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22/07/12 - 13:49

Russell back in the race

It was with some delight that the the pressure rose gradually as the start time for the race approached. The warm-up made some confirmations and confirmed some concerns. However, new tires were fitted for the races, so everything could change, so the hope was that the quality of the Vegas is homogeneous, and that nobody would find out before the opening laps.



Dorian Boccolacci (Intrepid / TM) took pole position with a formidable opponent at his side, the Croatian Martin Kodric (FA Kart / Vortex), then Callum Ilott (Zanardi / Parilla) and Connor Jupp (Energy / Vortex) on the second row. Boccolacci went first ahead of Ilott, Jupp and Kodric, very close together. George Russell (Intrepid / Vortex) immediately started to attack, he was running two tenths faster. Ilott took control on the second lap, Russell returned to fourth. Boccolacci was clearly under-performing. Suddenly, Ilott was no longer in the game, Boccolacci recovered to the lead, but was soon passed by Russell. The race was dominated by a squad of five drivers: Russell, Boccolacci, Kodric, Jupp and Darius Karbaley (FA Kart / Vortex).

Meanwhile, Gabi Aubry (Birel / TM) was back to 9th, Paolo Besancenez (Sodi / Parilla) 11th. Kodric moved into second position ahead of Boccolacci, Karbaley and Jupp. Russell got away at the front. Luca Corberi (Kosmic / Vortex) moved up to sixth Alex Palou (CRG / BMB) and Joonas Lappalainen (Ninar / Vortex). After halfway Boccolacci was reeled in by Kodric and passed him on the ninth lap. Jupp took over fourth place ahead of Corberi. Palou went into sixth position and set a record five tenths faster than the leader, Aubry moved up to 8th and Besancenez 10th after taking 4 places in a fight with Lance Stroll (Zanardi / Parilla).

Russell won ahead of Boccolacci and Kodric, Jupp fourth, Palou 5th and Corberi sixth. Russell took the championship lead with 45 points and 40 points in front of Boccolacci, and Palou on 38 points. to be continued ...



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The case stirred up PFI in the paddock, but it should stay calm. The competitor Max Verstappen has appealed the 10s penalty applied after an overtaking maneuver on Ben Barnicoat, which dropped the Dutch driver down to 21st position at the start of Race 1. The appeal suspended the penalty, so Max will start from ninth place, with a much better chance of winning the European title in KF2. If this was to be the case, the Championship would not be decided on Sunday night, since it would to wait for the decision of the British Court. If the appeal was unsuccessful, Max would lose his result.

For some, this is a big risk, they are convinced that Max's overtake was as bad as shown on the on-board cameras. While this was not improbable, other viewpoints were shown on an external video, where Max didn't seem guilty of anything major. Anyway, the suspense of the battle on the track was now increased by a fight in the courts, which is always damaging to a sporting event.

Unless the competitor, who paid the prescribed amount, does not confirm his appeal in time. Anyway, most important is what happens on the track ...



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On Saturday, spectators on the raised embankments of the PF International Circuit did not regret their choice of viewpoint, and not only because the sun was shining! With its bridge, its banked bend and numerous overtaking places, the British track was a perfect venue to guarantee some stunningly spectacular qualifying heats. And more than that, there was no lack of surprises during the 21 heats programmed for the KF2 and KF3 categories!


On the eve of the two Races attributing championship points, the vital concern of the favourites was to be among the 34 finalists. But those who best negotiate the qualifying heats, and who will therefore start the first Race from the front of the grid, will already have an advantage.


Already fastest in qualifying practice, during all the qualifying heats Martin Kodric (FA Kart-Vortex) confirmed his undeniable speed. Without a penalty for a jump-start, the Croatian would indeed have had a faultless run. However, Martin will start Race 1 from second place on the grid, but still with every chance of donning the crown as he is currently in 5th place in the Championship. Like Kodric, Dorian Boccolacci won 4 heats out of 5, only the Croatian succeeding in depriving him of victory when their two groups met. In the end however, it was the Frenchman, currently ex-aequo second in the competition, who will have the benefit of starting from pole position.


