The curtain falls on the 25th edition of the Winter Cup. With four high voltage finals, Giuseppe Palomba (KZ), Joseph Turney (OK), Martinius Stenshorne (OKJ) and Rashid Al Dhaheri (Mini Rok) stamp their names in the roll of honor. A day of 1-2s and fiesty battles in Lonato with Birel Art and Tony Kart the absolute protagonists in KZ and OK, thanks to their 1-2s that cast a long shadow on the races to come over the next few months.
KZ2 – The Palomba-Longhi show
The first act of the KZ2 season picks up where it left off with the - almost - exact same result of the last FIA World Championship last September. Birel Art stands tall, thanks to the weekend of its drivers, on pace from the start. During the two superheats on Sunday morning, Riccardo Longhi and Giuseppe Palomba had started from pole position, thanks to the excellent score of the direct heats. Despite the pole position, the two Red Army pupils then closed their positions in fourth and second place. Damage practically nil for both, able to start equally from the front row of the final KZ2, thanks to the combined score between heats and superheats. In the final twenty-two laps Longhi immediately jumped to the lead taking Palomba along for seventeen laps until the latter overtook him which, in fact, earned him the victory and a 1-2 for Birel Art. Complete domination for the Lissone-based team with almost two seconds ahead of the competition, starting with Jeremy Iglesias (Formula K), on a comeback from the second row and the bronze medal in the final. In top five, Alex Irlando to the joy of Birel Art in P4, one step away from the hat-trick, and Jean Nomblot (CPB) in P5.
OK – An unbeatable Turney, second Travisanutto
Different category but same result thanks to the second 1-2 of the day, this one signed Tony Kart. With the heats on Saturday closed, the superheats on Sunday morning almost completely upset the starting grid thanks to the victories of Antonelli (KR) and Turney (Tony Kart). At the start of the Senior final, pole position in the hands of Lorenzo Travisanutto (Tony Kart), the star of Saturday heats. The reigning World Champion had to deal with the new wave fast advancing a few laps from the start with Robert De Haan (Energy) at ease in the new category and the first with an overtake on his rival on the sixth lap of the race. After the first phase of drivers settling in in the upper part of the ranking, the show then moved lower down the field with the driving lesson of Joseph Turney who had started eleventh and cut his way up the grid until the decisive maneuver on De Haan, valid for the race lead in lap 15 of the race. Infernal pace, Turney's, replicated by his partner Travisanutto which ended with a 1-2 for Tony Kart in front of Andrea Kimi Antonelli (KR) always in the fight for success. Top five completed by De Haan and Nikita Bedrin (Ward Racing), already in pole position after the heats. A penalty for Pedro Hiltbrand (Tony Kart), who had finished in P5, pushed him back to ninth, the same for Barnard (Rosberg Racing), tenth.
OKJ - Stenshorne unmatched
The Junior class changes its face but not the brand with yet another success for Dino Chiesa, this time for the colors of Rosberg Racing. Since Saturday, the Norwegian Martinius Stenshorne had impressed the competition by taking home the pole position, with a second place in the superheats and transformed into first position for the final. In the decisive 18 laps, the battle ignites between Stenshorne and Lindbald (KR) exchanging fisticuffs six times from the third to the tenth lap with the parenthesis of Kucharczyk (Birel Art), momentarily in the battle for position. At the end of the battle, however, Stenshorne seals the OKJ final with a three-second lead over British driver Slater (Ricky Flynn), author of eight overtakes, third Lindlbad. Top five completed by Kucharczyk and Bohra (TB Racing). Of note, the great comebacks by Alfio Spina (KR) in sixth place with 25 overtakes! And Cristian Bertuca (Birel Art), seventh with 14 overtakes.
Mini Rok - Al Dhaheri returns leader
Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin) returns to success in the Mini category with two overtakes and three tenths of a second on Dmitry Matveev (Energy) also recovering; third German Fotveev (Energy).