position with two laps to go before giving up following a hooking. The nerves ofAnatholy Khavalkin were put to the test. He sailed between 7th and 1st position before finishing on the 3rd step of the podium with the title in hand.
Six different drivers held 1st place for a while, but it was Jan Przyrowski who took the win by a comfortable margin on the astonishing Zac Drummondauthor of a remarkable progression of 10 places.
Final ranking of the 2022 OK-Junior European Championship:
- 1- Anatholy Khavalkin 86 points
- 2- Jan Przyrowski (POL) 65 points
- 3- Nathan Tye (GBR) 64 points
- 4- Dmitry Matveev 47 points
- 5- Enzo Tarnvanichkul (THA) 47 points
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An intense and surprising OK final
The OK European Championship final began with the feat ofAlex Powell which was ascending at the speed of lightning from the 9th to 1st place. At the same time, Joe Turney left the fight for the title by falling to the 34th rank and Kean Nakamura-Berta was losing ground from the 1st row of the starting grid on the outside lane.
French Evan Giltaire moved into 2nd position ahead of David Walther. Enzo Deligny no longer displayed the same level of performance as the day before and could not aim for victory. Nakamura-Berta gradually climbed with great determination to 3rd place on lap 8 before closing the gap on Giltaire at less than 3 tenths from the 14th lap.
Seeing that overtaking would put his team at risk, the boss of KR Motorsport Dino Chiesa was asking VDK-Racingvery close to KartRepublic, to let Giltaire give Nakamura free rein to ensure a good collective result. Thus, Powell, Nakamura-Berta and Giltaire offered a triple winner in the final at the KR mark.
Walther and Deligny completed the top 5 ahead of the World Champion Tuukka Taponen. Nakamura-Berta thus won the title ahead of Powell, which ensured a double for KR Motorsport.
Final ranking of the OK European Championship 2022:
- 1- Kean Nakamura-Berta (GBR) 82 points
- 2- Alex Powell (JAM) 80 points
- 3- Joe Turney (GBR) 79 points
- 4- Enzo Deligny (FRA) 61 points
- 5- Evan Giltaire (FRA) 55 points
The next race of the season FIA Karting 2022 will take place from September 1 to 4 at Le Mans with the KZ World Championship, the KZ2 World Cup, the International Masters Super Cup, the 3rd round of the Academy Trophy and the Historic Super Cup.
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