Dorian Boccolacci has now made his mark and is increasing the pace at the front of the field with regularity. In the top 10 three times in Germany, he gained five places at once in the championship where he is now ranked 15th.
"The start of the season has been difficult, I sometimes had doubts, but I had to learn the intricacies of driving in F3 and now the work is beginning to pay off," said the Lotus F1 Junior Team driver. After enjoying the free practice to familiarise himself with the track, Dorian set excellent times - 7/100 and 3/100 from pole - in qualifying, each time 3rd in his group, which enabled him to start 6th in the three races.
Race 1 was held in heavy rain causing many off-track excursions. Dorian managed his pace perfectly despite the poor visibility and limited grip to finish 6th without making a single mistake. In the second race, this time on a dry track, he had to attack to regain the lost places, especially when an opponent pushed him into the first corner. Running 13th on the third lap, he went up to 8th at the finish line despite several interventions of the safety car, with the third best time.
The podium was a serious prospect in race 3, from 6th. Dorian prepared to go on the attack, but the safety car interventions twice stopped him in his tracks. He was then hampered by Jake Dennis who closed the doors in front of him. "I absolutely had to try to overtake Dennis, but I slightly touched in passing. The team then advised me to let Dennis by to avoid a penalty, while I was 5th and close to the top group. Unfortunately the British driver had lost ground and it cost me several places." 8th at the finish, Dorian still scored important points for the third time this weekend and moved up to 15th position in the championship.
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Nights in Adria are having a peculiar appeal thanks to the WSK Night Edition, which is taking place at the Adria Karting Raceway. The first phases of this single-round event promoted by WSK for the 2015 season were characterized by the high level of competitiveness of the 110 entrants. The nightly setting is making the whole event even more spectacular and thrilling. The first qualifying heats, which took place thanks to the excellent lighting system of the north Italian facility, showed how tough the competition is going to be in all the categories admitted to the race. In particular, the 60 Mini and the KF Junior seem to be the most uncertain, with lots of drivers who can aim at victory. The number of possible winners might even grow larger after the second series of heats on schedule this afternoon. Then, with the series of Prefinals today at 06.20pm, we will have clearer ideas about the names of the favourites before the crucial moments of the Finals, on schedule at 09.30pm until Midnight, with live timing available on the official website www.wsk.it. Tonight we will know the names of the kings of the WSK nights in Adria.
Uncertainty reigns in 60 Mini.
The Italian Leonardo Marseglia (Zanardi-TM-Vega) set the fastest time in qualifying but then, in the heats, other drivers made themselves conspicuous. Among them the Norwegian Dennis Hauger (CRG-TM-Vega) and the Italian Mattia Michelotto (Energy-Iame-Vega), as well as other Italians such as Jacopo Guidetti and his team-mate Alessandro Balzarotti (both on Evokart-Iame-Vega), who won one race each yesterday.
Lorandi leads in KF.
The Italian Leonardo Lorandi is the current leader in KF, after setting the best time in qualifying and winning yesterday's first heat. The Italian Jacopo Gheno (on Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega as well as Lorandi) is right behind the leader and seems to be his most dangerous rival.
Thonon first in KZ2.
The Belgian Jonathan Thonon (Praga-Parilla-Vega) has been the leader in KZ2 since qualifying, where he set the fastest time ahead of the Italian Moreno Di Silvestre (DR-TM-Vega). Thonon also won the firts heat beating the French Kevin Breysse into second position.
Watt and Sargeant are the drivers to beat in KFJ.
It is a battle between Europe and America the one which is going on in KF Junior. The Danish Noah Watt achieved the fastest lap and won the first heat, while his team-mate, the American Logan Sargeant (both on FA Alonso-Vortex-Vega) won two heats. The Brazilian Felipe Drugovich (Kosmic-Vortex-Vega) joined the leading pair thanks to his victory in the last heat: with these results it is hard making a prediction for the two remaining heats, which will establish the grids for the final phase on schedule this evening.
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La deuxième épreuve de la Belgian ASAF Karting Series à Douvrin a permis de modifier la hiérarchie dans la plupart des sept catégories au programme. Grâce à la vidéo proposée par l'ASAF, vous pourrez tout savoir (ou presque...) sur ce Trophée des Vacances qui portait bien son nom.
Les qualifications de la 30e édition des 24 Heures Karting se sont déroulés en quatre phases en ce vendredi après-midi. La Q4 (première séance qualificative) a éliminé les trois moins rapides des 33 équipes engagées. Les deux séances suivantes en ont écarté chacune dix autres pour ne laisser que dix candidats à la pole lors de la Q1 (dernière séance qualificative). Un système de qualifications qui fait la part belle au suspense et à la stratégie.
