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Embora as fases finais da 2ª prova do Campeonato da Europa KF2 não tenham sido muito favoráveis a Thiago Vivacqua, o encontro inglês mostrou que o jovem piloto brasileiro estava no bom caminho. Corrida após corrida ele adapta-se à sua nova categoria e confronta-se, cada vez com mais segurança, aos pilotos mais experientes.
O novo traçado de PF International, na Grã-Bretanha, é tão impressionante como difícil, com partes rápidas e outras sinuosas, com grandes travagens e correctores essenciais, mas perigosos para as transmissões. O encontro inglês iniciou sob a chuva mas isso não incomodou o Thiago, que realizava ao volante do seu Zanardi/Parilla o 7º cronometrado do seu grupo. A regra dos 101 %, que mistura os desempenhos de cada série, não lhe foi favorável colocando-o no 26º da geral. As mangas de qualificação, sob a chuva e depois sob o seco, desenrolaram-se bem até Thiago ter sido abalroado, o que lhe aconteceu por duas vezes. Senão, ele classificou-se em 6º, 7º e 8º, mantendo-se rápido, corajoso e seguro.
A partida para a corrida 1 é agitada, Thiago perde algumas posições mas recompõe-se antes de ser enviado para o fundo do pelotão devido a um acidente. Apesar de tudo, ele recupera alguns lugares e termina em 26º. Chegando a 21º na corrida 2 ele é ejectado da pista e finalmente é obrigado a abandonar após uma tentativa infrutífera para chegar ao fim. Consciente da sua boa progressão, Thiago espera serenamente o próximo programa, o encontro Espanhol de Zuera, uma etapa preparatória importante antes da Taça do Mundo em Setembro.
Info Kartcom / © Fotografia KSP
Conforme decidido pelo Conselho Mundial do Desporto Automóvel da FIA, o ruído no Karting é doravante limitado a 108 dB. Sendo os karts com caixa de velocidade (categorias KZ1 e KZ2) os mais afectados por esta regulamentação, os fabricantes de motores pediram uma sessão de treinos para poderem testar as suas novas soluções técnicas. A mesma realizar-se-á na Quarta-feira, dia 22 de Agosto, no circuito de Sarno, onde terão lugar as Taças do Mundo KZ1 e KZ2 no primeiro fim de semana de Setembro. Por esta ocasião a CIK-FIA instalará o sistema de controlo de ruído que utiliza nas suas provas.
As fábricas e as equipas que desejam participar neste dia de treinos, deverão confirmar a sua presença, via e-mail, junto da Administração da CIK-FIA (email@example.com), até ao dia 10 de Agosto.
Info CIK / © Fotografia KSP
MIR and the CIK-FIA have signed a collaboration agreement for apparel to be used in international races, for the third year in a row.
MIR Raceline, a company with 30 years' experience in the production of karting and motorsport apparel, for the third consecutive year, has again agreed with the CIK-FIA to be the official apparel provider for the 2012 race season.
THE MIR - CIK-FIA DEAL
As per the agreement signed, MIR will provide the International Karting Commission with all suits for the Academy Trophy, the competition dedicated to the world's best drivers ages 13 to 15 that in 2012 runs on three rounds, featuring identical engines and chassis for all participants. It is within this context of standard "material" that MIR will act as official suit provider for all the drivers who will compete in Angerville (France) on August 26th and Bahrain on November 10th, after having battled in round one on the Braga track (in Portugal).
Bruno Mazzeschi, Chief of MIR, expresses his pride for the recognition received with this agreement:
"The greatest satisfaction doesn't simply come from having the collaboration renewed, but from the recognition and appreciation of our products' safety standards that comes with it. Our product line encloses the noble art of Italian craftsmanship, which is appreciated and recognized all over the world.
And it is precisely the excellence, care, and passion that we've been weaving in over 25 years' of work that leads an organization as devoted to top safety standards as the CIK-FIA to rely on us to be represented on the most prestigious international circuits."
Info MIR Raceline / © Photos KSP
Great Britain's Lee Harpham (Anderson/FPE) leads the championship by 8 points at the half way stage. He heads to Assen in northern Holland for the third event in the 2012 CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship, as the Driver-in-form and clear favourite for another victory.
It was only a snapped chain that denied him a winning double at Hockenheim in April, but he put that disappointment behind him by winning both races in front of a big home crowd at Snetterton in the 2nd event of the championship.
The only other Driver to win a race in the first half of the championship was Marcel Maasmann (Anderson/FPE), Harpham's Dutch team-mate in the British Redspeed team. He lies 2nd in the championship standings despite finishing only 10th in Race 1 at Snetterton. But that can be explained by contact with another competitor during the race which lost Maasmann several places. He bounced back to record 3rd place in Race 2 and has been a consistent front-runner all season.
So far this season, former Champion Gavin Bennett (Anderson/DEA) has not shown the blistering pace that took him to his 3 championships. But 2nd place in Race 1 at Snetterton suggested a revival could be on-the-cards. He followed this with 4th place in Race 2. Whilst it was not a wholly convincing performance, nevertheless he is joint 3rd in the championship standings and has not given up on his chances of regaining the title.
Czech Driver Adam Kout (MS Kart/DEA) was never out of the top 4 in the first 3 races, but 7th in Race 2 at Snetterton was a disappointment. Whilst he trails Harpham by 21 points in joint 3rd place with Bennett, a strong second half of the championship could yet take him to the title.
Current Champion Frenchman Emmanuel Vinuales (Anderson/DEA) has a much tougher task to retain his crown however. His first 3 races produced a meagre 5 points but, like Bennett, he showed his best form in the championship with a 2nd place at Snetterton. Those 20 points were essential to any remaining title aspirations he might cherish. His transition back to the championship winning Anderson chassis may signal a stronger finish to the competition than the first 4 races produced.
But in any case, it may not be just the potential Champions that will shine at Assen. Whilst Maasmann has been the only real Dutch title contender in recent seasons, fellow countrymen Romano de Ruit (Anderson/FPE) and Danny Bleek (MS Kart/VM) were both a revelation at Snetterton. Neither had raced the opening event at Hockenheim. If they had done so with the same success they had in England, they would be 5th and 6th in the standings now. De Ruit in particular was in sparkling form and might have had an even better return than in England. Bleek made the podium of the British Superkart GP in the supporting programme.
So if we cannot look at them as potential Champions, with the backing and support of the vociferous 50,000+ crowd at Assen, they could well be in the running for a podium place in their homeland.
And we can never discount former double Champion Damien Payart (Anderson/FPE). The Frenchman was defeated as much by the rain at Hockenheim as by his opponents. His blank return from Germany made it an uphill struggle to win the championship. But 3rd place in Race 1 at Snetterton showed something of his true capability, although the wrong tyre pressure choice in Race 2 saw him come home a disappointing 6th.
The Assen Circuit is always buzzing with atmosphere as the Superkarts share the weekend programme with cars and motor cycles in this unique motor sport environment that always produces the biggest spectator numbers to watch a kart race in any year.
Info CIK / © Photo Chris Walker