Sébastien Ogier, pilote officiel Citroën Racing en Championnat du Monde des Rallyes (WRC) a testé le kart électrique SODI STX, sur la piste de karting du Mans. Il a pu apprécier la performance de ce 1er kart électrique de compétition avant les ERDF Masters Kart qui auront lieu les 10 & 11 décembre 2011.
« Début décembre, je participerai aux prochains ERDF Masters Kart de Bercy, c’est donc l’occasion de prendre en main un peu ce kart et d’essayer ce modèle électrique. C’est vrai que c’est la 1ère fois que j’essaye un kart électrique et il y a quelques notions qui changent un peu mais le plaisir est toujours là et la performance aussi ». déclare Sébastien Ogier.
Il poursuit: « La performance est plutôt similaire à celle d’un kart thermique, les relances dans les virages serrés sont vraiment très bonnes. Cela accélère plutôt fort et pour un parcours comme celui qu’on aura à Bercy, je pense que ce kart électrique sera parfaitement adapté.. »
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The CIK-FIA World Karting Championship will end on 13 November at Suzuka, in Japan.
The provisional classification of the Championship which was unofficial until now has just been modified further to the decision taken by the International Court of Appeal within the framework of the appeal lodged by the Entrant Chiesa Corse after the exclusion of Nyck de Vries pronounced by the Panel of Stewards concerning Race 2 of the Belgian round of the World Championship held on 3rd September 2011. Provisional winner of the event (he appeared in the first place of the classification of Race 2 at Genk thanks to the appeal) de Vries had a theoretical lead of 30 points over Alexander Albon before the Japanese event.
While the four Judges of the International Court of Appeal have confirmed the disputed decision by declaring that Nyck de Vries was responsible for the incident (collision against Flavio Camponeschi’s kart), they have nonetheless cancelled the exclusion pronounced on the day of the event and imposed instead a 10-second time penalty. Nyck de Vries is therefore moved back to the eighth place of the said Race. The classification of this Race 2 now shows that Jordan Lennox-Lamb is the winner ahead of Felice Tiene and Alexander Albon. As a direct consequence of this new result it is no longer with a 30 points lead over the second-placed competitor that de Vries will arrive in Japan but with a margin of only 18 points. This being said, had the exclusion been confirmed by the Court of Appeal his lead would have been reduced to a mere 5 points.
To discover the Championship classification before the Japanese event, click here.
To see the new classification of Race 2 of the Belgian round of the CIK-FIA World Championship, click here.
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Matthew Graham (Zanardi) followed fellow Englishman Jake Dennis as the 2011 CIK-FIA “U18” World Champion in the second staging of the Event. It was a day of changing fortune for both of the top 2 contenders. Finland’s Pyry Ovaska (Maranello) the championship leader had a most disappointing Saturday but went into the Final with every opportunity to win the title. He started on the front row but made a slow start. Both Graham and Frenchman Anthoine Hubert (Sodi) made better starts and Ovaska was soon seen to be struggling.
But Graham was not having things all his own way as Italy’s Antonio Giovinazzi (PCR), Denmark’s Martin Mortensen (Mach 1), and France’s Léo Roussel (Sodi) pressed forward. It was tight at the front but Graham made steady progress moving up to 3rd after 6 laps whilst Giovinazzi increased his lead. England’s Henry Easthope (Sodi) and Hubert had a good battle in 2nd and 3rd places until Graham eased by. As darkness descended Graham moved into 2nd place on lap 9 but Ovaska was dropping into the lower reaches of the top 20.
With just under 2 laps to go Martin Mortensen passed Graham, but with Ovaska’s problems, this was not enough to prevent Graham from winning the title. ‘I was not certain I had won’ he said, ‘but when I saw my family hanging over the grandstand railing and waving and cheering, I knew I must be the champion’ he acknowledged.
For Ovaska it was a huge disappointment. ‘I felt I was good enough to win this championship, but some mechanical problems and also some penalties did not help me’ he said with clear disappointment on his face.
Anthoine Hubert in third place in the championship was very upbeat. ‘I had a little bit of misfortune but I also had some very good results, so I am satisfied’ he said.
In the first Pre-Final, Matthew Graham jumped into a big early lead, but 3 ominous features were to spoil his race. First, there was the board showing he was to be investigated for a starting irregularity. Secondly, a bolt snapped on his steering column, and thirdly, whilst Antonio Giovinazzi took the lead and went on to score an impressive win, main rival Pyry Ovaska at last found some good form and drove a superb race to finish 3rd. Graham limped home in 6th place but a 7 seconds penalty dropped him further down to 10th place.
In the second Pre-Final with the reverse Grid, Pyry Ovaska made a superbly fast start and drove from 24th to 4th but appeared to be the victim of contact and lost several places. Graham made steady
progess as Ovaska fought back. They were side by side with 3 laps to go and Graham finished just in front in 4th with Ovaska 5th. Anthoine Hubert drove an excellent race for an easy victory in front of Henry Easthope and Martin Mortensen.
The morning races took place in very heavy rain and by the last Qualifying Heat, the track was hardly raceable. Matthew Graham completed his heats unbeaten although he had been assessed a penalty in his first outing. Dave Blom drove a magnificent final heat to go from 8th to 2nd whilst Tomi Katajamäki survived a 3 seconds penalty by winning his last race by over 13 seconds! Pyry Ovaska had a 2nd and a disappointing 8th to finish his heats.
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Pour sa première saison en KF3, Etienne Mordret a réussi à atteindre la 2e place finale du Championnat de France. Après sa prometteuse 13e position au Championnat d'Europe, le Tourangeau n'osait espérer une telle saison pour ces débuts internationaux dans une catégorie si relevée.
"Je suis très heureux de la progression que j'ai réalisée en 2011", déclare Etienne. "En KF3, j'ai été fréquemment confronté à des pilotes plus expérimentés, mais j'ai toujours donné le maximum, tout en écoutant les conseils de mon entourage technique qui a été d'une grande aide".
Dans la foulée de sa première victoire dans la série GPO obtenue sur le circuit de Laval, il espérait poursuivre sur sa lancée lors du final à Essay. Hélas, il n'est pas toujours facile d'éviter les bousculades au cœur du peloton et, après sa 10e place en finale le samedi, Etienne en a fait les frais le dimanche. Au volant de son Zanardi-Parilla, il faisait pourtant partie des plus rapides, comme l'atteste sa 4e place en pré-finale avec le deuxième meilleur tour en course. "Heureusement, j'ai inscrit suffisamment de points durant l'année pour assurer le titre de vice Champion, ce qui reste un super résultat. Un grand merci à Thierry Seminger de Cedinap et à Cédric Boisroux de CBK, ainsi qu'à ma famille et à tous ceux qui me soutiennent", a t-il conclu.
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The meeting at Sarno was particularly trying for the Monaco driver Charles Leclerc, who won the KF3 World Cup on the same track last September. This time, fate had some influence, but he demonstrated the mental strength to go back into the pace and win the race 2. This is what he needed to win the Academy Trophy the CIK-FIA before the British driver Benjamin Barnicoat and the Finn Juho Valtanen.
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