Kiwi karter Marcus Armstrong kept his best till last in this year's WSK Master (kart) Series in Italy, finishing fourth in the KF class Final at the fourth and final round at Sarno on Sunday.15WSKMastersSeries finalSarnoMarcusArmstrong-1.jpg.jpg


With a series-best second place finish in the Pre-Final earlier in the day giving him P2 on the grid for the Final alongside eventual winner Felice Tiene it was the best result so far of the 14-year-old Christchurch driver's European campaign and bodes well for his CIK-FIA European championship debut at Portimao in Portugal in a fortnight's time.


It also catapulted him from 13th to sixth overall in the overall KF class series points standings.


"We definitely had a lot of speed this weekend, which helped," the former New Zealand champion said from the track."


Tiene, who drives for the works CRG team, went on to win the Final with Armstrong shuffled back to fourth by his Tony Kart teammates, eventual series' class winner Nicklas Nielsen from Denmark and Alexander Vartanyan from Russia. But the result could have been very different.


"Yes," said Armstrong, "I needed to be a little sharper. All in all fourth position was positive, but coming on to the main straight for the Final, Felice and I contacted and that impacted my start dramatically."


Heading into the round Armstrong was in 13th position in the series points standings with a place in the top ten a definite possibility and the top six an outside chance.


That's exactly where he ended up though,  making up seven places to finish sixth behind teammate Nielsen who won, Nielsen's arch-rival Karol  Basz of Poland, final round winner Felice Tiene, third round winner Alexander Vartanyan from Russia and Italian Leonardo Lorandi.


Over the weekend Armstrong carded a 10-7-8 run through the three free practice sessions, was 12th quickest in qualifying practice, finished 14th in the first heat, ninth in the second and sixth in the third then ran second in the Pre-Final and fourth in the Final.



2015 WSK Master Series (Italy) Rnd 4 (Final) International Circuit Napoli Sarno Thurs-Sun April 23-26




1. Felice Tiene (CRG/Parilla/Vega)

2. Nicklas Nielsen (Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega)+0.225

3. Alexander Vartanyan (Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega) +0.915

4. Marcus Armstrong (Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega) +4.696

5. Juri Vips (FA Kart/Vortex/Vega) +7.081

6. Matteo Vigano (Top Kart/Parilla/Vega) +9.050


Series Points

KF class

1. Nicklas Nielsen (Denmark) 280

2. Karol Basz (Poland) 232

3. Felice Tiene (Italy) 220

4. Alexander Vartanyan (Russia) 220

5. Leonardo  Lorandi (Italy) 175

6. Marcus Armstrong (New Zealand) 137

7. Casper Roes (Denmark) 127

8. Richard Verschoor (Netherlands) 91

9. Martijn Van Leeuwen (Netherlands) 87

10. Matteo Vigano (Italy) 86



Rnd 1 Adria International Raceway Thurs-Sun March 05-March 08

Rnd 2 International Circuit 7 Laghi Thurs-Sun March 19-22

Rnd 3 International Circuit La Conca Muro Leccese Thurs-Sun April 09-April 12

Rnd 4 International Circuit Napoli Sarno Thurs-Sun April 23-26



Kiwi Marcus Armstrong (#202) on his way to fourth place at the final WSK Super Master Series round at Sarno in Italy on Sunday. Photo credit: Fast Company/Tony Kart


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