Show and battles at Franciacorta track, COTF overall winners' trophies awarded

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The Franciacorta weekend puts the spotlight on the Champions Of The Future RGMMC season. Tye and Turney take home the trophies.

As mentioned in the preview of the Italian weekend, Franciacorta brought to a close what can be considered the last general test before next week's OK and OKJ European Championship. A dress rehearsal that satisfied the circuit staff and above all the insiders, ready to enjoy the great sprttacle of the fight for the continental title, which is still completely open. 
The Italian track proved once again that it can offer and generate great spectacle and tussle, especially in the most important phases of the race. A layout not easy to interpret that of the circuit in the province of Brescia, useful to highlight the driving skills of the drivers and the sporting cunning and intelligence that in the fight for such an important title will certainly make the difference. The Franciacorta Karting Track has also staged part of the pre-race spectacle, which will have its own specific space in next week's programme schedule. 
From the sporting point of view, if the Champions Of The Future classification were to be confirmed also in the FIA Karting European Championship, the titles would go to the respective classification leaders, a possibility that they and the entire line-up would consider but without omitting the twists and turns that have characterised the whole season.
In Senior it is Joe Turney who lifts the overall winner's trophy. The Englishman managed to mock his colleague and team-mate Luigi Coluccio, second in the standings, by ten points. The last final on the calendar was dictated by penalties at the end of the race and above all by the reversals of the front. Pole position badly exploited right from the first few metres by Turney, from first to second thanks to the best sprint of Tuukka Taponen, immolated towards a victory that seemed almost easy. Halfway through the race, the Finn had to reckon with the return of Tomass Stolcermanis, who was able to pass in front and run away to victory with a lead of over three seconds. The Latvian trailed with him a good Maksim Orlov, also making a comeback ahead of Taponen, third at the finish line and then penalised with 5seconds because of the front spoiler. Third step of the podium therefore inherited by Alex Powell, in turn penalised for the same reason and climbed from second to third place. Top five sanctioned by great recoveries starting from Oscar Pedersen with 21 positions recovered from the start and Gabriel Gomez for CRG with 18 positions recovered. Only eighth is Turney but in any case already the winner of the overall classification, especially after the forced retirement of Luigi Coluccio during the race. 
Fireworks in the OKJ final, useful to warm up the spirits in view of next week. After qualifying and heats, all the drivers raised the bar even higher from the start of the final onwards. There were a lot of changes at the top with Anatoly Khavalkin immediately leading and being challenged by rivals Maciej Gladysz and Nathan Tye, all three leading in the first four laps. On the fifth lap, however, it was Khavalkin who first attacked the man who would contend for the title of European Champion, the Briton Tye. A well-positioned attack helped the Russian to take the lead again, until lap 17 when he had to give way to his compatriot Kirill Dzitiev following the final twist. Race contact between the front runners, capable of knocking out Gladysz, Tye and Saleh, who were all fighting each other. Honour and credit to Dzitiev who was able to take advantage and take the victory, followed by Lammers and Molnar, fourth place for Khavalkin (second in the overall classification of the competition), fifth Helias. 
A first direct confrontation that will lead both Tye and Khavalkin to increase their attention, not only to their opponents and possible outsiders but above all to staying out of trouble to avoid 'unwanted gifts'. 

Photo: Motorsportpictures 

Created by: scorradengo - 27/06/22

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