OK – DDS ENGINE
Great performances for the Vortex engines in the double round of the FIA Karting World Championship and the FIA Karting World Junior Championship that took place on the weekend of 20-23 September on the 1,221 meters of the Kristianstad circuit (Sweden).
For the DDS engines that equip the single-speed karts in the OK version, the success arrives even before getting on the track, since they are chosen by as many as 50 drivers out of the 102 checked (49%). So, half of the entries of the most important race of the year in the OK class use an engine of the OTK Kart Group's motor brand. Among these, the best at the end of qualifying heats is David Vidales(Tony Kart Racing Team), able to gain a victory, three second places and a bronze medal, followed by teammate Noah Milell with two wins and a third place. In the Top 10 at the end of the heats there are also Harry Thompson(Ricky Flynn Motorsport), with three third places, and Yannick De Brabander (Prague Racing Team), the latter able of gaining a victory, three second places and a bronze medal.
In the final, Vortex shines again thanks to Milell, who finishes in fifth place, and Vidales, eighth. Next to them is also the tough Karol Basz (Kosmic Racing Department), which conquers the seventh place thanks to a wonderful comeback from the back positions.
Taking advantage of the performance of our DDS engines are also Roman Stanek (Kosmic Racing Department), Juho Valtanen (Kohtala Sports) and Zane Maloney (Ricky Flynn Motorsport), all three with a second and a third place gained in the eliminatory heats, as well as the Finnish Axel Saarniala (Kohtala Sports), good at bringing his Kosmic Vortex chassis on the top step of the podium of the heats twice.
OKJ - DDJ ENGINE
Success for the Vortex engines also in the Junior category, in which 48 out of 113 checked drivers (42%) choose our DDJs to face the FIA Karting World Junior Championship.
The best performances are those of Dino Beganovic (Ward Racing) and Kai Askey (Ricky Flynn Motorsport), respectively second and third positions at the end of the qualifying heat thanks to two wins each, in addition to two second places for the Swedish driver and two bronze medals for the British one. They are followed closely by Luca Griggs (Lennox Racing Team), with a victory and two second places, Thomas Ten Brinke (Ricky Flynn Motorsport), with a second and two third places, and Josep Maria Martì (Tony Kart Racing Team) with two bronze medals. So, five are the drivers equipped with Vortex engines able to qualify in the Top 10 at the end of the eliminatory heats.
However, in total, the Vortex engines that are on the starting grid of the category final are as many as 15, and it is just one of those who jumped from the back showing off the best performance. Kirill Smal (Ward Racing) is the author of the remarkable performance, recovering 10 positions and climbing up to fifth place, embellishing his race with the fastest lap (52''424).
Seventh is instead, Beganovic (seventh), first of a "train" of drivers running with the Vortex drivers that includes the Estonian Paul Aron (Ricky Flynn Motorsport), also protagonist in the heats with a victory, two seconds and two third places, the Moroccan Suleiman Zanfari (Ward Racing) and the British Kai Askey. For a total of 5 Vortex DDJ engines among the best 10 of the OKJ World Championship.