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18/02/14 - 08:30

Les années karting de Senna

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Le site canadien auto123.com publie un bel article sur les années karting d'Ayrton Senna à partir des informations de première main de Lionel Froissart, entre autres chroniqueur de la F1 à Libération.

 

"À la fin des années 70, Froissart, jeune reporter, courait en karting, prenait des photos et rédigeait des textes. C’est à cette époque qu’il a rencontré le jeune Ayrton Senna pour la première fois.

« C’était en septembre 1978 sur la piste de karting du Mans à l’occasion du Championnat du monde de la catégorie Inter 100cc », nous raconte Froissart. Je n’avais jamais entendu parler de lui auparavant. Mais lors des essais de carburation, tenus tôt jeudi matin, j’ai repéré son casque jaune dans le nuage de fumée des échappements. ‘C’est qui, ce mec ?’ me suis-je demandé...»

 

La suite est à lire sur www.auto123.com. La lecture du blog de Lionel Froissart, Bords de Piste, est par ailleurs chaudement recommandée aux passionnés de F1 appréciant un regard sans complaisance sur la discipline.

 

 

Info Kartcom - auto123.com / © Photo Lionel Froissart


International > Winter Cup

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On peut s'attendre à un temps couvert et pluvieux sur Lonato jusqu'à samedi matin, puis à un beau soleil pour les finales dimanche avec des températures raisonnables autour de 10°C. C'est tout au moins ce qu'indiquent les prévisionnistes chevronnés pour l'instant.

 

Ce qui est plus sûr, c'est que les essais libres de la 19e Winter Cup débuteront mercredi 19, 1x10' et 3x15' et se poursuivront sur le même rythme jeudi 20. Une dernière séance de 10 est programmée vendredi 21 avant 15' d'essais libres officiels et 8' de chronos à partir de 13h40. La journée s'achèvera par une manche KZ2 et deux manches KFJ.

 

Samedi 22 février

Warm-up de 8h00 à 9h55

Manches qualificatives de 10h00 à 17h35.

 

Dimanche 23 février

Warm-up de 8h30 à 10h45

Repêchage de 11h10 à 12h05

Préfinales de 13h30 à 14h45

Finales de 15h00 à 16h40

 

 

Info Kartcom / © Photo archives KSP


Team > NICOLINO Sport

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Pilote remarqué en Rotax ces dernières années, Thomas Benisri a choisi de mettre de côté sa carrière pour exercer dorénavant sa passion de manière professionnelle. Formé à l'école Sodi, titulaire d'un BPJPS, il est en charge de l'équipe Nicolino Sport sur les circuits. Des entraînements aux courses, il prépare le matériel et fait profiter Henri-Jean et Maxime de son expérience de terrain pour leur offrir les meilleures conditions d'épanouissement.

 

Pour Jean-François Nicolino, papa des deux pilotes, le karting est une belle passion à partager en famille pour peu que l'on ne perde pas de vue ses priorités. Ce doit être une source de plaisir au sein d'une relation père/fils que peu d'autres activités favorisent à ce point. C'est aussi une très bonne école de la vie où la personnalité trouve un beau terrain de développement, mais les études resteront toujours prioritaires pour Henri-Jean et Maxime. 

 

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Info Kartcom / © Photo KSP


International > Rotax

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On Sunday Campillos (ES) witnessed en exciting final day of the fifth ROTAX Winter Cup. While the track was a little bit wet in the morning, it dried up just in time for the prefinal races. Even the sun showed up providing best conditions to the 34 finalists of each category. In the very end Sean Babington (DD2), Guillaume Berteaux (DD2 Masters), Yuri Vips (juniors) and Joseph Reilly (seniors) took deserved victories.

 

Pole sitter Sean Babington (Strawberry Racing) left no doubt in the prefinal. He did a perfect start boosting himself far ahead of his chasers. That was already half the battle for the Tonykart driver. From there on he easily controlled his lead up to the finish line. Behind the winner, Oriol Dalmau Caballero (Motor Club Deportivo Creixell was in second position for a few laps until he had to give way to Xen de Ruwe (ART Grand Prix) who saw the chequered flag in second position. As for the DD2 Masters Mikko Laine (DM Racing) could not confirm his excellent performance from the heats. He dropped back a lot of positions. On the other hand his opponent Florent Lambert (Tatum Racing) did a brilliant job. He was best of the Masters drivers and secured tenth place in the overall grid.

