The Winter Cup reopens its doors with the 25th edition. Absolute pole positions for Puhakka (KZ), Smal (OK), Powell (OKJ) and Matveev (Mini Rok).
KZ – Puhakka, good first act
The premier class is back on track with the season's first appointment. Amid team changes and category new entries, it is still Simo Puhakka (Tony Kart) to take the weekend's lead. The Finn started strong right from the start with the best time of 46.299, valid for the absolute pole and of group A. Behind the Finn, Birel Art renewed its competitiveness, recovering from where it had left off or almost, with Giuseppe Palomba. The Italian driver took pole position for group B, ahead of Viktor Gustafsson (Leclerc by Lennox), the first of the new CL16s on their debut in the category. Last two pole positions for Arthur Carbonnel (CPB) and Riccardo Longhi (Birel Art), respectively ahead for groups D and E.
OK - Smal without rivals?
The great form of Russian Kirill Smal (Energy Corse) continues, again competitive in Senior with the new colors. Smal scores the best absolute lap in 47.352, useful for pole of group A. Behind him, team mate Robert De Haan (Energy) in his second appearance in the category; third overall in the hands of Joseph Turney (Tony Kart) on pole for the group C. Wharton (Parolin) and Griggs (Leclerc by Lennox) close ahead in groups D and E.
OKJ - Powell ahead
The great results of the 60 Mini filed away, Jamaican Alex Powell is on top in Junior with the first pole position, much to the joy of Energy Corse, more than ever protagonists at the start of this weekend. Surgical strike by Powell, capable of closing in 47.818, thus leaving behind one of the protégés of Rosberg Racing, Martinius Stenshorne (47.845). Third virtual position and pole of group C by Polish Tymoteusz Kucharczyk (Birel Art), pole group D for Cristian Ho (Sauber Kartinh Team), group E led by Emmo Fittipaldi (KR).
Mini Rok - Matveev continues ascent
In Mini Rok, the Russian domination continues, thanks to Dmitry Matveev, holder of the third pole position for Energy Corse after OK and OKJ. The Russian ended the day with 55.027 on the clock, enough to stay ahead of Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin), second, and Adam Hideg (Baby Race) in third. Last pole attributed to the second of the Russians, Gerasim Skulanov (Formula K). Stay tuned tomorrow with the complete heats program.