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Pilote > Julien Darras

Arrivé en leader de la KF2 à Lontao pour le 4e rendez-vous du Championnat d'Italie, au volant de son Tony Kart/TM parfaitement préparé par LM Karting, Julien Darras a encore augmenté son avance au point qu'il est quasiment assuré de coiffer la couronne à Castelletto fin octobre.




Tout a bien commencé sur le tracé fort en grip de Lonato. Julien réalise d'entrée le meilleur chrono de la catégorie, un bon signe. Il remporte ensuite tout simplement les deux manches qualificatives devant les meilleurs Italiens de la compétition et quelques étrangers affûtés comme Callum Ilott. La bagarre est intense dans la course 1, mais il reprend rapidement les commandes et mène pendant 13 tours avant de céder la 1ère place sans trop offrir de résistance : assurer une seconde place est une très bonne option pour le Championnat dans cette course qui rapporte le maximum de points.


Une averse s'abat sur le circuit peu avant le tour de formation de la 2e couse, mais les concurrents s'élancent malgré tout en slicks. 7e sur la grille de départ, les positions étant inversées pour les 8 premiers, Julien n'est pas dans la meilleure situation pour éviter les incidents. Le temps de se familiariser avec des conditions d'adhérence limitée, il se fait éperonner et part en tête-à-queue. Reparti 26e, il reprend ensuite pas moins de 15 places avec une grande efficacité, ce qui lui permet d'engranger les derniers points nécessaires à s'assurer du titre. Joli coup, M. Darras !



Info Kartcom / © Photo Fernando Morandi - ACI Sport

Pilot > Others

The Venezuelan driver will be managed by a private team in the second part of the season.

In the last days, Mauricio Baiz' management has made official the ending of the technical collaboration with Birel Motorsport. The relation between the house of Lissone and the young Venezuelan driver lasted 4 years and it ends with a very satisfying balance for both parties. Especially, it allowed Baiz to grow up as driver in the youth programmes of the Lissone house and to become one of the most interesting and fast drivers in the KFJ category, so to earn the attention and a contract directly with Red Bull.
However, in view of future strategies, the management staff of Mauricio Baiz considered useful a technical change, a target reached by preparing a dedicated team in order to improve some aspects which influenced the performances in the first part of the season.



In the end the season, Baiz will be followed by a staff coordinated by Alessandro Villa, who's always followed him in karting, using Exprit chassis and Vortex engines.
The new structure will have the direct collaboration of the OTK Group and it will take part to the Cik-Fia World Championship, besides the final races of the Italian Championship and the WSK Final Cup.

After the last race made with the Lissone house in Siena for the Italian Championship, Mauricio Baiz thanked all the Birel racing division staff, to whom he will always be linked with great friendship and gratitude for everything they've done for him in the 60 Mini seasons and in his first year in KFJ.
The next race for Baiz will be the Italian Championship in Lonato, and a few days after he will move to Sarno in order to test in view of the Cik-Fia World Championship on October 6th.



Info Baiz / © Photo Marco Campelli/Red Bull Content Pool

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Published September 11th, 108 pages! Contents include: New Kart Classes for 2014; Kartmasters GP (PF International); European Superkart Champs (Assen); TKM Festival (Kimbolton); Three Sisters Circuit Guide; The MAX Column; EPEC British 24 Hour (Teesside); Little Green Man (Buckmore Park & Shenington); Rotax Academy News; Kestrel & Cobra Karts: The History; British Superkart Champs (Thruxton); Tyre Temperatures; Easykart UK Champs (Glan Y Gors); Super One (Larkhall & Clay Pigeon); Rotax US Grand Nationals (Mooresville); Global Cup (Rye House) and more!



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International > CIK WSK Promotion



# 30 - 17th September 2013


Tomorrow, in Varennes sur Ailler (France), spotlights on the CIK-FIA World KZ Championship. The event will award the first World karting title of the 2013 season. Always on the Auvergne circuit, the top KZ2 drivers are giving chase to the CIK-FIA International Super Cup. Last but not least, the CIK-FIA Academy Trophy, one of the most sought-after one-make series reserved to drivers aged 13-15 who, for this third and last round, will be behind the wheel of a Parolin-FIM- Vega kart. The icing on the cake of the French event is the performance of the vintage karts of the Historic Super Cup. In few words, the circuit of Varennes is going to host an outstanding event, which can boast the participation of all the top drivers and teams at world level.


