BERNIER WIN THE TITLES IN SWEDEN
Two fine Champions were crowned at Kristianstad after three days of intense clashes on the Åsum Ring as part of the Kart Grand Prix of Sweden. On Sunday, in bright sunshine, the last Qualifying Heats revealed the list of 34 Finalists in the two categories in the running, before the Finals delivered their verdict in front of a large audience. Victor Bernier (FRA) convincingly won the FIA Karting World Championship – Junior, while Lorenzo Travisanutto (ITA) got the better of Hannes Janker (DEU) two laps from the finish of the FIA Karting World Championship – OK.
The return of good weather gave an extra lustre to the decisive day of the Kristianstad Competition. As the tension became more and more palpable, spectators poured in around the circuit and into the paddock. The attendance and accessibility of former Formula 1 drivers like Felipe Massa, the President of the CIK-FIA, and Nico Rosberg, 2016 World Champion, offered an additional attraction to enthusiasts.
Always very competitive, the last Qualifying Heats gave a good show on Sunday morning, but did not upset the ranking of Saturday night. Taylor Barnard finished 1st in the OK-Junior category ahead of Dino Beganovic and Kai Askey, while Lorenzo Travisanutto retained the lead in OK in front of David Vidales Ajenjo and Hannes Janker.
SUPERB RACE FROM BERNIER TO WIN THE JUNIOR TITLE
The start of the FIA Karting World Championship – Junior Final did not upset the hierarchy. Taylor Barnard (GBR – KR / Parilla / Vega) took the lead ahead of Kai Askey (GBR – FA Kart / Vortex / Vega) and Dino Beganovic (SWE – Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega). However, Victor Bernier (FRA – Kosmic / Parilla / Vega) and Gabriele Mini’ (ITA – Parolin / TM Racing / Vega) were already showing their ambitions by gaining ground. Behind Barnard, the situation was changing rapidly with the gradual falling back of Askey and Bernier’s attack on Beganovic on the 5th lap. The Frenchman quickly reduced the gap to the leader. Without ever losing his composure, he attacked Barnard for the first time, who responded. The second attempt was the good one: Bernier settled in control of the Race on the 7th of the 21 laps of the Final. He then managed his lead perfectly against Barnard, then Gabriel Bortoleto (BRA – CRG / TM Racing / Vega) who had seized 2nd position. At the end of the race, Mini’ came back strongly and passed the Brazilian. Bernier won the world crown without faltering nearly a second ahead of Mini’, Bortoleto, holder of the fastest lap in race was on the 3rd step of the podium. While Barnard finished disappointed in 4th place, Kirill Smal (RUS – Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega) made a great recovery of 10 places to join the top five. Bernier’s title recalled that of other Frenchman, Martins, also named Victor, who won with the same team, VDK Racing, in 2016.
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