The second and final Competition of the CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship is coming up on 4th and 5th October at Val de Vienne, an essential circuit in France, but new for most participants. Nothing is settled with regards to the title and the battle promises to be very tight, especially between Adam Kout and Emmanuel Vinuales.
Historically, the circuit of Val de Vienne, between Limoges and Poitiers, has hosted a World Superkart Championship, then called Formula E in 1993, which was won by Dutchman Perry Grondstra. The number of entries has decreased slightly since the Assen Competition which saw an extraordinary level. The quest for the title is very open, especially as only the best three scores of the possible four will be counted. The 32 drivers racing at Val de Vienne form a very even group with the seedings from recent years and recent revelations. The French make up the largest delegation while the British can count on Gavin Bennett, Liam Morley and Lee Harpham, the European Champion in 2012, who missed out the Dutch round. The many free practice sessions will allow everyone to optimise their set-up and to learn the track.
Two drivers start with a good prognosis: Adam Kout (MSKart / DEA), the current leader, was imperial in Assen during the first race. In the lead before the final lap of the second race, he uses a first generation DEA engine and an MsKart updates by the factory who have made a positive change. His main rival should be the French driver Emmanuel Vinuales (Anderson / DEA), although the latter has already used his "joker" because of a failure on the grid in race one at Assen. Masterful in the second race, he again demonstrated his great speed. But he will be the one under pressure as he needs to win a race and finish ahead of his opponent in the other on a circuit he enjoys moderately.
Although attention is focused on these two headliners, the fact remains that three drivers are still in contention for the title. Arjan Kievitsbosch (MSKart / VM) in his first European campaign, is second overall ahead of Vinuales by 8 points. Peter Elkmann (European Champion 2008), another benchmark driver at VM, is always at the forefront since returning to Superkart. Finally, the triple champion Gavin Bennett (Anderson / DEA) experienced difficulties in the Netherlands, but is not one to give up.
Other talented drivers will have the opportunity to aim for the podium, including Henrik Lilja (PVP / PVP), Marcel Maasmann (Anderson / FPE), second in the 2012 Championship, the German Andreas Jost who was a revelation in 2014 (Anderson / VM), Liam Morley (Anderson / DEA) who had a superb run at Assen, or Alexandre Sebastia (Champion of France 2013) equipped with his new engine (DEA) and who often excels at Val de Vienne.
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Forgetting the complicated event at Magny-Cours, Dorian Boccolacci got back on track with podiums last weekend at Nogaro, the fifth of seven Championship events of French F4. More aggressive than ever, the young driver from Var achieved a consistently high level of performance to finish in the wheeltracks of the winner in race three while achieving the fastest lap. Second twice and fourth once, he closed the gap that separates him from second place in the Championship with a strengthened mind.
Quiet during practice, Dorian was in evidence from qualifying onwards, setting the second fastest time, just two tenths off pole, while his other opponents were behind. This session would predict the course of the meeting at sunny Nogaro. While Sorensen got away hopelessly in the lead of the first race on Saturday morning, Dorian managed his tyre wear comfortably for his second place despite a car that still needed perfecting, well ahead of the pack with the second fastest time of the race. Careful at the start of Race 2, where he started from the fifth row due to the reverse grid for the top 10 of the previous race, Dorian upped the pace at the halfway point and kept the pressure up until the finish line, and was rewarded with a good 4th place.
In the last race on Sunday morning Dorian showed his potential the best. His new strategy was bearing fruit and he was able to keep up with the leader for 14 laps. On the lookout for the slightest error from Sorensen, he seemed threatening on the last lap and ended up 5/10 only away, while the pack was over 14' behind.
"I reached my goal at Nogaro," explained the young French driver. "I was much more competitive than at Magny-Cours, which is very positive. In the first race, I finished second, but Sorensen was a long way ahead. We fixed some problems on my car and I was able to keep in touch in the third race. I was even faster than the winner, but I did not take any risks to attack. The fastest time in the final race of the weekend is a great satisfaction because it proves that my driving is now adapted to the F4 and Kumho tyres. The championship victory is no longer reasonably possible, but I will devote myself to conquering the second step of the podium in the next two events."
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En tant que motoriste attitré du team RFM, le péparateur danois Ole Haugard a logiquement été associé au double sacre mondial de Lando Norris et Enaam Ahmed lors du Championnat du Monde KF et KF-Junior d'Aunay-les-Bois. En signe de victoire, ce n'est ni une coupe, ni une bouteille de champagne que monsieur One Engines a brandie, mais bien une paire de moteurs, et pas n'importe lesquels puisqu'il s'agit des Vortex victorieux.
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Grandi numeri alla prima prova del 24.mo Trofeo d’Autunno al South Garda Karting di Lonato con ben 210 piloti in pista, di cui 175 in gara per il Campionato Regionale Lombardia ACI-CSAI (record nazionale) e 35 piloti in lizza per la Finale Nazionale dell’X30 Challenge Iame.
Un altro successo quindi per la pista di Lonato, che fra l’altro per questo evento ha anche inaugurato una parte nuova del paddock completamente asfaltata, con un nuovo parcheggio custodito, nuovi servizi e un parco chiuso rinnovato, anche in vista dell’importante doppio evento di fine stagione: la finale internazionale Rok Cup del 25 ottobre e il 42.mo Trofeo delle Industrie del 9 novembre.
Fra i presenti all’avvenimento anche Jarno Trulli che sta avviando al karting il figlio Enzo di 9 anni, che però ha preso parte solamente alle prove del sabato. “Stiamo solamente provando – ha detto sabato Jarno Trulli mentre stava assistendo il figlio nel paddock di Lonato – ancora abbiamo bisogno di un po’ di tempo prima di affrontare una competizione.” Il campione di Formula 1 è tornato alle gare giusto quest’anno in Formula E, dopo aver gareggiato in F1 dal 1997 al 2011 e con grandi trascorsi in karting con una vittoria nel Campionato del Mondo nel 1991 in Formula K.
Nel primo dei due weekend del 24mo Trofeo d’Autunno (il secondo si disputerà il 19 ottobre) il ricco programma ha visto la presenza di 15 categorie, dalla più piccola 60 Baby alla più prestazionale KZ2. Ad aggiudicarsi la finale più attesa, quella della KZ2 con 23 piloti al via, è stato Massimo Dante su Maranello-Tm, dominatore della gara dopo aver fatto segnare la pole position e aver vinto anche la Prefinale, piegando la resistenza di Riccardo Longhi (CRG-Tm) e del compagno di colori Nicola Gnudi.
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