La pluie a cessé, la piste est en train de sécher, le soleil perce par endroit la couche nuageuse, tout va bien pour le départ de la préfinale KZ1 avec deux CRG en pole, Foré et Kozlinski, suivis par une deuxième ligne détonnante: Dreezen - Visser, puis Thonon -Abbasse, ... La pression reste l'élément principal à gérer, que ce soit sous les casques ou dans les pneus, tous en pluie.
The rain stopped, the track was drying, in places the sun broke through the cloud layer, which was good for the start of the Prefinal for KZ1 with two CRGs on the front row, Fore and Kozlinski, followed by an explosive second row: Dreezen - Visser then Thonon-Abbasse ... The pressure remains the main thing to manage, whether under the helmets or in the tires, as all were on wets.
Arnaud Kozlinski (CRG / Maxter) passed his team-mate Davide Fore at the lights, Beitske Visser (Intrepid / TM) was trapped in the pack, but she went smoothly into the first corner, which was not the case for Piccini, De Conto and Iglesias. Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex) closed on Visser in 3rd, Anthony Abbasse (Sodi / Maxter) appeared in fifth position ahead of Gary Catt (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Visser.
Kozlinski escapes from Fore, and Dreezen behind him passed on the third lap. Catt fell to 16th, Visser took Abbasse, and Thonon did the same a few turns later. Bas Lammers (Intrepid / TM), was the in ninth and fastest on the track. Koko increased his lead to nearly 2'' on lap 4. Dreezen was out in the grass. Sauro Cesetti (Birel / BMB) recovered to sixth ahead of Abbasse. Ardigo fell to fifth, Visser and Thonon went third and fourth. Kozlinski set the fastest lap on lap six, leading by 2.3'' in front of Fore, Thonon, Visser, Cesetti, and Lammers. Thonon set a supreme lap, 7 / 10 faster than his opponents. He was ahead of Cesetti Lammers.
The line was almost dry, and drivers cooled their tyres in the remains of the moisture. Halfway, Thonon passed Fore, and was running 5 / 10 faster than Kozlinski. In 6th, Lammers closed on Cesetti and passed on lap 9. On lap 10, Thonon caught Kozlinski and passed without hesitation on lap 11. Cesetti just passed Visser to gain fourth. Thonon was 2'' ahead of Koko in a single lap. Visser and Cesetti attacked Fore, now fifth. Cesetti set the third fastest lap, then passed Kozlinski on the last lap.
It was a perfect victory for Thonon from Cesetti, Kozlinski, Visser, Fore, Lammers sixth, Leijtens seventh, De Brabander eighth, then Toninelli and Mich. The fastest time went to De Conto, in 19th. The fast drivers early in the race lost their advantage over the laps, and the Tony Karts were some of them. They had to take the right option and it was not obvious. Thonon overtook admirably, and Lammers, Cesetti as well. Things have changed ...
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The sky at Genk, Belgium, Sunday, September 4, 2011, 8h55mn26''
In short, we know know nothing about what might happen ... Will it rain at Genk on the Finals day at the World Cup? No, it's raining already and not just a little.
That's it, no need to procrastinate, or to listen to the doomsayers or the incurable optimists, or even read the weather forecast - the biggest joke of the day - The KZ2 D E heat was interrupted on lap 5 by a flood and then a red flag, but we know which of the two was instrumental in stopping the race. Good luck to all competitors for the rest of the morning ...
Here is the rain on the radar of the weather in Belgium, where we see that the rain should stop around 10:30.
This article was highly subversive, written and published despite censorship and threats, amazing in the 21st century in a civilized country? Long live the free and independent press!
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There is also full suspense around the KZ2 World Cup. Even though the qualifying heats are still not completed (there are still three to be held on Sunday morning), several drivers were impressive. The Italian Mikko Torsellini (CRG-Maxter) confirmed his best practice time by clinching two victories in the heats, as did his compatriot Marco Zanchetta (CKR-TM). Amongst the other top young players, we find the Italian European Champion Fabian Federer (CRG-TM), winner of one heat, the Czech Jan Midrla (Birel-TM), winner of another heat also, as also the Swede Joel Johansson (Energy-TM), who won one heat but was also involved in an accident. For these various favourites it will be important to avoid any incidents during these final qualifying heats, whilst others will be battling it out to be part and parcel of the 34 finalists. If, as some have announced rain happens to be at the rendezvous there should be even more entertainment on the Genk circuit this Sunday!
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After a tension ever growing in intensity right up to the start of the Final, the KZ1 World Cup (the top karting category fitted with gearboxes) also guaranteed an unequalled spectacle. Especially seeing that not a single driver had managed to get clear of the lot during the qualifying heats. Having set fastest time during the timed sessions, Davide Foré (CRG-Maxter) dropped back to 6th place in his first qualifying heat … prior to taking command in the following two, giving him pole position for the Pre-Final. « I retained my first place, but today we saw that there are quite a few of us capable of winning », the Italian explained. « Anything could happen tomorrow during the Pre-Final and the Final and it will be pretty tight. All the better for the spectators, because I reckon they will be in for quite a spectacle! »
The first row of the Pre-Final, which also determines the starting grid for the Final will be completed by Arnaud Kozlinski, Davide Foré’s team mate. With Rick Dreezen (Tony Kart-Vortex) in the third row, the top-3 has not altered since the qualifying heats. Victorious in the first qualifying heat, the Dutch girl Beitske Visser (Intrepid-TM) will set out from the 4th place, just ahead of the Belgian Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter), who climbed up well from his 12th place following the timed laps. However Anthony Abbasse (Sodi-Maxter), Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart-Vortex) even the European Champion Paolo De Conto (Energy-TM) could also lay claim to the final victory. Having collided at the start of the final qualifying heat, the fast Yannick de Brabander (Parolin-TM) and Thomas Mich (Monza-TM) will need to climb back up from their respective 12th and 14th places. The start of the Pre-Final will be given at 10.15hrs and the Final, the sole decisive race will be at 13.45hrs.
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