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Evenement National > Belgique

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Après l'ouverture de Mariembourg et le déplacement à Ostricourt, c'est à Amay que se déroulera la troisième manche du Championnat de la Communauté Française de Karting. Entre les apprentis-champions et ceux qui assouvissent leur passion du pilotage en karting, ils devraient être plus de 70 dimanche à se disputer les victoires sur un circuit toujours atypique.

 

Il est aujourd'hui le plus ancien tracé de karting en Belgique. Perché sur les hauteurs d'Amay, le circuit des Mirlondaines représente forcément un pan de l'histoire de la discipline en Wallonie. Combien de champions aujourd'hui reconnus au plus haut niveau du sport automobile ne sont pas passés un jour par Amay ? Quand ils n'y ont pas débuté leur carrière !

 

Plus court, plus étroit et plus sinueux que les circuits modernes, Amay est, selon les dires de nombreux spécialistes, une excellente école. Sur ce tracé très technique, le pilote n'a pas le droit à l'erreur et les dépassements y sont probablement un peu plus délicats qu'ailleurs. Autant de commentaires qui rappellent ceux des pilotes de Formule 1 à propos du Grand Prix de... Monaco. Et si le glamour du port méditerranéen n'est pas sur les hauteurs d'Amay, il est remplacé par une convivialité rendant toujours cette épreuve un peu particulière.

 

Dimanche, c'est un Championnat de la Communauté Française en plein essor qui fera escale sur le circuit des Mirlondaines lors d'une épreuve organisée par le Amay Cobra Karting Club. Et si certains habitués ne seront pas de la partie, notamment à cause de la concurrence du Championnat de France, cette étape marquant la moitié du championnat s'annonce intéressante à plus d'un titre.


Lire le communqiué complet ci-dessous. Les résultats seront disponibles sur www.kpevent.net

 

 

Info Amay Cobra / © Photo Thomas Bastin

 


Team > DR RACING France

Avec des hauts, des bas, le kart, c'est comme la vie, mais en concentré. Des bas, des hauts, c'est un peu l'histoire du team DR Racing Kart au Val d'Argenton en WSK, mais sans K.O., comme dirait Danilo. Attention, c'est parti pour une saga qui ne manque pas de relief, avec, par ordre d'apparition: les châssis DR Racing en tant que stars de l'asphalte, Pascal Belmaaziz - KF2 Parilla - dans le rôle du cascadeur même pas mal, Brice De Gaye - KZ2 Maxter - dans le rôle du Gentleman Driver qui en veut et Riccardo Negro - KZ2 TM - dans le rôle du jeune premier. Moteur !

 

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Bas, les temps de Pascal et Brice dans les essais libres, parmi les trois meilleurs.
Bas, le sol quand Pascal chute.
Bas, un pilote qui pulvérise Brice en finale alors qu'il remontait en 8ème place à mi-course, partant du fond de la grille.
Bas, les temps de Pascal, parti prudemment de la dernière ligne lors de la manche fatidique et déjà 14ème au bout de trois tours.

 

Haut, le vol de Pascal quelques instants plus tard.
Haut, le moral du pilote malgré 3 ou 4 semaines d'arrêt.
Haut, le triomphe de Riccardo samedi en finale 1.
Haut toujours, le podium de Riccardo dimanche.
Haut, haut, un Riccardo en tête du championnat.
Haut le moral du team DR pour la suite...

 

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Pour participer à la Saga DR Racing Kart France, c'est par là.

 

 

Info Kartcom, d'après une idée originale de Philippe Lauriot / © Photos KSP


International > GPO Karting

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En l'absence de Pascal Belmaaziz blessé au Val d'Argenton, l'affrontement des KF2 va concerner les Français Paul Boutonnet (Tony Kart/Parilla) et Valentin Moineault (Tony Kart/Vortex) remarqués à Varennes, l'expérimenté Vincent Fraïsse (Sodi/Parilla) ravi de retrouver les avant-postes, tandis que le Monégasque Charles Leclerc (ART GP/Parilla), leader du classement provisoire, fera figure de référence internationale. On pourrait également assister eu retour de la Belgique avec Thibaut Haublin (Kosmic/Vortex), Guillaume De Ridder (Komsic/Vortex) remis de sa blessure à la main et Sébastien Bailly (Swiss Hutless/TM) sur un matériel en plein développement.

