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L'affiche de ce premier Grand Prix Open Karting de la FFSA a tenu ses promesses sur le tracé passionnant de Varennes sur Allier. Le Championnat de France Karting est bien lancé grâce à des niveaux de participation et de compétition tout à fait intéressants. Avec des vainqueurs différents samedi et dimanche, six pilotes en tout sont montés sur la plus haute marche des podiums. La saison française s'annonce très bien.


GPO Varennes, jour 1

La météo est restée au beau toute la journée de samedi pour le GPO de Varennes, le premier de la saison 2011. Les surprises, bonnes ou mauvaises n'ont pas manqué, les courses ayant été très animées. Paolo Besancenez remporte sans contestation possible une grande victoire en KF3, Alex Baron monte sur la 1ère marche de la KF2 et Morgan Weber est un beau et surprenant vainqueur en KZ2.


GPO Varennes, jour 2

Comme le veut la tradition des GPO, les compteurs sont remis à zéro pour le dimanche. Le temps s'est progressivement couvert sur la piste de Varennes et la pluie s'est franchement mise à tomber lors de la dernière finale, celle des KZ2 remportée par Thomas Mich. Auparavant, Valentin Moineault avait remporté celle des KF3 et Léo Roussel celle de la KF2.


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National Event > FFSA Karting

27/03/11 - 18:39

Cout wins after the rain

The weather was more gloomy for the X30 final, decisive for the 2011 French Cup, but everyone knew that the show will not fail to be interesting on a wet and slippery track. Nicolas Picot, winner of the prefinal, had technical problems during the formation lap and may not start. Cedric Magnet (Intrepid) took the lead, and the first corner was going well, but the hairpin by the campsite saw a big crash at the back of the pack. Sebastien Rambaud (Sodi) was in second place ahead of Sebastian Pastorek (Energy). Anthony Cout (Mirage) come back strongly in 4th place. Rambaud made a mistake, so Pastorek moved up to 2nd place, Cout 3rd, Quentin Ruch (MRO) 4th. There was also a good comeback from Nicolas Amiel, the 2010 winner, in fifth, was Pierre Henri Janicaud (Energy).




Cout put pressure on Pastorek and ultimately passed on the right after 16 laps. Magnet, the leader had less than a second lead ahead of Cout, while Janicaud, 5th, was the fastest on the track. The top 3 came together and drove some very different lines. Cout then got between Pastorek and Magnet. Janicaud approached. John Barbe (Tecno) appeared in 6th position behind Ruch.


Janicaud passed Magnet to take 3rd place and set a new  fastest lap. He was now in second place ahead Pastorek, less than one second behind the leader, Anthony Cout. He does not give up, but Cout was a long way away and headed toward victory and the French Cup. 2nd was Janicaud 3rd Pastorek.



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The GPO at Varennes was running a little late to allow competitors in KZ2 to install of wet tires for to the weather situation at the start of the final. It was particularly difficult conditions for these powerful machines. With Gaillard and Pesce, Auvergne was well represented on the front row, but the presence of Mich and Lucati on the 2nd row promised a prolonged struggle. Almost everyone was on in wets and Thomas Mich rushed into the lead and immediately had a gap. He was followed by Yan Pesce and Yuri Lucati. Charly Bizalion received a black flag after a delay in returning to his place on the grid at the start.

Pierre Ragues went on the attack on the very slippery track, closely followed by Tony Lavanant and wassoon 2nd, while fighting against Cedric Goudant. Mathieu Gaillard was in 5th before giving in to Chris Benoit. Lucati made a mistake, Goudant kept going.

Mich dominates 2'' ahead of Lavanant, himself 3'' ahead of Benoit. Following were Gaillard, Ragues, Pesce, Anthony Abbasse and Hugo Valente. At the halfway point, Mich further increased his lead over Lavanant, while Benoit was getting closer. Abbasse attacked Ragues, his teammate, with Valente watching at a distance. Benoit surprised Lavanant under braking at the hairpin after the start and was fifth ahead of Abbasse and Ragues then soon took Gaillard for 4th. There was still 5'' to Lavanant. Valente continued its ascent, and successively passed Ragues and Gaillard, which propelled him into 5th place. Mich let up the pressure slightly, and Benoit gained very strongly.

Mich won ahead of Benoit for a nice double for Birel. Lavanant was third, on his own, Abbasse retained fourth place and Valente took a good 5th on his return to karting.



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Some fine raindrops were falling from the sky as the drivers prepared to go out for their KF2 final. Victor Sendin was away first, but Leo Roussel managed to make it up the inside at the first turn. Remy Deguffroy was in second ahead of Victor Compere, Nicolas Gonzales and Anthoine Hubert. Sendin was 7th. The track was slightly slippery, and drivers looked for grip but maintained the pace. There was a battle between Gonzales and Compere for 3rd.

Enzo Guibbert was already back to 10th after his retirement in the pre-final. Sendin passed Hubert for 5th place, then Compere for the 4th while setting the fastest lap. Sendin was forcing his way though, he was the fastest on the track and he passed his teammate Deguffroy in the 8th of 17 laps. He was also followed by a rapid Gonzales in 3rd position. Roussel was nearly 2'' ahead of Sendin. Guibbert was now in 4th, ahead of Vermeylen and Belmaaziz. Guibbert then took 3rd place from Gonzales who then found himself fifth. Sendin did not appear in a position to return to the leader with 4 laps left to race. The battle for 3rd place was more uncertain and between was Guibbert and Vermeylen. Following contact between Gonzales and Belmaaziz, De Ridder took 5th position.

It was an expected victory for Leo Roussel (Sodi / Parilla) from Victor Sendin (Tony Kart / Vortex). Kenny Vermeylen (Tecno / Parilla) finally took the 3rd place in front of Guibbert (FA Kart / Vortex).



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The sky was heavy on the region of Varennes for the KF3 final, but the arrival of rain was still uncertain. The nervousness was palpable among the competitors who already crashed on the formation lap ...



Valentin Moineault (Sodi / Parilla) took the lead, Fran Rueda (FA Kart / Vortex) dislodged Charles Leclerc (Sodi / Parilla) for 2nd place, Benjamin Gerard (Tony Kart / Vortex) was 3rd, Leclerc and Esteban Ocon (FA Kart / Vortex) were 4th and 5th. Moineault took off, and now Alex Palou (FA Kart / Vortex) was 4th and Ocon 5th. Paolo Besancenez (Sodi / Parilla) was back in 7th position, Dorian Boccolacci (Birel / BMB) in 15th. Ocon went wide and returned to 6th while Besancenez was losing ground in the same way.

On his own now, Moineault had more than 2'' of a lead. We approach mid-race, and the Spaniards Palou and Rueda were slightly closer to the leader. Ocon was 4th in front of Guillermo Russo (FA Kart / Vortex). Albert Gil (Tony Kart / Vortex) also made a mistake, going wide. The positions were stabilized for now. Rueda took advantage of Palou for 2nd position. Besancenez seemed to attack Russo, trying to take 5th. But yes, he did it, on the 12th of 17 laps. Starting 24th, in 12th Boccolacci was now behind Etienne Mordret. The Spaniards continued to fight Ocon and Besancenez and caught up with 2 laps to go. They first took Palou in a single leap. Ocon surprised Rueda in a fast corner and Besancenez seized early on the last lap.

Moineault royally prevailed under the gaze of his team manager, Ludovic Vève. Esteban Ocon was in a fine 2nd place after a good effort and Fran Rueda was on the 3rd step of the podium. Russo was 4th, Tirman 5th, Florian Latorre 6th.


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