The Belgian Romain De Leval was excluded from Qualifying because of a non-compliant intake duct. The gap between the groups was 105%, so the ranking takes into account positions in the groups rather than chronologically. Pole went to Giuseppe Gagliano (Kosmic / Vortex), George Russell (Intrepid / Vortex) took 2nd place in front of Simone Cunati (Top Kart / Parilla), Paolo Besancenez (Sodi / Parilla) and Alex Palou (CRG / BMB ) for the top 5.
The French Cadet Champion, Gautier Becq (Sodi / Parilla) took a very fine sixth position ahead of Marijn Kremers (PCR / Parilla), Nikita Mazepin (Zanardi / Parilla), Santino Ferrucci (Energy / TM) and Henry Odhran ( Kosmic / Parilla).
Callum Ilott (Zanardi / Parilla) was a little too far off and is one of the fast drivers will be trying to move up in the heats on Saturday morning. This is a list that also includes Martin Kodric (FA Kart / Vortex) in 30th, Dorian Boccolacci (Intrepid / TM) 43rd, Slavko Ivanovic (RK / BMB) 57th, Dan Ticktum (Zanardi / Parilla) 58th, Lance Stroll (Zanardi / Parilla) 67th, Dalton Sargeant (Tony Kart / Vortex), ...
The heats on Saturday are expected to be exciting, especially as the weather outlook remains very wet and changeable.
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Unexpectedly the rain has stopped at Varennes some time before the start of Qualifying and the track was left dry enough that many drivers went out on slicks in the first group. Of course, the time only improved over the laps, the fastest time of 1'00'' 162 in group 1 to 57'' 500 in group 4.
Romain De Leval (Kosmic / Parilla) who set the fastest time of 1'00''162 in group 1, outpaced Paolo Besancenez (Sodi / Parilla) by 3/10, while the times were down by a second on average on each lap. Nikita Mazepin was 3rd (Zanardi / Parilla) Alessio Piccini (Kosmic / Vortex) 4th, Nathan Aston (Intrepid / TM) 5th, by more than a second from pole.
Group 2 dropped below 59'' with a best lap from Simone Cunati (Top Kart / Parilla) on 58'' 998, ahead of Kremers (PCR / Parilla), Connor Jupp (Energy / Vortex) by 2/10 and Joonas Lappalainen (Ninar / Vortex), Kim Luis Schramm (Zanardi / Parilla), Gabi Aubry (Birel / TM), Max Defourny (PCR / Parilla), Dorian Boccolacci (Intrepid / TM) 11th by 6.7 tenths.
With 58'' 036, George Russell (Intrepid / Vortex) was the best performer from group 3 ahead of the surprising Gautier Becq (Sodi / Parilla), third went to the Belgian Matteo Raspatelli (Tony Kart / Parilla), then Luca Corberi (Kosmic / Vortex) and Egor Stupenkov.
The Italian Giuseppe Gagliano (Kosmic / Vortex), winner of the 2011 Rok Talent Award, set the overall fastest time of the class, on 57''500 in front of Alex Palou (CRG / BMB), the American Santino (Energy / TM), Luca Botarelli (Energy / TM) and the Belgian Benjamin Lessennes (Sodi / Parilla).
We expect some changes in the rankings following scrutineering.
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The paddock and the tyre companies have a longstanding history of (dis)like. For the European KF3 Championship weekend at Varennes and in the rain, and there are strong and many complaints about the wet tyres supplied by Vega for free practice, like "I was running like a train and lost a second." The tyres have always been accused of every possible evil by the teams, with some justification, but not always.
Was Vega taking the opportunity to sell a stock of old wet tyres? Hard to tell from the outside. Still, there were significant differences, about 1.5", for some drivers between two sets in free practice, which didn't make them very happy. At first glance, it is estimated that 8/10 a lap difference could correspond to 80 places in the rankings.
It will be clearer in a couple of hours after the official qualifying sessions. To be continued...
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No fewer than 105 drivers of 23 different nationalities will confront one another at Varennes-sur-Allier this weekend for the first round of the KF3 European Championship. The battle between these Juniors, aged 13 to 15, promises to be thrilling!
Initially, the event at Varennes-sur-Allier which will mark the start of the CIK-FIA karting season (Superkart began at Hockenheim last week) this weekend in France should have been both the opening round of the KF1 World Championship and the first of the two rounds of the KF3 European Championship. Unfortunately, a lack of entries, together with the withdrawal of several manufacturers at the last minute, obliged the CIK-FIA to cancel the European events of the world championship for the leading category, thus limiting this meeting at Varennes-sur-Allier to the Juniors category only. Which does not mean that this meeting will be uninteresting, quite the contrary!
