Champions Of The Future, Portimão - Severiukhin and Dzitiev lead Ward Racing one-two

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The first round of the Euro Series Champions of The Future ended in Portimao. Victories for Artem Severiukhin and Kirill Dzitiev in OK and OKJ.

The last pre-European Championship Sunday goes in the archives with a one-two for Ward Racing. Many battles on the track between the best of the categories, great expectations in a fortnight time. 

OK - Severiukhin perfect
In pole position after the Super Heats, Artem Severiukhin, completed the work on Sunday in Portimao by finishing a perfect final. No mistakes for the Ward Racing driver, impeccable in all aspects and in the total 20 laps of the race. Severiukhin has kept the leadership at best leaving behind the opponents in tussle between them. A lonely ride ended under the chequered flag with more than four seconds of advantage. Tight fight for the podium positions, especially in the last part of the race with Joe Turney (Tony Kart), Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy) and David Walther (Koski Motorsport) in close contact. The key episode was the contact between Stolcermanis and Walther, which ended with the forced retirement of the Koski driver after Stolcermanis' manoeuvre at the limit. The Latvian driver, after the contact, had also lost the train for the podium to Enzo Deligny (Parolin), third on the finish line and then demoted with a 5sec penalty for incorrect maneuver, returning the podium to his colleague. Top five sanctioned by Luigi Coluccio (Tony Kart) and Freddie Slater (RFM).

OKJ - Dzitiev does the encore
Same script or almost in the last race of the weekend, won again by a Ward Racing driver and in the same way: dominating. So Kirill Dzitiev launched the first strong signal for the fate of the European Junior Championship, dribbling everyone at the start, moving from third to first place. From then on, Dzitiev had no choice but to administer the advantage, keeping the competition at bay in the final stages of the race. Intense battles for podium positions also took place in the Junior category, starting with Sodikart's British driver Nathan Tye. Starting from the second row, Tye, had struggled in the early laps finishing outside the top three positions but then recovered in the second half of the race, snatching a valuable second position. Bronze medal for another confirmation of the weekend: Oleksandr Bondarev (RFM), protagonist of the usual series of overtaking and counter-overtaking, this time with Andres Cardenas (Energy Corse) behind him. Fifth position for Dmitry Matveev (Koski Motorsport).  


Photo: M.Perrucca - Motorsportpictures 

Created by: scorradengo - 27/03/22

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