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17/04/11 - 15:25

Prefinal for Verstappen

The weather was dry although grey for the start of the prefinal in KF3 with Max Verstappen (CRG / Parilla) and Antonio Fuoco (Top Kart / TM) on the front row. Fuoco took the advantage at the lights, Verstappen lost a few lengths, followed by Lasse Sorensen (Birel / BMB) and Dennis Olsen (Energy / TM). Verstappen attacked and took the lead on the 3rd lap. Over the laps  he built up a comfortable lead from Fuoco. Robin Hansson (Energy / TM) was 3rd from 11th, in front of Sorensen and Lance Stroll (Zanardi / Parilla) who had a great recovery and some extremely fast laps. Esteban Ocon (FA Kart / Vortex) finished 7th.



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The WSK Euro Series KF2 competition was savage in the heats in Portimao and there was sone damage to give a surprising intermediate classification. Twice winner, Damiano Fioravanti (Tony Kart / Vortex) took the advantage from Kevin Rossel (RK / BMB) and Francisco Abreu (Tony Kart / Vortex) who were also holding two victories. Nicolaj Moller Madsen and Sami Luka (Energy / TM) in 7th and 9th lost time in the rain, otherwise they would have been serious candidates for pole.


Sam Snell (Intrepid / TM) was consistent in in 8th place. Michelle Gatting (CRG / Maxter) peaked in 13th, Enzo Guibbert (FA Kart / Vortex) was the 1st French driver in 15th, Tanart Sathienthirakul (Tony Kart / Vortex) 17th, Max Klinkby-Silver (Birel / BMB) 23rd. Pascal Belmaaziz (DR / Parilla) was in 32nd and Victor Sendin (Tony Kart / Vortex) was 34th and narrowly saved his qualification with a good final heat in the rain.



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The weather was very grey on Sunday morning on the Algarve, as a fresh wind pushed the clouds down from the nearby ocean. Jonathan Thonon (CRG / Maxter) won the A1 heat with ease in KZ with the fastest time, followed closely by Bas Lammers (Intrepid / TM), while Yannick De Brabander (Parolin / TM), Kozlinski (CRG / Maxter) and Ben Hanley (Maranello / Maranello) were in a group at the finish. Beitske Visser (Intrepid / TM) had not yet hit the front. The severe tyre wear continued to cause problems on this abrasive track despite the lower temperature.




It was a good win for Roberto Toninelli (Lenzo / TM) in the B1 heat ahead of Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex), who was race leader for a long time. Jérémy Iglesias (Intrepid / TM), Paolo De Conto (Energy / TM) and Sauro Cesetti (Birel / BMB) completed the top 5.

The rain had stopped but the track remained damp for heat A2. The best starts were for Kozlinski, Lammers, Thonon and Piccioni. All of the drivers were on slicks, with the exception of Dylan Davies who retired on the first lap. Thonon took 2nd, but soon dropped to 8th position. He recovered with the fastest lap but he didn't have enough time to get back to Piccioni, in 3rd. Lammers took an unstoppable victory ahead of Kozlinski.

De Conto, Iglesias and Toninelli stole the show in the heat B2, also with Ardigo and Fore ahead. Iglesias took the lead, De Conto replied. It was tight for the lead between Toninelli and De Conto. Fore was threatened by Ardigo a moment, but he still came fourth behind Cesetti and Fore. Iglesias was still not at the front, but was in 6th position on the track. Fore was attacked by Cesetti but he resisted Ardigo and Iglesias. Toninelli won, his second of the day which gave him pole position in the final, ahead of De Conto and Cesetti.



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Nyck De Vries didn't leave a moments doubt that the victory in the 1st heat in KF1 this Sunday morning would not be reserved. Ignazio D'Agosto (Tony Kart / Vortex) made the better start and the Zanardi /  Parilla driver had to wait a bit to regain control. Chris Lock (Tony Kart / Vortex) inherited second when D'Agosto received a 10s penalty for the start.

The track was wet from the light rain that had been falling for over an hour when the 2nd heat was started. As usual, De Vries took command of the race and pulled away quickly ahead of Zdenek Groman (Kosmic / Vortex), Toman, Alex Baron (Sodi / Parilla) and Sébastien Bailly (Kosmic / Vortex). However Karol Basz (RK / BMB) come back strongly in second, followed by Baron and Bailly. Basz took the lead, Baron 2nd, Bailly 3rd, 4th De Vries under threat from Matteo Viganò (Birel / BMB), the fastest on the track. Basz won from Bailly, Baron, De Vries and Vigano. De Vries still retained pole position in the ranking, although much disturbed by the rain. Basz took 2nd position ahead of Bailey, Baron and Toman.



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It was not a surprise to find Max Verstappen at the top of the standings in KF3 at the WSK Euro Series at Portimao. The CRG driver has again used his new Parilla, winning 3 times and coming second twice. Just behind the leader, Antonio Fuoco (Top Kart / TM) is also credited with 3 victories, as with the fourth placed Harrison Scott (Intrepid / TM), while the consistent Pedro Hiltbrand (Kosmic / Vortex), is in 3rd.

Esteban Ocon (FA Kart / Vortex) paid dearly for a carburettor problem on the ninth lap of heat AE when he had done great things in the top 3. In 12th, Canadian Lance Stroll (Zanardi / Parilla) was the revelation of the weekend with 3 wins and one second place. The top female driver, the Swiss Luana Krattiger (Tony Kart / Vortex) had a very respectable 13th position. Callan O'Keeffe (FA Kart / Vortex) deserved better than 15th place.

Dorian Boccolacci (Birel / BMB) could not always make the most of his machine, but is doing well on the 19th row. He was followed by another surging French driver, Valentin Naud (Tony Kart / Vortex). Andy Chang (Tony Kart / Vortex) from Macao is the last driver qualified.



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