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The Czech Jan Midrla (Birel / TM) completely dominated KZ2 on the first day of the WSK Master Series at Castelletto by winning both heats and the final after running on his own in the lead. Starting from pole, Jordon Lennox-Lamb fell far behind in the first Final following a penalty of 10''. The British driver then climbed very strongly in the final to finish second after setting the fastest lap. Starting 5th, Francesco Celenta (Birel / TM) achieved a good result taking the third step of the podium in front of Riccardo Negro (DR / TM) and Matteo Ghidella (Maranello / Maxter). Charly Bizalion (Lenzo / TM) didn't have it easy in the heats and finished 17th in the final while Antoine Bottiroli (BRM / Maxter) went out at the first corner.

 

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Fabian Federer (CRG / Maxter) continued his momentum after winning the Margutti Trophy. 2nd in qualifying for KZ1, he got to the front in the heats and ran a solo race in the final, constantly improving his fastest time. Jorrit Pex (CRG / TM) again took pole position. In the race, he had to cede the spotlight to Federer to go on to the second step of the podium. It was a good performance for Yannick De Brabander (Formula K / TM) at the front, with a 3rd place. The day was harder for Kozlinski (PCR / TM) after his 3rd place in qualifying and the first heat, he finished way off. There was another good performance from Praga with 4th place for Hajek and 5th for Lammers.

 

 

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International > GPO Karting

31/03/12 - 17:20

Roy unchallenged in KZ2

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Maxime Roy (Tony Kart / TM) started perfectly at the lights in the KZ2 final, which was not the case for Mathieu Gaillard (Energy / Maxter). Roy escaped followed by Christophe Benoit (Birel / TM) who was soon joined and surpassed by Nolan Mantione (Birel / TM). Gaillard attacked to gradually return to 2nd, while Julien Poncelet (Formula K / TM) and Pierre Ragues (Sodi / Maxter) placed themselves in 3rd and 4th. Mantione retired, Benoit spun but continued at high speed, even approaching Cedric Goudant (Tony Kart / TM) in fifth.

 

At halfway Roy was just under 2s ahead of Gaillard, Poncelet nearly 8s behind the leader with Ragues close to his bumper. Goudant grabbed 4th place from Ragues who retaliated on the next lap. Gaillard, the fastest on the track, was again some distance behind Roy. The latter reacted and maintained a distance far enough to win the race. The podium was completed by Gaillard and Poncelet. Ragues fourth, Goudant fifth, Benoit 6th and Fiault 7th.

 

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Great start for Charles Leclerc (Art GP / Parilla) in the KF2 final, a prelude to a superb three-way battle with Paul Boutonnet (Tony Kart / Parilla) and Vincent Fraïsse (Sodi / Parilla). The peloton was distanced from them on the first lap. Pascal Belmaaziz (DR / TM) quickly took fourth, followed by Victor Compere (Kosmic / Vortex), Valentin Moineault (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Alex Hamilton (Intrepid / TM).


Boutonnet led the race before Leclerc returned to the lead on the seventh round. Compere overtook Belmaaziz who replied, over 6s from the leader but the positions changed each round. Agitation also reigned in the top three, led for a time by Fraïsse after halfway. Moineault overcame Belmaaziz and Compere for 4th place. Boutonnet again took the lead over Fraïsse and Leclerc.


At the beginning of the last lap, Compere was battling Belmaaziz. Leclerc watched his line to control Boutonnet who was faster and managed to win the race ahead of the  impressive rookie. Fraïsse pulled out all the stops to secure his third place. Belmaaziz took 4th and Deguffroy finished fifth from Moineault, Compere and Hamilton.

 

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Amaury Bonduel (Kosmic / Parilla) took command of the KF3 final ahead of Alexandre Guiod (Merlin / Parilla), Bryan Elpitiya (Zanardi / Parilla), Max Defourny (PCR / Parilla) and Matteo Raspatelli (Tony Kart / Parilla). Following the double bend after the start, Benjamin Lessennes, Gautier Becq, Maxime Potty, Yifan Xia and others remained on the sidelines. Guiod went on the attack and took the lead on lap 5, but Bonduel retaliated. Paolo Besancenez (Sodi / Parilla) came back, he was seventh ahead of Lucas Marchi (ART GP / Parilla), Alec Weckstrom (Maranello / Vortex) and Jeremy Demarque (Sodi / Parilla).

 

Guiod then gave ground to Elpitiya, second, and Thomas Landais (Sodi / Parilla) who was in third after a recovery from 15th. Besancenez took 4th on lap 10. The Sodis progressed with Landais, the new leader, followed by Besancenez. The chasing pack was agitated: Bonduel was third from Weckstrom and Marchi. Elpitiya fell back to ninth behind Defourny. The situation was still evolving with the return of Guiod to fourth. Landais won his first major victory 1.5s ahead of Besancenez, who started 22nd, and Weckstrom. Demarque was fourth, Bonduel fifth, Defourny 6th, Elpitiya 7th, De Leval 8th,  Aston 9th and Aubry 10th, from the 37th position. Guiod retired with two laps to go.

 

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FEDERATION > GPO Karting

31/03/12 - 15:22

Prefinal phases at Varennes

François Bécamel (Kosmic / Parilla) won the semifinal of KF3 after a duel with Arthur Lehouck (Sodi / Parilla), Jeremy Demarque (Sodi / Parilla) took the second spot ahead of the Belgian Benjamin Lessennes (Sodi / Parilla) who made a great recovery. In Semifinal 2, the Finnish driver Alec Weckstrom (Maranello / Vortex) won ahead of Amaury Bonduel (Kosmic / Parilla) and Alexander Guiod (Merlin / Parilla). The first race was littered with incidents. A question that often comes up in the paddock: should a driver who cuts a corner, and not by a little, be able to continue to race without being penalized while influencing the outcome of the race?


It was a clear victory for Charles Leclerc (ART GP / Parilla) in the KF2 Prefinal, but Paul Boutonnet (Tony Kart / Parilla), in second, impressed with his performance. Third was Thibaut Haublin (Kosmic / Vortex), fourth Pedro Hiltbrand (FA Kart / Vortex) and fifth Sébastien Bailly (Swiss Hutless / TM)


Maxim Roy (Tony Kart / TM) won in the semifinals to face KZ2 pole winner Mathieu Gaillard (Energy / Maxter), Cedric Goudant (Tony Kart / TM), Christophe Benoit (Birel / TM) and Julien Poncelet (Formula K / TM) well weighted with a heavy meal.

 

A sign of vitality of the GPO, it was discovered, was the use of the warning flag for over-optimistic moves.

 

 

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