The first Competition of the 2014 CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship takes place at Assen from 1st to 3rd August, at the traditional meeting of the "Gamma Racing Day." This legendary and popular event, always attracts a large audience, with a show this year including Red Bull F1 with the expected presence of Jean-Eric Vergne. This season, the championship is run over only two events, Assen (Netherlands) and Val de Vienne (France). The number of entries is nearly 50, with 12 nations represented, which is a very good season. The British, French and Netherlands delegations, the biggest, all have the same number of Drivers.
The favourites are to found among Drivers used to European confrontations. Uncertainty remains about the readiness of each of them, who have had more or less time in national races. The rise of the new generation of engines from VM expands the possibilities who might appear at the top. We should see exceptional Drivers among those on DEA against those on the new VM, a fight mediated by the factory PVPs.
Among the frontrunners, three Drivers have won titles: the British Driver Gavin Bennett (2007 - 2009 and 2010), the French Emmanuel Vinuales (2011 and 2013) and the German Peter Elkmann (2008). Elkmann is already very sharp, he performed well in Germany (German Series) and France where he is the provisional championship leader. The spearhead of the MSKart / VM karts will be under the expanded awning of Karting Team Paradise. Bennett (Anderson / DEA) has prepared at home, he always displays unfailing motivation and has won with the new cylindered DEA on its inaugural release, but he was beaten in mid-July by Carl Hulme for the British title in Division 1. Vinuales (Anderson / DEA) will be fast but his lack of running this year means he will go straight into the Assen race. Luckily he likes the circuit. Two other competitors could also be seen as favourites. The Czech Adam Kout is the benchmark driver at MSkart and took 3rd place last year, retaining his DEA. He is on the best form with 6 victories in the German series and he has a nice card to play in the 2014 CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship. The Dane Henrik Lilja, the driver for Poul V. Petersen (PVP), often manages to join the candidates for the podium and seems ready.
To these five recognized contenders, we must add several more candidates. Notably, Arjan Kievitsboch, the Dutch KZ driver has always shone on his rare appearances in Superkart and returns this season as part of the Karting Paradise team. His compatriot Marcel Maasmann (Anderson / FPE) will receive the full attention of the Redspeed team in the absence of the 2012 Champion Lee Harpham.
Other probable outsiders are Liam Morley (Anderson / DEA), who in his first season last year gradually played spoilsport. The young Andreas Jost is very incisive, he was the revelation of the early season with his new VM engine. Daniel Hentschel (Anderson / DEA) is likely to regain the necessary consistency. We can see the progress of the French Drivers Cyril Vayssié and Alexandre Sebastia. The first has joined MSKart / VM team and will be able to show his speed. The second, the 2013 Champion of France, will run on a DEA engine for the first time.
See also the entry of Cor Oser, the famously eclectic Dutch Driver who is embarking on a new discipline. A Driver in Formula Ford and F3 in the 80s, he stayed in single-seaters until the ex-Formula 3000 before going into Sports Prototypes and GT.
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N. 25 – 27 Luglio 2014
Come la storia del karting insegna, conteggi e previsioni della vigilia restano regolarmente disattesi la domenica di gara. Classifiche parziali alla mano, i conteggi in classifica hanno tenuto banco al circuito svedese di Kristianstad, nella tappa del Campionato Europeo CIK-FIA che ha completato il calendario delle classi KZ e KZ2, oltre a essere terza prova della KF Junior. Davanti ai 2000 spettatori intervenuti nel weekend, le indicazioni sui possibili vincitori hanno cambiato verso più volte, nel corso di gare sempre accese.
De Conto trionfa in gara, Dreezen va a podio e fa sua la corona KZ.
É andata in crescendo la fortuna di Rick Dreezen (Zanardi-Parilla-Bridgestone), presentatosi al weekend conclusivo in Svezia dal leader della KZ: solo 17. in prova, il belga ha risalito la china nelle manche di qualifica, per poi presentarsi in terza fila al via della Prefinale. Si sono aggiunti due seri avversari come il belga Jonathan Thonon (Praga-Parilla-Bridgestone) e il bresciano Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex-Bridgestone), i più autorevoli antagonisti di Dreezen, nel rush finale ai punti. La Prefinale è stata però sfavorevole a entrambi, ristabilendo invece Dreezen in prima fila al via della Finale, accanto al ceco Patrik Hajek (Praga-Parilla-Bridgestone), in pole position. Dreezen ha controllato la situazione in Finale, mentre i due più seri avversari erano impegnati in un difficile recupero dalle posizioni centrali di partenza. Il belga ha partecipato a una importante bagarre con uno straordinario Paolo De Conto (Birel-TM-Bridgestone), cui si è aggiunto il ceco Patrik Hajek (Praga-Parilla-Bridgestone). Il pilota di Treviso, reduce da una gran rimonta in Prefinale, ha subito conquistato la leadership, badando sia a Dreezen che a Hajek. Alle loro spalle, gli olandesi Bas Lammers (FK-Parilla-Bridgestone) e Jorrit Pex (CRG-TM-Bridgestone) si sono dati battaglia, finchè Pex non ha strappato a Lammers il quarto posto. Dietro il vincitore De Conto, Hajek ha infine soffiato il secondo posto a Dreezen, ormai pago per il titolo continentale conquistato.
