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WSK Super Master: Adria Photo Review

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A very wet opening round of the 2017 WSK Super Master series.

Rain at Adria karting circuit
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Following the sunny but extremely cold WSK Champions Cup in Adria, the Super Master Series opener just one week later was slightly warmer, but with nonstop rain from day-one until the end of the event. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Rain tires
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Only wet tires were needed this race, as the track didn’t dry for a single moment. Photo by Loredana Ivancov/The RaceBox.
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Cheering mechanic at Adria, WSK Super Master
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The bad weather didn’t reduce the excitement of all involved, including drivers, mechanics, teams bosses and family members and supporters. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Taymour Kermanshahchi
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One of the early highlights in my opinion was Taymour Kermanshahchi who, in complete contrast to last season, held his own against very big and much more experienced names in KZ2. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Killian Meyer
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Another driver who has been a highlight in my view has been the young Kilian Meyer with the CRG factory team, who jumped series from Rotax and X30 last season to OKJ and OK this season and has had very good appearances since his first race. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Sodi Kart drivers Bas Lammers and Douglas Lundberg
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Sodi has had a very strong package in KZ2 this race, and looks like they’re going to be strong players this season. Official Sodi Kart factory driver Bas Lammers here didn’t have an easy start from satellite team CBP driver Douglas Lundberg in the opening laps of the qualifying heats. Photo by Loredana Ivancov/The RaceBox.
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Marco Ardigo WSK Super Master Adria 2017
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Marco Ardigo in KZ2 had an unimpressive 18th position qualifying time, and managed to improve to 7th in the heats, but that meant he had to start the prefinal and final from the middle of the pack in the rain-flooded track. He ended up looking backwards in turn 1 after he was pushed at the start. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Kas Haverkort WSK Super Master Adria 2017
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Kas Haverkort, another young driver who’s been impressive so far in OK junior, racing for Keizer CRG team, with 4th, 5th, 7th and a 13th qualifying heats, was unlucky to be taken off in the pre-final and therefore not race in the final. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Pedro Hiltbrand WSK Super Master Adria 2017
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Casualties continued, with world champion and last race’s winner, Hiltbrand, in OK setting the second fastest qualifying lap time, but one bad qualifying heat in 24th demoting him to 15th, and being taken out in the pre-final race. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Paolo De Conto WSK Super Master Adria 2017
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It really wasn’t a good race for most of the star drivers with KZ world champion Paolo de Conto too not having it very easy, qualifying in 8th position and from then on going backwards to a 23rd place classification in final, 5 laps behind. That’s not the position we expect the world champion to be, as he will for sure be challenging for wins again in the coming races. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Paavo Tonten WSK Super Master Adria 2017
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One of the really good appearances was KSM Schumacher Racing Team’s Paavo Tonteri, who got the pole position in the qualifying practice and won one of the heats. A bad qualifying heat put him back for the prefinal and final races which took away the chances of good results, but for sure with the speed showed so far he’ll be playing at the front again. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox
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Gilian Henrion WSK Super Master Adria 2017
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Second placed in last race Gilian Henrion in OKJ, had another great appearance qualifying in second, winning one of his qualifying heats and finishing second in another two, only to move back the grid by a 17th place in the last heat. The final result didn’t reflect his incredible pace demonstrated again this weekend. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Red flag for dangerous conditions, WSK Super Master Adria 2017
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On Saturday the weather got so bad that six heats - planned to take place after dawn - had to be postponed to Sunday morning, when the organization decided that all pre-final and final races would be reduced to 75% of the distance and start from the pit lane for safety reasons.
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David Vidales WSK Super Master Adria 2017
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Vice junior world champion David Vidales had a great run in OK, winning one of his heats and playing at the front of the field most of the weekend, eventually classifying 3rd on Sunday’s final race after the penalties applied to Martins and Basz. Photo by Loredana Ivancov/The RaceBox.
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Anthony Abbasse WSK Super Master Adria 2017
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Beautiful view of winner Anthony Abbasse flying through the wet track of Adria while the sun is going down. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Victor Martins WSK Super Master Adria 2017
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Junior World Champion Victor Martins demonstrated great speed throughout the weekend in OK, finishing third in the final race, only to be denied a podium position due to a front bumper penalty. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Justas Jonusis WSK Super Master Adria 2017
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DR Racing Kart factory driver Justas Jonusis worked hard to overcome problems from the first day, eventually showing blistering speed with the second fastest lap time in the final race, and classifying 4th. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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KZ2 starting grid, WSK Super Master Adria 2017
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Taking last race’s showcase of talent, the KZ2 grid included even more great names this weekend starting with poleman Anthony Abbasse, and adding Bas Lammers, Douglas Lundberg, Paolo de Conto and Marco Ardigo just to name a few names adding to all of last race’s greats. Photo by Loredana Ivancov/The RaceBox.
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Ulysse de Pauw WSK Super Master Adria 2017
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Ulysse de Pauw scoring his first victory for the season, the category and with his new team this year VDK Racing. Close to the front all weekend and just untouchable on Sunday. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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OK podium WSK Super Master Adria 2017
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With De Pauw, Lorenzo Travisanutto and Karol Basz (replacing Martins following his front bumper penalty) completed the podium in OK, with the latter to be penalized and stripped off his podium eventually handing the 3rd place trophy to Vidales. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Rosso WSK Super Master Adria 2017
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Rosso, with BabyRace this season, won a difficult Junior final race in worsening rain and low light conditions. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Jack Doohan WSK Super Master Adria 2017
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Jack Doohan overcame carburetor problems to get second place -- and his first podium in WSK -- after a strong performance all weekend! Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Anthony Abbasse WSK Super Master Adria 2017
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Anthony Abbasse did his Finding Nemo impression after swimming away to the win in KZ2. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Bas Lammers WSK Super Master Adria 2017
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Bas Lammers got second in the final in KZ2 after winning two heats. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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KZ2 podium WSK Super Master Adria 2017
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The two SodiKart drivers were joined on the podium by 2015 World Champion Jorrit Pex, who got another 3rd place trophy following his Champions Cup result. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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KZ2 license level podium WSK Super Master 2017
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Following the main podium in KZ2, a confusing (also as you can see from the faces of the drivers) second podium based on racing license level. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Alfio Spina WSK Super Master Adria 2017
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The WSK Super Master Series opener finished with the win of Alfio Spina making it a full CRG - Gamoto ASD team Podium in Mini 60. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Photos by Alexandros Vernardis and Loredana Ivancov of The RaceBox. Words by Alexandros Vernardis of The RaceBox.