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17/04/11 - 17:02

Verstappen the terror of KF3

Max Verstappen (CRG / Parilla) and Antonio Fuoco (Top Kart / TM) once again were on the front row in the final for KF3 at Portimao. Fuoco led once again early on, but Verstappen resumed it at the second corner and Fuoco lost places on the outside of the track. Harrison Scott (Intrepid / TM) was in second ahead of Dennis Olsen (Energy / TM) and Pedro Hiltbrand (Kosmic / Vortex). Stroll was not in the race. Scott attacked Olsen and fell in the standings. The positions changed rapidly in the chasing pack.




Verstappen was more than a second ahead of Olsen. Scott retook third ahead of Nicolai Sylvest (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Niklas Nielsen (Tony Kart / Vortex). Fuoco was down in 19th position. It was not working at all for Esteban Ocon (FA Kart / Vortex) who kept losing places. Verstappen increased his lead, Lasse Sorensen (Birel / BMB) entered the top 5 and Simon Tirman (Tony Kart / Vortex) was in the top 10 ahead of Callan O'Keeffe (FA Kart / Vortex).



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Final 2 in KZ at Portimao promised to be particularly intense with the front row occupied by Roberto Toninelli (Lenzo / TM) and Bas Lammers (Intrepid / TM), followed by Paolo De Conto (Energy / TM) and Jonathan Thonon (CRG / Maxter). The list of possible winners continued onto multiple lines.

Lammers led from Toninelli, Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex) started particularly well in third under threat from Kozlinski (CRG / Maxter) and Thonon. Koko also soon passed Ardigo. Beitske Visser (Intrepid / TM) set the fastest lap on lap 4. Kozlinski attacked Toninelli for 2nd place while his teammate Thonon followed. Yannick De Brabander (Parolin / TM) took fifth ahead of Ardigo and De Conto. Kozlinski gradually approached the leader. Jérémy Iglesias (Intrepid / TM) attacked De Conto for 7th. Rick Dreezen (Tony Kart / Vortex) was ahead of Visser 11th and 14th. While the gap seemed to stabilize between the two leaders, De Brabander passed Thonon to gain third.

It was a clear victory for Bas Lammers ahead of Kozlinski and Yannick De Brabander. Ardigo took 4th position after the retirement of Thonon on the last lap. Iglesias finished 5th.



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Damiano Fioravanti (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Kevin Rossel (RK / BMB) were on the front row of the prefinal in the KF2 category, while and Enzo Guibbert was slow to start off the dummy grid and relegated to last position . Fioravanti shot off in the lead, followed by Francisco Abreu (Tony Kart / Vortex) who fell to Rossel. Sam MacLeod smashed against the guards and the slow process was triggered. The driver is recovered quickly, without apparent damage.

The race resumed, Fioravanti again led from Abreu, but Nicolaj Moller-Madsen (Energy / TM), led the chasing pack ahead of Loris Spinelli (Top Kart / Parilla) and Sami Luka (Energy / TM). The Belgian soon took fourth, followed closely by Sam Snell (Intrepid / TM). Abreu captured the lead while Max Klinkby-Silver (Birel / BMB) sprang into the fray in 5th place from 23rd! He quickly passed Luka impressively. Rossel was now in 6th.

Victory went to the Portuguese driver Francisco Abreu from Damiano Fioravanti and Nicolaj Moller-Madsen. Klinkby-Silver was 4th, Luka 5th.



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The weather was dry although grey for the start of the prefinal in KF3 with Max Verstappen (CRG / Parilla) and Antonio Fuoco (Top Kart / TM) on the front row. Fuoco took the advantage at the lights, Verstappen lost a few lengths, followed by Lasse Sorensen (Birel / BMB) and Dennis Olsen (Energy / TM). Verstappen attacked and took the lead on the 3rd lap. Over the laps  he built up a comfortable lead from Fuoco. Robin Hansson (Energy / TM) was 3rd from 11th, in front of Sorensen and Lance Stroll (Zanardi / Parilla) who had a great recovery and some extremely fast laps. Esteban Ocon (FA Kart / Vortex) finished 7th.



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The WSK Euro Series KF2 competition was savage in the heats in Portimao and there was sone damage to give a surprising intermediate classification. Twice winner, Damiano Fioravanti (Tony Kart / Vortex) took the advantage from Kevin Rossel (RK / BMB) and Francisco Abreu (Tony Kart / Vortex) who were also holding two victories. Nicolaj Moller Madsen and Sami Luka (Energy / TM) in 7th and 9th lost time in the rain, otherwise they would have been serious candidates for pole.


Sam Snell (Intrepid / TM) was consistent in in 8th place. Michelle Gatting (CRG / Maxter) peaked in 13th, Enzo Guibbert (FA Kart / Vortex) was the 1st French driver in 15th, Tanart Sathienthirakul (Tony Kart / Vortex) 17th, Max Klinkby-Silver (Birel / BMB) 23rd. Pascal Belmaaziz (DR / Parilla) was in 32nd and Victor Sendin (Tony Kart / Vortex) was 34th and narrowly saved his qualification with a good final heat in the rain.



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