The final round of the 2013 WSK Master Series hit the track this past weekend in Castelletto, Italy. An Italian only championship, the Master Series draws many of the worlds best karters and teams and this weekend four Canadians were in attendance.
It was hot and sunny all weekend, and the action was tense. With championships on the line, everyone in attendance was on top of their game as per usual.
Adding another international start to his young career, Antonio Serravalle entered the 60cc Mini class aboard a TonyKart. After a dismal qualifying that saw him qualify in 28th in the 41-kart class, Serravalle went to work in the heat races. Never leaving the top-ten, Serravalle earned results of 6th, 6th and 10th to move up the rankings and avoid the LCQ, starting the prefinal 12th.
Sunday would see Serravalle continue to move up where he would break into the top-ten in the prefinal finishing ninth. The Final would see much of the same as Serravalle would work his way forward early, battling hard for fourth. But at the line, he would cross in an impressive sixth place. Winning the race was Leonardo Marseglia of Italy.
In the KFJ division for drivers aged 12-15, two Canadians were in attendance as Parker Thompson looked to close out his WSK Master Series in fine fashion after kicking it off with a podium at the first race. Also, Kami Moreira-Laliberte was making another start. Thompson would show great pace to start the weekend on his Energy Kart, moving into the SuperPole qualifying session and ranking fifth overall, while Laliberte 41st out of 49 entries.
The heat races saw a variety of mixed emotions for both Canadians. Thompson managed to scored 8th, 3rd and 8th in his first three heats, but trouble in his final heat with a stuck throttle saw him crash hard en route to an 18th. While Laliberte showed improvement through his heats finishing 15th, 11th, 14th and 10th. With the points tallied, Thompson ranked 23rd and Laliberte 29th.
Both drivers would find themselves in Prefinal A with the top-17 advancing to the Final. Thompson managed to move up to second on a back-up chassis while a crash for Laliberte would end his weekend. The Final would be a challenge for Thompson as he would end up 18th. Entering the weekend with a shot at the Championship podium, Thompson would end up ranked 6th overall in the final standings.
Finally, the the premier KF division saw Lance Stroll in action aboard his Chiesa Corse Zanardi Kart. Stroll would advance to SuperPole in qualifying, but settled for the final position of the group of 12th. Heat racing was also a struggle for Stroll as he finish 17th, 25th and 14th. But it didn’t get any better on Sunday as he would crash out of the Final and rank 25th overall. Like Thompson, Stroll kicked off his WSK Masters series with a podium, but in the end he would rank fifth in the championship standings.
Next up on the European calendar sees the KF drivers travel to Ortona, Italy for the second and final round of the 2013 CIK European Championships this weekend. Thompson and Stroll scored solid points at the opener in Spain and will both be seeking wins and the overall championship titles in their respective classes.