Late at night and in the early morning there was rain at Portimao, but a strong and fresh wind then began to sweep away the clouds and dried the track for the last Junior heats on Friday at 11.30am. The battle was tough for everyone to be among the 28 competitors who qualified directly for the finals. Then a downpour soaked the track for the Seniors. Struggling to mount in the rain tires and making last minute adjustments, no less than 10 drivers couldnt get on the grid for the start of the AD heat. There were more showers that were more or less disturbing for DD2 and DD2 Masters, but rain tires and set-ups were mandatory for all.
In Junior, the Portuguese driver Bruno Borlido kept the advantage thanks to two victories ahead of the British driver Josh White and the Japanese driver Kazuto Kotaka, but in third with an already high total of 15 points. The Spaniard Alvaro Perez lost places in his last race in 6th position, while the British driver Harry Webb needed to push hard to reduce the disadvantage of his retirement in the first heat and won 2 races which allowed him to end up in ninth.
In Seniors the Australian Pierce Lehane successfully achieved grand slam with 3 wins in 3 races. So far the Hungarian Ferenc Kancsar is in second place in front of the Irish driver Charlie Eastwood and the British Harrison Scott. The Japanese driver Ukyo Sasahara is in fifth position ahead of two other British drivers Edward Brand and Oliver Hodgson and Canadian Jesse Lazare, in 8th. Joseph Mawson (Australia) is 14th, James Singleton (UK) 17th with a retirement and a victory under his belt. With a third and fourth, Jordi Van Moorsel (Holland) manages to save his qualifying position in 24th despite a retirement in heat 1.
In DD2 Masters, it was elbow to elbow between Cristiano Morgado (South Africa) and Scott Campbell, each twice winning, turned to the advantage of the South African with his 2nd place against the Canadian, who was fifth in the final heat. There was a performance from the British and Irish David Griffiths and Martin Pierce, 3rd and 4th ahead of the Finn Mika Salo, not the former Formula 1 driver. The French Guy Pansart confirmed his sixth position ahead of the Belgian Christophe Adams.
Now under the Canadian flag, Ben Cooper dominated in DD2 with three victories. The Austrian Simon Wagner finally took a slight advantage over the Belgian Xen De Ruwe, whereas the Canadian Nicholas Latifi is fourth ahead of the Portuguese Henrique Baptista and Kevin Lüdi from Switzerland.
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Summoned on Tuesday 27 November for an extraordinary meeting in Paris, the CIK-FIA Commission gathered the different member countries to bring up the future of Karting, and in particular the 2013 season. According to the items discussed during this meeting, the Commission drew up the following calendar – still to be validated by the FIA World Motor Sport Council – for the next season.
2013 CALENDAR OF THE CIK-FIA CHAMPIONSHIPS, CUPS AND TROPHIES
CIK-FIA WORLD KF CHAMPIONSHIP
29/08-01/09 PF Int’l, Brandon (GBR)
13-16/11 Bahrain (BHR)* to be confirmed
CIK-FIA WORLD KZ1 CHAMPIONSHIP
(supported by a CIK-FIA KZ2 CUP)*to be confirmed
12-15/09 Varennes (FRA)
CIK-FIA WORLD KF JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
26-29/09 Sarno (ITA)
13-16/11 Bahrain (BHR)*to be confirmed
CIK-FIA EUROPEAN KZ1 & KZ2 CHAMPIONSHIPS
16-19/05 Wackersdorf (DEU)
27-30/06 Genk (BEL)
CIK-FIA EUROPEAN KF & KF JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
13-16/06 Alcaniz (ESP)
18-21/07 Ortona (ITA)
CIK-FIA NORTH AMERICAN KF CHAMPIONSHIP
TBA Mont Tremblant (CAN)*subject to the homologation of the circuit
CIK-FIA EUROPEAN SUPERKART CHAMPIONSHIP
12-14/07 Snetterton (GBR)* to be confirmed
06-08/09 Magny Cours (FRA)
26-27/10 Le Mans (FRA)* to be confirmed
CIK-FIA KARTING TALENT TROPHY / CIK-FIA KARTING ACADEMY TROPHY / CIK-FIA NATIONS TROPHY
31/05-02/06 Essay (FRA)
12-14/07 Alaharma (FIN)* subject to the homologation of the circuit
16-18/08 TBA(ROU)* subject to the homologation of the circuit
Nothing could be easier! Before returning the Sodi equipment after the Rotax World Final, just clean it well, as perfectly as possible, as this is a competition. As in 2010 and 2011, the cleanest kart returned to Sodi will be awarded the sum of € 500, which is not insignificant. It is an initiative that makes someone happy each year, while simplifying things for the technicians when repackaging.
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There was bad news on Friday morning for Team France which lost one of its drivers. Everyone knew what had gone wrong on the track on Thursday between the American Santino Ferrucci and the French driver Anthony Fotia, he had been quite severely attacked twice by Santino. But Anthony had the bad idea to show his anger in Parc Ferme, pushing Santino. The gesture was regrettable, but it can happen when bad moves on track are not sanctioned ... Although the Portuguese commissioners took no decision at that point, the case was not yet buried. In a document dated November 30, at 8:25 am, the Stewards announced the immediate exclusion from the meeting of the two drivers.
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