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25/02/14 - 11:40

2013 Academy Trophy

Launched in 2010 at the same time as the U18 World Championship, only the CIK-FIA Academy Trophy has only continued into a new three-year cycle this year. Integrated with other international events, it has attracted 32 drivers from 22 different countries and three continents. The Parolin chassis and FIM engine that produced the success of this one-make formula with a limited budget and it was again managed by the Parolin team. The choice Vega for the tyres brought renewed grip and performance, close enough to the KF Junior machines. Another novelty was that the 2013 Academy Trophy was reserved for drivers not otherwise engaged in CIK-FIA international competitions, in order to focus on its mission of discovering talent.




Three events, six races, one winner.
The programme for the year included three meetings: Genk (BEL), Ortona (ITA) and Varennes (FRA), in parallel with the European and World Championships. Although the ultimate victory was the goal of all the competitors, the experience gained by each brought a significant benefit to all participants.


Potty wins the opener at Genk
The Belgian driver Maxime Potty had the chance to race at home for the first round. He won Race 1 against Gautier Becq (FRA) and Ralf Aron (EST) and finished second in Race 2 which was won by Arturo Melgar (ESP) with Artem Petrov (RUS) in third position.


Piquet takes his revenge at Ortona
The son of the former Formula 1 champion, Pedro Piquet was above the battles in Italy, in the heat of Ortona. Potty, however, had not lost his touch, finishing second each time, ahead Ralf Aron and Berkay Besler (TUR).


Besler assured at Varennes
The Turkish driver Berkay Besler tasted victory at the final round in France and won both races of the meeting. Gautier Becq took the second step of the podium in Race 1 ahead of Arturo Melgar, while Edoardo Tolfo (ITA) finished second in race 2 ahead of Melgar.


Potty wins overall
6th and 4th at the last meeting, Maxime Potty won the Academy Trophy clearly thanks to his performance and consistency against Arturo Melgar and Berkay Besler. The 4th position of the French driver Adeline Prudent should be noted, supported by the Women in Motorsport Commission of the FIA.



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Pilote > Lucas LEGERET



Issu du 60 Mini, le Suisse Luca Légeret faisait ses débuts en KF-Junior lors de la Winter Cup à Lonato, un challenge relevé en présence de près de 90 concurrents. Il pouvait compter sur l'expérience incomparable de Dino Chiesa pour mettre au point son châssis Zanardi à moteur Parilla au sein du team Zanardi Strakka Racing. 


Luca n'avait pas encore totalement apprivoisé sa puissante machine lors des chronos et réalisait le 56e temps, ce qui le plaçait en 23e position au départ des manches qualificatives pour son baptême du feu. Il trouvait progressivement ses marques et effectuait par deux fois de belles remontées, terminant notamment 12e de sa 3e manche. Revenu 37e au classement intermédiaire, il devait ensuitese classer dans les 6 premiers du repêchage pour atteindre les phases finales. La mission était difficile, mais Luca se jetait tout de suite dans la bataille et bouclait le premier tour en 5e position. Malheureusement, la férocité de ce genre d'exercice lui coûtait ensuite des places et il chutait finalement en 22e position après avoir été bien chahuté par des adversaires bien plus expérimentés.




Etabt donné le niveau de compétition d'une course comme la Winter Cup, Luca peut se montrer raisonnablement satisfait de ses performances pour cette première en KF-Junior à Lonato et envisager avec confiance les épreuves à venir.



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Presse > FFSA Karting

25/02/14 - 07:25

France Auto Karting n°107



Le numéro 107 de la revue fédérale France Auto Karting est maintenant disponible en téléchargement (ci-dessous). Bonne lecture à tous les passionnés !

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International > Renault Sport

Alexander Albon (KTR) set the best time in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 collective tests. The Thai dominated the morning session at the Motorland Aragón circuit with a best time 1'55''617, ahead of Nyck de Vries (Koiranen GP) and Matevos Isaakyan (AVF). In the afternoon, Andrea Pizzitola (Manor MP Motorsport) was quickest but could not beat the time of the KTR Driver.




