Starting from pole, Olsen got away slowly enough to interfere with Verstappen. Both drivers came off at the first right and lost a lot of time, which could be decisive for the championship. Hansson took the lead, Boccolacci took an impressive third position on the second lap then on the next lap Helgheim took control at the expense of Hansson.
The top 2 escaped while the battle raged behind them. Scott and Russell took third and fourth places. On lap 5 5, Boccolacci attacked Helgheim at the hairpin at the bottom of the circuit and he made a mistake a little later, leaving the second place to Russell from Hansson.
Ocon was in around 17th and Verstappen was 20th. The fight was for second place now, Boccolacci having assured an lead of more than a second. He won well ahead of Russell and Scott gave the impression of missing the last lap. Nielsen was fourth, Hansson fifth. Besancenez was 8th until he unfortunately fell to 31st place. Ocon was 12th, Verstappen 16th.
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The Zuera track was a bit slower on Sunday morning for the timed qualifying for KF1. The strong winds from the Northwest might be responsible. This did not stop Nyck De Vries (Zanardi / Parilla) from taking pole position with 1.00.022 in front of five karts from the Tony Kart family: Yu Kanamaru by 15/100, then Ignazio D'Agosto, Rémy Deguffroy fourth, then Guillaume De Ridder and Tereza Gromanova. Alexander Albon (Intrepid / TM) was in eighth position, is less fast than the day before, just ahead of Anthoine Hubert (Sodi / Parilla) and Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex).
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Ce samedi de course à Zuera a permis à quelques pilotes français de se mettre en valeur. En championnat d'Europe, les manches qualificatives ont confirmé l'excellente forme de Pascal Belmaaziz et de son DR/Parilla KF2, classés 5ème et victorieux d'une course. En KF3, Dorian Boccolacci (Birel/BMB) pointe au 8ème rang devant Valentin Moineault (Sodi/Parilla) et Paolo Besancenez (Sodi/Parilla).
Dans la 2ème épreuve du championnat du monde KF1, Rémy Deguffroy (Tony Kart/Vortex) se régale et bataille avec les meilleurs. Il termine 7ème et 5ème des deux courses. Léo Roussel (Sodi/Parilla) rentre 9ème de la course 1 et Anthoine Hubert (Sodi/Parilla) 9ème de la course 2.
En KF2, Victor Sendin (Tony Kart/Vortex) est pointé 9ème au classement intermédiaire avec un bon potentiel de progression dans les phases finales - 4ème, 3ème et 2ème dans l'après-midi - John Filippi (Exprit/Vortex) s'est montré rapide et décomplexé en 20ème position et Victor Compère (FA Kart/Vortex) obtient sa qualification à la force du poignet en 29ème place. Grosse déception pour Enzo Guibbert qui avait axé sa saison sur cette épreuve et qui a renoncé après deux premières manches pour le moins difficiles. Andréa Pizzitola n'a pas non plus été gâté: l'agressivité de certains adversaires l'a pénalisé lourdement. Même chose pour Freddy Martins (RK/TM) et le malheureux Nicolas Gonzalès (CRG/Maxter). Antoine Lepesqueux (Sodi/Parilla) n'a jamais eu les moyens de défendre ses chances dans cette rude catégorie et Vincent Fraïsse (Intrepid/TM) a joué de malchance.
Chez les juniors, Esteban Ocon (FA Kart/Vortex) a haussé progressivement le ton pour se qualifier en 18ème position. 32ème, Etienne Mordret (Zanardi/Parilla) était tout heureux d'accéder aux finales pour sa 1ère participation au sortir de la catégorie minime: il a emmagasiné une bonne expérience dans les pelotons. Manque de réussite pour les 3 pilotes TKF Benjamin Gérard, Simon Tirman et Valentin Naud, malmenés après des chronos lointains, un problème qui a également affecté les pilotes Sodi Florian Latorre et Hubert Petit.
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The second round of the KF1 World Championship held on the Spanish circuit of Zuera once again confirmed the talent of Nyck De Vries (Zanardi-Parilla). Clinching pole position and winner of the 1st race having led up front for most of the time, the Dutchman had to start out from the back of the pack for the second race of the day as his kart had refused to start during the warm-up lap. Carrying out a brilliant overtaking performance Nyck climbed back up into fourth place by the end of the race, having for a few hundred meters found himself up in second spot during the final lap. However the Dutchman was excluded from the second race for having received assistance from a mechanic on the staring grid, an unauthorised operation.
If on the one hand De Vries impressed the spectators with his brilliant climb-up through the pack, the name of another young driver was also on everyone lips at Zuera. Having won the World Cup and European Championship in KF3 (the Juniors category) last year, the Brit Alex Albon (Intrepid-TM) took full advantage of his Dutch rivals problems to grab his first world victory in the top karting category. Second during the practice sessions and second in the first race, the young protégé of the renowned energy drink which gives one wings, was back in form for the championship, where he presently holds 3rd place.
Already in brilliant form during the opening round at Wackersdord, Karol Basz (RK-BMB) also experienced a pretty positive Saturday. Fourth in the first race, he held off the attack put in by De Vries in the final lap of the second race to clinch third place. This allowed the Polish driver to retain his provisional second place in the championship.
Third in the first race the Italian Ignazio D’Agosto (Tony Kart-Vortex) then fell back, leaving all the podium honours to his team-mate Flavio Camponeschi, second in the second race having taken full advantage during the final lap of the battle between Basz and De Vries. Amongst the top performers of the day we must mention the two top-5s of Felice Tiene (CRG-Maxter) as also the 7th and 6th places of the young Frenchman Rémy Deguffroy (Tony Kart-Vortex). Last but not least, having twice finished in 8th position the young Czech female Tereza Gromanova (Kosmic-Vortex) proved that the karting domain is not purely reserved for boys.
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Might a Thai become Champion of Europe? Competing with an Irish licence Tanart Sathientirakul (Tony Kart-TM) managed to clinch pole position for the Pre-Final (which in itself also determines the starting grid for the Final) after the qualifying sessions. Other strong contenders in these qualifying sessions were the Belgian Sami Luka (Energy-TM), the Russian Egor Orudshev (Tony Kart-Vortex), the Spaniard Carlos Gil (Tony Kart-Vortex) and the Frenchman Pascal Belmaaziz (DR-Parilla). Fastest in these sessions was the Italian Gianmarco Ercoli (Tony Kart-Vortex) who unfortunately experienced less luck during the rounds: he will only be in 16th place on the grid for the Pre-Final.
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