TOP TEN CHANCE FOR ARMSTRONG
IN ITALY THIS WEEKEND

 

Young Kiwi karter Marcus Armstrong has a chance to move into the KF class top ten at the final round of this year's WSK Master Series in Italy this weekend.15WSKMasterSeriesRnd4MarcusArmstrongpre-1.jpg

 

The 14-year-old from Christchurch, who drives for the works Tony Kart team, has shown top six pace at all three previous rounds and having finished eighth at the most recent round at Muro Leccesse earlier this month, heads to the Sarno circuit near Naples this week confident he can improve on his current series points standing -13th.

 

"Sarno will be fantastic," he said on Wednesday. "It is one of my favourites, and the field will be more spread out as the track is very challenging and long.

 

"In terms of results, we'll continue to build on the last event. I hope our speed won't be an issue, it will be down to track position and being in the right place at the right time."

 

Though he struggled to come up with a workable kart set-up early on at the third round, the former New Zealand champion had things sorted come Finals time, finishing sixth in his Pre-Final and eighth in the Final to move up the series rankings in his class from 15th to 13th.

 

It was his best 'official' finish of the series so far, having crossed the line 10th at the first round, and classified 11th after a time penalty (after crossing the line fourth) at the second.

 

Heading into this weekend's series final the KF class is being led by Pole, Karol Basz, from Armstrong's Tony Kart teammate Nicklas Nielsen from Sweden and third round winner Alexander Vartanyan from Russia.

 

Basz looks like a shoe-in for the series' KF class title with a 40 point lead over Nielsen, who failed to finish the Final at the third round.

 

Armstrong, meanwhile, could easily get into the top ten, being only 15 points behind current 10th placed Felice Tiene, and - should he find himself on the podium - might even make it to sixth, a place currently held by Pedro Hiltbrand with 80 points, 33 more than Armstrong.

 

 

2015 WSK Master Series

KF class

Points after Rnd 3 of 4

1. Karol Basz 220 points

2. Nicklas Nielsen 180

3. Alexander Vartanyan 150

4. Lenardo Lorandi 120

5. Casper Roes 97

6. Felice Tiene 80

also

13. Marcus Armstrong 47

 

Calendar

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

 

CAPTION

Kiwi Marcus Armstrong (#202) on his way to eighth place at the third WSK Super Master Series round earlier this month. Photo credit: Fast Company/Tony Kart

 

Prepared by FAST COMPANY on behalf of KartSport New Zealand. To find out more about Marcus Armstrong contact Ross MacKay on 021 677 919 or via e-mail at ross@fastcompany.co.nz

 

 

 
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