On the Jean Brun circuit, the best Juniors aged between 13 and 15 will do battle for the first race in a redesigned European Championship. In recent years, the European title in KF3 has been run over a single meeting, the crown going to the winner of the Final. A formula that favoured suspense, but which in sporting terms could sometimes be cruel. Indeed, it is not rare to have seen a driver dominate the field for a whole weekend and then lose everything in the Final due to a racing incident or following a mechanical problem...
Starting with this 2012 season, the system will change. As is the case for KF2, the Hopefuls category, the KF3 European Championship becomes a competition in two stages offering four possibilities for scoring points and, at the end, counting three results. After this opening round in Auvergne, it is in Great Britain, on the PF International circuit in Brandon, that the KF3 European Champion will be crowned. But before that fateful date of 22 July, all the favourites must already make their mark in France.
With 105 drivers entered, coming from 23 different countries, the fight will be fierce on the fast Jean Brun circuit. To score points, they first have to be among the 34 finalists invited to take part in the two Races scheduled for the Sunday afternoon. Throughout the weekend, they will have to combine speed and strategy on a track that favours the phenomenon of slipstreaming, and thus very closely bunched racing where everything is decided in the very last lap.
It is hard to make a forecast by analysing the entry list, even if there are obviously a few favourites who stand out. The British racer George Russel (Intrepid-TM) will stake his title with the firm intention of keeping his crown. But the list of outsiders is as long as your arm. The French will be there in force to impress their home crowd. Dorian Boccolacci (Intrepid-TM) is among the best of them, along with Paolo Besancenez (Sodi-Parilla), Valentin Naud (Formula K-TM), François Bécamel (Kosmic-Parilla), Gabriel Aubry (Birel-TM), Arthur Lehouck (Sodi-Parilla) and Thomas Landais (Sodi-Parilla), not to mention the former Junior Champion of France, Jérémy Demarque (Sodi-Parilla).
In wet conditions, as announced for this last weekend in April at Varennes-sur-Allier, the British drivers should feel right at home. Besides George Russel, there are many others aiming for the two victories at stake before the second meeting, which for them will take place at home. Names that spring to mind are Callum Ilott and Dan Ticktum (both in Zanardi-Parilla) and Connor Jupp (Energy-Vortex).
The countries of southern Europe should not be outdone either. Along with the Spaniards Alex Palou (CRG-BMB), Guillermo Russo (FA Kart-Vortex) and Albert Gil (Tony Kart-Vortex), we shall also see the Italians, led by Alessio Piccini (Kosmic-Vortex), the son of the former World Champion in karts with gearboxes.
But what is so special about karting is that it can also allow small countries to excel on the international scene. Finland, Belgium, Croatia, to mention just a few, have just as much of a chance to shine as Russia. And we must not forget the Canadian Lance Stroll (Zanardi-Parilla) and the American Dalton Sargeant (Tony Kart-Vortex), determined to make a name for themselves in Europe!
Unless... unless a newcomer, ignored by the bookmakers, reveals his talent to the world, treading in the footsteps of a certain Sebastian Vettel, Junior European Champion in 2001 in a competition that also comprised two meetings. And that is something that cannot fail to inspire the 105 candidates for this prestigious title of European Champion!
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Après 20 ans de bons et loyaux services, le Comer 60 va prendre sa retraite de la catégorie Cadet britannique en 2013. Pour remplacer ce moteur simple et fiable, introduit sous l'impulsion du grand Martin Hines, la MSA a procédé à un appel d'offres assorti de tests complets en piste. Une commission composée de spécialistes indépendants et d'officiels de la MSA a ensuite longuement délibéré en ayant à l'esprit de trouver la meilleure solution pour favoriser le dévloppement de la catégorie.
Le sérieux de la IAME a été récompensé par le choix de son 60cc Gazelle de type TaG, refroidi par air, à embrayage et lanceur manuel, d'une puissance annoncée de 5,5 cv. Il sera vendu aux environs de 1000 € h.t. carburateur compris et sera disponible à partir du 1er octobre 2012. La MSA ne souhaite pas plomber le moteur Cadet pour que ceux qui le souhaitent puissent en assurer l'entretien eux-mêmes, mais la fédération se réserve la possibilité de proposer des mécaniques communes dans le cadre du championnat.
Le contrat avec la IAME est signé pour au moins 5 ans. Les Comer pourront rester simultanément dans la course jusqu'à fin 2015 avec un titre national spécifique. A partir de 2013, les Comer 60 et autres Honda WTP devront cependant limiter leurs performances pour ne pas être supérieurs au nouveau venu.
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