The only change on day two of Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 collective testing was the absence of Iñigo Bikuña (AVF) who had exams to take. 32 drivers from 11 teams were present at the Spanish circuit.

In the morning run, after a short pause provoked by Roy Geerts (AVF), Levin Amweg (ART Junior Team) was the first driver to lap under the 1'56' barrier. Then it was Alexander Albon setting best time at 1'55''952, before improving to 1'55''617, ahead of Nyck de Vries, Matevos Isaakyan, Andrea Pizzitola and Kevin Jörg (Josef Kaufmann Racing).


After the lunch break, Nyck de Vries dominated the first hour before Kevin Jörg went quicker. Then it was Andrea Pizzitola moving to the top of the time sheet. HIs three consecutive lap time improvements put him out of reach of his closest rivals, including Kevin Jörg and Dennis Olsen (Prema Powerteam). Alexander Albon and Matevos Isaakyan completed the Top 5 in a session where one second covered the top 22 drivers.


The Paul Ricard Circuit will host the next collective test for the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 on 6 and 7 March.


What they said :


Alexander Albon : "I am very happy with how these tests went. We were very fast this morning. There was even more potential, but the traffic and low temperatures played their part. We have made a lot of progress, it is a big step forward compared to where we've been last year. We are in good shape heading to Paul Ricard."


Andrea Pizzitola : "Right from the first day we have been on pace. Today, I set the best time early in the session with new tyres. This season, I know the car and the championship. For me it is now a mental issue to compete for the win. I worked flat-out in this area over the winter in order to gain these important tenths of a second."


Matt Parry : "I am still getting to grips with the team. Today, we were successful in finding a good set-up for the first meeting of the season. We were fast on used tyres. It is promising, but the gaps are very small and the traffic was a factor in where we finished in the afternoon. I am not looking for excuses, the times are not that important and it is more a matter of feeling comfortable."


Levin Amweg : "We have made a lot of progress over the two days. We are still missing a little bit of speed, two-tenths. There is still some improvements to do, but we are in heading in the right direction. Changing teams is my main challenge this year, but I am confident. I like working with them, especially because they are very professional."



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International > CIK-FIA

Already the European KZ Champion in June at Genk (BEL) and European KF Champion at Ortona (ITA) in July, the Dutchman Max Verstappen impressed people by becoming at only 15 years old, the World Champion at the KZ meeting at Varennes sur Allier (FRA) in September, the youngest driver to win the world title in the category of karting professionals.




Run at a single event with a field that put together the best drivers in the world, consisting of highly experienced professionals with impressive track records, so the KZ World Championship was one of the best sporting events of the year on a suitably twisty track. The category is currently attracting young talents that are not complex compared to their elders.


In qualifying, the competition proved very open with pole position for the double World Champion Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart-Vortex-B'Stone), immediately challenged in Super Pole by Davide Fore (CRG-TM -B'Stone), the four-time World Champion. Marco Ardigo regained the ascendancy in the qualifying heats with two wins, but the younger generation was gaining ground with Max Verstappen (CRG-TM-B'Stone) second and Italian Felice Tiene (CRG-Maxter-B'Stone) third. Ardigo won prefinal 1 ahead of Czech Patrik Hajek (Praga-Parilla-B'Stone) while Verstappen won prefinal 2 against the Italian Paolo De Conto (Birel-TM-B'Stone).


At this stage, no driver had really gained the upper hand over the other and the tension was palpable on the grid for the final, which was to decide the world title. However, the suspense was killed by Verstappen settling into the first position after only four laps with an ease that spoke volumes about his potential. He then escaped irretrievably until he crossed the finish with a lead of more than 3''. Behind him the battle raged for second place between Marco Ardigo and young Monegasque Charles Leclerc (ART GP-TM-B'Stone), then the British Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla-B'Stone). On the podium that honoured Max Verstappen, youth monopolized with Charles Leclerc second and Jordon Lennox-Lamb third. The Englishman Ben Hanley (ART GP-TM-B'Stone) was fourth with the fastest lap and the Dutchman Bas Lammers (Intrepid-TM-B'Stone) was sixth, having spiced up the race with a good comeback of 12 places each.



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