After all good performances at the WSK Champions Cup and the Super Master Series, the DST Vortex engines again prove to be highly competitive also in Lonato on the 24th Winter Cup, where 25% of participants choose them.
The weekend starts with 6 drivers in the top10 at the end of qualifying heats on Friday and goes on with 5 victories in the manches for our engines thanks to James Wharton (Ricky Flynn Motorsport), Thomas Ten Brinke (Ricky Flynn Motorsport), Nikita Bedrin (Tony Kart Racing Team) and Artem Severiukhin (Ward Racing).
In Super Heats our engines are still protagonists: the first and second place in Super Heat 2 of Thomas Ten Brinke and Jamie Day (Lennox Racing Team) stand out. In the end, 5 drivers powered by Vortex will be finishing in top10 and 16 drivers, on a total of 34, will be qualifying for the final, which will end with the second and third position for Vortex, with James Wharton and Conrad Laursen (Ricky Flynn Motorsport), authors of a comeback of 5 and 10 positions respectively.
Top10 is being completed by Andrey Zhivnov (Kosmic Kart Racing Department), with the fourth place and five positions recovered; Artem Severiukhin, with the fifth place and 12 positions recovered; Nikita Bedrin (seventh), Christian Ho (Ricky Flynn Motorsport, eighth, +11 positions) and Jamie Day, with the tenth place.
Chosen by 31% of drivers, our DJT engines prove to be a point of reference also for the OK category. In the heats, the performances quality is confirmed, in particular by the results of Joseph Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team), who showed off with a first and a third place; Noah Milell (Tony Kart Racing Team), author of two second places and Sebastian Ögaard (Ward Racing), who conquers a third position.
The victory in Super Heat 1 allows Turney to spring forward from the first position in a final, where 13 drivers powered by our engines are lined up. Here, Joseph Turney wins an excellent third place, after fighting for the victory. Also Harry Thompson (Ricky Flynn Motorsport) and Noah Milell finished in top ten, arrived fifth after a comeback of ten positions and eighth, respectively.
The first race of the year for the KZ2 category is the chance to see the Vortex KZ engine (RTZ and RSZ) working, successor of the RKZ world champion engine. Among the 15 drivers (out of 98 registered drivers) who start off with a Vortex engine, the good performances of Marco Ardigò and Matteo Viganó (Tony Kart Racing Team) brilliantly stand out: they both score a win each in the heats, without ever getting off below the fifth position.
In final, three Vortex engines finish in top10. Among them, the one equipping the kart of Marco Ardigò steps up onto the third step of the podium, after taking the lead, repeating this way the result gained in his Super Heat. The other two engines in top10 are those of Matteo Viganó (9th) and Simo Puhakka (Tony Kart Racing Team) 10th, after a fantastic comeback of 15 positions.
To complete a great karting weekend, the youngest category is entirely powered by Vortex. The performances of the MINI ROK allows the young protagonists of the Winter Cup to give the public a good show and to fight each other by speed and reliability, always among the main qualities of Vortex ROK engines.