Dans le dernier tour chronométré et pour 4 millièmes de secondes, c'est le pilote d'usine Sodi Anthony Abbasse qui, comme en 2014, a offert la pole position à l'équipe Sarthe RTKF 1. Le concurrent quadruple vainqueur de l'épreuve s'élancera donc en première ligne samedi à 15 heures.
En tête des utilisateurs du moteur expérimental Vortex DVS, La Manche Kartmag 1, qui engage notamment l'octuple vainqueur Wilfrid Lecarpentier, occupera l'extérieur de la première ligne sur la grille. Les favoris ayant répondu présents, seuls deux karts du groupe 2 ont pu disputer la séance décisive. L'équipe italienne SWS Pastina Veneto a créé la surprise en hissant son Sodi-Rotax à la 8ème place au général et en tête de la catégorie.
Ce samedi 4 juillet à 15 heures précises, Romain Dumas, pilote éclectique formé au Mans, licencié ACO et vainqueur des 24 Heures du Mans 2010 agitera le drapeau tricolore pour libérer les 33 concurrents engagés dans cette 30ème édition des 24 Heures Karting.
La course sera à suivre en direct sur les sites 24h-karting.com et lemans-tv.com, grâce à la collaboration de LMTV, la chaîne de télévision mancelle, le samedi 4 juillet de midi à 13 heures ; de 14 h 30 à 16 heures ; de 18 heures à 20 heures et de 22 heures à minuit. L'antenne reprendra le dimanche 5 juillet de 10 heures midi et de 14 heures à 15 h 30.
Retrouvez le classement complet des essais qualificatifs ci-dessous.
It's been over two months since the first round at Genk but finally it has come time for the BNL Championship to burst back into action, this time at the Ostricourt circuit in France. Just a stones throw away from Lille the Ostricourt circuit is 1450m in length and is fast and flowing which should provide some extremely close racing!
Senna Kortman left Genk the championship leader but with only a two point advantage over his nearest rival Thomas Martens. It was the latter's poor Final 2 result on Sunday which cost him the event win after he took two victories over the weekend. Van Der Linden and Rillaerts shouldn't be too far behind but my one to watch is the Brit Zak O'Sullivan, he's down in 7th in the championship but only due to a disqualification on Sunday as he was never off the podium in the other three.
Glenn Van Berlo was almost unbeatable at Genk, he took three victories but a poor Final 2 result on Saturday left his championship lead at just 9 points, which his competitors should be grateful for. Dylan Cleeren was the man who took the fourth and final victory which has helped him along to second place and I expect Thom Nelissen to also be up there after his impressive consistency at Genk. However my one to watch is Xavier Handsaeme, he had a terrible Saturday at Genk but two 2nd places on Sunday has lifted him to 6th overall, can he carry that form into Ostricourt?
Juniors is always a hard class to call mainly due to it's size and strength in depth. At Genk there were close fights between Dylan Buys and Danny Kroes all weekend at the front so I suppose they would go down as immediate favourites for Ostricourt. However the Brit Jordan Brown-Nutley has won at this very track already this season in the BMC and will be looking to recover from his poor first round. Lars Olofsen and Jagesar Leroy both improved throughout the weekend at Genk whilst the Brits Sullivan and Ide are certainly capable of podiums. However there's always a one to watch and my tip for Ostricourt is Adam Eteki. He's on his home track and has been hugely impressive around the other Rotax European Championships this season.
If you were going to look at the current Championship standings as a form guide for this class then you can forget it! Fair enough Max Timmermans deserved his win at Genk but he is going to have some stiff competition including the likes of Saturday winner Hoogenboom and Ferdinand-Simmenauer. Rinus Van-Kalmthout off the back of his podium in Casteletto could be one to watch as could Alana Taylor who always seems to go well in the BNL. Dylan Lahaye was an exciting watch at Genk and Dave Blom has all the capabilities if at least a top 5. However looking at the entries there is one man that sticks out that I think may be a tough one to beat and that is the American Oliver Askew. He had a terrible Saturday at Genk but proved what he's really capable on Sunday by finishing 2nd.
In my eyes this meeting is going to be a straight fight for victory all weekend between the Hungarian Ferenc Kanscar and Brit Barrie Pullinger. The Hungarian is the current championship leader after winning three out of the four finals at Genk. The Brit however had terrible trouble with engines and will be on a mission to improve on his current championship position, 22nd. As for the best of the rest well that will probably be between Van Riet, Lievens and Montfoort. In the Masters it's going to be a tough one to call between Tamsin Germain, Jim Ringelberg and Christophe Adams.
Info BNL - Chris MccCarthy