Lundberg centra in casa la vittoria in KZ2, mentre Dalè conquista il titolo.
É stato un weekend perfetto quello in KZ2 dello svedese Douglas Lundberg (Alpha-Parilla-Bridgestone), costantemente al top fino alla vittoria in Finale sulla pista di casa. Tra i migliori prova, Lundberg ha inizialmente duellato con il tedesco Maik Siebecke (CRG-Modena-Bridgestone), finchè quest’ultimo non si è escluso dalla lotta per la vittoria a causa di un testacoda in Prefinale. Lepre in classifica è stato Simas Juodvirsis (Energy-Maxter-Bridgestone), presentatosi in testa a Kristianstad e anche lui candidato alla vittoria. Il lituano, a causa di un problema al cambio, ha però dovuto abbandonare il gruppo di testa in Finale, oltre che la corsa al titolo continentale. Così dietro a un Lundberg impeccabile, il napoletano Felice Tiene e il bolzanino Fabian Federer (entrambi su CRG-Maxter-Bridgestone) hanno completato il podio di una che per il bresciano Andrea Dalè (CRG-Maxter-Bridgestone) si è rivelata strepitosa: impegnato anche lui a risalire molte posizioni, oltre che a rimontare lo svantaggio da Juodvirsis in classifica, Dalè è risalito fino al 5. posto, sufficiente a scavalcare tutti in graduatoria e vincere il titolo proprio davanti a Lundberg.
Travisanutto nuovo top driver in KFJ.
La terza delle quattro tappe dell’Europeo CIK-FIA KFJ ha visto emergere a Kristianstad il pordenonese Andrea Travisanutto (PCR-TM-Vega), avvicendatosi al bresciano Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart-Parilla-Vega) e al britannico Daniel Ticktum (Zanardi-Parilla-Vega), vincitori delle due Prefinali. Travisanutto, all’ultimo giro della Finale, ha prevalso in una lotta multipla, condotta fino a quel momento dal danese Christian Lundgaard (Tony Kart-Vortex). Nelle ultime infuocate fasi, in corsa per il podio sono entrati anche l’olandese Bard Verkroost (FA Kart-TM) e il tedesco Mick Junior (Tony Kart-Vortex), risalito quest’ultimo dalla 23. posizione di partenza fino al terzo posto dietro Verkroost, dopo la penalizzazione inflitta a Lundgaard per taglio di percorso. In campionato resta in testa l’inglese Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart-Vortex).
Da Kristianstad in TV su Rai Sport 2.
Diventa imperdibile la differita di Rai Sport 2, prevista mercoledì 30 alle 18:00 per la traslmissione delle Finali da Kristianstad. Seguirà il consueto servizio di riepilogo, in programma venerdì 1. agosto alle 22:30.
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A Lohéac, les trois pilotes présents sur le podium dans cette catégorie de promotion plébiscitée par les jeunes à partir de 13 ans avaient tous de bonnes raisons de se montrer heureux du dénouement de cette deuxième des trois épreuves du Championnat de France. Sur le circuit géré par son club, Olivier Georges (Tony Kart) a impressionné en s'imposant face aux spécialistes de la catégorie, Harald Creton (Tony Kart) a encore creusé l'écart au classement général, tandis qu'Enzo Coursimault (Kosmic) a renoué avec le podium après une entame de Championnat difficile.
Tout a commencé avec la pole position réalisée par l'expérimenté Nicolas Picot (Sodi). Mais déjà, Georges pointait son nez. Cette hiérarchie se confirmait dans les manches de qualification, qui voyaient Creton se replacer en troisième position au détriment d'Adrien Renaudin (Sodi) et Naïm Bangui (Kosmic), autre vainqueur de manche.
Picot conservait l'avantage au départ de la préfinale, mais la pression de ses rivaux allait rapidement déjouer ses plans. Georges le doublait dans le 6e des 20 tours de la course et filait vers la victoire. Creton passait à son tour, imité ensuite par Coursimault et Bangui. Les positions n'allaient guère évoluer en finale. On retrouvait ces quatre mêmes pilotes aux mêmes places, avec Georges vainqueur - encore avec le gain du meilleur tour - devant Creton, Coursimault et Bangui. Derrière, Picot perdait encore une position face à Renaudin. Tout se jouera le dernier week-end d'octobre en Bourgogne à Soucy, sur le circuit de l'ASK Sens, avec un net avantage psychologique et comptable pour Harald Creton.
