Wins for Minkov, Ivanov, Shingov, Gyoshev and Kostov at round 3 of the Bulgarian Championship in Vratsa 

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Last weekend the third round of the BFK-NKS national karting championship took place in Vratsa, Bulgaria. It was held on the renovated track in the city and the race was hosted by the Municipality of Vratsa, the Vratsa Karting Track and the B&S Racing team.

The changeable weather on Sunday presented the drivers with new challenges, tight battles and some surprising results. After Saturday’s extremely high temperatures, the last day began considerably cooler following overnight storms.

In the Rotax Micro MAX class, Max Daniel Kostov took his third win in three starts for the season. This time, however, the success came harder for him. In the first final, when the track was wet, Max finished in second position and the winner was Dimitar Stankov. Stankov started last, but found his way best on the first lap, when a number of drivers made mistakes. Nikola Rangelov came third. In the second race in the dry, Max quickly made his way to the front and took the lead. By the final lap, he gained a solid lead. Stelian Gospodinov finished second. The top 3 was completed by Milen Bakhchevanov, who overtook two drivers in the process. Stankov was P4 in the second race, but that was enough for him to take P2 in the standings this round, followed by Gospodinov and Bahchevanov.

In Rotax Mini MAX, the winner was Kaloyan Goshev, who was fast both in the wet and dry. In Final 1 he was a bit behind at the start, but then took the lead and won ahead of Stefan Stefanovski. Dean Damyanov completed the top 3. In the second final, Goshev again won over the driver from North Macedonia, but this time the difference between them was much smaller. Christian Zinkov finished third in the heat, taking this position in the overall standings. Damyanov did not have good speed in the dry and fell to P5 in Final 2, which sent him to fourth in the second round standings. Two ladies took part in this class - Ventsislava Gancheva and Nikol Dimitrova, and they took P6 and P8 respectively.

More participants, strong competition and emotions were offered in the Rotax Junior MAX class. Here the victory was taken by Petar Shingov, who, however, was not very fast in the wet Sunday morning and remained P3. The victory was taken by Boris Mihailov, who managed to overtake Radoslav Vodenicharov in the last lap.In Final 2 in the dry, Shingov showed speed and won the heat ahead of Ilian Yankov, carefully controlling his pace. The two pulled away well ahead of the other five drivers who were fighting a great battle. The places were constantly changing, and in the end, after a lot of dicing, Bozhidar Parvanov finished in third position in only his second race in professional karting. He’s studied at the school of Lyubomir Marinkov. This brought Parvanov to fourth position in the overall standings, behind Mihailov P2 and Yankov in third. Vodenicharov did not have a good second run and finished P7, which dropped him to fifth position in the standings for the round. Maxim Skenderov and Martin Garbev did not participate on Sunday.

The drivers in the No Gear Open and Rotax Senior classes were fewer and therefore drove together. They were the only ones to drive both finals on the day with slicks. Slavi Minkov won the overall ranking in both heats and in his class No Gear Open. In the absence of Hristo Mladenov, he had no serious competition. Ilia Dimitrov finished second, followed by Yosif Toshkov and Gabi Petsov.

In Rotax Senior MAX, the winner was Samuil Ivanov, who outpaced the other competitors in both heats by a significant margin. Vasil Apostoloski and Kaloyan Genov fought for the second place. The two exchanged a second and a third place on Sunday, with the North Macedonian driver's better ranking in the second final, which carries more points, giving him a decisive advantage.


Darrell Smith, BRP-Rotax Tech Support and Test & Development driver, was in Bulgaria over the weekend to offer any advice to all the competitors on behalf of the local Rotax Authorised Distributor. "The Rotax community in Bulgaria are really enthusiastic and open to ideas they can apply to their racing, which was so encouraging to see. It was a pleasure to be at Vratsa for the Bulgarian National Karting Championship and see so many young drivers with their families on track enjoying the Rotax competition. The conditions were challenging, but it was a great weekend of racing." 

Text & photos Asen Stoyanov & Jen Wade

Created by: cggiuliano - 30/06/23

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