James Wharton returned to competition with great excitement and determination at the WSK Champions Cup at the beginning of 2021. On the international circuit of Adria in Italy, the Australian immediately took the lead in the OK category. The driver from the Ferrari Driver Academy and the Parolin Motorsport Srl team showed he would be a force to be reckoned with in 2021.
Preparation for the new season started under excellent auspices for James Wharton. After some hard and fruitful winter tests, he immediately found himself in the leading group of the WSK Champions Cup as soon as the Timed Practice sessions started, with 10th position out of a total of 66 participants. “I was very happy to get back into the racing atmosphere with the Parolin Motorsport team,” James admitted. “We’ve known each other for more than a year and a half, some habits have been created and that enables us to react quickly to find the best solutions to move forward.”
A clear round during the Qualifying phase
In Adria, four heats per driver were on the programme for OK, and James Wharton managed to put together a brilliant phase with four solid results in 3rd, 7th and 4th place. “We used these qualifications to work on fine-tuning the equipment and to develop our Parolin-TM Racing package. However, I wasn’t completely satisfied with our speed during the heats.”
In the Prefinal, the 15-year-old Australian made an excellent start to the race. Starting in 5th place, he quickly found himself in 4th position, before being attacked by equally competitive opponents. “I tried to keep my place, but the last laps were difficult and I had to settle for 8th place, which only put me in 15th position on the starting grid for the Final.”
Once again, James made a good start and soon found himself in 12th position. Unfortunately, a technical problem forced him to retire halfway through the race. “I would have liked to repeat my successful top five in the Junior class in 2019 in this WSK Champions Cup, but it wasn’t possible this season. However, I am not worried. There are still several races to go before the start of the European Championship and I know that with the Parolin Motorsport team we have great potential. Personally, I also want to show the Ferrari Driver Academy and Nicolas Todt from All Road Management that they were right to trust me.”
ABOUT JAMES WHARTON
James Wharton is a 15-year-old Australian kart driver currently competing internationally in his second season in the premier class, OK, with the official Parolin Racing Kart factory team.
James started racing karting in Australia at the age of seven. He then shone in the most important single-brand world challenges before making his debut in FIA Karting competition. 13th in the World Junior Championship in his first season in 2018, he also won the KA 100 Junior class in Las Vegas at the SKUSA SuperNationals.
In 2019, in his first full season in OK-Junior, he achieved top results: 9th in the European Championship, 4th in the Italian Championship and 2nd in the legendary Winter Cup in Lonato. He was again victorious at the SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas in the X30-Junior category.
An official driver for the Parolin Motorsport Srl team, James is involved in the development and tuning of the equipment thanks to a very good rapport with Albino and Marco Parolin. Despite a 2020 disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, he has rapidly progressed in the category hierarchy and is aiming for a season rich in results.
Thanks to his competitiveness and fighting qualities, James Wharton was selected to join the prestigious Ferrari Driver Academy. Managed by All Road Management, Nicolas Todt’s company, James Wharton will continue his career in karting in 2021, before taking the plunge into single-seater racing in the near future.