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VICTOR KART ATTACK!

Victor Bernier takes the Junior World Championship thanks to an attack strategy implemented from the start. From the third row he steps fourth until he conquers the command during the seventh lap, when he passes Barnard. From then on, the Frenchman manages the advantage like a champion. Bortoleto and Minì, the only ones who could contrast him, wake up late. Above all Italian, the fastest on the test laps and also in the final…

VICTOR BERNIERI

KOSMIC/PARILLA

What to say? The victory of the OKJ world is to be set in a frame, hung on the wall, a record of his achievement. For how it was obtained. The French driver, perhaps unconsciously, adopted a perfect strategy, seized the moment - indeed, more than one. And that is, a number of passes in the early laps leading to the overtake on Barnard: icing on the cake. So decisive, and incisive, that perhaps even Bernier failed to imagine that 14 laps from the finish line, that one pass would then determine the conquest of the world title, his.

Of course, in hindsight it is easy to elaborate the analysis of a preannounced victory. But it took only a few laps to fully exploit that pass, one that at first glance might appear as a normal, insignificant turnover. Halfway through the race, however, Bernier’s advantage (the only one to set a time under 53”) on Barnard rose significantly.

Not catastrophic, nothing to worry about - the gap was still less than a second - but the most obvious aspect is that Bortoleto and Minì, and other candidates one thought might have caught the leader - are stuck behind Barnard (who at this point had amply impressed), while Bernier increases his lead by about 2 tenths a lap. Only when Bortoleto and then Mini manage to pass Barnard, the gap has increased to over one second…So the match, 8 laps from the finish line, seemed decided. Bernier strolls at 52”6, while Bortoleto can’t seem to make up for lost time. Even Minì realizes that there is nothing left to do for that first spot, and a few laps from the finish line he decides to pass Bortoleto to at least make the place of honor his own. Ah, if he could only go back in time! But his anger for what is happening before his eyes is palpable: he slams on the gas, forcing the pace, taking risks. He is still the fastest and, yes, he proves it with a 52”4, but Bernier, instead, is the world champion, and deservedly so.

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In this issue: The Chosen Lorenzo Travisanutto (KR/Parilla) is World Champion. The proper epilogue of a thrilling season full of twists and turns. In 30 years he is the tenth Italian to conquer the Olympus of karting. The Junior World Championship goes to France's Victor Bernier (Kosmic/Parilla). FROM KART TO F1 MICK SCHUMACHER, GEORGE RUSSELL, DANIEL TICKTUM AND LANDO NORRIS ROK CUP INTERNATIONAL FINAL EASYKART INTERNATIONAL GRAND FINALS VINTAGE HOFFCO KARTS INTERVIEW WITH DAVIDE FORÉ FACE TO FACE Rubens Barrichello • Nico Rosberg