It was nice and hot for the first Wackersdorf prefinal this Sunday afternoon, for KZ2. Mirko Torsellini (CRG / Maxter) and Fabian Federer (CRG / TM) were on the front row ahead of Henri Kokko (Ninar / TM) and Kevin Illgen (CRG / Maxter).
Federer started 1st ahead of Illgen and Kokko. Torsellini was fourth, followed closely by the French driver Clement Da Silva. Torsellini was losing ground back to 7th place, Da Silva was fourth ahead of Joel Johansson and Jesper Wernersson. After a difficult start, to say the least, Alexander Arrue was soon to be overtaken by the leaders.
Federer had a small lead of 0.5'' from Kokko who took Illgen who was himself hounded by Da Silva. He also took third position on lap 7. Kokko took the lead on the next lap but Federer did not let him escape. In 20th, Morgan Weber sset the fastest lap before Kokko increased the pressure.
Shortly after the halfway point, Johansson took 4th position, followed by Torsellini who could be threatened as Wernersson was not far off either. Kokko seemed to control the situation by maintaining a gap bigger than ½ second to Federer, while Da Silva seemed solid in 3rd place. The top 6 had a respectable gap with the peloton led by Kritijan Habulin (CRG / Maxter). Kokko won the race ahead of Federer and Da Silva, Johansson 4th, Wernersson 5th and Torsellini 6th.
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KF1 went on to the track for qualifying on Sunday morning when the weather started to get hot. Sébastien Bailly and Tereza Gromanova (Kosmic / Vortex) topped the table ahead of Alex Baron (Sodi / Parilla) and Felice Tiene (CRG / Maxter). Matteo Viganò (Birel / BMB) joined the leading trio, but Yu Kanamaru (Tony Kart / Vortex) finally posted 49''406 ahead of Gromanova, Bailly, Anthoine (Sodi / Parilla) and Vigano.
Unusually, Nyck De Vries (Zanardi / Parilla) took to the track as soon as the green flag, after seeing the times from the 1st group. Leo Roussel (Sodi / Parilla) and Ignazio D'Agosto (Tony Kart / Vortex) showed the first sign of really fast times, ahead of Karol Basz (RK / BMB) and Remy Deguffroy (Tony Kart / Vortex). Nyck then accelerated and went below 49'' several times with the final fastest lap of 48''908. Respect. Basz and Roussel and ended with exactly the same time within 0.3'' of the pole. D'Agosto finished 4th, Albon 5th, Deguffroy 6th and Camponeschi 7th.
Combining the two sessions, guess who takes pole? Sorry, there is no suspense here, it's Nyck De Vries, ahead of Roussel and Basz, D'Agosto 4th, Albon 5th, Kanamaru 6th, Gromanova 7th, Deguffroy 8th ... etc..
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The weather is now beautiful on Sunday morning at Wackersdorf and the track is completely dry. The Kartcom editor abandoned the press room to write directly from the edge of the track on a stack of tires. The KF1 drivers went out for the warm-up on their second day of the World Championship.
Nyck De Vries was in no hurry to take the stage, starting just before Matteo Vigano. Mikko Pakari went ahead of Vigano and Roussel but they had De Vries in their wheel tracks. Nyck started to put the pressure on, he was now in 1st position, with 50''244. Roussel replied with 50''220.
After a short pit stop, De Vries was back even faster, going below 50'' and set successive fastest laps. Guillaume De Ridder, then Remy Deguffroy, joined in the fight. Sébastien Bailly joined the party in 2nd place which is when we really started to get into the rhythm of the session. The Eastern European drivers were prominent, Libor Toman was 2nd fastest, Karol Basz in the top 5, and Zdenek Groman next to take 2nd position. 11 drivers were under 50.''
The session ended with De Vries further improving his fastest time, 49''437, 17/100 ahead of Groman, Toman, Bailly and D'Agosto, the first Southern European driver. Anthoine Hubert finished 13th, 14th was Roussel. Alexander Albon had only done 7 laps and obviously things were not working well. Teammate Jordan Chamberlain set a 12th fastest lap 4 tenths behind the leader. It remains to be determined whether a warm-up can give good guidance for the conduct of the competition to come ...
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In 2010 already, the CIK-FIA “U18” World Championship and Academy Trophy had been innovative as regards fuel, with mandatory use by all the Competitors of more ecological E10 petrol supplied by Panta. Although it had aroused some people’s scepticism, the E10 petrol has proved perfectly adapted to Karting engines. Its use has therefore naturally been renewed for the 2011 season and the Italian oil producer Panta is still its exclusive Supplier.
On the other hand, the mode of distribution will evolve, and, as a matter of fact, it has already been tested at the recent Test Day at Jesolo, where it was generally approved.
In the “U18” and Academy, Competitors no longer need to purchase their fuel in 25-litre drums like in all the other CIK-FIA Championships. The Academy Trophy functions on the “arrive & drive” mode so many Drivers, especially those from another continent who travel by plane, were often bothered after the events by drums that were not always empty and which they could not take with them. To avoid this waste but also to have better control of costs, the 2011 distribution system has been changed so that Drivers will henceforth have to pay only for the fuel they use. For this purpose a petrol pump will be placed in the servicing parks and Drivers will be served according to their actual demands and needs. This mode of distribution has easily been implemented as the lubricant mixed to the E10 fuel is identical for everyone in the “U18” and Academy and is (logically) determined by the single-engine Supplier, namely Parolin.
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UK’s Gavin Bennett (Anderson-DEA) won Race 1 of the second round of the CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship at Most (CZE). Starting from pole-position, the reigning Champion got more resistance than expected, firstly from compatriot John Riley (Anderson-FPE), who covered the first lap in the lead, then from Championship leader Emmanuel Vinualès (Anderson-DEA). The young Frenchman was still leading halfway through the race, but lost pace afterwards due to tyre wear, to the point that he also had to bow in front of Dutchman Marcel Maasmann (Anderson-FPE) in the very last corner. Maasmann, who had started from position 12, managed an impressive recovery and set the fastest lap in the race.
Carl Hulme (Anderson-FPE) and Laurent Marchandise (PVP-FPE) completed the Top 5, in front of Daniel Hentschel (Anderson-DEA), Malcolm Crowe (Anderson-DEA), Adam Kout (MS Kart-VM), Vesa Lehtinen (Anderson-FPE) and Erik Martin Gjertsen (PVP-PVP).
Race 2 will take place on Sunday at 12.50.
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