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The Final was devoted to confirming Max Verstappen (CRG / TM) as the European Champion in KZ, the first CIK-FIA title won by the Dutch driver after his undeniable victory at Genk. He finished 1.8'' ahead and drove the fastest lap of the race. Long running second, Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG / Parilla) had to retire on the 13th lap with a mechanical failure, leaving second place to Jonathan Thonon (CRG / Maxter) who was in his direct wake. It was a beautiful race for Charles Leclerc (ART GP / TM), always in contact with the leaders and who got on to the third step of the podium. Starting 12th, Paolo De Conto (Birel / TM) brilliantly moved up to fourth ahead of Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex), second in the championship and Anthony Abbasse (Sodi / TM), third in the championship.

 

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Maxime Potty was the leader of Race 2 on the first lap while Gautier Becq fell to 15th. But a group of five drivers formed just behind the leader including Ralf Aron, Gilles Magnus, Mike Beckhusen and Arturo Melgar. Magnus lost places to Beckhusen and Melgar and the top two got away while Adeline Prudent entered the top five.

 

Melgar quickly captured the lead and Beckhusen returned to Potty and managed to overtake. After halfway, Prudent attacked Aron for 4th place. In the pack, the positions were settled and Artem Petrov was now closing on the leading group. There was an battle in the air between Aron and Beckhusen. Careful not to miss the opportunity to gain third,  Petrov gained the place before the end.

 

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Victory went to Melgar from Potty ahead of Petrov in third ahead of Prudent, Aron, and Beckhusen, and Becq recovered to seventh.

 

 

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Joel Johansson (Energy / TM) didn't miss the start of the KZ2 final that would decide the European title. Kristijan Habulin (CRG / Modena) attacked, but then there was a big crash on the straight and hairpin before the back straight. Zanchetta dropped to 29th. Alexander Schmitz still held second place, but Felice Tiene (CRG / Maxter) was at the front of the race and took the lead on lap 10. Emil Antonsen (DR / TM) took the opportunity to attack Johansson and gained 2nd place, a position that made him the champion of 2013.

 

The end of the race would not bring changes: Tiene won the final by 2.4'' ahead of Emil Antonsen, the new European Champion of KZ2 for 2013. Johansson, third at the finish line, is the runner-up.

 

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Moments before the start of the Finals for KZ and KZ2, it may be worthwhile to have a quick look at the situation on Sunday morning after the hierarchy has been changed. In KZ2 Riccardo Negro's retirement eliminated him from the title race with mechanical failure. Marco Zanchetta saw his chances compromised during a crash, he will start 20th in the Final. In contrast, Joel Johansson is ideally placed with his victory. Another win in the Final would ensure him the title, but any other result would be more random and necessitate a larger gap from Zanchetta. Emil Antonsen could also have a say and Felice Tiene proved impressive in the Prefinal. The podium is widely accessible, and victory is not completely impossible.

 

In KZ, Max Verstappen undid his disadvantage and has every chance to overcome everything as it is not necessary for him to win the race to take the title. His priority will be to ensure a good result without retiring. Bas Lammers is not in the game this weekend, Marco Ardigo and Anthony Abbasse are among the main protagonists, but Jordon Lennox-Lamb is now very well positioned to compete for at least the second position in the championship. We could also see Charles Leclerc and Jonathan Thonon on the podium of the season.

 

 

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Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG / Parilla) made the best start in the KZ Prefinal, Jorrit Pex (CRG / TM) defended from Ben Hanley (ART GP / TM), but Charles Leclerc (ART GP / TM) quickly took third position ahead of Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Anthony Abbasse (Sodi / TM). Max Verstappen (CRG / TM) pushes to make s recovery and was already behind Jonathan Thonon (CRG / Maxter) in 7th and overtook on lap 4. Abbasse was not slow to attack Ardigo, Verstappen was following and Ardigo dropped to 8th.

 

At the halfway point, Lennox had 0.630'' on Pex, who was closely followed by Leclerc. Verstappen passed Abbasse on lap 9, now 4th, but Lennox was still the fastest. Verstappen continued his fight and now passed Leclerc, when Thonon overtook Abbasse. But it was not over. Verstappen managed to pass Pex, whose chain broke at the last corner.

 

Lennox-Lamb won the race with the fastest time and 1.7'' ahead of Verstappen. Leclerc took third position, Thonon finished fourth, Abbasse fifth, Hanley sixth and Ardigo 7th.

 

 

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