Pour son baptême du feu, le circuit de Lavilledieu et le club ardéchois du même nom ont réussi un coup de maître. Placé sous le signe de la coupe de marque X30 chère à l'usine italienne IAME, ce tout premier Championnat de France FFSA fut une grande réussite à tous les niveaux: piste baignée de soleil, organisation sérieuse et efficace, grande sportivité en piste et luttes incertaines pour les deux titres. Au final, le jeune et prometteur Yann Bouvier (X30 Senior) s'est imposé malgré une adversité très expérimentée, tandis que Gérard Cavalloni (X30 Master) accède enfin à sa première couronne nationale. En Rhône-Alpes, ces deux pilotes ont fêté leur premier titre en présence de l'enfant du pays Jean-Marc Gounon (pilote de Formule 1 dans les années 90) et de son fils Jules, actuel pilote en GT. Le programme du meeting a été complété par trois autres catégories du Challenge X30, qui disputaient leur finale nationale.
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At the CIK-FIA European Championship in Portimao (P) important victories for Joyner (GB - Zanardi-Parilla OK) and Martins (F - Kosmic-Parilla OKJ), with Handsaeme (B - Exprit-Vortex) victorious in the Academy Trophy. The highlights FROM Portimao on Motors TV next week.
The Finals in Portimao changed the standings of the European Championship. The race at the Kartodromo Internacional do Algarve was the last but one round of the European CIK-FIA Championship: it will be the last round, scheduled on last weekend of July at Genk in Belgium, to assign the titles of all categories. The OK was particularly eventful today (below, the photo of the start at the Final) and the final result said that there are still many drivers that can aim at achieving the title. Before the great Finale in Belgium, fans will be able to enjoy the highlights of the Portuguese weekend thanks to the new special TV report on Motors TV next week.
Weekend at the top for Joyner in OK.
On the last day of the event in Portimao, Tom Joyner (Zanardi-Parilla-Vega) put in a flawless performance and won the OK Final. The Englishman kept at bay another top driver, his fellow countryman Ben Hanley (Croc-TM). The latter - extremely fast today - remained always behind the Joyner and he never managed to attack his rival's leadership. This morning, the excellent Spanish driver Marta Garcia (EvoKart-Parilla) seemed to stand a great chance: she was the pole-sitter of the Pre-final and then, in the Final, she placed 4th. However, the real surprise was Joyner who won against all odds: he won the Final and grabbed the top position in the Championship standings, overtaking the Polish Karol Basz (Kosmic-Vortex). The podium of the Final (photo on top) was completed by the Spanish Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG-Parilla), third.
Martins wins OK Junior.
The French Victor Martins (Kosmic Parilla-Vega) won the OK Junior Final with flying colours. At the start he left his main rivals - the Norwegian Dennis Hauger (CRG-Parilla) and the Moroccan Sami Taoufik (FA Kart-Vortex) - behind and pulled away. During the final laps, the Brazilian Caio Collet (BirelArt-Parilla) achieved a great recovery which brought him to the second place, a result which repaid him of a rather troublesome weekend. Third place (above, the OKJ podium) , on the last lap, for the surprising Malaysian Abdul Muizzuddin (DR-TM). The Danish Noah Watt (Tony Kart-Vortex) keeps the head of the Championship.
Handsaeme always at the top in the Academy Trophy.
The Belgian Xavier Handsaeme put in a terrific performance in Portimao in the CIK-FIA Academy Trophy: he won the Final after overtaking the Lithuanian Kasparas Vaskelis. The latter did not manage to keep the second position and was third at the finsh, after he was overtook by the English Callum Bradshaw, who keeps the head of the Academy Trophy standings (on the podium in the photo above, all the drivers on Exprit-Vortex-Vega).
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The location in southern Portugal at the edge of the ocean and the summer climate of this beautiful end of June brought a pleasant holiday atmosphere to the Competition at Portimao. For the 152 drivers present, the visit to Portugal, however, was not easy. After intense racing full of twists in hot weather, new names were added to the list of the winners of the 2016 season, while the fight for the title was revitalised. Although Portimao was a turning point in the season, it opened up the CIK-FIA European Championship, the CIK-FIA European Junior Championship and CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy before their conclusion.
Both fast and technical, Portimao resulted in fierce struggles, punctuated by a few crashes or exits from the track, usually harmless. The presence of the removable front fairing fasteners nevertheless dampened down the excessive heat and few penalties were ultimately applied in this area. The rankings evolved over the three days of the official Competition and the winners were not necessarily those favoured by the tipsters before the start. Under continuous sunshine, the heat was fortunately tempered by a much appreciated moderate breeze and everyone was able to enjoy the show from the large terraces.
