Relegated to the position of closing event of the 2011 World Championship as a result of the Fukushima catastrophe, the classical Japanese round of Suzuka will again be held on its usual date, i.e. the third weekend of May. For the CIK-FIA World KF1 Championship Drivers, it will be the second event, after the inaugural round, to be organised at the end of April at Varennes-sur-Allier (FRA).
The Japanese race will have the distinctive feature of allowing Asian Drivers to join the competitors entered for the whole year ... and, thanks to their knowledge of the circuit, they may stir a sensation. According to the Sporting Regulations of the World Championship, a maximum of 20 Asia-Pacific region Drivers are authorised to swell the ranks of the KF1 category. The same opportunity will be offered to as many Drivers to enter the final round, scheduled for Macau in October. Because of sporting equity, these "race-by-race" entrants shall select their engine from amongst the three brands (BMB, Maxter and Vortex) entered in the Championship as engine suppliers, and they will receive their engines for the race further to a lottery.
In accordance with tradition, Suzuka will host at the same time the CIK-FIA Asia-Pacific KF2 Championship.
Entries on-line (www.cikfia.com/entryform) have been opened since Monday 5 March and they will close on 23 March for KF1 and on 13 April for KF2.
The terms of renting for KF1 engines can be consulted by download the document below.
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Highly motivated for her first karting race of the season, Beitske Visser was not as successful as she hoped to be at La Conca, despite her remarkable performances. With a puncture in Final 1, a collision and then a broken chain in Final 2, fate conspired against the young Dutch driver and her weekend turned increasingly gloomy. But her desire for victory is still there, and Beitske is determined to take advantage of other future opportunities to reach the first place.
She was very pleased with her 3rd fastest time in timed qualifying, just a few hundredths of a second from pole, during this WSK Master Series, behind the wheel of her Intrepid/TM KZ1 with an engine prepared by Tec-Sav. 4th in the heats, she occupied the ideal place to launch an attack for leadership against the great champions racing in this Final 1. When she was well-placed in 3rd position at the start of the race, Beitske had a problem with one of the tyres that lost pressure, but was still able to make it to the finish line in 7th place.
Sunday's heats did bring with them their share of problems and the decision to keep new tyres for Final 2 did not pay off. Beitske was hit at the start and began the race with a badly damaged kart. Despite all this she continued the race and even moved up a few places, but then the chain broke, probably as a result of the accident suffered at the start. No luck at all!
Beitske had at least the satisfaction of being very competitive against the best KZ1 drivers on this season start. Although her programme focuses mainly on single-seaters in the ADAC Formula, she also going to make a few special appearances in karting this season.
Official Website: www.beitskevisser.com
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Le performance di Patrik Hajek e Bas Lammers nella KZ1 sul circuito di La Conca durante la WSK Master Series hanno evidenziato il forte potenziale dei telai Praga. Grazie al lavoro svolto dal team Praga Kart dall'inizio dell'anno, sotto la direzione di Alessandro Manetti, i progressi realizzati dai due piloti sono stati notevoli, piazzandosi sempre nei primi 5 nella categoria più competitiva.
Hajek inizia la sua battaglia fin da sabato conquistando il 3° posto in griglia per la finale della competizione internazionale, prima di dover rinunciare a causa di un problema alla marmitta. Approfittando dei progressi significativi in termini di messa a punto del mezzo, Lammers riesce a rientrare in gara domenica classificandosi tra i primi 5 nelle sue gare e a essere tra i più veloci in pista.
Anche Martin Doubek ha dimostrato di essere molto veloce nella KZ2. Vari contrattempi, un ritiro e due penalità, lo hanno privato dei risultati che meritava di ottenere grazie alle sue performance. Nonostante tutto, comunque, per la seconda gara della stagione i telai Praga hanno già dimostrato qualità molto incoraggianti per il prosieguo della stagione.
"Siamo ancora in fase di scoperta e sviluppo del nostro mezzo", ha spiegato Patrik Hajek "Il lavoro di messa a punto prosegue bene e ci sprona a continuare in questo senso. Il nostro obiettivo non è solo essere bravi, ma essere i migliori. Faremo di tutto per raggiungere questo obiettivo". Appuntamento la settimana prossima sul circuito di Sarno per la seconda prova della WSK Master Series.
Sito ufficiale: pragakart.eu
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