Rain made it trickier in the qualifying heats ahead of the final stages of the 26th Winter Cup that will reach its conclusion on Sunday, November 14th with Live Streaming coverage.

Lonato del Garda (Brescia). The Winter Cup at the South Garda Karting Circuit of Lonato got interesting with qualifying heats held on Saturday, November 13th. The event enjoys the participation of all the main manufacturers and a good number of drivers, 170 from 40 different countries, to contest the 4 categories KZ2, OK, OKJ and Mini Rok.

The much awaited final stages will be on Sunday, November 14th, with Live Streaming coverage starting from the Super Heats at 10.15 and then the Finals that will name the 2021 champions of all categories from 13.20.

KZ2 dominated by the Spanish driver Pedro Hiltbrand.
KZ2 ended the day dedicated to qualifying heats. The Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand (Leclerc by Lennox Racing/BirelART-TM Racing-Vega) dominated his rivals taking the full haul and won also the closing heat that was run in the wet. Among the quickest, the Dutch Senna Van Walstijn (Sodikart/Sodi-TM Racing) and the new European Champion Giacomo Pollini (NGM Motorsport/CRG-TM Racing-Vega), who posted the pole position in qualifying practice. Matteo Viganò (Leclerc by Lennox Racing/BirelART-TM Racing) is recovering some ground and follows them, as Fabian Federer (SRP Racing Team/Maranello-TM Racing), who claimed two wins. The Dutch driver Marijn Kremers (BirelART Racing/BirelART-TM Racing) and his teammate Riccardo Longhi were also among the front runners, but the latter lost a few places following a DNF due to technical issues.
The classification after the heats: 1. Hiltbrand; 2. Van Walstijn; 3. Pollini; 4. Viganò; 5. Federer; 6. Kremers; 7. Renaudin; 8. Shevyrtalov.

Great duel between the Pole Pasiewicz and the Japanese Nakamura in OK.
The Pole Karol Pasiewicz (Ward Racing/Tony Kart-Vortex-Bridgestone) got the best position after the four heats of OK. The new OKJ World Champion from Japan Kean Nakamura-Berta (Forza Racing/Exprit-TM Racing) is at the debut in OK but was the strongest rival of the Pole, as he was at ease since the beginning in the new category and won the sprint to the line in the closing heat. Nakamura had to serve a 5s time penalty though, which relegated him from P2 to P3 as Singapore’s Akshay Bohra (KR Motorsport/KR-Iame) inherited his place. The Swede Joel Bergstrom (Forza Racing/Exprit-TM Racing) is currently fourth and the Russian Artem Severiukhin (Ward Racing/Tony Kart-Vortex) the fifth.
The classification after the heats: 1. Pasiewicz; 2. Bohra; 3. Nakamura; 4. Bergstrom; 5. Severiukhin; 6. Tsolov; 7. Wisniewski; 8. Zachary.  

The Brit Freddie Slater leads OKJ.
The closing heat of OKJ was affected by a light rain, which made it trickier for drivers to drive on slick tyres on the circuit that was getting wetter and wetter. The best position overall was eventually taken by the British driver Freddie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport/Kosmic-Vortex-Vega), who won the final heat. Behind him, the two Russians Maksimilian Popov (Ward Racing/Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega), who posted the pole position in practice, and Kirill Kutskov (Forza Racing/Exprit-TM Racing), who proceeded Latvia’s Tomas Stolcermanis (Energy Corse/Energy-TM Racing), the Brazilian Miguel Costa (Sauber Orlen/KR-Iame) and the Chinese Yuanpu Cui (Beyond Racing Team/KR-TM Racing).
The classification after the heats: 1. Slater; 2. Popov; 3. Kutskov; 4. Stolcermanis; 5. Costa; 6. Cui; 7. Bondarev; 8. Egozi.

The Swiss Kilian Josseron is the best in Mini Rok’s heats.
The Swiss driver Kilian Josseron (Team Driver/KR-Vortex-LeVanto) came to the fore in Mini Rok’s heats with the Belgian Dries Van Langendonck (AV Racing/Parolin-Vortex) and the Canadian Jensen Burnett (Energy Corse/Energy-Vortex), who has also been shining in qualifying. The British driver Alfie Slater (Energy Corse/Energy-Vortex-Levanto) ended far back after shining in qualifying practice. Among the best in the heats, the Italian Filippo Sala (Team Driver/KR-Vortex) is fourth after several good recovery races, while Davide Bottaro (AV Racing/Parolin-Vortex) is fifth thanks to two victories in the heats.
The classification after the heats: 1. Josseron; 2. Van Langendonck; 3. Burnett; 4. Sala; 5. Bottaro; 6. Zulfikari; 7. Calleja; 8. Pancotti.

The program.
The final stages will enjoy Live Streaming coverage from the website on Sunday, November 14th: Super Heats will be at local 10.15, Finals at 13:20.

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