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Competitive heats were ahead in Rotax DD2. As many as 11 drivers were able to take at least one top three in the six qualifying heats. Many competitors have several Rotax World Finals to their credit and have begun to get to know the CRG chassis used in this category. The Italian brand is a regular partner of the Rotax Challenge.

After taking pole position, the Canadian Pier-Luc Ouellette is still in the lead after the heats, but the former winner of the Rotax finals was pressure! Five other drivers also won races: South Africa's Mark Murray, the Finn Miika Laiho, the Belgian De Ruwe, Nicholas Latifi - another Canadian - and Australia's Jason Pringle . The final promises to be tense!

Den Ruwe had a crash in a heat and had to recover. 8th twice and 10th once, the French driver Maxime Gravouille was going well and was 11th on the eve of the pre-final. His compatriot Jeremie Charon paid the price of his inexperience I  DD2. For him, the repechage will be difficult!



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With a fifth in a heat, Briton Sean Babington lost his leading position to his compatriot Ben Cooper. Both drivers have each won two qualifying heats, but Babington's victory should be in the race when the two favorites clashed.

Several drivers are very close in performance including the consistent David Sera (Australia), Andy King (UK) and Hirotaka Sasaki (Japan). Edward Brand was doing well on power. He will start seventh in pre-final. Both winners of a heat, the Polish driver Karol Dabski and Austrian Stefan Riener each experienced a racing incident and were demoted respectively to 10th and 13th positions.

Alexander Finkelstein qualified in 21st position, up from 37th in qualifying. Here he was more comfortable behind the wheel of the Sodi provided in this category. Despite a fine fifth place in a heat, Nicolas Picot will go through the repechage after having been a victim of clashes at the start.



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The Japanese drivers maintained their advantage gained in Qualifying, except that the positions were reversed at the end of the heats between Tadasuke Makino and Ukyo Sasahara, one of the favorites. The latter two have won three of the six races on Thursday and Friday at Al Ain in the Rotax World Final.

The Australian Joseph Mawson also impressed with two wins. He will start on Saturday on the second inside row with the Swedish driver Philip Morin at his side. The Canadian Jesse Lazare was also won a heat, but missed another, so he is only 14th. The rapid Jordi Van Moorsel (Netherlands), Jack Barlow and Nathan Harrison (both UK) lost valuable points and will need of pre-final to return to the forefront in the 13-16 year old class.

The French driver Marco De Peretti eventually got used to his Birel chassis to demonstrate competitiveness and a beautiful recovery from 50th to 39th place. For him, everything will depend on the repechage.



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In the Emirate of Dubai, the World Rotax Final started at the 1400m track of Al Ain. On the track, fights were pervasive at all levels. In the heats, small groups were formed continuously with drivers who have come from more than 60 countries.

The very small differences between the competitors on a track of this length are evidence that the new engines distributed by lot by Rotax are all close to each other. "It depend on the details," said a lead driver. "We will have to use the different setup options to try to make a difference. It will be very difficult as the Mojos seem very consistent."

In all classes, the driver in 20th is lapping at less than two-tenths off the time of the leaders! An intense final phase is promised.



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Team > Birel


Birel Motorsport dans le paddock de Suzuka.


L'usine de Lissone déploie de grands moyens pour récolter des victoires et des titres en KZ1 la saison prochaine. Birel Motorsport vient en effet de signer deux grands pilotes dotés d'un beau palmarès, Paolo De Conto (ex-Energy) et Roberto Toninelli (ex-Lenzokart), pour renforcer son team aux côtés de Sauro Cesetti. Sur le papier, l'équipe a de l'allure et sur la piste, on ne risque pas de s'ennuyer avec trois pilotes connus pour leur appétit de victoire.



Ronnie Sala, sur le muret, au Suzuka Circuit.


C'est peut-être pour cette raison qu'Alberto Tonti, un ancien d'Energy Corse également, a été engagé pour gérer la stratégie du team, ce qui ne devrait pas être superflu en 2012. Par ailleurs, Ronnie Sala, le boss, s'est montré très satisfait des performances de Karol Basz lors de la dernière manche du Championnat du Monde KF1 à Suzuka tout en étant favorable à la nouvelle réglementation CIK pour l'attribution des moteurs par tirage au sort. A suivre.



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