# 36 – September 21st, 2014
The big day for Lando Norris and Enaam Ahmed has finally arrived: they are the new World Champions of kart racing and their names are now on the list of winners of CIK-FIA titles. On the French circuit of Aunay-les-Bois, in Basse-Normandie, the two Brits brought two more world titles under the Union Jack flag, after the victory of Ahmed himself and of his fellow countryman Callum Ilott (KF) in the CIK-FIA European Championship in their categories. Today's races were disturbed by the rain, which was expected on the previous days but had never arrived. Frequent showers made the asphalt wet today, obliging teams to operate sudden tyre changes. In this difficult scenario, the skills of the two Champions and of all the drivers who took part in the battle for the top positions emerged and allowed fans to enjoy a great racing show even through the Internet, through the live streaming available on www.cikfiachampionship.com and www.cikfia.tv.
Lando Norris grabbes the World Title.
There was Lando Norris (FA Kart-Vortex-Dunlop) on the highest step of the podium of Aunay-les-Bois. It was a result which almost surprised the paddock, because Norris was always among the best drivers throughout the weekend, but never at the top. On the contrary, especially during the initial phase of the event, the best performance was achieved by the Danish Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic-Vortex-Dunlop). Norris was second after the qualifying heats, and he kept the position also in the Prefinal, this time behind his fellow countryman Tom Joyner (Zanardi-Parilla-Dunlop). The Final, too, seemed favourable to another protagonist: the Indian Jehan Daruvala (FA Kart-Vortex-Dunlop). Thanks to a great start from the third row, Daruvala led the race for a long time, until Norris decided to lay his card on the table and, from the second position he had occupied since the beginning of the race, attacked and overtook Daruvala. Norris outpaced the rest of the pack and didn't leave any possibility to his rivals. The battle continued for the other top positions, with a last surprise which took place on the last lap, when the Russian Nikita Mazepin (Tony Kart-Vortex-Dunlop) grabbed the second place overtaking Daruvala. Superb fourth place for Calum Ilott, who beat in fifth position the Dutch Martijn van Leeuwen (both on Zanardi-Parilla-Dunlop) during the last laps, after an outstanding recovery started form the 16th row of the grid.
Enaam Ahmed wins the race to the KFJ crown.
The perfect weekend for Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart-Vortex-Vega): he is the new World Champion after being on top of the KFJ throughout the weekend, from qualifying until the end. The Londoner had several opponents: the first one was the German Mick Junior (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega), who was beaten only by Ahmed in the series of heats he took part in. Ahmed, this morning, won Prefinal 1 with a remarkable lead over the Russian Sergey Travnikov (DR-TM-Vega), while in Prefinal 2, characterised by frequent showers, the English Daniel Ticktum (Zanardi-Parilla-Vega) won beating the Belgian Benjamin Lessennes (Kosmic-Parilla-Vega) and becoming the most dangerous rival for Ahmed. Unfortunately, Ticktum did not have a lucky first lap at the start of the Final and dropped back to the last positions. Lessennes grabbed the second position but was obliged to pull over at half race because of an issue with his spark plug. Mick Junior, who had to close the gap after the fourth place achieved in the Prefinal, found himself in second position, even though he didn't stand any chance to reach Ahemd. Also the Venezuelan Mauricio Baiz (Kosmic-Parilla-Vega) took advantage of the situation and scored the third position after an outstanding recovery which started from the 14th row and after a rather troublesome weekend. Behind the Indian Kush Maini (Exprit-Vortex-Vega), 4th, and the Swedish Anton Haaga (Kosmic-LKE-Vega), 5th, the sixth place was eventually scored by Ticktum.
The world challenge on video.
From tomorrow until Saturday 27th, highlights of the event on Motors TV (for broadcasting and tuning details go to www.motorstv.com). The pre-recorded broadcast of the Finals will be also available on Rai Sport 2, on Wednesday 24th at 05.40pm. On Friday 26th, always on Rai Sport 2, the special report with the recap of the World Championship in France.
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Organisé aux portes de la commune d'Essay, le Championnat du Monde de Karting 2014 a vu 175 engagés dont les cinq pilotes de l'Equipe de France FFSA Karting, venus de tous les coins du globe, en découdre sur une piste rendue particulièrement complexe à négocier du fait des averses qui se sont abattues sur l'Orne à l'heure des préfinales et des finales. Retour sur un week-end mouvementé.
La colonie française, représentée par sept pilotes en KF et neuf en KF Junior (dont Gabriel Aubry, Jules Bollier, Nicolas Gonzales, Julien Darras et Tom Leuillet, pilotes de l'Equipe de France FFSA Karting), n'a guère profité de l'événement organisé sur ses terres, frappée qu'elle a été par la malchance.
Le Britannique Enaam Ahmed n'a laissé aucune chance à ses rivaux en KF Junior alors que son compatriote Lando Norris s'impose en KF à l'issue d'un somptueux duel avec l'Indien Jehan Darruvala.
