He got into an unfortunate situation during the time trial, but the HUMDA Academy competitor soared in the two rainy heats. In the preliminaries, he started from the penultimate row and fought his way up to 4th and 2nd place. On Sunday, when the traction came on the track, he no longer had the pace, so he finished in 21st place in the final of the OKJ category with a heroic recovery.
Martin Molnár was among the contenders for the WSK Open Cup, which consists of a single race weekend, after two weeks earlier, at the FIA Kart World Championship, in the crowded OKJ field, he won a race in the qualifiers and took several 2nd places, and then reached a prestigious 8th place in the final. .
However, it was already evident during the free practice sessions that he did not have the pace this time on the Lonato track in the dry conditions. The Energy Corse team tried many settings, but failed to provide the Hungarian competitor with a more competitive technique.
During the qualifying session, he was held up by a significantly slower competitor, whom he had to overtake on his last, fastest lap. His opponent tried to defend himself, closed on him, bumped into Martin, and this caused him to spin out. Martin was able to continue, but his three fastest laps were taken away from him due to the maneuver, so he finished 18th in his group and 52nd overall in the 60-person OKJ field.
Two of the five heats were held on Friday, both in the rain. The competitor supported by HUMDA Academy soared on them. Starting from 18th and 17th place, he improved 14 and 15 positions, respectively, to 4th and 2nd place. At that time, he was clearly the fastest in the field.
By Saturday, the track dried up, then he was no longer able to perform such a miracle, twice he improved nine positions, and once he crashed, the left connecting rod was bent, then only four. After the heats, he was in 19th place.
On Sunday, the track was completely cleared after the rain. With such grip conditions, Martin no longer had the pace at all. In the semi-finals, he started from 10th place, but starting from the doubles side, he was hit from behind in the push after the start and fell back into the grinder, where he finished 17-21. there was a fight for places, and in the end he finished 18th. In the final, starting from 23rd place, he fell back to 26th place in a push after the start, and then, after a lot of fighting, he was able to catch up to 21st place.
“Both I and the team expected a much better weekend,” said Molnár Martin. – On a dry track, it was already evident in free practice that we did not have the pace. Also, the timer came out pretty bad. I was very fast in the rain, I was close enough to win starting from the penultimate row. This is definitely a positive for the weekend.”
“The team did everything, but we couldn’t find the missing 3 tenths of a second in the dry. We will stay on this track next week and already on Wednesday, in free practice, we will work to find the reason for our lack of pace. I am optimistic, as we were very fast at the World Cup, we have to find our way back to that.”
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