ADD Motorsports driver Oli Norris was left to rue what might have been after his WSK Masters Series second round race was marred by engine problems.
The 16-year-old Glastonbury racer had too much to do by the time his kart was running freely and had to be content with 11th place overall.
But after seeing how he would have faired against his competitors if he had been able to drive at full speed all weekend, he vowed to come back stronger in the next round.
He said: "We were really please with 11th in the end from where I had to start. If you looked at some of my lap times, they were good compared to those in front of me, but we just had too many drivers to get past and it means you don't get a good run. But it's made me more confident for next time when we're back here in a few weeks, I'm sure I'll do better then."
After a brilliant race in the Euro Max in Genk last week where Oli finished third and picked up the driver of the weekend award, it was a lot harder going in Sarno this time round.
Having never raced at the circuit before, the first few days saw Oli learning the track in both the wet and dry as the weather changed.
But by the Friday and Saturday during qualifying and heats Oli was finding himself some four or five seconds back from where he wanted to be as his kart slowed down.
It left him floundering in 35th place during qualifying and always playing catch-up with the other drivers during the heats.
But Oli kept persevering and managed a respectable 11th in the pre-final.
In the main final, his engine died suddenly early on which saw him drop to 16th but when he got into the rhythm he worked his way back into the race in eighth.
However, Oli settled again for 11th place by the end of the race.
He added: "When we go back there in a few weeks we won't have to learn the track from scratch which will help us. We know what went wrong and what we have to do now - we know how quick we can be on this circuit. We should definitely do better next time so we will have a good chance of doing well."
Gareth Morgan - ADD Motorsports / © Photo KSP
Change of plan in the BNL Series!
Since the KZ class doesn’t seem to be so popular this year, and we have more demand for Senior max, we are cancelling the KZ and we re-open the entries for the Senior max class, so we can except more then 36 which we have now.
This means, that in the Senior Max, we will be driving heats.
Heats (A-B / A-C / B-C)
Final A = Top 28 qualified drivers
Final B = Qualified driver 29 + rest
(this is done Saturday, and again Sunday)
It is the final that will count for the season scoring. So after each BNL Weekend, you will have 2 results. These will make the podium for the weekend.
At the end of the season, you will have 6 results, of which we take the 5 best the make the season total.
SO: If you haven’t entered for the BNL series yet: Go to the website now!
There you can also see the new timing.
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Décidemment, la Marseillaise aura été l'hymne à la mode à Hockenheim. Après Estéban Ocon en Formule Renault et Emmanuel Vinualès en Superkart le samedi, voilà que le dimanche, c'est Andrea Pizzitola qui s'illustre en monoplace et Vinualès qui récidive. Pour ce dernier, la tactique appliquée a différé quelque peu. Cette fois le départ a été impeccable sans incident. Et comme la veille A.Kout (MSKart/DEA) s'infiltre, il fait l'extérieur à la 1ère ligne, H.Lilja (PVP/PVP), E.Vinualès (Anderson/DEA) et M.Maasmann (Anderson/FPE) lui emboitent le pas. Ces 4 pilotes ont dominés ce 1er week-end continental de Superkart. C'est logiquement qu'ils s'échappent. Lilja s'empare de la tête, Vinualès gère et reste sagement derrière. Le duo lâche peu à peu leurs deux compagnons. Au dernier tiers de course Kout s'offre un tête à queue et rétrograde, Maasmann moins sous pression fléchit permettant le retour de l'Allemand D.Hentschel (Anderson/DEA) lui aussi à surveiller pour la suite de la saison et qui le coiffe sur le fil. Vinualès dont les chronos sont meilleurs passe à l'attaque, il déborde Lilja à 3 tours du drapeau à damiers et le laisse sur place. La course a été plus appréciable pour le clan Français; A. Sébastia 2ème au championnat de France n'obtient pas un meilleur classement que samedi mais il a progressé d'une seconde au tour alors que la course s'est avérée plus lente. Cyril Vayssié a redressé son châssis, élancé 22ème, il tourne enfin et remonte 13ème. Déception par contre pour le triple Champion d'Europe le Britannique G.Bennett jamais dans le coup. Il repart vexé de sa 10ème place finale loin de ces futurs adversaires directs pour l'Europe.
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Les magazines étrangers apprécient toujours autant l'Equipe de France FFSA Karting. Cette fois, c'est l'excellent Vroom consacre pas moins de 4 pages à la formation fédérale dans son édition italienne et dans sa version internationale en Anglais. Un succès pour la com' de la FFSA qui met ainsi en avant ses pilotes de fort belle manière.