 

 

Info FFSA / © Photo KSP


International Event > WSK Euro Series

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Samuel Oram-Jones put in a strong performance in the second round of the 2012 WSK Euro Series at Val d'Argenton in France last weekend and left with another pre-final top-five finish under his belt.
Sammy, who has progressed to KF3 this year - the highest level of karting for 13-16 year-olds - went into the weekend with his confidence high, and despite having to learn the track, he was one of the quickest in practice and was at the top end of the times throughout in his Millennium Motorsport-run kart.
The Milton Keynes-based youngster was targeting a place in the superpole in qualifying, but unfortunately got held up on his best lap. He still did enough though to be placed 20th out of the 58 competitors and was well positioned going into the four heats.

Indeed he ended up taking a fourth, a seventh and two tenths in his heats and was pleased with his form.

"I was happy with my pace in practice," Sammy said. "Qualifying then went pretty well and although we had to settle for 20th, after I got blocked on my quickest lap, it was still a solid session and it meant we started quite far up the grid for the heats and could get some good results.
"It was a bit messy at the start in two of the heats where I finished tenth, but the other two went more smoothly."

In the pre-final, Sammy was right up at the front and matched the fifth place he achieved at Sarno last month, earning him another eight valuable points and increasing his tally in the WSK Euro Series to 16. Unfortunately the final didn't go so well, however, and after being deliberately knocked off at the start the 14-year-old finished 20th.

"In the final I made it through the first corner, but in the second I got hit along with another driver in front of me," Sammy explained. "That dropped me back and well we were still quick, we were battling throughout and so it was hard to set really good times."

"The result from the pre-final though, was very encouraging. We had good pace to be up at the front and got a good result."

"Overall it was a positive weekend. We were up in the thick of it in nearly every race we were in, which is good, especially as this was my first time at this track."


"A big thank-you to Millennium too - they have really helped me to do well in the WSK rounds we have had so far. We were happy with the equipment all weekend. It was very good."

Sammy now heads to Whilton Mill this coming weekend for the second round of the Super One MSA TKM Series (May 12-13). He then has a bit of a break, before going to La Conca in Italy next month for the third and penultimate round in the 2012 WSK Euro Series (June 23-24).

"I am hoping to do well at Whilton Mill,"
Sammy continued. "I know the track very, very well and I will be going for a top-three in both finals."

Sammy's father and manager, Emil, meanwhile felt his son had done a good job at Val d'Argenton.

"Sammy got some really strong results and he was never outside the top-ten in his heats," Emil added. "He had the pace and was constantly fast, even though the track was new to him."

"He drove really well and it was just unfortunate he got knocked off in the final. It was obviously only his second ever WSK meeting though, and I was happy with his progress."


"He still has a lot to learn. But given it is our first season racing against the best in Europe, many of whom have been racing at this level for a couple of years, I think to be 14th in the WSK Euro Series Championship standings at this stage is a good achievement."

 

 

Info Rob Wilkins / © Photo KSP


International Event > PRAGA

The 2nd round of the WSK Euro Series was raced on the Val d'Argenton circuit, in France.

Praga Kart goes home with a 3rd place in final 2 of the KZ1, and is in the game for the Championship...

 

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The KZ1 of the WSK Euro Series features the world's best drivers and karts: Patrik Hajek and his Praga Kart, thanks to 3rd place claimed in Final 2, prove they can race with the best. Hajek is 7th in timed qualifying on Saturday and in Final 1 is forced to leave due to a contact. But on Sunday he goes wild and, after a great recovery in the second heat from 18th to 5th, in Final 2 he scores 2nd best lap time and ends in 4th place due to a contact, but is then given back 3rd place by the race judges. In the championship he is 8th in the general standings. Also in KZ1 is Bas Lammers: in the qualifyings he is 3rd best, then places 8th after the heats, and in Final 1 puts in fast laps to end a step from the podium, 4th. On Sunday he confirms his speed in the heats (5th, 7th) and claims 8th in Final 2, collecting important points for the championship: he is now 4th in the general standings.
Praga Kart was also present in KZ2. Martin Doubek, in Final 1 charges from the back and is 8th, then confirms the result in both heats on Sunday, to climb up to 6th in Final 2. He is now 3rd in the general standings.


Alexander Schmitz and Adam Janous are also stars of heat recoveries in the Finals: the first rises from the rear to 11th in Final 2, while the second in Final 1 does even better by claiming 5th.

 

 

Info Praga Kart / © Photo KSP


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