Dorian Boccolacci is training hard for his first season in single-seaters, in the French F4 Championship, but he has not cut all his ties with karting. During the car racing pre-season, it is not unusual to see him in the paddocks, paying a visit to his former kart team Energy Corse where he still has strong relations. He has just passed the baton in Michele Panigada's team to a new member of the Lotus F1 Junior Team, the promising Juan Correa. The two boys, who have known each other since the beginning of the season, respect each other and Dorian acts as a sort of "older brother" by sharing his experience with the young American driver, who already feels part of the Energy family, where Luigina and Simone were so important for Dorian in the last two years at top level.
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French drivers shone in the first free practice session that opened the official part of the meeting at the Circuit Paul Ricard.
Sébastien Loeb (Citroën) was the fastest man on track, pleasing his many fans already present at Le Castellet, but the biggest surprise came from Hugo Valente. The young driver from Choisy-le-Roi confirmed again his excellent form, by taking second-fastest at the wheel of the Campos Racing Chevrolet RML keeping behind him López, Chilton and Muller.
The quintet was followed by the Hondas of Monteiro, Tarquini and Michelisz, who performed closely throughout the session. The fastest LADA was James Thompson's, who closed the session in P11, right in front of team mate Rob Huff. Franz Engstler was fastest among TC2 cars.
In a sunny, windy and chilly morning session, the Citroëns took control from the first moment, with López posting fastest time in 1.31.148, quickly improved by Loeb (1.30.891).
At mid-session took place the only note-worth incident, as Muller surprisingly hit the tire pile marking the inner margin of the chicane in the Mistral straight (Turn 4). There was damage on the front right end of the C-Elysée that stopped on the side, prompting the red flag. As the session resumed, top positions changed little except for Tom Chilton, who posted fifth-fastest time and one lap later, fourth-fastest (1.31.489). Six minutes from the end, Valente signed a stunning 1.31.037, which left him only one tenth from Loeb and in second position.
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Os cronometrados da segunda prova da WSK Super Master Series, não foram tão brilhantes como em Sarno para o Brasileiro da Equipa Ennio Gandolfi Racing. Giuliano Raucci teve que lutar nas mangas de qualificação, no circuito claramente mais mortificado de Castelletto, para recuperar a sua desvantagem inicial, gerindo ao mesmo tempo a agitação do pelotão. Era nas partidas que Giuliano se mostrava cada vez muito reactivo e recuperava mais lugares, nesta fase o seu Energy/TM não se encontrava entre os mais rápidos do grupo.
O melhor momento do fim-de-semana chegava com a pré-final A. Qualificado na 31ª posição dos intermediários, Raucci saltava à extinção dos semáforos e atacava imediatamente alcançando o top 10. Ao volante de uma máquina nitidamente mais eficaz, ele encontrava-se na 8ª posição quando a classificação era suspensa pelo procedimento 'Slow', no karting o equivalente do Safety Car. Infelizmente, ele não pôde aproveitar muito tempo desta posição mais favorável na final, já que foi despojado da corrida desde a 2ª volta.
Agora o objectivo a curto prazo é concretizar até ao fim a próxima prova da WSK em La Conca, a última etapa importante antes do Campeonato da Europa KF-Junior da CIK-FIA, que iniciará no traçado italiano no início de Maio.
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