The Super Master Series ends its first scheduled weekend round in style in Adria. Pedro Hiltbrand (OK), Alfio Spina (OKJ) and Gerasim Skulanov (60 Mini) win. The Adria event matches expectations, opening the new year with three uncertain finals from start to finish.
60 Mini – Skulanov, vengeance is mine
The weekend of the Mini class once again speaks Russian with yet another 1-2, this time different only in their finishing order. From the start, it was Gerasim Skulanov (Formula K) in the spotlight, taking the lead of the race, long in a battle with Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin), the only driver able to rival the Russian. Ten fiery rounds with five position changes for the two frontrunners which, in the end, saw Skulanov cross the finish line first, thus avenging his second place of seven days ago during the Champions Cup. Equally fast and in constant battle for the top three, in the final laps, was Anatholy Khavalkin (Parolin) who slips ahead of teammate Al Dhaheri to take P2, this after last week's victory. Behind the Russian 1-2, third place goes to the grand opportunist, Jimmy Helias (Tony Kart), taking advantage of the fight ahead to grab the podium finish. Top five completed by Al Dhaheri and Fotveev (Energy), seventh Gladysz (Parolin), eighth Sorensen (Tony Kart), ninth and tenth place for Kastelic (Team Driver) and Bouzinelos (KidiX).
OKJ - Alfio Spina, irrepressible!
The Junior delivers the most exciting 16 laps of the weekend. After starting from pole position, Polish driver Karol Pasiewicz (Tony Kart) initially led the final race, tried to escape rivals, but without success. As laps go by, the race lights up thanks to Ugochukwu (RFM), Libdlab (KR) and Spina (KR), among others. On the tenth lap, the American takes the lead but only for a short time. In the all-out battle with Lindblad, the two bang heads, so to speak, and in flies Alfio Spina. The Italian loses no time, in fact, completing his personal comeback from his start position, and putting both contenders behind him. From that moment on, Spina imposes an infernal pace in the last part of the race and wins with over three seconds on the competition. Splendid form for the Sicilian, new man to beat in OKJ. Second place to Ugochukwu, third Cristian Ho (Sauber Karting Team), fourth and fifth places for Pasiewicz and Stenshorne (Rosberg Racing). Only seventh Lindblad after the three-second penalty for incorrect maneuver, best comeback by Bertuca (Birel Art) from 30th to eleventh.
OK - Hiltbrand takes it home
The Senior tries to shuffles it cards compared to seven days ago with the twists and turns of today's final. From the very start, the Tony Kart duo, Joseph Turney - Pedro Hiltbrand, leave not even a glimmer of hope for the competition with the Briton immediately in command. For seventeen laps, Turney steadfastly laid claim to the race win, leaving behind the fight for podium positions between Hiltbrand, Van T'Hoff (Forza Racing), Thompson (Sauber Karting Team) and Smal (Energy). This last, Smal, altered matters, and could have won had he not caused contact on lap 17 which condemned his Tony Kart rival, too. With Smal and Turney out of contention, eyes on Pedro Hiltbrand and Taylor Barnard (Rosberg Racing), until then in the shadows. A surprise victory for the Spaniard, under investigation for a few laps for dangerous maneuver on Thompson. P2 for Barnard, third Van T'Hoff to the joy of Forza Racing. Fourth and fifth position in the hands of Thompson and Villa (TBKart), sixth Turney and seventh Smal after the contact. To close the top ten: Enzo Trulli (KR), Robert De Haan (Energy) and Laurens Van Hoepen (Rosberg Racing).
Credits: Mario Perrucca/WSK