Lorenzo Travisanutto (CV Performance) and Marcus Amand (VDK Racing) took the victory in the 2nd act of the FIA Karting European Championship in Genk, Belgium.
At the Karting Genk: The Home of Champions the rain expected from the early hours of the morning came upon the circuit only in the closing stages of the OK final, causing the red flag to come out.
No surprise, at least in terms of climate, instead, in the Junior.
OK - Travisanutto, what a show of strength!
At the end of the 20th of the 23 scheduled laps, Travisanutto leads. The Italian, who started in 2nd position, soon got rid of the poleman Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG) by taking off in front while behind him the Spaniard was fighting with Morgan Porter (MSport) and Dilano van T’Hoff (Forza Racing). It was the latter who made the most of it, and once he took 2nd place, he even seemed able to take on the leader.
However, the passing of laps and the cooling of the asphalt favored the return of Dexter Patterson (Sauber Karting) and Dino Beganovic (Ward Racing). Van T’Hoff, for his part, was not too impressed and kept 2nd place until the red flag was shown during lap 20 for the rain. Travisanutto wins, but the Forza Racing driver is not the one to escort him to the podium, penalized for the release of the spoiler, but his brand mate Patterson and Beganovic. The unfortunate period of Hiltbrand instead continues, forced to retire due to the detachment of the pipette from the Iame engine.
OKJ - Amand wins in Belgium on Dunne and Ten Brinke
As always, the OKJ final met the great expectations of the eve. Uncertain weather and imminent rain accompanied the great spectacle of young drivers engaged in the struggle for victory. The new face VDK, Marcus Amand, surprised all the experts, progressing as he did day by day, until the deserved success of the category final.
Amand managed to reach the front group, overtaking up to the winning move on Alex Dunne halfway through the race. The Frenchman triumphed alone at the finish line with half a second on the competition. Applause for Alex Dunne, one of the masters of the Genk weekend and able to govern most of the race. The Irishman then had to surrender to his rival, still managing however to remain in contention for success. Third position to Thomas Ten Brinke, protagonist of the podium for the first moments of the race but victim of the performance decline towards mid-race, only to find himself in third place thanks to the penalty imposed on Bedrin (fifth at the end).
The Russian had fought for a long time for the bronze medal, being then penalized for incorrect maneuver against Robert De Haan, fourth at the end of the race and surprise of the weekend. Andrea Kimi Antonelli is the first of the Italians with the sixth position, one step away from the top five. Next meeting in two weeks in Kristianstad (Sweden).
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