The sky was overcast during the night and it was cloudy at Suzuka on Sunday morning for the second day of the KF1 World Championship 2012. Most forecasts available on the internet say there is almost a 40% chance of rain, with showers possible in the middle of the day. In the past, Japanese races have already seen heavy rainfall at this time of year, sometimes enough to stop races.
The promise of rain could change things, as the Japanese drivers could be even more comfortable as they know the trthanks the wet better than the Europeans. However, we know the Belgian and British drivers are formidable in these conditions. There is suspense at Suzuka, with or without an umbrella.
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While the sky was overcast, without being threatening, the second race in KF1 at Suzuka started with a clash which saw the three Formula K drivers stacked on top of each other. De Brabander retired and Kozlinski was also affected, Hubert, Blom and Gromanova restarted but very behind. Meanwhile, Daiki Sasaki (Kosmic / Vortex) took the lead, but Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex) overtook on lap 3. Felice Tiene (CRG / BMB) was fourth, ahead of Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG / BMB), Karol Basz (Birel / BMB) and Pedro Hiltbrand (FA Kart / Vortex).
Once passed by Camponeschi, Sasaki dropped to 7th while trying to avoid touching at a corner. The Italian, who had already won a race, took off another victory by increasing his lead steadily without seeming to try to hard. Lennox and Basz, then fighting for 3rd place, touched and lost places, especially the Birel driver.
Meanwhile, Max Verstappen (Intrepid / TM) continued a recovery that would eventually lead to fourth. It must be said that Sasaki never admitted defeat and was able to recover from seventh to second place, overtaking Verstappen and Tiene. Another contact heldwells one well placed drivers: Hiltbrand ran over Joyner and they both lost their podium chances. Behind Lennox-Lamb, in fifth, two Japanese drivers did a good job: Kenta Yamashita (CRG / BMB) ran a beautiful race and Takashi Kazai in sixth position (Tony Kart / Vortex) started last and took 8th place by setting the fastest race lap.
The podium rewarded the winner of the day, Flavio Camponeschi, the leader of the standings for the World Championship, along with the best of the Japanese, Daiki Sasaki then Felice Tiene who was a little disappointed not to be more able to fight for victory. Verstappen made a comeback in fourth position ahead of Lennox-Lamb.
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The sky was slightly cloudy, but it's was still over 20 ° C at Suzuka for the start of the race, the first in the KF1 World Championship 2012. The unfortunate Kazuya Ishii (Birel / BMB) who started in 10th position, was unable to complete the formation lap. Tom Joyner (LH / BMB) made the best start, but Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex) recovered the lead of the race before the end of the first lap. Davide Fore (CRG / BMB) was very determined, and also attacked Joyner for 3rd. Felice Tiene (CRG / BMB) was fourth, but Karol Basz (Birel / BMB) was held up a little after he launched an attack on Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG / BMB), in 5th.
Tiene passed Joyner, and stole Fore's second place. Max Verstappen (Intrepid / TM), starting from the penultimate row, was in around the 25th place on the 3rd lap. Daiki Sasaki (Kosmic / Vortex) was strong from his 12th place on the grid, with Basz, and these were the two drivers to watch. They also engaged in a great duel at the end of the race. Camponeschi was unbeatably in the lead, Fore stabilized in fifth position, just behind Tiene and in front of Lennox-Lamb. In seventh, Joyner was followed by Armand Philo (Tony Kart / Vortex) who passed Kozlinski (PCR / TM) in ninth and Anthoine Hubert (Formula K / TM) in 10th.
Among the fine recoveries, Tereza Gromanova (Kosmic / Vortex) often loses some time early in the race but ended on a good pace that allowed her to beat Verstappen and De Brabander. Before Camponeschi's victory, the final battle was between Basz and Sasaki, and the Pole's braking was impressive at the end. Tiene finished 4th, Fore 5th, Lennox-Lamb sixth, Joyner 7th, Armand 8th, Hubert 9th and Kozlinski 10th.
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Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex), thanks to two wins in the heats, will start from pole in Race 1 on Saturday afternoon at Suzuka. There will be a formidable British driver with him - Tom Joyner (LH / BMB). On the second row, two ambitious drivers, Karol Basz (Birel / BMB) and Felice Tiene (CRG / BMB), followed by World Champions Davide Fore (CRG / BMB) and Kozlinski (PCR / TM). Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG / BMB) and Anthoine Hubert (Formula K / TM) will be on fourth row, ahead of Tereza Gromanova (Kosmic / Vortex) and Kazuya Ishii (Birel / BMB), then Yannick De Brabander (Formula K / TM) 11th and the two fastest in qualifying and the heats but unfortunate, Daiki Sasaki (Kosmic / Vortex) and Pedro Hiltbrand (FA Kart / Vortex).
Max Verstappen (Intrepid / TM) qualified by winning the repechage without any problems, with 7 participants, during which Takashi Kasai (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Hiroyuki Inoue (Tony Kart / Vortex) engaged in a long duel. John Filippi (Tony Kart / Vortex) finished sixth, but was excluded from the race for being underweight so will not be in the final.
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