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Maltese Karting Drivers’ Journey at WSK Euro Series Opener in Franciacorta

The Franciacorta Karting Track played host to the first round of the WSK Euro Series from June 27 to June 30, 2024, where three young Maltese drivers delivered a mix of results and emotions amidst fierce competition. Representing Malta were the talented trio of Benjamin Piscopo, Mason Barun, and Jacob Micallef.

WSK Euro Series

The WSK Euro Series is recognized as a critical step in the development of young racing drivers. Success in this series is often a strong indicator of a driver’s potential and can lead to opportunities in higher levels of motorsport. Many current professional drivers, including those in Formula 1, have competed in the WSK Euro Series during their early careers.

Benjamin Piscopo – Mini U10 Category

In the Mini Under 10 category, Benjamin Piscopo, driving for Kali Kart, turned heads with his performance, despite facing a significant disadvantage. Piscopo missed all free practice sessions due to school exams, but nothing kept him away to do his best through the races.

In the pre-final A, Benjamin climbed five positions to finish 10th. His final race performance was equally noteworthy, as he gained seven positions to secure a 20th place finish. The Kali Kart team expressed immense pride in Benjamin’s achievements, saying, “Good job also for Ben Piscopo in the MINI Under 10 category, who without even a day of free practice due to school exams, had a solid Sunday.”

Mason Barun – GR.3 Category

Racing for the Gold Kart Team in the GR.3 category, Mason Barun had a weekend full of highs and lows. He started off strong in the qualifying practice session, securing a 12th place finish. However, the elimination heat A-D saw him drop seven positions, ending in 18th place.

The team struggled to find the right chassis and engine setup, resulting in an 11th place qualifying finish. The first race saw Barun forced off the track, while engine issues hampered Saturday’s performance.

An incident during the formation lap of the second race caused the engine to shut off, leading to a last-place finish. Despite these setbacks, Mason finished 16th and 13th in subsequent races but did not qualify for the final, placing 38th overall.

Jacob Micallef – OK Category

Jacob Micallef, representing CRG in the OK category, faced a challenging weekend marked by difficulties with his kart’s balance. After a promising start in the qualifying rounds, Jacob struggled to maintain his performance in the subsequent races.

Securing 12th place in the qualifying rounds and finishing 15th in the heats, Jacob’s momentum faltered in the pre-final and final races, where he ended in 20th place. Reflecting on his experience, Jacob remarked, “After a decent qualifying, we had decent speed in the heats except for one of them, but in the pre-final and final, it was a disaster as the balance of the car was very difficult for me to drive and didn’t have any speed.” Despite the setbacks, Jacob remains optimistic, viewing these challenges as opportunities to build his character and in the sport.

The mix of performances of these young drivers at Franciacorta highlight the growing talent and spirit of Maltese karting to keep going, even though facing such challenges.

Next round is set to take place in Sarno on the 29th of September.

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