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This time Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex) dominated the second qualifying heat in KF1, A against C. Leading from start to finish, he finished more than 3'' in the lead with the fastest lap of the race. Behind him, Daiki Sasaki (Kosmic / Vortex) was behind Karol Basz (Birel / BMB) for several laps before he could take second place a few meters from the finish: a victim of an engine problem, he lost out to Sasaki on the line. Felice Tiene (CRG / BMB) finally passed Yannick De Brabander (Formula K / TM) to gain 4th place.


The fight wasn't gentle in the pack. Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG / BMB) was able to overtake Kazuya Ishii (Birel / BMB) on the last lap as well as Hiroshi Umegaki (Birel / BMB). Although he started well, Anthoine Hubert (Formula K / TM) was in a lively group that lost him time early in the race. He then fought to keep ninth place against Christian Sorensen (LH / BMB) who was initially delayed. Bad luck continued for John Filippi (Tony Kart / Vortex) who crashed with another Tony Kart at the lights and retired after a few meters, with a damaged rear axle.



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International > CIK-FIA Asia-Pacific Championships

19/05/12 - 04:25

Rossel, KF2 poleman



The Dane Kevin Rossel (Birel / BMB) set the fastest time in qualifying for the Asia-Pacific KF2 Championship at Suzuka. He lapped at 48'' 617, ahead of Nieri Fukuzumi (Kosmic / Vortex) by 15 milliseconds. Argentina's Federico Panetta (Tony Kart / Vortex) took third place ahead of Paolo Ippolito (Kosmic / Vortex) and Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic / Vortex). Hong Kong driver Matthew Solomon (Tony Kart / TM) was in sixth position ahead of  Sataro Mimura (ART PM / TM), Damiano Fioravanti (Tony Kart / TM) and Andrew Tang (Kosmic / TM).



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International > World Karting Championship



The first race started at the World KF1 Championship at Suzuka with the qualifying heat for B / C. Pedro Hiltbrand (FA Kart / Vortex) immediately took the lead, despite an attempt at intimidation on the part of Max Verstappen (Intrepid / TM) at the first corner, the righthander after the start. Tom Joyner (LH / BMB), attacked Verstappen for third. In fourth, Anthoine Hubert (Formula K / TM) made a good start, while his teammate Yannick De Brabander left the track at the double left at the bottom of the circuit. Kozlinski (PCR / TM) moved up to fifth ahead of Davide Fore (CRG / BMB).

Verstappen retired after a mechanical problem on lap 5. Karol Basz (Birel / BMB) made a great recovery by passing successively Fore, Koko and Hubert. The Pole also posted the best lap with 47'' 794, 2/10 faster than the leader. Hiltbrand consolidated his first position with a comfortable lead over Joyner and Basz in third. Hubert ended up in a solid fourth place ahead of Kozlinski and Fore. Then it was Tereza Gromanova (Kosmic / Vortex) in 7th position after a nice recovery at the end of the race, while being credited with the second fastest time. De Brabander finished 13th after some spectacular overtaking despite a slight deficit in raw performance.



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The weather was already warm and beautiful on Saturday morning at the Suzuka circuit, nearly 20 ° C at 8.30 with the sun beating down.


Some drivers were forced to spend the warm-up setting up their equipment on new tires, and there has been some breakages, including John Filippi on his first lap despite running the carburettor rich. In short, the situation wasnt clear before qualifying for the 2012 KF1 World Championship. Daiki Sasaki (Kosmic / Vortex) set the fastest time in warm-up with 47'' 312, ahead of Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex), Karol Basz (Birel / BMB), Pedro Hiltbrand (FA Kart / Vortex) and Max Verstappen (Intrepid / TM).


Qualifying was soon after the warm-up, with barely time to take the karts down to the paddock and back to the pit lane. The drivers in the first group waited until the last moment to go out on track, with time for one or two fast laps. Basz was the first to go under 48''. He then set a 47'' 577, Hiltbrand countered with 47'' 526. Mattia Vita (Birel / BMB) didn't participate in the session. Pole in this group returned to Hiltbrand with 47'' 372, ahead of Basz with 47'' 382 and Christian Sorensen (LH / BMB) with 47'' 496.


In the second group, Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex) opened the scoring with 47'' 902 in front of Kozlinski (PCR / TM). Felice Tiene (CRG / BMB) posted 47''521, Sasaki posted 47'' 346, which was already the fastest time out of both groups. Camponeschi set the second fastest time, 47'' 470, third was Verstappen, 47'' 473, Tiene was fourth with 47'' 511 and fifth was Joyner with 47'' 524.




Pole therefore went to the Japanese driver Daiki Sasaki (Kosmic / Vortex), ahead of Pedro Hiltbrand (FA Kart / Vortex) and Karol Basz (Birel / BMB), Camponeschi fourth, Verstappen fifth, Sorensen 6th, Tiene 7th, Joyner (LH / BMB) 8th, Armand (Tony Kart / Vortex) 9th and Shiraishi (Sodi / TM) 10th. Kozlinski was 11th by 0.3'' in front of De Brabander, Lennox-Lamb, Fore and Hubert, 15th.



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Competitors in the Japanese round of World Championship KF1 are not having an easy time. After a shortage of tires for testing, as the number of entries exceeded initial expectations after the regulation changes, they were also faced with significantly more seizes than usual. There is talk of at least twenty, sometimes after only two laps, from drivers who are mostly experienced. Most manufacturers are affected.


The responsibility could be with the fuel, which comes from different local supplier than in the past, as the Panta fuel can not easily be imported into Japan. Not that the fuel is of poor quality, but it comes in two versions, it seems, with different octane levels. KF engines do not seem to appreciate this and the pistons are in short supply at some suppliers. It is difficult for some drivers to run in their engines while also developing the chassis.



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