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The 2014 European CIK-FIA Championship ended two weeks ago, with the titles won by the two British drivers Callum Ilott (Zanardi-Parilla-Dunlop) and Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart-Vortex-Vega) in KF and KFJ, but it is already time for a new, thrilling event. To join the competition in one of the most important event of the season, teams and drivers left the PF International in England, crossed the Channel and arrived in Normandy, in Essay (F). The town is the home of the 1,215 metres of the Circuit International d’Aunay Les Bois, which next weekend will host the World CIK-FIA Championship for KF and KFJ. It is going to be a demanding weekend for the 169 entrants: they will have to face a long selection, beginning with Friday's qualifying practice and Saturday’s heats. The pretenders to the World Title will challenge each other on Sunday’s Finals. Fans cannot miss this single round appointment in France.

World Championship in France on video.
The broadcasting of the race will be available live in streaming on and on Sunday 21st. On Wednesday 24th, on Rai Sport 2, is scheduled the delayed broadcast of the Finals and, on Friday 26th, the special report from Essay, with all the crucial moments of the event.

The protagonists in France.
Drivers coming from all around the world are ready to battle to grab the title: they aim at succeeding the British Tom Joyner (Zanardi-Parilla-Dunlop) and the Italian Alessio Lorandi (Tony Kart-Parilla-Dunlop), the reigning KF and KFJ Champions, crowned last year at the final round in Bahrain. This year, the Italian driver moved to KF and, after a brilliant beginning of season with excellent results in the European Championship, he is eager to achieve victory again. He aims at taking away the Championship crown from Joyner's head who, by the way, has not achieved as much as he expected so far. However, Joyner is well determined and ready to defend the title, even though there are many drivers who stand a good chance of winning the event in France. Among them, the British Callum Ilott  (Zanardi- Parilla-Dunlop). and Lando Norris (FA Kart- Vortex-Dunlop) and the Danish Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic-Vortex-Dunlop), just to mention the three drivers who scored the podium positions in the European Champs.


In KFJ, too, the line-up is packed with talented drivers, beginning with the first three positions of the European Championship, scored by the British Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart-Vortex-Vega), the German Mick Junior (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) and the American Devlin Defrancesco (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega). Among the youngest drivers of the KFJ, many other names are ready to make themselves conspicuous: drivers such as the Swedish Anton Haaga (Kosmic-LKE) and the Italian Lorenzo Travisanutto (PCR-TM), who both won one of the rounds of 2014 European Championship. There are great expectations for a gripping and full of surprises show in the North of France this weekend.


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International > World Karting Championship

A double CIK-FIA World Karting Championship will be held from September 17th to 21st in France, where nearly 170 Drivers from 34 countries and 5 continents will gather at Essay to attack the title in most prestigious categories of KF and KF-Junior. The Competition promises to be of an intensity which is rarely equaled as the two World Champions will be crowned after the final race on Sunday afternoon. Although we know who the favourites are, the format of the World Competition ensures the possibility of surprises at the chequered flag.




2014 marks a return to tradition for the CIK-FIA World Championships. The non-gearbox karting category, KF, has not had a single World Competition since Kozlinski was crowned in Macau in 2009, after five Championship Competitions in 2011 and two in the 2012 and 2013 seasons, the most prestigious Competition of the year will take place this year over a single weekend at the International Circuit Aunay-les-Bois / Essay. The large amount of entries, including in KF, compared with several previous years' Competitions, indicates that the CIK-FIA choice of a single Competition for the World Championship was the correct one. Moreover, recent adjustments to the CIK-FIA Sporting Regulations have contributed to this great success.


The French track, of 1,220 metres, offers a rather unusual challenge which requires good technical skills, both on the part of the drivers and of the teams. The KF-Junior Drivers (13 to 15) will compete in their second World Championship on Norman soil.


The Essay Competition will also host the Historic Super Cup, a demonstration of perfectly preserved old karts, a living testimony to the history of the sport which recently celebrated it's fiftieth anniversary. The 1st Handikart International Trophy will also be part of the programme, an exceptional sporting confrontation which commands respect.


To get an idea of the forces involved, an analysis of the ranking of the CIK-FIA European KF Championship, which has just concluded in Britain, provides a good foundation. The overall win for the British Driver Callum Ilott (Zanardi-Parilla-Dunlop) makes him the favourite at Essay, but the European results for Denmark's Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic-Vortex-Dunlop) and the Briton Lando Norris (FA Kart-Vortex- Dunlop) suggests a good battle. Other drivers could take revenge or assert their potential. Among the most experienced, the defending champion, Briton Tom Joyner (Zanardi-Parilla-Dunlop), seems well equipped to withstand the pressure and win, as does the Italian Felice Tiene (CRG-Parilla-Dunlop) and the Polish Karol Basz (Tony Kart-Vortex-Dunlop). Some French drivers have the ambition to shine at home, enjoying a good knowledge of the track: Gabriel Aubry (Tony Kart-Vortex-Dunlop), Paolo Besancenez (Tony Kart-TM-Dunlop) and Julien Darras (ART GP-TM-Dunlop) carry the highest hopes. But they are not alone in seeking to do battle for the title. The list of contenders must also include the Finn Niko Kari (Tony Kart-Vortex-Dunlop), Italian Alessio Lorandi (Tony Kart-Parila-Dunlop), the World Champion KF-Junior in 2013, the Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG-Parilla-Dunlop) or the Dutchman Martijn Van Leeuwen (Zanardi-Parilla-Dunlop). We cannot overlook the chances of the British Driver Ben Hanley (ART GP-TM-Dunlop) or the Spaniard Carlos Jorge Pescador (Praga-Parilla-Dunlop), third in the 2009 European KF2 Championship at Essay. Finally, there are four female drivers, which is rare in this category, and the return to non-gearbox karts for the gearbox specialist, the Italian Riccardo Negro (Top Kart-Parilla-Dunlop).


