The last of the five 2010 French Karting Championship rounds appears to be very promising for several reasons. Over 180 drivers are expected on the legendary circuit of Laval next weekend for the grand final of the GPO series. The race to the national titles between the favourites and some high-potential outsiders in the three categories - KF2, KF3, and KZ2 - is still open. Guibbert, Gasly and Abbasse will defend their chances against a pack of high aimers and the show promises to be a very exciting one. And the Mini/Cadet French Cup still holds a few surprises in store.
Though the situation in the French Championship was clear before the Laval round, the elimination of two out of ten season's results is going to relaunch competition for drivers who suffered some runs of bad luck. It is difficult to hazard a forecast before the start of hostilities, on the Beausoleil circuit, Saturday morning. Among KF3 junior drivers, Pierre Gasly (Sodi/Parilla) has been in excellent position for quite a long time, but he will have to keep an eye on rivals in excellent form such as his Monegasque team mate Charles Leclerc (Sodi/Parilla), or Anthoine Hubert (Tony Kart/Vortex), who are still in the running. Léo Roussel (Sodi/Parilla) and Rémy Deguffroy (Tony Kart/Vortex) will have something to say, too, while young talents like Erwan Julé (Intrepid/TM) and Florian Latorre (DR/Parilla) could decide to join the battle. A few drivers coming from the Cadet category will make their KF3 debut in Laval: Eva Bénès, Dorian Guldenfels and Benoit Philipps are in this category, together with Quentin Chauvé and Kenny Marquès, who returned to competition in Ostricourt.
KF2 is dominated by two drivers, Enzo Guibbert (FA Kart/Vortex), leader of the provisional standings, and Clément Bluy (Tony Kart/Vortex), who staged a spectacular return to leadership after his comeback. Belgian Denis Dupont (Tony Kart/Vortex) remains a dangerous rival given his regular presence in the places of honour, just like Alex Baron (Sodi/Parilla), who showed impressive performances in Ostricourt.
Numbers are less favourable to Victor Sendin (Tony Kart/Vortex), but he can be counted on for an exciting show during the meeting, like Pascal Belmaaziz (DR/Maxter). Andrick Zeen (Sodi/Parilla), Cyril Raymond (Kosmic/Vortex) and Nicolas Picot (Tony Kart/Vortex) are some of the drivers to watch out for in the lead pack.
Anthony Abbasse (Sodi/Maxter) is undoubtedly the number one driver in KZ2, but during last GPO in Ostricourt, he demonstrated once again that even great champions can experience problems, every now and then. His team mate Pierre Ragues (Sodi/TM) grasped the opportunity to take the lead while grip conditions were changing, and came closer to the leaders. A surprise might come from Yan Pesce (Energy/TM), Emilien Grosso (Intrepid/TM) or Christophe Benoit (Birel/TM). In a very brilliant form, Cédric Goudant demonstrated that he cannot be left out of the list of candidates to the podium.
The outcome of the meeting will be completely uncertain in the category of the younger drivers, who are more motivated than ever at their French Cup. The forgotten of the French Championship will have there a great opportunity for revenge, while several drivers will try their chances in the higher category. Bastien Leguay (MG) and Paolo Besancenez (Sodi) can be definitely counted on for an exciting battle for leadership in the Cadet category. Yohan Soguel (MG) might take advantage of the situation. Gabriel Aubry (Kartone) will race for the first time in this category. In Mini, how not to mention Jérémy Demarque (Sodi), the current title holder, his possible successor Etienne Mordret (MG) and Gauthier Becq (Kartone), the third man. As for Arthur Lehouck (Sodi) and Laurent Thomas (Sodi), they will be looking for possible success.