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November 10, 2022 4 min read

 The South Garda Karting circuit will host the second round of the series, which will determine the winners, from November 9 to November 13. Yuanpu Cui (OK), a driver from China, and Gianmatteo Rousseau, a driver from Panama, both celebrate their maiden victories with WSK (MINI).

Maglie (ITA), 07.11.2022

After the opening round in Sarno, the WSK Final Cup proceeds to Lonato for its second and final round with over 300 drivers the following November 9–13. For a sport that this year launched a new format with two rounds to determine the 2022 champions, these statistics are pretty significant. Over 120 drivers from MINI are anticipated to compete at Lonato, together with over 80 from OKJ, 50 from OK, and KZ2.

In addition, the new points will award 13 points down for the leader after the heats (+3 points compared to the opener), 60 points down for the winner of the Prefinal (that is double the points of the first round), and 80 points down for the winner of the Final (+30 points compared to the first round). As a result, many drivers can still aim for the final win in each category.

The first Chinese driver to triumph in a WSK race is Yuanpu Cui, who is now leading OK.

Yuanpu Cui, a Chinese driver, now holds the top spot in OK. The driver of KR-Iame-LeCont for team KR Motorsport is also the first Chinese driver to have won a WSK series race. Yuanpu Cui is in first place in the provisional OK classification with 65 points after winning the Final at the conclusion of a grueling race. Despite receiving a penalty in the Final for a dropped front fairing, Joe Turney, Alex Powell, Jimmy Helias, and Anatholy Khavalkin are all behind Cui in the standings.

Provisional classification of the WSK Final Cup, OK

  1. Yuanpu Cui (CHN) points 65
  2. Anatoly Khavalkin points 50
  3. Joe Turney (GBR) points 46
  4. Alex Powell (JAM) points 37
  5. Jimmy Helias (FRA) points 36.

In KZ2, the Dutch Senna Van Walstijn is in front of a strong group of competitors.

Senna Van Walstijn, a Dutchman racing for team CPB Sport on a Sodikart-TM Racing-Vega, is on the lead in the most competitive category, KZ2. The very swift Swede Noah Milell, who is presently in second place and 37 points out of the lead, is followed by the winner in Sarno. The Frenchman Emilien Denner, who dominated the competition up until the Final when he was forced to retire owing to an altercation with Giuseppe Palomba, is currently in third place with a 38 point lead over the leader. Despite the collision, Palomba finished the race in fourth place and currently holds the championship lead over teammate Cristian Bertuca. Due to the large influx of new drivers into the category, the competitors in Lonato will be stronger.

Provisional classification of the WSK Final Cup, KZ2

  1. Senna Van Walstijn (NLD) points 78
  2. Noah Milell (SWE) points 41
  3. Emilien Denner (FRA) points 40
  4. Giuseppe Palomba (ITA) points 34
  5. Cristian Bertuca (ITA) points 25.

In OKJ, the Italian Emanuele Olivieri and the Scotsman Zac Drummond sparred.

The classification of OK-Junior is still up in the air on the eve of the race in Lonato, with the Italian Emanuele Olivieri (69 points), who won the Final on IPK-TM Racing run by team IPK Official, trailing the Scottish driver Zac Drummond (70 points) of Parolin Motorsport on Parolin-TM Racing-Vega in the standings. Numerous other drivers, including the Slovenian Aleksandar Bogunovic, are likely to lose out in the battle between the two, but some fresh faces may be able to win a spot in this second Lonato round.

Provisional classification of the WSK Final Cup, OKJ

  1. Zac Drunnond (SCO) points 70
  2. Emanuele Olivieri (ITA) points 69
  3. Aleksandar Bogunovic (SVN) points 55
  4. Taym Saleh (DEU) points 38
  5. Miguel Costa (BRA) points 25.

Gianmatteo Rousseau is the first driver from Panama to win a race with a MINI.

Gianmatteo Rousseau, a driver from Panama, won a WSK event for the first time ever. With 76 points, he is in the lead in the provisional standings after winning the MINI Final of Sarno. Up to the Final, when he defeated Vladimir Ivannikov, who is second in the classification with 68 points, and Filippo Sala, who is fifth in the provisional classification with 36 points, the Alonso Kart driven by Kidix's driver Rousseau on Alonso-Iame-Vega, had been the category's standout. The Australian driver William Calleja (45 points) and the Turkish driver Iskender Zulfikari are presently ahead of the Italian (44 points). These drivers can all still aim for the grand prize victory.

Provisional classification of the WSK Final Cup, MINI

  1. Gianmatteo Rousseau (PAN) points 76
  2. Vladimir Ivannikov points 68
  3. William Calleja (AUS) points 45
  4. Iskender Zulfikari (TUR) points 44
  5. Filippo Sala (ITA) points 36.

The program WSK Final Cup, Lonato:
Wednesday November 9 and Thursday November 10

08:45 Free practice
Friday, November 11
08:15 – 10:27: Free practice
10.30 – 12:16: Qualifying practice
12:40 – 17:30: Qualifying heats
Saturday, November 12
08:10 – 10:04: Warm-up
10:15 – 18:00: Qualifying heats
Sunday, November 13 (TV, Live Streaming)
08:30 – 10:27: Warm-up
10:30 – 13:00: Prefinals
14:00 – 16:00: Finals (14:00 MINI; 14:30 OKJ; 15:00 OK; 15:30 KZ2).

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