Last weekend we raced for the first round of the OK-OKJ European Championship in Genk, Belgium and what a fantastic race that was!
Rafael Camara won the OK Final with a mighty performance and after a super weekend! The Brazilian had been fast since the Qualifying Practice and thoroughly went through the Qualifying Heats with no problems whatsoever, despite the wet track. He started the Final from P2, gained the lead during the opening laps and cruised to the finish securing a crucial win, to kick off the International season with big points in the bag!
Arvid Lindblad finished the race in second place; the Brit gained Pole Position for the Final after a great Saturday, when he won every race during the Qualifying Heats! As he told us in our interviews (check it out HERE), he couldn’t rival his teammate, Camara.
Kimi Antonelli, likewise, put on a racing masterclass during the Final, recovering 12 places to finish in P7, also scoring the fastest lap of the race! The Italian, reigning European Champion in OK class, had been very unlucky during Friday’s Qualifying Session (he was part of the only wet session) and also on Saturday’s QH, and lost many places, being forced to start his final from P19.
Disappointing weekend for Ugochukwu. The American driver scored a sensational Pole Position during Friday’s Qualifying Session, but was forced to retire in a couple of QH on Saturday, compromising his starting position for the Final. He finished the race in P10.
Akshay Bohra jumped on the OKJ podium in P2!
The driver from Singapore scored Pole Position during Friday’s Qualifying Session, with a fantastic lap, and finished the QH in P3; he fought very hard during the Final to keep the lead but, for this time, our rivals had something more. During our interview, Akshay praised the amazing work of the whole KR Team, since crucial decisions were taken in the right moment!
Good start of the International season for Alex Powell; the Jamaincan stayed into the Top 5 places with authority during the whole weekend, and is a serious candidate for the OKJ Title! He finished the race in P4.
Good weekend also for Irfan (P7) and Sammalisto (P8), who both performed pretty good especially in wet conditions.
As always, big thanks to everyone at Kart Republic and to all our partners for the amazing job done in Belgium.
We’re now onto the next one; Rd2 of the European Championship in Essay, France, next week!