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There were summer conditions in Sweden on the beautiful circuit at Kristianstad for the conclusion of the CIK-FIA European Championships. Dreezen in KZ and Dalè in KZ2 were rewarded after a weekend full of suspense. The finals were won by De Conto in KZ and Lundberg in KZ2. Travisanutto won in KF-Junior after fierce races, while Ahmed continues to lead the standings.
In several important respects, the Kristianstad site has attracted all of the community in Sweden. First, the selective track promoted the drivers' work over the engines, renewing the tradition of karting with its many corners. The paddock is comfortable, simple but effective facilities, warm hospitality, passionate and competent team, numerous spectators, all of which completed a very positive picture with the warm weather creating a nice touch. The conclusion of the two European Gearbox Championships has long been uncertain because of the standard of the competitors and the scoring system to decide the final classification.
De Conto finds the way to victory - Dreezen is European KZ Champion
A fast driver but particularly unlucky in mechanical terms since the start of the European KZ season, the Italian Paolo De Conto (Birel-TM-B'stone) took sweet revenge by winning a Final during which he was simply inaccessible. Second in Qualifying, the Belgian Rick Dreezen (Zanardi-Parilla-B'stone) did not try to resist the pole sitter in Qualifying Practice, the Czech Patrik Hajek (Praga-Parilla-B'stone), preferring to gain points that allowed him to win his first CIK-FIA European Championship after consistently being at the forefront. The Belgian Jonathan Thonon (Praga-Parilla-B'stone) suffered a surprising drop in performance in the Prefinal, but managed to climb into the top 10 of the Final, where he set the fastest lap and took 2nd place in the Championship. The Italian Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart-Vortex-B'stone), delayed by several incidents during the Competition, had to settle for third place in the championship, level on points with the Dutchman Bas Lammers (Formula K-Parilla-B 'stone), who was always convincing. Very fast in Sweden, Britain's Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Maxter-B'stone) performed well including fastest laps each time before experiencing a decline in pace in the Final.
Lundberg wins at home - Dalè is European KZ2 Champion
Shoulder to shoulder with the German Maik Siebecke (CRG-Modena-B'stone) during the Qualifying Heats in KZ2, the Swedish Driver Douglas Lundberg (Alpha-Parilla-B'stone) achieved a great success at home by winning first the Prefinal and then the Final ahead of the Italian Felice Tiene (CRG-Maxter-B'stone), a formidable opponent and the polesitter in Qualifying Practice. The Italian Fabian Federer (CRG-Maxter-B'stone) made up for his performance at Wackersdorf, finishing third in both races ahead of Dutchman Menno Paauwe (Birel-TM-B'stone). The Lithuanian Simas Juodvrisis (Energy-Maxter-B'stone) lost his chance to compete for the title after he was forced to quit during the Final. The Italian Andrea Dalè finally came back to the top 5, which allowed him to win the 2014 CIK-FIA European KZ2 Championship ahead of Lundberg and Juodvirsis.
Travisanutto victorious and Ahmed still the leader in KF-Junior
The KF-Junior drivers once again were turbulent on the track and many incidents unfortunately marred the Competition at Kristianstad. The American driver Juan Correa (Energy-TM-Vega) clearly dominated the start of the weekend with the fastest time of Qualifying before winning five Qualifying Heats. But the Italian Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart-Parilla-Vega) won Prefinal 1 and the Briton Daniel Ticktum (Zanardi-Parilla-Vega) Prefinal 2. Although he was among the favourites, the Swedish Driver Anton Haaga (Kosmic-LKE-Vega) failed to qualify. In the Final the Danish Christian Lundgaard (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) led the dance until the last lap. He then made several errors which gave him a penalty of 10''. The Italian Lorenzo Travisanutto (PCR-TM-Vega) had previously passed him and gained a well deserved victory. The second place went to the Dutchman Bard Verkroost (FA Kart-TM-Vega) against Mick Junior (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) who made a fine comeback from 20th place. The American Devlin Defrancesco finished a tough competition with a retirement, while Correa had to pit while in fifth and finished 18th.
The top two in the Final are relatively far back in the provisional CIK-FIA European KF-Junior Championships, so the hierarchy has not really been changed. Enaam Ahmed retains the lead with 53 points ahead of Daniel Ticktum on 48 points, Devlin Defrancesco third with 46 points, and Mick Junior 4th with 43 points.
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