Before preparing for the first meeting of the World KF Championship that will be held in England on the circuit of PFI, Dorian Boccolacci interrupted his short holiday to go back to Germany, on the winding circuit of Hahn, to compete in the fourth round of the Deutsche Kart Meisterschaft. The Energy Corse team and Boccolacci discovered the circuit at the last minute, during the last free practice sessions: «We did not have much time to work» Dorian explained. «It is a particular track, with several series of corners where you drive at the same pace and even the smallest mistake can have serious consequences, and there is only one spot where you brake hard. Overtaking is difficult, especially when the other drivers know every single inch of the track and have had two more days to practice. On top of all this, I had to adapt back to Bridgestone tyres».
Dorian set the fifth time in timed qualifying and kept his position in the two qualifying heats, with a nice second place in the second heat, together with the fastest lap time in the race. On Sunday, at the start of Race 1, the German track was still pretty wet after a heavy downpour. «It was my first race of the year in the rain. It took me several laps to find my bearings again. I was at the end of the race, where I usually set the fastest times, but it was too late». Dorian fought bravely not too loose too many positions on the first laps and concluded with a 6th place.
On a track with much higher grip when the sun came out again, he caught up in Race 2 thanks to an excellent start and kept second place up to the finish line, never taking pressure off the leader, André Matisic, but without seriously threatening him, since André skilfully controlled the situation. Though he has just competed in two of the four meetings, Dorian is still 5th in the German Championship and will attend the last round at Genk (B) in mid-October.
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Plus qu'un simple reportage sur le Championnat du Monde 1973 à Nivelles (B), l'émission Match sur la 2 faisait une présentation très pédagogique du karting des années 70, du temps où le kart coûtait 3000 Fr... La compétition mondiale opposait à l'époque la star François Goldstein au jeune Terry Fullerton qui finissait par remporter son premier titre de champion du Monde en Belgique. En France, c'est Maître Jean-Louis Bousquet qui coiffait alors la couronne. La réalisation de l'émission en elle-même est typique de la grande époque de l'ORTF, un monopole étatique sur les 2 seules chaînes de télévision, en noir et blanc, de notre beau pays.
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#25 – 21th August 2013
The top events of international karting concentrate in September in this 2013 season. All the European Championships were awarded, and it is now time for CIK-FIA to focus on the 'world tour', beginning with the opening event in England on the PF International Circuit of Brandon. The facility - created by Paul Fletcher - which features the 1,382 meters long racetrack rises up in Brandon, a small village near the town of Grantham, Lincolnshire. The first round of the CIK-FIA World Championship for the KF category will be hosted by this racetrack from 28th August to 1st September. The 2013 World KF championship has got two rounds in schedule: the second round will take place in Bahrain, on the Viva Karting Track in Sakhir, from 19th to 23rd November. On schedule also the CIK-FIA International KF Junior Super Cup, a single round event reserved to this category.
Ready for the first challenge in KF.
To have a rough idea of what we should expect from the World Championship, we may refer to the results of last month's European Championship, won by the Dutch Max Verstappen (CRG-TM-Vega). The CRG driver, in the second round of Ortona (Italy) managed to close the gap with the Danish Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic-Vortex-Vega), winner of the first round in Zuera (E). The latter is ready to take his revenge in the World championship, even though we must not forget the French Valentin Moineault (Art GP-TM-Vega), second after his brilliant success in Italy. Keep an eye also on the Swedish Christian Sorensen, (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega), who finished third in the European Championship.
A Super Cup for the KF Junior.
The KF Junior is going to be as unpredictable as always. The European Championship standings says it all, with three drivers who finished with the same score: the two English Lando Norris and Daniel Ticktum (both on FA Kart-Vortex-Le Cont) - who won a round each - and the Dutch Martijn van Leeuwen (Zanardi-TM-Le Cont). Norris won the title thanks to his overall results, preceding Ticktum and Van Leeuwen. There are all the ingredients for an eventful and thrilling Final of the CIK-FIA International KFJ Super Cup.
The World Championship live in streaming.
The CIK-FIA events, promoted by WSK from this season, can enjoy a wide media coverage: all the images of the race in Brandon will be available live in streaming on the official websites www.cikfia.tv and www.cikfiachampionship.com. On Sunday 1st September the TV programme will be opened by the drivers' presentation and will go on until the end of the finals. On Tuesday 3rd September the delayed broadcast of the KF and KF Junior Finals on Rai Sport 2, while on Friday 6th, on the same channel, the special report with the recap of the whole weekend in England.
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Classé seulement 22e lors des chronos, Bryan Elpitiya (Energy/TM) a terminé en beauté la 4e épreuve du Deutsche Kart Meisterschaft disputée sur le circuit de Hahn les 17 et 18 août derniers. Le Français assurait des manches qualificiatives correctes, en approfondissant sa connaissance du tracé sinueux, avant de tout donner pendant les deux courses du dimanche.
Sous la pluie, la course 1 connaissait plusieurs faux départs et même un drapeau rouge avant de s'élancer sur une piste extrêmement piégeuse. Bryan ne se laissait pas impressionner par les conditions difficiles qui provoquaient de nombreuses sorties. Il gagnait déjà 4 places dans le premier tour et passait en seconde position au suivant puis en tête au tour 6 quand le leader Van Leeuwen partait à la faute. Mais Jamie Caroline, de loin le plus rapide, s'emparait de la 1e position et Van Leeuwen revenait second tandis que Bryan conservait la 3e place jusqu'à l'arrivée.
La piste a eu le temps de sécher pour la course 2, Elpitiya se replaçait dès le départ en seconde position derrière Caroline, occupait ensuite la tête avant que Van Leeuwen ne profite de sa pointe de vitesse pour revenir. Bryan montait finalement sur la deuxième marche du podium pour conclure un week-end très positif.
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