Thompson and Askey lead the DKM from the opening round at Lonato

17-April-2018 0:00
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by Admin

The Ricky Flynn Motorsport team shone for the launch of the DKM German Championship at the Lonato track. In the face of severe competition, four of the drivers highlighted their potential by taking 1st and 3rd places in the standings in two categories: Harry Thompson and Zane Maloney in OK, and Kai Askey and Zak O'Sulllivan in OK-Junior. Added to this particularly positive overall result is the satisfaction of noticeable progress for several members of the British team.


Although Paul Aron, the recent winner of the Winter Cup with RFM, was not present at South Garda Karting on the weekend of 14th and 15 April, his team-mates mostly took over. The progress of the young Kai Askey was accentuated during the last races of the WSK Super Master Series, but his performance at the DKM was nonetheless a great surprise. 4th fastest in Qualifying, he confirmed his claims during the heats, finishing in 3rd place. Continuing to improve, he first took the 2nd place in Race 1 before winning in Race 2, revealing results that put him at the top of the provisional ranking of the German OK-Junior Championship. Zak O'Sullivan also showed very good pace in 2nd place in Qualifying and the heats. Slightly delayed in the battle of Race 1, he again reached 2nd place in Race 2 to give RFM a great double, while settling in 3rd position of the Championship. Conrad Laursen also shone with the 3rd fastest time and 4th in a heat. A retirement in the first unfortunately caused him to drop down the classification. He managed, however, to gain 13 places in Race 1 and nine in Race 2 to get back into the top 10 in the end. From a distance, Matthew Rees was very efficient in the first race and also regained nine places (11th) before finishing 15th in the second race.

Zane Maloney in OK repaid the confidence placed in him by with a consistent meeting in the top three of the OK category. Even though he was 6th in Race 1 and 4th in Race 2, the Barbados driver is 3rd in the provisional standings. Harry Thompson however stole the show by achieving his best score so far in this category. After two great heats in the top three, Harry started from 5th place and won in Race 1 when he overtook on the last lap. He was again victorious in the intense fight of Race 2. Leader of the Championship, he seems to have fully assimilated the skills needed for OK and is now a favourite. Meanwhile, Dan Skocdopole was unable to maintain contact in the only two Qualifying Heats and did not reach the Final. Newcomer in the team as well as in the category, the British driver Tyler Read quickly assimilated the rules of the game by returning from his 45th in Qualifying to 21st after the heats. He improved again when he moved up to 16th in Race 1, but then had to retire in Race 2.
Ricky Flynn Motorsport will be in great form at the first round of the European OK and OK-Junior Championships next weekend at the Sarno circuit.

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