Thomas Jager (Birel / BMB) Jager, Alex Baron (Sodi / Parilla) and Clement Bluy (Tony Kart / Vortex) opened the first KF2 session. Niklas Brinkmann (Zanardi / Maxter) mixed with the fight for the top, the positions were exchanged at every turn. Brinkmann set the fastest time with two laps remaining, Jager took 2nd place at the last moment, while Riccardo Agostini (CKR / TM) took third position ahead of Baron, Max Klinkby-Silver (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Bluy.
Ignazio D'Agosto (Tony Kart / Vortex) launched the second session for KF2, but Sami Luka (Energy / TM) quickly replaced him at the top of the table, followed by Karol Basz (RK / BMB). That's when Denis Dupont (Tony Kart / Vortex) made his appearance and put everyone to rights. Yu Kanamaru (Tony Kart / Vortex) was up there for a moment, but Dupont had produced the best performance at the end of session. Luka finished second, ahead of Basz, Michelle Gatting (CRG / Maxter) and Stefano Cucco (Birel / Parilla).
The battle was fierce in the last group with Nicolaj Moller-Madsen (Energy / TM), Jason Kremer (Tony Kart / Vortex), Macaulay Walsh (RK / TM), Teemu Suninen (Maranello / Maranello) and Emanuele Pagani (Tony Kart / Vortex). But Sebastien Bailly (Kosmic / Vortex) entered the scene to achieve the fastest lap. Suninen took Luke Varley (Tony Kart / Vortex) on the wire for second place, Tom Joyner (Gillard / TM) was 4th ahead of Moller-Madsen.
Overall, Bailly is on pole ahead of Suninen, Dupont, Varley and Luka, with three Belgians in the top 5 on the Belgian circuit of Genk ...
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The temperature is very high early on at Genk for KF3. The fastest time of the first group were set rather early in the session. Egor Orudshev (Intrepid / TM) led Damiano Fioravanti (Tony Kart / Vortex), Pierre Gasly (Sodi / Parilla) and Dennis Olsen (Energy / TM). Loris Spinelli (Tony Kart / Vortex) was only on the 24th row. In the final session, Julé Erwan (Intrepid / TM) improved and passed Gasly in third position, Lucas Auer (Maddox / Parilla) finished 5th and Olsen was ahead of Robert Visoiu (Tony Kart / Vortex) in 7th. The best time went to Orudzhev with 54.848.
The second group was slightly slower. Times continued to go down to the end and the battle was fierce between Peter Hoevenaars (Intrepid / TM), Tom Lorkowski (Energy / TM), Nicolai Sylvest (FA Kart / Vortex) and Roy Johnson (Zanardi / Parilla) at the beginning. Then Lukas Machunskas (Tony Kart / Vortex) went on the attack and became untouchable by linking the fastest laps. Hoevenaars finished up 2nd to Niklas Tiihonen (Birel / Parilla), Jake Dennis (TopKart / Parilla), Johnson and Esteban Ocon (Exprit / Vortex).
The third group was dominated by Max Verstappen (CRG / Maxter), quiet in free practice and unleashed in timed qualifying. Ville Mantyla (Energy / VKR) and Alexander Albon (Intrepid / TM) fought for second place which went to the Finn ahead of the British driver. Hubert Anthoine (Tony Kart / Vortex) did not seem to have too much bang for the moment with the 21st time in the group.
Overall victory went to Orudshev to Fioravanti, Julé, Gasly and Auer, drivers from the first session. Verstappen was only seventh, Visoiu 9th, Albon 11th, Hoevenaars 13th ...
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Top Kart is the make of the chassis produced by Comer, the well-known Manufacturer of engines with a small cylinder capacity which monopolised most markets of “minime” and cadet categories for such a long time. And in fact a lot of Comer engines are still used throughout the world, even though many ASNs have now opened these categories for 8 to 12 year-olds to other competitor makes. One way or another, even if it was indirectly, Comer more than any other Manufacturer has accompanied the motor sport débuts of almost every current notorious Driver.
Not unlike the fate of the different varieties of 4-stroke Honda engines in rent Karting, both in- door and outdoor, it is ironical that these Comer engines, successful in the “minimes” and cadet classes, were not originally aimed at being fitted to karts because they were actually industrial engines!
In spite of never constituting the company’s main activity, Karting has been an integral part of Comer’s history since the 1980’s. Based at Bagnolo in Piano, in the region of Reggio Emilia, Comer is one of those Manufacturers who make it a point of honour to design, develop and produce themselves their karts and components, without sub-contracting too much.
Very present on certain national markets, Top Kart and/or Comer products also boast a fine list of international results. Their most important win was the one achieved at Braga (Portugal) in the year 2000 when the Briton Colin Brown landed the Drivers’ World Champion title in For- mula A, at the wheel of a Top Kart chassis. In 1994, Sweden’s Fredrik Wallberg had also placed a Top Kart on the third step of a World Championship podium, this time in Formula C (which was then the top category of gearbox karts). Many other successes have been conquered, in parti- cular two titles in the ICA category, in 1997 with Bressan and in 1999 with Téo Fabi’s son. More recently, in 2009, a Top Kart worked its way up to the second place of the CIK-FIA World Cup for KF3 thanks to the British Driver Jake Dennis. As it turns out, this same Dennis will be at the start of the “U18” World Championship to represent Top Kart and will rank among the favourites.
Drivers entered in the CIK-FIA U18 World Championship with Top Kart:
Jake Dennis (UK); Facundo Garese (Ury); Mateusz Rzucidlo (Pol).
Après une longue série de victoires, Dorian Boccolacci a dû se contenter de la deuxième marche du podium de la finale de la Bridgestone Cup 2010 disputée à Laval. Mais l'intensité de la bataille permet au pilote varois d'être malgré tout satisfait de son week-end.
"Tout avait bien commencé, raconte-t-il. J'ai d'abord réalisé le meilleur chrono et j'étais en tête après les manches qualificatives. En préfinale, grosse bagarre avec Valentin Bréaux qui me précède de 8 centièmes seulement sur la ligne, c'était très serré. Pour la finale, je ne suis pas très bien parti : sur la file extérieure, c'est difficile à Laval. Je suis revenu rapidement en 3ème position en rejoignant Bréaux ; on s'est affronté jusqu'à l'arrivée mais j'ai pu le battre cette fois de 2 centièmes, pour la seconde place. Leguay s'était échappé en tête depuis longtemps. J'ai quand même fait le meilleur tour en piste."
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