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The track was wet at Lyon for the Prefinal in X30 Senior. Choosing slicks didn't yet seem to be an option, and rain could fall at the end of the race, according to Météo France. Anthony Cour (Alpha) and Vincent Fraisse (Sodi) would be on the front row for the battle. Fraïsse was able to take the right line in second place behind Cout who had a perfect start. Matias Milla (Zanardi) was ahead of Jeremy Lopes (Tony Kart), Mathias Borges Martins (FK). In contrast, Joseph Mawson (Kosmic) and Luca Midali (Sodi) were taken out in an incident at the first corner and was now missing. Kevin Breysse (PCR) was already fifth, followed by Bryan Laloux (Kosmic), Thomas Ricci (Tony Kart), Yoann Mazgarean (Exceed) and Jeoffrey Rouchy (CRG).

 

After four laps, Cout was 1.3'' in the lead with the fastest lap, ahead of Fraïsse, who also had a gap to Milla and Lopes. We watched Breysse close on Lopes, while Hubert Petit (Sodi) set sparks flying in 7th place with a gain of 22 places compared to his start position. Fraïsse hustled, but failed to gain ground on Cout who was constantly improving the fastest lap.

 

Significant gaps froze some positions in the top 7 where Nicolas Gonzales (Kosmic) joined Petit, sixth behind Breysse. Ingrid Girard (Tony Kart) was unwavering in her recovery from the last row, currently in 20th after gaining 13 places. Petit was able to reach and pass Breysse for fifth position with two laps to go. Cout had a landslide victory, 3.8'' ahead of Fraïsse. Milla was third, Lopes fourth, Petit fifth with 24 places gained, Breysse 6th, Gonzales 7th, the fastest on the track.

 

 

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All information, people, funny stories, ... etc. are on the Facebook page of the IAME Final thanks to the work of Pauline Pourchaire, the tireless press officer and reporter in the paddock at Lyon.

Follow, share and comment here!  

 

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Car > Renault Sport

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Nyck de Vries (Koiranen GP) enjoyed a Saturday to remember at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Starting in pole after beating the lap record, the Dutchman was in dominant form as he won the first Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 race of the weekend. Finishing behind him were title rivals Oliver Rowland (Manor MP Motorsport) and Pierre Gasly (Tech 1 Racing), with the Frenchman seeing his championship lead trimmed to eight points. Meanwhile, Tech 1 Racing picked up the points they needed to seal the team title.

 

Nyck de Vries began the day by seizing his first pole in the category, the McLaren Young Driver Development Programme member heading the grid from the leading trio in the championship standings: Pierre Gasly, Oliver Rowland and Esteban Ocon (ART Junior Team).

 

The polesitter held on to his lead when the lights went out, with Oliver Rowland catching Pierre Gasly off guard to jump into second behind him. Shunted on to the grass by Esteban Ocon, Oscar Tunjo (Josef Kaufmann Racing) lost nine places, while a three-way collision on lap one meant early retirements for Ukyo Sasahara (Euronova), Yu Kanamaru (KTR) and Roman Beregech (RC Formula).

 

The leader maintained a fierce pace, posting one fastest lap after another. To his rear Oliver Rowland gradually extended his advantage over Pierre Gasly, while the battles raged in the pack behind them.

Untroubled out front, Nyck de Vries eased over the line to score his second win of the year from Oliver Rowland and Pierre Gasly. The fourth man home, Esteban Ocon picked up a ten-second penalty for his manoeuvre at the start and dropped down to seventh behind Egor Orudzhev (Tech 1 Racing), who got past Andrea Pizzitola (ART Junior Team) on lap 12, and Ignazio D'Agosto (KTR). Oscar Tunjo, Kevin Jorg (Jenzer Motorsport) and Victor Franzoni (Koiranen GP) were the other drivers to make the top ten.

 

Thanks to the points scored by Gasly and Orudzhev, Tech 1 Racing clinched a second team crown to go with the one they won in their first year in the category in 2010.

 

Nyck de Vries: "I'm thrilled at winning one of the last races of the season, especially as they're the ones people tend to remember more. We didn't get off to the best start this weekend, but our teamwork paid off with the pole and the win."

 

Oliver Rowland: "We saw last year that anything can happen. We managed to limit the damage thanks to one of my best starts, but we have a lot of work ahead of us tonight to find the performance levels we need to win."

 

Pierre Gasly: "The goal is to maintain my advantage. I made a bad start and I wasn't going to try and do the impossible. It was difficult to stay close on the fast turns. It's an important third place for me and it's up to us to go and get pole tomorrow."


 

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Team > PRAGA

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Peter Ptacek told us on Saturday night that Jonathan Thonon had just signed a three year contract to drive for the Praga Kart Racing team. At Lyon the day before, Jonathan had told us about his search for a new team. Sodi was one of the possibilities, but finally Praga prevailed, giving the Belgian champion an opportunity to revive his career after a difficult 2013. Praga will rely on Thonon as a top driver at the WSK Final Cup at Castelletto alongside Patrik Hajek to take the blue chassis with a Parilla engine to success.

 

 

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International > Italie

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C'est Nicola Abrusci (Tony Kart) qui a remporté la Rok Cup International Final 2013 en catégorie Mini Rok en partant de la seconde ligne. Il s'est imposé assez nettement face à Noah Watt (CRG) et Nazim Azman (CRG), l'auteur du meilleur temps.

 

Après une bataille serrée en début de course, Cosimo Durante (Tony Kart) a remporté la finale Junior Rok, mais a ensuite été pénalisé pour une manœuvre répréhensible. Ses adversaires se sont disputé la 2e position sur la piste, qui revenait au dernier moment à Alessandro Di Cori (Tony Kart) finalement déclaré vainqueur devant Danilo Albanese (Kosmic) et le Français Bryan Elpitiya (Energy) toujours bien placé ce week-end.

 

La catégorie Shifter est revenue à Paolo Bonetti (Tony Kart), vainqueur de la finale avec une grosse avance sur Gaetano Cioffi (Tony Kart), lui-même très détaché devant Andrea Tonoli (Energy), le premier des E30.

 

En Super Rok, Riccardo Cinti (Tony Kart) s'impose en finale face à Gianmarco Ercoli (Tony Kart) avec Michele Imberti (Tony Kart) sur la 3e marche du podium. En 2e ligne sur la grille de départ, Alessandro Vantini (CRG) abandonnait en début de course.

 

Enfin, le Suisse Stefan Bär (Top Kart) triomphait dans la finale Rok, avec Carlo Aldera (Tony Kart) à plusieurs longueurs. Bien que distancé, le Polonais Krzystof Frankowski (Birel) prenait la 3e place loin devant le Danois Krsitian Asaa (Exprit) et encore plus loin devant l'Italien Giuseppe Gagliano (Tony Kart) 5e.

 

Infos Rok Cup International Final 2013 par ici.

 

 

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