« Je souhaite d'abord saluer l'excellence de l'organisation de l'ASK K61 emmenée par son Président Claude Gripon, en collaboration avec les équipes fédérales et notamment la Commission Nationale de Karting et son Président, Jean-Pierre Deschamps. Je tiens également à saluer nos pilotes français et ceux de l'Equipe de France FFSA Karting qui ont tout donné et ont fait preuve de détermination pendant ce week-end », déclare Nicolas Deschaux, Président de la FFSA.
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O tempo continua nublado e sempre ameaçador mas sem chuva para a final do Campeonato do Mundo KF. Os pilotos estão quentes e a partida à qual assistimos não é a mais correcta. Tom Joyner (Zanardi/Parilla) não aproveita muito tempo da sua pole position, Jehan Daruvala (FA Kart/Vortex) e Lando Norris (FA Kart/Vortex) passam-no na 2ª curva. Nikita Mazepin (Tony Kart/Vortex) ocupa o 4º lugar na frente de Martijn Van Leeuwen (Zanardi/Parilla), Callum Ilott (Zanardi/Parilla), que não se percebe como pôde ganhar tantos lugares de uma vez, Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG/Parilla) e Gabriel Aubry (Tony Kart/Vortex), autor de uma magnífica partida. Daruvala escapa-se, Mazepin ameaça Norris. Aubry sai e abandona à 3ª volta quando se encontrava 8º com o melhor tempo. Joyner parece em dificuldade, Ilott passa em 5º na frente de Hiltbrand. Norris aumenta o ritmo e aproxima-se do seu colega de equipa Daruvala.
Norris ataca e passa para o comando na 10ª das 25 voltas. Mazepin, Van Leeuwen e Ilott atacam o Indiano. Norris consegue uma pequena vantagem com o passar das voltas. Agora em 6º, Karol Basz (Tony Kart/Vortex) recupera progressivamente do atraso da partida. A corrida continua sem alterações maiores senão a ultrapassagem de Illot sobre Van Leeuwen pelo 4º lugar. Hiltbrand abandona a 2 voltas do fim. Mazepin ameaça Daruvala na última volta e passa-o finalmente pelo exterior conquistando o 2º lugar. Lando Norris conquista o título de Campeão do Mundo KF na sua primeira época na categoria, enquanto o team RFM faz uma dobradinha histórica nas duas categorias.
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The weather was dry, but not the track, so most drivers chose wet tyres, probably influenced by the surrounding grey clouds. Daniel Ticktum (Zanardi / Parilla) lost out to Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart / Vortex), and then spun and lost a lot of places. Benjamin Lessennes (Kosmic / Parilla) was second to Jules Bollier (Kosmic / Parilla) and Mick Junior (Tony Kart / Vortex). Mick Junior fought with Bollier for 3rd and the French driver fell to 8th. Meanwhile Ahmed took off with a 1.3 second lead on Lessennes on the second lap. There was a big gain for Mauricio Baiz (Kosmic / Parilla) in 7th place, 21 positions higher. Starting on slicks, Zendelli was currently struggling at the back of the pack, and Sun Yue Yang (FA Kart / Vortex) had retired.
Lessennes improved his time and returned to the leader from the 4th lap. Ahmed responded by posting a fastest lap just after the Belgian put his foot down on lap 6 and both drivers alternated the fastest laps. The difference was around 5/10. Mick Junior was still third, peaking at 2.5' from the lead. Bollier and Leuillet dropped down the rankings. With great drama, Lessennes retired on the 9th lap apparently with a technical problem. Ahmed found himself alone in the lead 5.6' ahead of Mick Junior and Kush Maini (Exprit / Vortex) 3rd, Baiz 4th, Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart / Parilla) 5th, Juri Vips (Zanardi / TM) 6th, Anton Haaga ( Kosmic / LKE) 7th and Ross Martin (Energy / TM) 8th, an improvement of 23 places for the British driver.
The last third of the race saw a fastest lap set by Haaga, still in sixth position, four tenths faster than anyone. The track was improving, as Ahmed replied with another fastesr time. Baiz closed on Maini, Haaga attacked Lorandi to gain fifth position before the Italian retired. Baiz managed to pass Maini. Ahmed did not drop the pace and he had a considerable lead of over 7'on Mick Junior, himself more than 4' from Baiz.
Enaam Ahmed deservedly becomes 2014 KF-Junior World Champion and Mick Junior his Vice-Champion.
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Super dominador desde o início do encontro mundial de Essay, Nicklas Nielsen perdeu bastante na partida para a pré-final, quando Tom Joyner o tocou na parte traseira direita levando-o a fazer um pião.
Olivier Maréchal, o team manager Kosmic, explica a sua posição, a que defendeu face aos Comissários Desportivos : « Partindo na pole, por isso, pelo interior, Nielsen ter-se-á logicamente deslocado um pouco para o exterior para poder efectuar a primeira curva à direita. Ele não tinha outra escolha. Em nenhum caso, ele abriu a porta. Tom Joyner tentou infiltrar-se quando já não havia mais lugar, numa trajectória onde não podia virar sem tocar no nosso piloto. Foi o que aconteceu e Nicklas atravessou-se. Lamento que tais comportamentos não sejam punidos como deveriam, ainda mais, que já não é a primeira vez.»
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