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24/07/11 - 14:45

Albon still victorious

All eyes were on Nyck De Vries who experienced a series of problems at the starts for his Zanardi / Parilla. The weather was still beautiful at Zuera for the fourth race of the World Championship but the wind was violent. We monitored the performance of the French drivers Hubert Anthoine (Sodi / Parilla) and Remy Deguffroy (Tony Kart / Vortex) in fourth and fifth positions.


D'Agosto took the lead on the first lap ahead of Kanamaru, Albon and Camponeschi. De Vries started, but went off at the first corner and was 19th. Leo Roussel had a great start.


Albon took command and it was hard fought behind him. D'Agosto, Camponeschi, Kanamaru, then Basz 5th, Groman and Deguffroy. Kanamaru attacked Basz. De Vries was 12th on lap 4. Hubert demoted Roussel to 15th.


D'Agosto had not admitted defeat to Albon, especially as Basz took third. Kanamaru passed him again, but Basz retaliated. Groman, in sixth, was much closer to Camponeschi. De Vries had passed Deguffroy for seventh. There were six laps remaining. De Vries took Kanamaru and was fourth.




The top 3 started the very last lap together. D'Agosto attacked Basz who retook him. De Vries took the opportunity to sneak third place on the line. It was the second British victory of the day for Alexander Albon from D'Agosto. De Vries was third, fourth was Basz and Kanamaru fifth.



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Tanart Sathienthirakul (Tony Kart / TM) had a favourable prognosis after his victory in the Prefinal. It was a perfect start, while Antonio Giovinazzi (PCR / TM) had problems and went backwards. Carlos Gil (Tony Kart / Vortex) was in second place ahead of Sami Luka (Energy / TM), who was soon to be overtaken by Victor Sendin (Tony Kart / Vortex). A group of seven drivers were still close at the front of the race. Gil closed on Sathienthirakul who had not managed to escape, Luka attacked Sendin. Sam MacLeod (FA Kart / Vortex) was fifth from Gerard Barrabeig (Birel / BMB) and Egor Orudshev (Tony Kart / Vortex). The top 4 were neck and neck.


Gil took the lead and Luka passed Sendin. Barrabeig hurried to join them. Sathienthirakul was back on top and had a small gap, Luka was now up to Gil and attacked, but the Spaniard replied while Sendin watcheed the duel before attacking Gil, but was caught by Barrabeig and MacLeod.




Sathienthirakul continued to lead. Luka closed however, gradually with eight laps still to be covered. MacLeod took 3rd, but Gil and Hansen, who started 31st, were followed by Sendin. Luka was close to the leader and less than a second away, but there were only two laps before the end and it was difficult for the Belgian. Gil was a solid third from Hansen. 5th was MacLeod from Giovinazzi, Barrabeig, Orudshev and Sendin. Luka tried a little attack on the last lap, but Tanart Sathienthirakul won the race and the title.



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French hopes were now on Dorian Boccolacci (Birel / BMB), the winner of the pre-final. One could not help dreaming of a European title for the young driver from Gravity Academy ... The answer would come at the end of the 15 laps of the final that was preparing to start.




They started. George Russell (Intrepid / TM) went over the line of the first lap well ahead of Robin Hansson (Energy / TM) and Harrison Scott (Intrepid / TM). Boccolacci was only fourth after a difficult start. Esteban Ocon (FA Kart / Vortex) had made a good start, but then lost a lot of places. Moineault retired after Besancenez. Boccolacci in turn lost his chances on the second lap after a spin going through the dust: he was 24th.


Connor Jupp (FA Kart / Vortex), starting in 17th, grabbed third place ahead of Scott and Oystein Helgheim (Parolin / TM). Russell already had a lead of 3 seconds, and the insolent Jupp passed Hansson, but nothing was certain yet. Ocon came back strongly in 12th and took ninth on the seventh lap. Hansson recovered his second place to the detriment of Jupp. Etienne Mordret (Zanardi / Parilla) was having a great race in 15th position from 26th place.


The suspense was not maximum for the win. Russell would get to the flag unmolested by his opponents if all went well. Mordret got into the top 10 with 3 laps to go. Jupp did not release the pressure on Hansson for second place. Mordred was caught in the fight in the pack and had some contact while Boccolacci finished 10th, with the fastest lap, just behind his teammate Ocon. Max Verstappen (CRG / Parilla) took them out before returning to 14th.


George Russell was awarded the European KF3 title after leading the final from start to finish in front of Robin Hansson and Connor Jupp.



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The KF1 drivers did not forget to move their karts on the grid so as not to remain stuck on the track at the start. Nyck De Vries did not start for the second consecutive time. The battery was not strong enough to start the engine. His machine was carried to the official repair area and he finally manages to start a long way behind the field.


Ignazio D'Agosto (Tony Kart / Vortex) was in the lead, closely followed by Yu Kanamaru (Tony Kart / Vortex), Alexander Albon (Intrepid / TM) was third then Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex), Rémy Degufffroy (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Karol Basz (RK / TM). Pakari, Suninen and Roussel crashed and gave up. Albon was in the dust in the middle of the circuit.


Kanamaru was the first from Camponeschi. Anthoine Hubert (Sodi / Parilla) was well placed in sixth position behind Tereza Gromanova (Kosmic / Vortex). There was a warning for D'Agosto. There were four Tony Karts in the lead, followed by Hubert. De Vries was 16th. The battle for second place between Camponeschi and D'Agosto. Albon was preparing to attack Gromanova for sixth place. De Vries attacked Groman and Gromanova who replied, and he definitely came up against resistance from Zdenek. Hubert defended perfectly against Albon's recovery.


In mid-race, the leaders were still Kanamaru, D'Agosto, Camponeschi, Deguffroy and Hubert. The excitement may come from the rise of De Vries, which is nothing new, although he seemed less dominant than on Saturday. Hubert was close to his compatriot Deguffroy. Last lap. Hubert threatened Deguffroy and passed for fourth under braking at the hairpin. Would De Vries be be able to pass Lock? Yes, but only at the last corner.


Victory went t the Japanese driver Yu Kanamaru before the Italians Camponeschi and D'Agosto then two French, Hubert and Deguffroy who completed the top five ahead of Albon and De Vries.



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Tanart Sathienthirakul (Tony Kart / TM) and Sami Luka (Energy / TM) were on the front row of the prefinal in KF2 at Zuera while the wind raged on the Spanish track. It was a good start for the Thai at Kartronix, followed by Antonio Giovinazzi, Egor Orudshev, Carlos Gil and Sami Luka. On the second lap, Victor Sendin overtook two drivers at once and took sixth, in eighth Pascal Belmaaziz was undergoing some attacks and ended up 13th. Gil went to third from Orudshev who was in turn closely followed by Luka.


At the halfway point, the positions were stable at the front with significant differences now between the top 3. Luka came after Orudshev and Sendin and also took the opportunity to take fifth. The top 7 were now well separated. A group led by Spinelli and Rudakov were fighting, while Michelle Gatting watched closely. Belmaaziz returned to form in 12th place. Spinelli lost 2 places to the benefit of Gatting and Belmaaziz.


Last lap. Victory was assured for at Sathienthirakul from Giovinazzi, Gil, Sendin in fourth and Luka fifth voluntarily.



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