 

At the start of the final Babington defended his lead again, equally profiting by a slight collision involving Xen de Ruwe, who lost a lot of positions subsequently. So Oriol Dalmau Caballero seemed to be Babington's hardest rival, but the local hero had to retire from the race soon after. That was when Anthony Abbasse (Sodikart) came in. After being disqualified in the qualifying practice he caught up during the heats, took place four in prefinal and finally asserted himself in second place in the final. Yet the Frenchman was not able to challenge Babington seriously. In the end Babington celebrated a perfect and dominant weekend ahead of Abbasse and Andreas Backman (Strawberry Racing) from Sweden. In the Masters category prefinal winner Florent Lambert did a remarkable job again by finishing twelfth. Nevertheless Guillaume Berteaux (Kartagene) was slightly faster. Finishing only one position ahead of Lambert, Berteaux took the decisive final win.

 

Junior pole sitter Richard Verschoor (Team TKP) was the man setting the pace in the prefinal. He defended his lead while his hardest opponents Thomas Preining (Team TKP) and Juri Vips (Strawberry Racing) dropped back a few positions. Yet Verschoor had no walkthrough. Dave Wooder (Dan Holland Racing) and Max Timmermans (Dan Holland Racing) followed in the leader's slipstream. To the end of the race the fight became more heated: Wooder took the lead but Verschoor came up with a counterstrike. That made the following drivers catch up quickly, turning the leading group into a sextet for the final lap. In the end Verschoor kept his nerve and took the win ahead of Timmermans who was able to overtake Wooder on the last metres.

 

 

The junior's final quickly developed into a fight between Richard Verschoor, Dave Wooder, Juri Vips and Darren Keane (Strawberry Racing). Preining especially pushed very hard making his way through the pack. When the race approached the end the Austrian even captured the lead but his rivals did not give up at all. Verschoor tried to seize his chance in the last passages before the finish line while Preining did not give in. Both of them lost so much speed that it was Vips in third place who came up with a surprising manoeuvre and overtook the leading duo. By this last minute attack Vips took the final win. Verschoor still managed second place while Preining had to leave the third podium position to US driver Keane.

 

With a massive crash the seniors opened their prefinal. Most prominent victims of the larger pile-up were Philip Hamprecht Hamprecht (Strawberry Racing) and Michael Cool (Bouvin Power) who shared the second starting row. On the top Joseph Reilly (Strawberry Racing) and his teammate Guan Yu Zhou stayed untouched by the action and concentrated on their leading roles. But they were put under pressure by Aavo Talvar (Talvar Racing) and Connor Jupp. When it came to the final spurt positions began to change and especially Zhou proved to be tough. After taking the lead the former junior stood his ground until the finish line. Joseph Reilly took second position in front of Connor Jupp. Aavo Talvar had to give way to Jessica Backman (Strawberry Racing) who gave an impressive debut in the senior class.

 

The senior's final went off without a hitch and was quite unspectacular at the front. Zhou established himself in first position while Reilly followed in his slipstream. The leading duo soon had a comfortable gap to the rest of the grid and kept a sort of ceasefire until the end of the race. Two laps before the flag Reilly overtook Zhou successfully and did not leave his teammate any more chances for a counterstrike. Reilly saw the chequered flag closely ahead of Zhou. In third place Jessica Backman drove a solid and impressive race. A few seconds behind the leaders she completed a triple success for Strawberry Racing and was rewarded best international result ever.

 

 

Info & Photo RGMMC


Car > Italy

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The new Formula 4 Italia is getting into gear. As announced, the new tyre supplier was appointed yesterday: all the Formula 4 single-seater cars are going to race on Pirelli tyres during the forthcoming 2014 season.

 

Italy and its top technical knowledge on track.
The tyres of the Italian company from Milan have just filled the last slot of a top-quality technical context. The presence of Pirelli is added value to the mechanics of the engines assembled in Turin by Abarth and of the chassis manufactured in Concorezzo by Tatuus. The Italian Formula 4 is going to be an outstanding showcase for the Italian car-racing industry. WSK Promotion has joined in as the promoter of the first season of this brand-new category.

 

Why Pirelli? top quality and great advantages.
The regulations of the ACI-CSAI Formula 4 Italian Championship confirm its philosophy. In fact, the Championship aims at achieving excellent technical performance and, at the same time, at limiting the costs. In the firts place, appointing Pirelli has established a direct contact with Formula 1 - Pirelli is also the official F1 tyre supplier -. Then, last but not least, Pirelli tyres - expressly designed for the Italian single-seaters - have high qualitative standards and a reasonable price: a set of tyres costs 640.00 Euros plus VAT. Such a price meets the prescriptions of the regulations which allow - for each event - a set of fresh tyres and a set of used ones for the free practice session (only for the first round drivers will have two sets of fresh tyres). For the rest of the weekend, teams will have six fresh tyres (three rear and three front tyres) at their disposal, from qualifying until Race 3.

 

Entries to the Championship still open
In the meantime, the market of drivers and teams is in full swing. The slots of the 2014 are getting filled and teams are ready to announce their participation officially. Many foreign drivers have already joined the Championship.

 

 

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