Thrilling Finale for the KZ Championship

The KZ category raises its prestige awarding a full- fledged World Championship, after the World Cups awarded in the past seasons. That's the reason why the 38 entrants are so committed and ready to battle against the former KZ1 World Cup winners, the Dutch Bas Lammers (Intrepid-TM-Bridgestone) and the Belgian Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter-Bridgestone). In the battle between the two winners of the past six seasons there might be a third pretender, Arnaud Kozlinski (Birel-TM-Bridgestone), at his comeback after a convalescence which had started last spring. There are great expectations for the French driver's performance, as well as for the performance of the reigning European champion, the Dutch Max Verstappen (CRG-TM), without forgetting all the top drivers that each manufacturer has brought in France: official drivers such as the Italian Marco Ardigo? (Tony Kart-Vortex), Paolo De Conto (Birel-.TM) and Sauro Cesetti (Top Kart-Comer); the French Anthony Abbasse (Sodi-TM), Jeremy Iglesias (Lenzokart-LKE) and Gianni Gazzurelli (FA Kart-Vortex), Charles Leclerc (Art GP- TM) from Monaco, the Czech Patrik Hajek (Praga- Parilla-Bridgestone), the Dutch Dylan Davies (First-TM), the Finnish Henry Kokko (DR-TM) and Aleksi Tuukkanen (Ninar-TM); the Belgian Yannik De Brabander (Maranello-TM) and the Austrian Andreas Schrangl (Oberon-Seven). Special mention for the Spanish Jaime Alguersuari (Tony Kart-Vortex), former Toro Rosso's driver. Thanks to him, the race of Varennes will experience the thrill of a F1 event.

Great Technological Challenge in KZ2 too
The holder of the 2012 KZ2 World Cup, the English Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla-Bridgestone), has
entered the World KZ Championship; so, it is the Norwegian Emil Antonsen (DR-TM-Bridgestone), the
recent winner of the European Championship, the favourite for the CIK-FIA International KZ2 Super Cup.
Also in this category, lots of talented drivers are ready to challenge each other, among the 92 entrants: the English Ben Barnicoat (Art GP-TM), the Swedish Joel Johansson (Energy-TM), Douglas Lundberg (LH-
Maxter) and Viktor Oberg (Gillard-Parilla); the Italian Riccardo Negro (DR-TM), Marco Zanchetta (Maranello-TM), Alessandro Manetti (Praga-Parilla), Simone Brenna (Tibi Kart-Modena), Alessio Piccini (Tony Kart-Vortex), Matteo Vigano? (Top Kart-Comer), Alessandro Giulietti (Intrepid-TM) and Massimo Aceto (Righetti-Parilla); the Czech Jan Midrla (Birel-TM), the Belgian Kenny Charles (Merlin-TM), the French Thierry Lolmede (RK-TM) and Romuald Beauvois (Oberon-TM); the Dutch Ricardo Romkema (Zanardi-TM) and Jordi Van Moorsel (Maddox-TM); the Finnish Jan Kuovi (Rosso Korsa-TM), the Russian Philipp Buznikov (GP- TM) and the Romanian Tomi Dragan (Lenzokart-LKE).

The Superpole ignites the Weekend of Varennes. The big novelty of the CIK-FIA KZ World

Championship is the Superpole. In the paddock everybody is looking forward to taking part in this first challenge between the 12 fastest KZ drivers of the first qualifying session.



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International > IAME



Due to the enormous amount of entry requests for the IAME International Final, we wish to inform you that entries are now closed. To satisfy as many drivers as possible, we decided to make a big effort and move the limits in each category to the following numbers:
X30 Junior - 68 Drivers
X30 Senior - 126 Drivers
X30 Master - 51 Drivers
X30 Shifter - 34 Drivers


We are constantly replying to all enquires, confirming to each driver his/hers acceptance of participation according to the “first come, first served” criteria. Anyone yet to receive a reply, whether it be positive or negative, will do so in the next few days.


We also inform you that due to a timing review, the Free Practice sessions will start on Wednesday October 16th in the afternoon.  Drivers and teams will be required to arrive at the Circuit on the morning of Tuesday October 15th in order to install their structures and complete drivers’ registrations.

Further details will be posted in the next days via our website, IAME’s official Facebook page and other Karting related websites.


We wish to thank all of you for the enthusiasm demonstrated towards the 2nd running of the IAME International Final and we wish to apologise to all those drivers who’s entries will not be able to be accepted.




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