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The sky was slightly cloudy, but it's was still over 20 ° C at Suzuka for the start of the race, the first in the KF1 World Championship 2012. The unfortunate Kazuya Ishii (Birel / BMB) who started in 10th position, was unable to complete the formation lap. Tom Joyner (LH / BMB) made the best start, but Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex) recovered the lead of the race before the end of the first lap. Davide Fore (CRG / BMB) was very determined, and also attacked Joyner for 3rd. Felice Tiene (CRG / BMB) was fourth, but Karol Basz (Birel / BMB) was held up a little after he launched an attack on Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG / BMB), in 5th.




Tiene passed Joyner, and stole Fore's second place. Max Verstappen (Intrepid / TM), starting from the penultimate row, was in around the 25th place on the 3rd lap. Daiki Sasaki (Kosmic / Vortex) was strong from his 12th place on the grid, with Basz, and these were the two drivers to watch. They also engaged in a great duel at the end of the race. Camponeschi was unbeatably in the lead, Fore stabilized in fifth position, just behind Tiene and in front of Lennox-Lamb. In seventh, Joyner was followed by Armand Philo (Tony Kart / Vortex) who passed Kozlinski (PCR / TM) in ninth and Anthoine Hubert (Formula K / TM) in 10th.

Among the fine recoveries, Tereza Gromanova (Kosmic / Vortex) often loses some time early in the race but ended on a good pace that allowed her to beat Verstappen and De Brabander. Before Camponeschi's victory, the final battle was between Basz and Sasaki, and the Pole's braking was impressive at the end. Tiene finished 4th, Fore 5th, Lennox-Lamb sixth, Joyner 7th, Armand 8th, Hubert 9th and Kozlinski 10th.




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Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex), thanks to two wins in the heats, will start from pole in Race 1 on Saturday afternoon at Suzuka. There will be a formidable British driver with him - Tom Joyner (LH / BMB). On the second row, two ambitious drivers, Karol Basz (Birel / BMB) and Felice Tiene (CRG / BMB), followed by World Champions Davide Fore (CRG / BMB) and Kozlinski (PCR / TM). Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG / BMB) and Anthoine Hubert (Formula K / TM) will be on fourth row, ahead of Tereza Gromanova (Kosmic / Vortex) and Kazuya Ishii (Birel / BMB), then Yannick De Brabander (Formula K / TM) 11th and the two fastest in qualifying and the heats but unfortunate, Daiki Sasaki (Kosmic / Vortex) and Pedro Hiltbrand (FA Kart / Vortex).

Max Verstappen (Intrepid / TM) qualified by winning the repechage without any problems, with 7 participants, during which Takashi Kasai (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Hiroyuki Inoue (Tony Kart / Vortex) engaged in a long duel. John Filippi (Tony Kart / Vortex) finished sixth, but was excluded from the race for being underweight so will not be in the final.



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The third and final heat for KF1, A against B, had a formidable front row with the two fastest drivers, Pedro Hiltbrand (FA Kart / Vortex) and Daiki Sasaki (Kosmic / Vortex). But the Japanese driver made went off at the first corner, while the Spanish driver retires two  laps later while he was ensconced at the front of the race. Max Verstappen (Intrepid / TM) lost a lot of time crashing at the start. Therefore no one could stand in the way of Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex), again the fastest on the track.

Felice Tiene (CRG / BMB) recovered to second position, very fast, surpassing Tom Joyner (LH / BMB). Kozlinski (PCR / TM) led a small group for a few laps, but fell from 3rd to 6th place. Then Davide Fore (CRG / BMB) took fourth ahead of Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG / BMB). Tereza Gromnaova (Kosmic / Vortex) returned at the end of the race to 7th place ahead of the amazing Yuta Shiraishi (Sodi / TM). Verstappen obviously did not have the speed to do better than ninth against Carlos Gil (Tony Kart / Vortex). John Filippi (Tony Kart / Vortex) finished 16th after a measures race.


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This time Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex) dominated the second qualifying heat in KF1, A against C. Leading from start to finish, he finished more than 3'' in the lead with the fastest lap of the race. Behind him, Daiki Sasaki (Kosmic / Vortex) was behind Karol Basz (Birel / BMB) for several laps before he could take second place a few meters from the finish: a victim of an engine problem, he lost out to Sasaki on the line. Felice Tiene (CRG / BMB) finally passed Yannick De Brabander (Formula K / TM) to gain 4th place.


The fight wasn't gentle in the pack. Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG / BMB) was able to overtake Kazuya Ishii (Birel / BMB) on the last lap as well as Hiroshi Umegaki (Birel / BMB). Although he started well, Anthoine Hubert (Formula K / TM) was in a lively group that lost him time early in the race. He then fought to keep ninth place against Christian Sorensen (LH / BMB) who was initially delayed. Bad luck continued for John Filippi (Tony Kart / Vortex) who crashed with another Tony Kart at the lights and retired after a few meters, with a damaged rear axle.



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International > CIK-FIA Asia-Pacific Championships

19/05/12 - 04:25

Rossel, KF2 poleman



The Dane Kevin Rossel (Birel / BMB) set the fastest time in qualifying for the Asia-Pacific KF2 Championship at Suzuka. He lapped at 48'' 617, ahead of Nieri Fukuzumi (Kosmic / Vortex) by 15 milliseconds. Argentina's Federico Panetta (Tony Kart / Vortex) took third place ahead of Paolo Ippolito (Kosmic / Vortex) and Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic / Vortex). Hong Kong driver Matthew Solomon (Tony Kart / TM) was in sixth position ahead of  Sataro Mimura (ART PM / TM), Damiano Fioravanti (Tony Kart / TM) and Andrew Tang (Kosmic / TM).



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