The weather cleared early in the afternoon at Laval. The wind was strong, but the sky clear, although the track was still damp in places.
The start of the Prefinal in KF3 was marked by some masterful lines at the first corner on the first right after the start. Alexander Guiod (Merlin / Parilla) was ahead of Nikita Mazepin (Zanardi / Parilla), Arthur Lehouck (Sodi / Parilla), François Becamel (Kosmic / Parilla), Matteo Raspatelli (Tony Kart / Parilla) and Gabriel Aubry (Birel / TM ). Callum Ilott (Zanardi / Parilla) was 12th, Paolo Besancenez (Sodi / Parilla) 14th, Julien Darras (Tony Kart / Parilla) 16th and Elpitiya and Landais retired.
Becamel and Raspatelli then took advantage of Mazepin while Guiod was more than one second ahead. But Becamel hustled and the leader lost from 1st position at halfway. Aubry was meanwhile back to third position and soon attacked Guiod to gain second place, imitated by Raspatelli for third. Fastest on the track, Aubry closed on Becamel and then attacked with two laps to go.
The twist at the start may well be the turning point of the KF3 Championship with Ilot 9th, Besancenez 10th, Darras 16th and Elpitiya 25th. The surprise winner, Aubry, scored a lot of points after an unexpectedly difficult qualifying. Second was Becamel who also played his cards well, then came Raspatelli, Guiod, Lehouck, Mazepin and Potty.
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The KZ125 Gentlemen opened the qualifying of the Coupe de France in Laval with their three sessions that run on a slightly slippery track, but with dry and windy weather, and steadily increasing grip so that pole in group 1 is more than 3 seconds faster than in group 3. This difference justifies the application of the 101% rule.
Olivier Galmiche (Intrepid / TM) set the fastest time of the first session with 57'' 896 for Cédric Clause (Tony Kart / TM) and Stéphane Marzelier (Energy / TM). Teddy Legendre was the fastest in the 2nd series with 56'' 352 ahead of Franck Savouret (FA Kart / TM) and Romuald Beauvois (PCR / TM). Bruno Bénabent (Kosmic / TM) was on pole overall in the 3rd, 54'' 697 was the reference time of the class. Fabrice Quaix (PCR / TM) was credited with the fastest time in the second series, Yannick Savard (Birel / TM) third.
The KZ 125 class was on rain tires for their timed session. Teddy Josse (CRG / TM) set 56''805 from Maxime Bailleul (Mirage / TM). Nicolas Roi-Sans-Sac (PCR / TM) was sixth, Benjamin Da Silva (Birel / TM) 13th, and Emilien Grosso (Tony Kart / TM) 23rd.
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The weather was cool, very cool, Saturday morning for the first qualifying of the GPO Laval. No more than 5 ° in the air, 7 degrees on a track that was greasy after rain in the night. However, strong wind dried the asphalt, the positions constantly changed and the best performances were achieved at the end of the sessions.
Julien Darras (Tony Kart / Parilla) took pole with 50'' 225 in the last seconds of the session in KF3, while Paolo Besancenez (Sodi / Parilla) cleverly took second place by less than a tenth. The British driver Callum Ilott (Zanardi / Parilla) was third from Jules Bollier (Kosmic / Parilla) and Bryan Elpitiya (Zanardi / Parilla). Uncomfortable on a slippery surface, Gabriel Aubry (Birel / TM) was only in 23rd place..
There was rain at the start of the KF2 session, while everyone was on slicks. The yellow and red flag indicating the change of adhesion didn't prevent many drivers running off the track. The rain stopped in mid-session, but the damage was done. The ranking revealed a surprising pole for Thierry Fievez (Tony Kart / Vortex), the only driver to drop below one minute with a time of 59'' 841. Second was Morgan Rich (FA Kart / Vortex) who beat Pascal Belmaaziz (DR / Vortex) and Valentin Moineault (Tony Kart / Vortex). Paul Boutonnet (Tony Kart / Parilla) was only seventh and Sébastien Bailly (Swiss Hutless / TM) tenth.
7 competitors competed for the fastest time in KZ2. Charles Fiault (Sodi / Maxter) was a long way in the lead throughout the session, ahead of a convincing Christophe Benoit (Birel / TM). Amos Mechoulam (DR / TM) then led from Maxime Roy (Tony Kart / TM) and Nolan Mantione (Birel / TM). Fiault returned to pole with a time of 56'' 297.
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This year, the major world event for X30s took place at Lyon St Laurent de Mûre with the 2012 IAME International Final and its 180 entrants representing 21 nations and 4 different continents. Sodi Celesta chassis took two brilliant victories there: in X30 Senior, the category that gathered the highest number of entrants, with Jules Gounon, and in X30 Shifter, the toughest category, with Thierry Delré.
The Belgian Thierry Delré, who entered the top 3 of gearbox karts already at the start of the meeting, won 2 out of 3 qualifying heats and was at the front at the start of the final. After a perfect start, he stayed in the lead throughout the race and crossed the finish line as the winner, with a lead of more than 2 seconds over his immediate pursuers. In the meanwhile, the young driver Florian Latorre climbed up from 12th to 4th place with the fastest time in the race.
At the same time, Jules Gounon thrashed rivals in X30 Senior, where there were nearly 90 drivers. 9th in timed qualifying, the Frenchman from the Ludo Racing Team switched to higher gear and won all his races. 4 heats, a pre-final and then a final: he climbed onto the top step of the podium to receive a well-deserved reward, the World Cup, which he did not forget to dedicate to his team and to Sodi.
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Lors de la IAME International Final, qui s'est déroulée, le week-end dernier, à Saint Laurent de Mure, sur le circuit Actua, il semblerait qu'une panthère rose ait été aperçue à plusieurs reprises dans le paddock. Tantôt sous les tentes, tantôt sur la prégrille ou dans le parc fermé... De nombreux témoins confirment la rumeur et des photos commencent même à circuler dans les milieux autorisés.
Bizutage? Travaux d'intérêts généraux? Nouvelle mode? Après enquête de l'inspecteur Jacques Clouseau, il semblerait que le rapide félin était présent en Rhône-Alpes pour mettre en valeur le nouveau modèle de bottines de conduite Freem. Le prototype, de couleur rose bien entendu, était d'ailleurs testé en condition de course par Adeline Prudent en X30 Junior.
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