Watch the changes in the hierarchy of the qualifying heats of the KF and KF-Junior World Championship at Essay, nothing could be easier with the unofficial intermediate ranking from Kartcom, updated after each finish, and then according to any penalties.
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# 34 – September 19th, 2014
The 2014 World CIK-FIA Championship, for the KF and KF Junior categories, has officially begun in France, in Basse Normandie. Aunay Les Bois, near the town of Essay, is home to the international circuit which hosts, this weekend, the 161 drivers taking part in the World Championship. The drivers to beat are the two new European Champions for KF KFJ: the English Callum Ilott, fifteen years old from Hertfordshire, and Enaam Ahmed, fourteen years old from London. They both aim at winning also the World Title to complete their outstanding season. The qualifying session started today. The times set in qualifying established the starting grids of the first heats, which will continue tomorrow for the whole day.
Nicklas Nielsen, time leader in KF.
Nobody was surprised when the Danish Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic-Vortex-Dunlop) set the fastest time in KF. This season, so far, he has been the toughest rival for Ilott. The Danish, thanks to his 49"093, was 26 milliseconds ahead of the English Lando Norris (FA Kart-Vortex-Dunlop) and 0"037 of the European Champion Callum Ilott (Zanardi-Parilla-Dunlop). The first three drivers seem ready for a great battle, while the Finnish Niko Kari is 4th with 49"196. Special mention also for the reigning champion, the English Tom Joyner (Zanardi-Parilla-Dunlop): in last year's Championship, in Bahrain, he showed he can achieve great recoveries and today he set the fifth time with 49"284.
Enaam Ahmed sets the fastest time in KFJ.
In KFJ, on the other hand, the Champion hit the target again: Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart-Vortex-Vega) beat into second place the Danish Casper Roes Andersen (Energy-TM-Vega) thanks to his 49"725, The Danish was only 62 milliseconds slower and also the gaps between the drivers behind the top duo are very narrow: the Russian Artem Petrov (DR-TM-Vega) and the Finnish Paavo Tonteri (Art GP-TM-Vega) are respectively 65 and 80 milliseconds behind. Ahmed confirmed to be in top condition also in the first heats: he won two of the four races run in the afternoon, while the other two heats were won by Petrov and the Swedish Noah Milell (Exprit-Vortex-Vega).
It's Champions time on TV
The appointment with the Finals of the two categories is on next Sunday. Pre-finals are scheduled in the morning, then the Finals in the afternoon. To follow every moment of the decisive races of the Championship, just tune into Motors TV (for broadcasting and tuning details go to www.motorstv.com), the TV channel dedicated to motorsport which - thanks to an agreement with the promoter WSK Promotion - will air the delayed broadcast of the Finals of both the categories (the appointment is on Sunday 21st at 07.30pm). The live streaming of the event is, as usual, available on www.cikfia.tv and www.cikfiachampionship.com. The two websites will cover Sunday's events from the drivers' parade to the podium ceremony of both the categories. The delayed broadcast of the Finals will be also available on Rai Sport 2, on Wednesday 24th at 05.40pm. On Friday 26th, always on Rai Sport 2, the special report with the recap of the World Championship in France, with highlights from the track and from the paddock.
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Four timed sessions were needed for the 89 competitors in KF-Junior at the World Championship at Essay. The first group didn't get track conditions as good as the others, starting after the break and the Handikart session with Mojo tyres. This may explain the 16th position for the leader, Benjamin Lessennes (Kosmic / Parilla). The fourth session was also not very fast with 9th place overall for its leader Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart / Parilla). Finally, the qualifying classification is somewhat , except for the pole sitter hierarchy.
Indeed, the European Champion Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart / Vortex) who set the fastest time of the entire class with 49''725 and 62 thousandths ahead of Casper Andersen Roes (Energy / TM) and 65 thousandths ahead of Artem Petrov (DR / TM). Paavo Tonteri (ART GP / TM) took fourth position ahead of Presley Martono (Tony Kart / Parilla) in 5th and Noah Milell (Exprit / Vortex) in 6th. There was a beautiful 7th place for the French driver Jules Bollier (Kosmic / Parilla) ahead of Mick Junior (Tony Kart / Vortex) in 8th, Lorandi 9th and Marta Garcia Lopez (Zanardi / LKE) 10th.
There was a slightly disappointing performance for Juan Correa (Energy / TM) in 23rd, Alexander Vartanyan (Tony Kart / Vortex) 25th, James Pull (Tony Kart / Vortex) 26th, David Beckmann (Tony Kart / Parilla) 31st, Daniel Ticktum (Zanardi / Parilla) 32nd, Devlin Defrancesco (Tony Kart / Vortex) 35th, Gabriel Sereia (Exprit / Vortex) 36th and Kenny Roosens (Kosmic / Parilla) 46th. Of the French, behind Bollier, there is Alessandro Brozzoni (PCR / TM) in a remarkable 45th position reflecting his progress, Tristan Carpenter (Birel / TM) not bad at all in 49th position, Tom Leuillet (Birel / TM) 62nd, Nathan Hédouin (Sodi / TM) 69th, Giuliano Alesi (Tony Kart / Parilla) 73rd, Gabin Leuillet (Birel / TM) 81st, Charles Milesi (Tony Kart / Parilla) 87th and Alban Nerguti (Tony Kart / Parilla) 89th.
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It was a tight battle in the legendary Normandy sun over the three sessions of qualifying for the KF World Championship at Essay. There was no real difference in the track conditions: the top three were first in each session. Already fastest in free practice, Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic / Vortex) continued his dominance during qualifying with the fastest time of the class, 49''093 and 26 thousandths better than Lando Norris (FA Kart / Vortex) and 137 thousandths ahead of Callum Ilott (Zanardi / Parilla). Niko Kari (Tony Kart / Vortex) took 4th place ahead of Tom Joyner (Zanardi / Parilla) in 5th, Felice Tiene (CRG / Parilla) 6th, Karol Basz (Tony Kart / Vortex) 7th, Sasakorn Chaimongkol (FA Kart / TM) a surprising 8th, Gabriel Aubry (Tony Kart / Vortex) 9th and the top French driver and then Nikita Mazepin (Tony Kart / Vortex) in 10th.
Paolo Besancenez (Tony Kart / TM) set the second fastest time in his group and is ranked 13th overall, Nicolas Gonzales (Kosmic / Parilla) 15th, Julien Darras (ART GP / TM) 29th, Paul Evrard (Kosmic / Vortex) 46th, and Alexandre Gadois (Kosmic / Parilla) 55th. In contrast to some of the amazing performances, there was also 65th for Ben Hanley (ART GP / TM), 54th for Riccardo Negro (Top Kart / Parilla) after a shortened session, 41st for Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG / Parilla) and to a lesser extent the 26th fastest time for Alessio Lorandi (Tony Kart / Parilla).
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The storm in the night rinsed the Essay track for the second and final day of free practice for the 2014 KF-Junior World Championship, and the weather remained uncertain in the morning before turning nice and warm again. The order has changed significantly since yesterday. Gabriel Sereia (Exprit / Vortex) is credited with the fastest lap of the class with 49''793 ahead of Jannes Fittje (Kosmic / Vortex), Casper Andersen Ros (Energy / TM), Julius Lassen (Energy / TM), Alex ( DR / TM) and Kenny Roosens (Kosmic / Parilla), the protégé of Alain Boumal, who is very much still in the running.
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