It is a new peculiarity of the regulations of the CIK-FIA “U18” World Championship that might hold some surprises: the winner of the Final of an event is not necessarily the person who has amassed the most points in it. In fact, given that the Championship consists of just three events and that an average or even disastrous result in the first leg could, right from the start, virtually destroy any chance for a driver to shine in the general classification, the system of awarding Championship points by event has been revised and, from now on, may be double: the distribution for the finalist drivers is generous (50 units to the first, 45 to the 2nd, 41 to the 3rd, then 38, 36, 35, 34,…. Right down to 13 to the 34th and last-placed in the Final), but a first wave of points is awarded to the first 15 in the qualifying rounds.
This explains why Matthew Graham (Zanardi), who won the Final but is lying as low as ninth at the end of qualifying (because he abandoned one of his three rounds due to a break in the mounting of the shoulder adjustment sleeve of his carburettor), is currently down in third place in the provisional Championship classification. He is, however, still just 6 points behind the leader. This provisional leader is the Finn Pyry Ovaska (Maranello), who was in second place after the rounds (which enabled him to rack up 20 points) and third in the Final (41 points). In the lead after the rounds (25 points), the Italian Simone Favaro (Parolin) was in somewhat less than sparkling form in the Final (6th, for 35 points) but did, nevertheless, leave Ortona in second position, one point behind Ovaska.
Although all the finalist drivers (with the exception of the non-starters and those who have been excluded) score points, only the first six in the consolation race receive a bonus (ranging from 6 points to 1 point). This is why, despite not having reached the "grand" final but having dominated their 28 other rivals in the B Final, the Italian Zemin (Righetti), the Spaniard Vinolo (Tecno), the Greek Vasileris (Zanardi), the Finn Mäntyla (Energy) and the Italians Bracotti (Tecno) and d'Abramo (Righetti) do feature among the beneficiaries of Ortona.
In the Academy Trophy the points are awarded to the finalists on the basis of each of their two races, which gives them the opportunity to "score" twice, as against just once for the first 12 in the consolation race. The winner of Race 2, the Frenchman Dorian Boccolacci, heads the provisional general classification by the narrow margin of 3 points ahead of the Monegasque Charles Leclerc; he is 8 ahead of the Greek Fillipos Kalesis, 9 ahead of Esteban Ocon, 13 ahead of the Briton Ben Barnicoat and 16 ahead of the Albanian Aleksandr Ndrio. To the Swede William Swärd, the consolation victory was worth 12 points.
To view the provisional classification of the “U18” World Championship, click here.
To view the provisional classification of the Academy Trophy, click here.
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On 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th September the Genk track will host the third round of the CIK-FIA World KF1 Championship as well as the World Cups reserved for gearbox categories.
While KZ1 has enjoyed an event of this standard for quite a number of years (it was landed by Bas Lammers in 2010), the World Cup for KZ2 is new. It is highly likely that this maiden edition will be very successful in view of the interest shown by Drivers who are keen on these 125cc gearbox karts. Taking into account that the European Championship of the same category already gathered nearly 110 Drivers at Wackersdorf (DEU) last June, one can expect even stronger participation in the Belgian Limburg at the beginning of September.
This World Cup for KZ2 is open to B or C-Senior licence-holders who took part in a CIK-FIA Championship event over the last 12 months, or in a minimum of 3 national KZ events over the last 12 months in the country where their licence has been issued, or in 3 Zone KZ events over the last 12 months. If the KZ category does not compete in a country, its KZ licence-holders are nonetheless eligible to apply for a KZ2 World Cup entry as long as they can prove that over the last 12 months they took part in a minimum of 2 KZ events entered on the international sporting calendar.
Drivers wishing to participate in the Genk event, which will look like a big festival for gearbox karts, are invited to enter via the following link: www.cikfia.com
Entries will be open until 29 July 2011 at midnight.
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Une fille en pole position dans une grande épreuve internationale, cela arrive très rarement et on ne peut que souligner l'exploit réussi par Lucile Cypriano. Sélectionnée par la Commission Femmes et Sport Automobile de la FIA et membre du programme 10/15 de la FFSA, Lucile a brillamment tenu sa place au milieu des garçons en gagnant deux manches de qualification et en conservant sa place en première ligne pour la première des deux courses finales. Revenue 5e après s'être faite enfermer au départ, elle va plonger en 13e position suite à un accrochage. Un pare-chocs arraché dans la Course 2 lui laissera décidément un goût d'inachevé.
Dans la fournaise des Abruzzes, les deux autres Français soutenus par la Fédération Française du Sport automobile ont brillamment pris le relais de Lucile lors de la journée dominicale. Classé 22e aux chronos, mais déjà 7e après les manches, Esteban Ocon a poursuivi sa progression en terminant 4e dans la Course 1. Il était en passe de monter sur le podium dans la Course 2, mais il perdait quelques places au plus fort de la bagarre et se classait de nouveau 4e.
Pendant ce temps, Dorian Boccolacci montait en puissance et passait de la 6e à la 2e place dans la Course 2. Le déclassement de l'Espagnol Diego Rodriguez lui offrait la victoire et une place de leader au Championnat qu'il aura à cœur de défendre lors de la prochaine épreuve programmée en France à la fin du mois d'août, à Essay.
"La FFSA peut être fier des prestations de Dorian Boccolacci, Esteban Ocon et Lucile Cypriano. Tous les trois ont montré qu'ils avaient mérité leur sélection pour le Trophée Académie", a conclu Stéphane Daoudi du pole haut niveau de la Fédération. Celui-ci avait effectué le déplacement en Italie avec David Alaria, le préparateur physique de l'équipe de France, dont la présence était importante en raison des conditions difficiles et des grosses chaleur rencontrées par les pilotes en Italie.
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Fourteen-year-old Lucile Cypriano, selected by representatives of the CIK-FIA and Women in Motorsport Commission to receive a funded drive in the 2011 CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy, made a very promising start in her debut outing in the series in Italy at the weekend, setting the fastest time in Qualifying Practice and starting the opening race on the front row of the grid.
During the three qualifying sessions on Saturday, Lucile set the track alight finishing two of the three heats in first position. In the other heat she qualified fourth, but a speeding infringement during the start procedure saw her drop to seventh. Starting the first of the two 13-lap races from second position, Lucile had a difficult start and later spun, resulting in her finishing in 13th position overall. In the second race – where grid position is determined according to the Race 1 classification – the highly-competitive action saw Lucile ultimately lose the rear bumper and be forced into retirement.
“The final result is not what I had hoped for, but I am happy I was competitive,” she said. “I learned a lot during the weekend and will do my best to improve. In addition to thanking my dad and mechanic, I really want to say a big thank you to Yvan (Muller), who took time to spend the day at the race track coaching me. His help during the test day was also very interesting and helpful and I know I can call him for advice at any time.”
Lucile, from Cheney in France, won this opportunity following a two-day shoot-out against eight other young karters vying for a drive in this low-cost educational formula for 13-15 year olds. In the opening round of the series, the youngster was pitted against 45 other international karters racing identical machinery around the new 1.6 kilometre circuit in Ortona, Italy.
The second round of the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy takes place in Essay, France, on 26-28 August.
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