Vortex podium in the OKJ category of the WSK Open Cup, held at the South Garda Karting of Lonato


After more than two months of waiting since the last round of the WSK Super Master Series, the WSK Open Cup, the one-shot event organized by the WSK Promotion on the South Garda Karting circuit in Lonato, took place on the weekend of June, 21st-24th. An appointment which saw the Vortex engines showing off an unrivaled competitiveness, starting from the DDJ used in the OK Junior category. Here, 39% of the registered drivers (26 out of 67) chose the performance of our engines, which were able to stand out in particular thanks to the talent of Kirill Smal. The young Russian driver started the weekend with the third time in the qualifying, from which he climbed to success with two wins and two second places in the qualifying heats. Finally, these results ended with the triumph in the B prefinal and the decisive race, where Smal had no rivals and was able to gain the 2018 WSK Open Cup Champion title. But in the OKJ category, the Vortex engines were also successful thanks to the other young talents: in the qualifying heats, in fact, the highest step of the podium was reached by Rafael Camara (Kosmic Racing Department), Nikita Bedrin (Tony Kart Racing Team), Conrad Laursen (Ricky Flynn Motorsport) and Luca Griggs (Lennox Racing Team), for a total of seven drivers able to hit the Top 10 at the end of the heats. In addition, our DDJs hit all three steps of the podium in the final: together with the winner Kirill Smal, leaders were also Thomas Ten Brinke (Ricky Flynn Motorsport) and Nikita Bedrin, while entered the Top 10 Rafael Camara (fourth), Zak O Sullivan (fifth), Conrad Laursen (eighth) and Kai Askey (ninth).

Good results for the Vortex engines also in the OK class, the most substantial since as many as 14 drivers out of 33 registered (42%) have chosen the performance of our DDS in the fight for the victory. In this category, the most consistent was the British Harry Thompson (Ricky Flynn Motorsport), fifth in the qualifying heats and winner of all three heats. Together with his teammate Zane Maloney, the Tony Kart Racing Team’s driver Noah Milell and the expert Roman Stanek of the Kosmic Racing Department, the British driver finished in the Top 10 at the end of the heat, while in the final David Vidales (Tony Kart Racing Team) imposed his talent during the whole competition and hit the bottom step of the podium. In the decisive race, also Noah Milell and Roman Stanek arrived in the first ten positions.

In the master class, the KZ2, the Vortex RKZ engines were chosen by 10 drivers out of 43 registered (23%): among these the experienced Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart Racing Team) immediately imposed his own law by winning two successes in the eliminatory heats which worth the third place at the end of the heats. The next triumph in the A prefinal, then, allowed him to take the pole position for the decisive race, unfortunately he had to give way to his rivals crossing second under the checkered flag. Together with him, his teammate Matteo Viganò and the Czech Patrik Hajek (Kosmic Racing Department) confirmed their great growth, both entered the Top 10 at the end of the qualifying heats and of the category final.