Travisanutto wins WSK Super Masters race at Sarno as Joyner spins

Ward Racing's Lorenzo Travisanutto won the OK-class race of the second WSK Super Masters round at Sarno, emerging victorious after a last-lap mistake from Tom Joyner.

The Italian kicked off the race third behind Nielsen and Pedro Hiltbrand, the latter having taken a shock pre-final win from 12th.

However, Travisanutto quickly claimed the lead and spent the first half of the race holding off Nielsen before eventually losing out to the Dane.

He was overtaken by the late charger Joyner as well, who then also passed Nielsen.

The 2013 World Champion looked set to make it to the finish in the lead only to suffer a spin and retire on the last lap.

Closely following the Brit, Nielsen was forced to avoid Joyner's spinning kart and ran wide as a result, losing three places.

As such, it was Travisanutto inheriting the victory, ahead of Nielsen's rookie teammate Clement Novalak and Hiltbrand.

The Spaniard entered the round as the championship leader and, benefitting from closest rival Nielsen's bad luck, he continues to hold the position by 24 points.

Nielsen, who will make his car racing debut later this year in Audi TT Cup, settled for fourth in the race, while Birel ART's Martijn van Leeuwen completed the top five.

OK class top 10:

PosDriverTeamGap
 Lorenzo Travisanutto Ward Racing  
 Clement Novalak Tony Kart Racing Team +0.118s
 Pedro Hiltbrand CRG +0.277s
 Nicklas Nielsen Tony Kart Racing Team +0.785s
 Martijn van Leeuwen Birel ART Racing +1.218s
 Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer Tony Kart Racing Team +2.043s
 Hannes Janker CRG +4.019s
 Noah Milell Kosmic Racing Team +4.699s
 Logan Sargeant Ricky Flynn Motorsport +5.634s
10   Davide Lombardo RB Racing +8.765s 

Shvetsov becomes OKJ winner, Blomqvist and Watt collide for the lead

SMP protege Ivan Shvetsov clinched the victory in an eventful race for the junior category, joining fellow Russian Bogdan Fetisov and Ulysse de Pauw on the podium.

The 13-year-old sealed his win in a similar fashion to Travisanutto, taking advantage of those ahead of him hitting trouble while he was running third.

His teammate Isaac Blomqvist was a dominant performer throughout the weekend, having won three of his four heats as well as his pre-final.

He was into the lead off the line and a great defensive drive saw him stay in first for the majority of the race despite being under pressure from several racers at all times.

Watt emerged as his main rival during the closing stages and the Dane ended up crashing into Blomqvist three laps before the finish.

Now into the lead, Shvetsov had to keep Fetisov and Dmitrii Bogdanov at bay for the rest of the race.

RFM driver Bogdanov was one of the biggest movers, having forced his way up to third from 22nd on the grid.

He even stole second from Fetisov temporarily but then lost ground and dropped back to settle for fifth at the finish.

Bulantsev, also supported by SMP, took the flag in third to briefly complete an all-Russian podium but received a penalty for hitting David Vidales during the race.

The latter started from the front row but lost several places, only to fight back and finish fourth behind de Pauw.

At the halfway stage, Shvetsov leads the championship by three points over Vidales, with Sami Taoufik, who retired in the pre-final and thus missed the final, holding third.

OKJ class top 10:

PosDriverTeamGap
 Ivan Shvetsov Ward Racing  
 Bogdan Fetisov Team Komarov +0.111s
 Ulysse de Pauw Birel ART Racing +3.068s
 David Vidales Energy Corse +3.282s
 Dmitrii Bogdanov Ricky Flynn Motorsport +3.555s
 Caio Collet Birel ART Racing +3.627s
 Oscar Piastri Ricky Flynn Motorsport +4.357s
 Ilya Morozov Ward Racing +4.673s
 Charles Milesi Tony Kart Racing Team +4.818s
10   Guido Moggia Tony Kart Racing Team +5.113s

Ardigo fights back to top KZ2 race

Marco Ardigo recovered from a poor start to win the shifter class, which consisted of KZ and KZ2 karts.

The 32-year-old Italian lost three positions after the start, switching places with Jeremy Iglesias, who jumped into the lead from fourth.

However, the Frenchman could only keep first for three laps before giving up the spot to Bas Lammers, who was then overtaken by the charging Ardigo a lap later.

The reigning WSK Super Masters champion slowly but surely pulled away from the rest of the field, winning by three seconds.

Round one winner Anthony Abbasse secured second followed by Paolo De Conto and Iglesias, the trio gaining a spot after Bas Lammers hit trouble in the closing stages.

His woes allowed fellow Dutchman Jorrit Pex to finish fifth.

Giacomo Pollini led the KZ2 field in 13th overall.

KZ/KZ2 class top 10:

PosDriverTeamGap
  Marco Ardigo Tony Kart Racing Team   
  Anthony Abbasse Sodikart  +3.031s
  Paolo De Conto CRG  +3.241s 
  Jeremy Iglesias Privateer  +3.388s 
  Jorrit Pex CRG Holland  +4.951s 
  Rick Dreezen Ricciardo Kart Racing  +5.362s 
  Jonathan Thonon Praga Racing Team  +6.332s 
  Flavio Camponeschi CRG  +7.202s 
  Patrik Hajek Kosmic Racing Team  +7.394s 
10    Jorge Pescador Praga Racing Team  +8.224s 

Gabriele Mini dominates 60 Mini class

Privateer Gabriele Mini took a lights-to-flag win in the lowest category, leading WSK Champions Cup triumphant Michael Paparo to the chequered flag

A storming start from Mini saw him establish a lead of a second in just one lap, a gap he managed throughout the race.

Him and Paparo were in a class of their own, beating the field by five seconds.

CRG's Leonardo Bizzotto, Baby Race driver Pietro Delli Guanti and Francesco Pizzi, winner of the first round, completed an all-Italian top five.

60 Mini class top 10:

PosDriverTeamGap
 Gabriele Mini Privateer  
 Michael Paparo Formula K Junior Team +1.113s
 Leonardo Bizzotto CRG +5.495s
 Pietro Delli Guanti Baby Race +6.863s 
 Francesco Pizzi Giugliano Kart +7.011s 
 Riccardo Camplese Gamoto SNC +7.094s 
 Urbeltz Moar Evokart +9.383s 
 Roman Stanek Giugliano Kart +9.905s 
 Vladislav Lomko Energy Corse +12.380s 
10   Alexandru Iancu Real Racing +12.802s
 
 

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