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For some the dream is already over, but for others it may only just be starting. On the PF International Circuit at Brandon, the European KF2 and KF3 Championships have delivered their first verdict: the names of the 34 finalists in each category. On Sunday, the two Championship Races will see two much-coveted crowns awarded. Both spectacle and suspense are bound to be on the agenda!



During the qualifying heats, the KF2 category was full of surprises. After Max Verstappen (Intrepid-TM), victim of a broken chain on Friday, several other favourites suffered more less severe complications. The Monegasque Charles Leclerc (ART GP-Parilla) was let down by his ignition, Anthoine Hubert (FK-TM) also had a broken chain and Ben Barnicoat (ART GP-Parilla) lost ground after a collision with Max Verstappen in the joint heat. Given a 10-second penalty, the Dutchman appealed the decision via his Entrant. As the appeal is suspensive, Max will start from 9th place on the grid for Race 1, behind his main rivals, Ben Barnicoat (6th) and Charles Leclerc (8th).


Avoiding trouble, Dennis Olsen (Energy-TM) did extremely well to take pole position. 5th in the Championship after his 3rd place in Race 2 in Germany, the Norwegian intends to play his hand to the very end. In the intermediate classification he leads the Italian Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart-Vortex), who climbed steadily from his 14th place in qualifying practice, the Briton Sam Snell (Energy-Parilla) and the Italians Antonio Fuoco (Tony Kart-Vortex) and Paolo Ippolito (Kosmic-Vortex). Ben Barnicoat will therefore start from 6th place on the grid, just ahead of his team mate Charles Leclerc. Between the two is the Dane Andreas Hanssen (Maranello-Maranello). Max Verstappen and the Briton Tom Joyner (LH-BMB) complete the Top 10.



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21/07/12 - 20:04

Olsen manages the heats well


Fast and thoughtful, with a memorable and magnificent overtake on Verstappen after waiting for the right time, Dennis Olsen (Energy / TM) topped the heat classification of the last round of the European KF2 Championship at PFI with three victories to his name, ahead of Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex) who was also effective. Much further behind, Sam Snell (Energy / TM) advanced to third ahead of Antonio Fuoco (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Paolo Ippolito (Kosmic / Vortex). Although the penultimate heat ended after an attack from Max Verstappen, Benjamin Barnicoat (ART GP / Parilla) finished in 6th place. Charles Leclerc (ART GP / Parilla) was able to return to eighth. Max Verstappen (Intrepid / TM) is in ninth position after an appeal for his penalty for the incident with Barnicoat. Otherwise, he would have been in around 20th position. Tom Joyner (LH / BMB) completed the top 10.

Felice Tiene (CRG / BMB) is 14th and Anthoine Hubert (Formula K / TM) 15th. In the French clan, Valentin Moineault (Tony Kart / Vortex) is 22nd, Paul Boutonnet (Tony Kart / Parilla) 31st and Victor Compere (Kosmic / Vortex) 32nd, after a fine performance and a serious flip in the final heat. After being hit in the 3rd heat, without any sanction, Matthew Graham (Zanardi / Parilla) qualified in 30th.



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4 wins and one second place is better than 4 wins and seventh place, so although Martin Kodric (FA Kart / Vortex) was penalized 10'' for a jump start, Dorian Boccolacci (Intrepid / TM) was in the lead in the intermediate classification, according to the unofficial calculations from Kartcom. Callum Ilott (Zanardi / Parilla) is in third position ahead of Connor Jupp (Energy / Vortex) and Luca Corberi (Kosmic / Vortex). Sam Oram-Jones (Intrepid / TM) was ahead of George Russell (Intrepid / Vortex) meanwhile, had a very good comeback in seventh position after his 30th in qualifying. The third contender, Alex Palou (CRG / BMB) is in 12th position, Marcu Dionisios (Top Kart / TM), fourth currently in the Championship is 15th. Santino Ferrucci (Energy / TM), sixth in the Championship, is 23rd in front of Paolo Besancenez (Sodi / Parilla), a victim of a clash in the last heat. Aubry, Naud, Lehouck and Darras just qualified.



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By mid-day on Saturday, among the favorites of the European Championship in KF2, only Ben Barnicoat (ART GP / Parilla) had achieved a perfect score and Dennis Olsen (Energy / TM) kept pace in the second position with 4 points while Antonio Fuoco (Tony Kart / Vortex) was biding his time in fifth position. Many of the most serious contenders had to retire in one of their heats.

Max Verstappen (Intrepid / TM) broke his chain on Friday, Charles Leclerc (ART GP / Parilla) experienced ignition problems, Tom Joyner (LH / BMB) and Karol Basz (Birel / BMB) were victims of a crash, Anthoine Hubert (Formula K / TM) stopped, with broken chain, while leading with three laps to go ...

6 heats remain to be run with two for each driver, at the end of the day under a mild sky and an announced temperature of 18 ° C, which seems much higher.



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The proof is this image: PFI, Saturday, July 21, 9h29mn42s. This is euphoria among the drivers who were waiting impatiently for a dry track to appear. Even though we aren't afraid of sunburn, the weather should remain dry until the end of the meeting. Enjoy.



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