Handsaeme's victory in the Academy Trophy delays Bradshaw's crowning
Most of the 47 Academicians present at the Portimao Race were new to such hot conditions. The Belgian Xavier Handsaeme was at the front as soon Qualifying Practice started and he continued his momentum in the Qualifying Heats. But the return of the Briton Callum Bradshaw was confirmed with his victory in the Prefinal, with the Spaniard Rubén Saura Sabater taking 3rd place behind Handsaeme. Kasparas Vaskelis (LTU) sprang ahead in the Final while Bradshaw was relegated to 7th and Handsaeme returned to the lead from 4th position. The suspense was reinforced by the announcement of an investigation concerning the Belgian's start. The leader before halfway, Handsaeme simultaneously risked a penalty of three seconds, while being wary of the return of Bradshaw. He was in a brilliant 2nd position with three laps to go, but Handsaeme continued to widen the gap to cross the finish line 3.2 seconds ahead. He therefore maintained his victory despite the penalty, so Bradshaw climbed on the second step of the podium and Vaskelis on the third. Although Bradshaw remains well ahead in the standings, the Trophy is not yet fully his. Handsaeme is now neck and neck at the front with Hansen, Clarke and Nilsson, all launched in pursuit of the leader. The CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy will be decided at after the third Competition on the calendar in early September in Sweden.
Joyner the winner and new leader in OK
The CIK-FIA European Championship made a huge rebound thanks to the victory of Tom Joyner (Zanardi / Parilla / Vega). Always among the fastest since the first Competition at Zuera, Joyner hadn't yet won. While Marta Garcia Lopez (Evokart / Parilla / Vega) had dominated Qualifying Practice and the Qualifying Heats, the young Spanish driver experienced a decrease of pace early in the Prefinal. Ben Hanley (Croc Promotions / TM Racing / Vega), now recovered from his sore ribs, took the opportunity to finish in front of Joyner and Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG / Parilla / Vega). Hiltbrand was in the lead at the start of the Final, but both of the Britons passed him and Garcia Lopez came back to 4th position. Karol Basz (Kosmic / Vortex / Vega) lost a lot of time on the first lap and could finish no better than 11th. Joyner took the lead in the provisional standings from the Pole, and Logan Sargeant (FA Kart / Vortex / Vega) was back down to 5th place after several problems during this Competition.
OK-Junior: Martins wins, but Watt remains in control
Dominating on Saturday ahead of Oscar Piastri (FA Kart / Vortex / Vega) and Gillian Henrion (Kosmic / Vortex / Vega), Finlay Kenneally (FA Kart / Vortex / Vega) yielded victory to Victor Martins (Kosmic / Parilla / Vega) and Piastri in the Prefinals on Sunday morning. The young French rookie escaped from the start of the Final to give a great new victory to his team, already winner at Portimao last year, with more than seven seconds ahead and the fastest race lap. Kiern Jewiss (Exprit / Vortex / Vega) first led the chase, quickly replaced by Dennis Hauger (CRG / Parilla / Vega), but finally Caio Jotta Collet (Birel ART / Parilla / Vega) recovered 2nd place in a fierce struggle. Bin Abdul Gafar Mizzuddin Musyaffa (DR / TM Racing / Vega) was on the 3rd step of the podium in front of Hauger, Sami Taoufik (FA Kart / Vortex / Vega) finished 5th and Noah Watt (Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega) was 7th behind Hampus Eriksson ( Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega).
Collet and Blomqvist are now close to Watt in the Championship with Kenneally and Hauger completing the provisional top five.
The OK and OK-Junior Categories conclude their European titles in the company of KZ and KZ2 at Genk (BEL) at the end of July.
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La dernière course de la finale nationale X30 Junior est partie à 100 à l'heure, avec plusieurs jeunes pilotes groupés aux avant-postes. Loïc Berto (Praga) a pris la direction des opérations au départ, puis Enzo Lehmann (Praga) l'a relayée en tête.
Au plus fort de la bagarre, Alessandro Ghiretti (Exprit) choisissait les bonnes options et après quelques beaux dépassements, il se portait à la première place. Derrière lui, l'explication entre ses rivaux continuait, permettant à Ghiretti de filer vers la victoire.
Julian Kuwabara-Wagg (Sodi) se retrouvait quelques tours en deuxième position, avant que Lehmann ne lui reprenne cette position convoitée. Loïc Berto sentait que le podium était à sa portée, mais Kuwabara-Wagg réagissait et sauvait le top-3.
Hugo Juvin (Tony Kart) profitait de ce duel pour se faufiler de justesse en 4e position devant Berto, le Réunionnais Reshad De Gerus (Tony Kart) et Hugo Roch (Tony Kart), qui espérait mieux après de bonnes qualifications.
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Déjà vainqueur de la préfinale, Willy Runget (Exprit) a poursuivi sur sa lancée dans la course décisive et a inscrit son nom au palmarès de la première Finale Nationale X30 Vétérans (plus de 45 ans). Pierre Allemand (Oberon) a tout donné, mais n'a pas été en mesure de porter une attaque sur le leader.
Il faut dire que Lallemand a également dû contrôler un duo qui évoluait dans son sillage et composé de Yannick Le Moing (Kosmic) et Rodolphe Jacomelli (Tony Kart). Celui-ci échoue de peu au pied du podium. Akim Ait-Ouaret (Tony Kart) a terminé isolé en 5e position devant Patrick Rambaud (Exprit), Jean-Yves Pastor (Tony Kart) et Mathieu Monier (Energy).
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