There will not be far off a hundred Drivers in KF-Junior at the start of their CIK-FIA World Championship. Again, it is hard not to look at the results of the CIK-FIA European Championship for the hierarchy before Essay. The Briton Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart-Vortex-Vega) won against the German Mick Junior (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) who was increasingly combative, while the American Devlin Defrancesco (Tony Kart-Vortex- Vega), very fast early in the season, had to settle for 3rd place. Experienced, but maybe a little too big now, the Briton Daniel Ticktum (Zanardi-Parilla-Vega) is nevertheless a serious contender against the young guns, German David Beckmann (Tony Kart-Parilla-Vega ), American Logan Sargeant (FA Kart-Vortex-Vega), Russian Alexander Vartanyan (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) and the Briton Max Fewtrell (FA Kart-Vortex-Vega). Unlucky at European level, several drivers have the potential to do more than the numbers suggest. This is the case for the Italians Lorenzo Travisanutto (PCR-TM-Vega) and Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart-Parilla-Vega), the American Juan Correa (Energy-TM-Vega) and the Belgian Benjamin Lessennes (Kosmic-Parilla -Vega). The Competition seems very open and lively for the Juniors and it is not impossible that an outsider could win the Final.



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Professionnel de la formation de pilotes, David Zollinger peut se montrer satisfait à juste titre de l'évolution de ses protégés alors que l'on vient tout juste de franchir le cap de la mi-saison.

« Que ce soit avec John Filippi en WTCC (deuxième pilote le plus jeune de l'histoire à marquer des points au championnat du Monde), Fabien Thuner en Carrera Cup allemande, Lucas Frayssinet en Caterham, vainqueur le week-end dernier de ses deux premières courses, ou Timothé Buret, ça marche sur tous les fronts pour les pilotes Driving Koncept ! » se réjouit le boss, David Zollinger. « Timothé connaît actuellement une belle accélération aussi bien en monoplace - il a gagné à Dijon en Formule Renault - , qu'en Sport Proto avec un excellente 2e place à Motorland Aragon. »




C'est vrai que les projecteurs s'attardent en ce moment sur Timothé. Le jeune Montpélliérain de 19 ans a eu la chance de pouvoir tester à Donignton une Spark-Renault, la voiture de la toute nouvelle série électrique Formula E de la FIA, grâce aux bonnes relations de David Zollinger avec l'écurie Campos avec laquelle John Filippi débute en WTCC. Timothé a également effectué tout récemment des essais en Formula Mazda aux Etas-Unis avec le Team Champion 2014, Juncos Racing (photos ci-dessus). Voilà comment Driving Koncept s'occupe de l'avenir de ses poulains.

Mais le gros du travail se fait bien sûr en piste ou sur simulateur. « A Lédenon, ou ailleurs, je travaille tous les aspects du pilotage avec mes pilotes. Le but est de leur donner les clés pour comprendre le comportement d'une voiture de course, quelle qu'elle soit. Je suis convaincu qu'il faut les armer le mieux possible pour relever les challenges qui les attendent. C'est particulièrement vrai pour les jeunes qui débutent en monoplace après une carrière en karting. La pression est très forte pour réussir le plus vite possible. Mais ce n'est pas toujours évident. Le pilotage d'une monoplace est loin d'être inné. Avec de bonnes explications et une solide mise en pratique, on peut gagner beaucoup de temps tant en évitant de se décourager. Voilà l'optique dans laquelle j'entraîne de nombreux jeunes pilotes. »

Logiquement intéressé par ce qui se passe en karting, de retour d'Indianapolis, David Zollinger se rendra à Essay mardi et mercredi lors des prochains Championnats du Monde KF et KF-Junior, avant de s'envoler pour le Sachsenring retrouver Fabien Thuner et la Carrera Cup allemande. ou contacter David Zollinger au +33 688 578 740. Retrouvez le communiqué de présentation de Driving Koncept ci-dessous.



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Press > TKart

15/09/14 - 10:22

TKart Digital #17



European Champions: KFJ, KZ, KZ2, KF! 


TKART Digital Issue 17 is dedicated to the new European Champions , the drivers who beat the competition over four rounds for the KF and the KFJ and three for the KZ and KZ2 and took the title. TKART is not just about Europe, though. In fact, we went to the USA to bring you Alessandro Bressan's Track Guide to Florida's Ocala circuit and to Russia to keep an eye on a promising young talent.



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