Joseph Turney wins the OK CLASS championship with our Tony Kart Racer 401 RR during the second and final round of the WSK Promotion series at the South Garda Karting of Lonato. Success was also achieved with Enzo Tarnvanichkul in the OKJ final.
Our Tony Kart Racing Team's 2022 international season could not have come to a better conclusion. The Tony Kart Racer 401 RR, powered by a Vortex DST engine, wins the OK category in the second round of the WSK Final Cup at the South Garda Karting in Lonato. With the RTZ/RSZ (KZ2) and DJT (OKJ) Vortex engines, the "engine division" of OTK Kart Group, and the Tony Kart Rookie powered by the Vortex MCX, in the MINI class, our chassis is also the star of the other classes.
As a result of a weekend spent at the top, Joseph Turney wins OK. The British driver shows he is still competitive in Lonato after competing for the overall victory at the first round at Sarno. With one victory, one second place, and one fastest lap at the conclusion of the qualifying heats, he takes the lead in the intermediate ranking. With yet another victory, Turney reaffirms his dominance in the A pre-final as well. In the pivotal final, he plays it smart by avoiding any form of close contact with his competitors and moving up to second position. A result that puts him exactly 40 points ahead of his closest challenger and allows him to win the title.This is the third 2022 title conquered by our driver, already winner of the WSK Super Master Series and the Champions of the Future Euro Series.
James Egozi put in a strong effort as well, capping his maiden season in the category with a Top 10 finish. The American driver not only achieves the greatest overall timing during the Saturday morning warm-up, but also two podium finishes in the qualifying heats. Sebastiano Pavan demonstrates his tenacity on the track on his second outing with our Racing Team, taking first place in each of his warm-up groups on Saturday and Sunday and finishing in the Top 10 in the final after recovering 15 positions from the starting row. Jakub Rajski is unable to compete in the final because of two unfortunate stops in the qualifying heats, whereas Jan Przyrowski, competing in his third race among the "Seniors," does.
Good evidence of Enzo Tarnvanichkul's maturity may be found in OKJ. The weekend goes off to a rough start for the world champion in force, but he makes up ground in the qualifying heats, which he also manages to win. The Thai driver has a crazy day on Sunday, winning the second round of the WSK Final Cup after finishing second in the B pre-final and taking the lead in the final. With this outcome, Tarnvanichkul also enjoys his second-place finish in the competition.
Strong development for Alp Hasan Aksoy. The Turkish driver finishes third in three of the four elimination races, propelling him up to sixth place in the intermediate standings and a total of 16 spots. Although the frenzied battle in the opening circuits did not benefit him, Aksoy still has a chance to finish in the Top 10 in the final. Maria Germano Neto returns to the track after recovering from an injury and posts encouraging results, including a comeback of 18 positions in A Prefinal. Unfortunately, the Portuguese driver's two stops during the qualifying heats prevent him from receiving a pass for the final.
Noah Milell has a decent chance of competing for the championship in KZ2. The KZ world champion and vice world champion in force, who placed third in both of the qualifying heats, also won the B pre-final with force, earning him a spot on the final starting grid. The Swedish competitor is stuck in the group and places in the top 10 of the standings as a result of some collisions in the very beginning of the race. Milell thus misses out on a potential championship victory but yet places second.
Tom Leuillet makes an impression in his second appearance wearing our colors by posting the quickest lap during the warm-up on Sunday morning and finishing third in the A pre-final. On the other hand, Alexander Gubenko experiences horrible luck in Prefinal B, forcing him to stop.
Ilie Tristan Crisan joins Ludovico Mazzola and Sebastian Eskandari-Marandi as our drivers in the MINI division. Eskandari-Marandi nearly cracks the Top 10 in the A pre-final and comfortably qualifies for the final; Mazzola records a quick lap in the qualifying heats; Crisan makes his debut with our colors; and Eskandari-Marandi records a best lap in the elimination heats.
With the WSK Final Cup, the curtain falls on the 2022 racing season of the Tony Kart Racing Team. A memorable year full of successes in all categories:
- FIA Karting World Championship OKJ
- WSK Super Master Series OK
- WSK Euro Series OKJ
- Champions of the Future Euro Series OK
- Champions of the Future Winter Series KZ2
- WSK Final Cup OK
This is a summary of an article on the Tony Kart website, the original can be found here.