Auteur d'une brillante carrière en karting (Champion du Monde de la catégorie Formule A en 1988), et actuel pilote officiel du Team Pescarolo, Emmanuel Collard s'entraine régulièrement au volant d'un kart Sodi ST32 BV. On devrait d’ailleurs prochainement le voir faire son retour sur une course de kart…
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The CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship will continue this weekend in the Czech Republic on the circuit of Most. It will be the second out of the three events counting towards the series which started in mid-May at Magny-Cours (FRA) and is scheduled to end on 7 August at Assen (NLD).
The Most Autodrom is willingly hosting the 250cc Superkarts, and as an average the European Championship stops over there every two years. The current Championship leader will however have to perform in an unchartered land as Emmanuel Vinualès (Anderson-DEA) has never set a wheel there. The numerous free practice sessions granted by the Organiser as a prelude to the imposed schedule (2 qualifying practice sessions and 2 Races) will therefore come in handy for the young Frenchman.
Triple European Champion, the Briton Gavin Bennett (Anderson-DEA) holds the third rank in the provisional classification, having scored a win at Magny-Cours followed by a 14th place in Race 2 because of a technical issue. But whereas Bennett was expecting to have to cross swords with Peter Elkmann (MS Kart-DEA), Malcolm Crowe (Anderson-DEA) or John Riley (Anderson-FPE), he is actually sandwiched between young Drivers who were not necessarily tipped as favourites: Vinualès and the German Daniel Hentschel (Anderson-DEA) call the tune in the Championship while Laurent Marchandise (PVP-FPE) and Henrik Lilja (PVP-PVP) hold the 4th and 5th spots! Considering that these two Drivers, who come from KZ karts, are almost beginners in Superkart, one can imagine that they still have a nice progression margin to exploit in the forthcoming events.
Currently 6th in the provisional classification, the former KZ and Formula Renault Driver Adam Kout will be very keen to shine in front of his home crowd. Just like his chassis (MS Kart) and his engine (VM) he is Czech and has regularly demonstrated that he had a good potential, and so has the Dutchwoman Priscilla Speelman, the only lady Driver in the field, who uses equipment of the same type. Although he has preferred the Italian DEA engine, the 2008 European Champion Peter Elkmann also uses the Czech chassis MS Kart. Better prepared than he was for Magny-Cours – where he had to complete the assembling of his kart on the spot – the German, a former Formula 3 Driver, should be a candidate for victory at Most.
The CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship Drivers will have the opportunity to run on the track four times on Friday 10 June, including once for their first qualifying practice session (17h30). On Saturday their programme will include a second qualifying practice session (10h00) and Race 1 (14h55). Their Race 2 is scheduled for Sunday at 12h10.
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18 ° C, cloudy, no fear of sunburn at Wackersdorf on Friday afternoon at the CIK event, but no rain either for today. The KZ2 will soon open fire in their timed qualifying.
Here is the programme of the World KF1 Championship, round 1, and the European Championship for KZ1 and KZ2:
Friday, June 10
5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.: chronos KZ2
Saturday, June 11
8:15 to 9:45: Warm-ups for all classes
9:50 to 11:05: qualifying heats for KZ2
11:10 to 11:50: qualifying for KF1 and KZ1
12h - 12h55: qualifying heats for KZ2
2:15 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.: qualifying heats KZ1 and KZ2
3:55 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Race 1 and podium for KF1
4:40 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.: qualifying heats KZ1 and KZ2
18h - 6:35 p.m.: race 2 and podium for KF1
Sunday, June 12
8:15 to 9:35: Warm-ups
9:40 to 10:35: qualifying heats for KZ2
10:40 to 10:55: Draft KZ1
11am - 11:38: qualifying for KF1 (2 sets)
14h: prefinal for KZ2
14:30: prefinal for KZ1
15h: Race 3 and podium for KF1
16h10: Final for KZ2
16.55 pm: Final for KZ1
17h40: Race 4 and podium for KF1
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In Siena, Sean Gelael scored his first points in the WSK Master Series classification. He was able to do it thanks to a remarkable performance in a half dry, half wet weather KF2 final race, during which the Indonesian driver showed an impressive effort given he started from the back of the grid. Unfortunately the red flag interrupted the race and he was stopped in full momentum in 11th place...
At ease during free practice, a bit less in the timed qualifying session in heavy heat, Sean performed solid qualifying heats, with a good pace and avoiding impacts. Very fast in the pre-final, Sean moved up from 17th to 10th when he suffered a small collision after an overtake, maybe for an excess of enthusiasm.
After this youthful mistake he was forced to retire, but he did not commit the same error in the final race.
32nd at the start, he had to face a major challenge on the last race. He started overtaking at a sustained pace, without wasting time or running unnecessary risks. When it began to rain on the Siena track, he became increasingly faster than his opponents, exploiting his slick tyres at best with the ability of an acrobat. He concluded this very positive weekend with his first points scored in the drivers' championship and a big smile of satisfaction.
Official Website: www.sean-gelael.com
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