Behind this duo, the Britons took advantage of their local knowledge to stand out. In fact, Callum Ilott (Zanardi-Parilla) and Connor Jupp (Energy-Vortex) will start on the 2nd row of the grid, just ahead of the Italian Luca Corberi (Kosmic-Vortex) and their compatriots Samuel Oram-Jones (Intrepid-TM), George Russell (Intrepid-Vortex), Nathan Aston (Intrepid-TM) and Darius Karbaley (FA Kart-Vortex). Only 30th after practice, George Russell climbed as far as 7th place. Having won Race 1 in Varennes, the titular European Champion knows perfectly well that his poor performance in Race 2, when he was hit by an adversary at the start, may well be discounted. But with three results retained from four Races, it is vital that he fights at the front of the pack, with Kodric and Boccolacci. The same goes for Alex Palou (CRG-BMB), Championship leader. In 13th place after the qualifyi ng heats, and therefore on the starting grid for Race 1, the Spaniard must climb through the pack if he is to take his first major title.



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For some the dream is already over, but for others it may only just be starting. On the PF International Circuit at Brandon, the European KF2 and KF3 Championships have delivered their first verdict: the names of the 34 finalists in each category. On Sunday, the two Championship Races will see two much-coveted crowns awarded. Both spectacle and suspense are bound to be on the agenda!



During the qualifying heats, the KF2 category was full of surprises. After Max Verstappen (Intrepid-TM), victim of a broken chain on Friday, several other favourites suffered more less severe complications. The Monegasque Charles Leclerc (ART GP-Parilla) was let down by his ignition, Anthoine Hubert (FK-TM) also had a broken chain and Ben Barnicoat (ART GP-Parilla) lost ground after a collision with Max Verstappen in the joint heat. Given a 10-second penalty, the Dutchman appealed the decision via his Entrant. As the appeal is suspensive, Max will start from 9th place on the grid for Race 1, behind his main rivals, Ben Barnicoat (6th) and Charles Leclerc (8th).


Avoiding trouble, Dennis Olsen (Energy-TM) did extremely well to take pole position. 5th in the Championship after his 3rd place in Race 2 in Germany, the Norwegian intends to play his hand to the very end. In the intermediate classification he leads the Italian Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart-Vortex), who climbed steadily from his 14th place in qualifying practice, the Briton Sam Snell (Energy-Parilla) and the Italians Antonio Fuoco (Tony Kart-Vortex) and Paolo Ippolito (Kosmic-Vortex). Ben Barnicoat will therefore start from 6th place on the grid, just ahead of his team mate Charles Leclerc. Between the two is the Dane Andreas Hanssen (Maranello-Maranello). Max Verstappen and the Briton Tom Joyner (LH-BMB) complete the Top 10.



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21/07/12 - 20:04

Olsen manages the heats well


Fast and thoughtful, with a memorable and magnificent overtake on Verstappen after waiting for the right time, Dennis Olsen (Energy / TM) topped the heat classification of the last round of the European KF2 Championship at PFI with three victories to his name, ahead of Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex) who was also effective. Much further behind, Sam Snell (Energy / TM) advanced to third ahead of Antonio Fuoco (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Paolo Ippolito (Kosmic / Vortex). Although the penultimate heat ended after an attack from Max Verstappen, Benjamin Barnicoat (ART GP / Parilla) finished in 6th place. Charles Leclerc (ART GP / Parilla) was able to return to eighth. Max Verstappen (Intrepid / TM) is in ninth position after an appeal for his penalty for the incident with Barnicoat. Otherwise, he would have been in around 20th position. Tom Joyner (LH / BMB) completed the top 10.

Felice Tiene (CRG / BMB) is 14th and Anthoine Hubert (Formula K / TM) 15th. In the French clan, Valentin Moineault (Tony Kart / Vortex) is 22nd, Paul Boutonnet (Tony Kart / Parilla) 31st and Victor Compere (Kosmic / Vortex) 32nd, after a fine performance and a serious flip in the final heat. After being hit in the 3rd heat, without any sanction, Matthew Graham (Zanardi / Parilla) qualified in 30th.



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