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Callum Ilott (Zanardi / Parilla) started perfectly for the first KF3 prefinal and performed perfectly throughout. First on the outside line, Dorian Boccoolacci (Intrepid / TM) went into third position behind Kodric Martin (FA Kart / Vortex), followed by Dalton Sargeant (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Alessio Lorandi (Tony Kart / Vortex). As might be expected, the battle raged around 17th place, the limit of qualification for the finals. Boccolacci returned to Kodric, Lance Stroll (Zanardi / Parilla) was back in sixth position ahead of Giuliano Rauci (Energy / TM) and Vladimir Atoev (Tony Kart / Vortex).

The fastest driver on the track, Kodric passed Boccolacci on the ninth of 16 laps while Ilott increased his lead to 1.5''. Valentin Naud (Tony Kart / Vortex) moved into the right half of the rankings in 16th position. The differences were now significant between the top 6, so the order should not change much. Kodric pulled away from Boccolacci by 1.4'' and was closer to the leader Ilott. Naud qualified in 14th position after a great race.



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The Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup saw maximum results for Stoffel Vandoorne. With two pole positions and two victories on the famous Nurburgring, the RACB driver for Josef Kaufmann Racing was a class of his own. The only one coming close this weekend was Mclaren talent Nyck de Vries for R Ace GP, scoring a first podium in his motorsport career in formula cars.


Qualifying started Friday morning under dry conditions. Vandoorne set the time to beat at 1:26.812 with quite a gap to the other 35 competitors. Finally, it was Nyck de Vries who could come close with 1:27.311. The second qualifying looked like a repititon of the first, with Vandoorne (1:26.769) and De Vries (1:27.381) on the first starting row, followed by Mikko Pakari and Pieter Schothorst on the second.



The fourth race of the Northern European Cup 2012 seemed to have a nice start; a dry track and a full grid with almost forty cars. The organization of the VLN, the host of this weekend, saw some problems with the starting lights leading to the cancellation of the start. After solving the problem, the race distance was shortened to 23 minutes and after another formation lap, all cars were on their way.


De Vries, who put down a strong performance in both qualifying sessions, had a bad start and lost five places. He fought back however, and drove to a fourth place in the last lap. Behind Meindert van Buuren, there was some heavy competition for the places in midfield. In the front, Jordan King and Pierre Gasly where fighting until the finishline for second place. After the chequered flag fell, Vandoorne won his third race of the year, followed by King and Gasly in that order.



The second race started under dry circumstances and when the lights turned off, Vandoorne and De Vries drove away together. Pieter Schothorst also had a good start and crossed the starting line in third position. Shortly after, matters turned for the worse for Jakub Smiechowski and Shahaan Engineer. After a mistake from the trackmarshalls, Engineers car ended up in the middle of the track, causing a very dangerous situation for the other drivers. A safety car situation was initiated but could not be completed by the VLN organization, after which the race was temporarily stopped with a red flag. After all cars were safely removed, the fifth race of the season was restarted with 19 minutes to go.


With 31 remaining cars on track, Pieter Schothorst fell victim to Mikko Pakari. Both gentlemen had to leave their cars in the gravel bed of the Castrol turn. In the front, De Vries and Vandoorne had a fight of their own, staying in within half a second throughout the entire race. Finally, Vandoorne scored his fourth win of the season, followed by De Vries and R ace GP teammate Andrea Pizzitola.


Vandoorne took the lead in the overall championship standings with 122 points, and the now second placed Jake Dennis has only one point difference with MP Manor Motorsport' Jordan King. The third and next round of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup will be held at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, on the 6th to the 8th of July.



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International > WSK Euro Series

23/06/12 - 21:10

KF3: Ilott stands out


The heats for KF3 at the WSK Euro here at La Conca have produced a list of brilliant drivers at the top of the intermediate classification. For those who dropped back and want to catch up, both prefinals on Sunday morning will give them the opportunity to try their luck but they will have to take various risks to get into the top 17 and in the Final.

Is it too early to talk about a win for Callum Ilott (Zanardi / Parilla), with for wins in four heats? George Russell (Intrepid / Vortex) and Dorian Boccolacci (Intrepid / TM) are in the 2nd and 3rd places from Alex Palou (CRG / BMB) and Martin Kodric (FA Kart / Vortex). Dan Ticktum (Zanardi / Parilla) shows promise in sixth position ahead of Alessio Lorandi (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Nikita Sitnikov (Tony Kart / BMB). Among the French drivers, Valentin Naud (Tony Kart / Vortex) is learning his new equipment and a new team with a good chance to qualify, while Gabriel Aubry (Birel / TM) is suffering on the grippy track.



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The 61 pilots in KF2 at the WSK Euro Series at La Conca will race in 3 more heats on Sunday morning to select the top 34 for the prefinal. At the end of the 12 heats run by Saturday night, the unofficial Kartcom intermediate classification shows Antonio Fuoco leading the way with four victories at the wheel of his new factory Kosmic / Vortex. He beat two other OTK drivers, Damiano Fioravanti (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex). But the fight is very tight and Felice Tiene (CRG / BMB), who has always been in the top three, is currently in 4th place. In 20th, Max Verstappen (Intrepid / TM) lost a lot by scoring 20 points in his first heat. Scoring 3rd, 4th and 5th in the next ones, he does not seem able to produce his usual domination. For his part, Charles Leclerc (ART GP / Parilla) also experienced problems and found himself in 13th position, but appears to have greater potential, although he was outperformed by his teammate Benjamin Barnicoat. The first French driver, although there are only three in the race, is Anthoine Hubert (Formula K / TM) on the 18th row, while Ingrid Girard (CRG / BMB) is 46th after some problems, and Kenny Marques (Kosmic / Vortex), improving regularly, is 53rd.

Not yet in a qualifying position, an impressive group of drivers wilfinals eying everything in the final heats on Sunday morning. These include Robin Hansson (Tony Kart / Vortex) 36th, Thiago Vivacqua (Zanardi / Parilla) 37th, Kirill Karpov (Tony Kart / BMB) 40th and Niclas Nylund (Kosmic / Vortex) 41st. It will be harder for Jussi Kuusiniemi (Tony Kart / Vortex) the winner of the Viking Trophy, in 50th and Matthew Graham (Zanardi / Parilla) 56th.



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Bas Lammers (Praga / Parilla) started on pole, Kozlinski (PCR / TM) attacked at the first corner, Rick Dreezen (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Toninelli (Birel / BMB) stuck to the train of leaders. Lammers was eliminated in an unsuccessful attempt on Koko and Dreezen grabbed the lead on the same third lap. Kozlinski had not given up. Jorrit Pex (CRG / TM) followed in fourth position with Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex) in his wheeltracks and Simo Puhakka (PCR / TM) close behind. The top 4 were grouped within 7/10, so the race was beautifully intense!

Ardigo was notified of a 10'' penalty which relegated him to 13th in the standings, although he was still fifth on the track. Threatening for some laps, Toninelli attacked Kozlinski at the start of the 13th lap to take second place and Dreezen found himself with a lead of 9/10. But he faltered with two laps to go and Toninelli regained command of the race. Toninelli crossed the finish line raising his arms, without knowing that he was only seventh because of an immediately applied penalty of 10''. It was actually Kozlinski who won this mad rush to Pex and Puhakka, 4th was Sauro Cesetti (Top Kart / Parilla), 5th was Ben Hanley (ART GP / TM).



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