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International > Winter Cup

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La liste provisoire des pilotes inscrits pour la 21e Winter Cup de South Garda Karting à Lonato atteint le nombre respectable de 270, soit nettement plus qu'en 2015. C'est l'affluence des plus jeunes dans la catégorie Mini Rok qui fait essentiellement la différence avec ses 105 engagés. La KZ2 tient son rythme habituel avec 68 pilotes, OK (31) et OK-Junior (66) étant légèrement en retrait pour l'instant par rapport aux KF et KF-Junior. Il est vrai que certains concurrents considèrent que la Winter Cup est trop différente des autres courses pour qu'y participer leur soit utile. C'est un point de vue...

 

Malgré les petites farces de la liste quant aux pays d'origine, on peut noter que la présence française sera bien plus musclée que l'an passé avec 26 pilotes contre 13 en 2015. En KZ2, Sodi sera là en force avec Anthony Abbasse et le team CPB Sport comprenant Nicolas Gonzales, Gabin et Tom Leuillet, Paul Fontaine et Sébastien Lepert en plus du Monégasque Louis Prette. Paolo Besancenez, Hubert Petit, Jordan Ramon, Pierre Bourgeois et Victorien Sabotava seront également de la partie.

 

Jean-Batpiste Simmenauer et Hugo Arnaud seront les seuls tricolores en OK, tandis que la catégorie OK-Junior aura 10 représentants. Timothy Peisselon, Charles Milesi, Milan Petelet, Franck Chappard, Thomas Mialane, Gillian Henrion, Théo Pourchaire et Théo Nouet ont déjà livré bataille lors de la WSK Champions Cup. La confrontation avec Adam Eteki risque d'être intéressante. On comptera aussi sur Alexandre Jenouvrier et Julian Kuwabara Wagg en tant que rookies. 

 

Evann Mallet et Eliott Vayron affronteront quant à eux le marathon des Mini Rok.

 

Consulter la liste des engagés ci-dessous. 

 

 

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CIK-FIA

The Bridgestone company, founded in Japan in 1931 by Shojiro Ishibashi, (Stonebridge in English) is currently the world's largest tyres manufacturing group. Active in motorsport since 1963, the Japanese brand has enjoyed countless successes in competition. Winning championships from Karting to F1, in Touring-cars, Endurance, Indy-cars as well as MotoGP. High lights are of course the 10 F1 championships including five consecutive World titles for Michael Schumacher between 2000 and 2004, MotoGP title wins with Valentino Rossi among others and last but not least the more than 100 CIK-FIA Karting Championship wins.

 

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Interview with Annemiek Bonenkamp, from Bridgestone Motorsport Holland.

 

What does competition karting do for a company as large as Bridgestone?

- Bridgestone has been involved in competition for over 50 years, to develop its products and enhance its image. Karting may well be a small community, but its impact among fans is far from negligible. Bridgestone thinks that drivers who use tyres from an early age are more likely to remain loyal to the brand throughout their lives. Technically, the research work on karting tyres is useful for all Bridgestone products and a perfect training ground for engineers.

 

How does the collaboration with the Japanese factory work?

- Bridgestone Motorsport Holland Office as it is officially called, looks after the competition activities in Europe. International race service, assisting distributors and conducting development tests are our main activities. You could say that we are also the face, the eyes and ears of the Japanese company at the circuits. We collect a large amount of data during and after races on behalf of the parent company engineers. Being in direct contact with our customers and with our experience of competition, we can provide a lot of information to the factory.

 

How have karting tyres changed since the 70s?

- When Bridgestone arrived in the discipline in 1977, almost anything was permitted. Special tyres helped in pushing a long way looking for grip. It was very interesting technically, but the costs proved incompatible with the evolution of the sport. Today, the regulations are much stricter and that's a good thing for the future of karting. The concept of environmental concern appeared and some components considered too polluting have had to be removed. Moreover, all tyres are now approved according to a very tight specification, in particular with regard to durability. Finally, manufacturers tender for the CIK-FIA Competitions exclusive supply. Therefore opposite to the early days, ultimate lap-time has become one of the criteria but is no longer the only one.

 

Can you take stock of the racing season?

- In 2015, Bridgestone was the official supplier for the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy, the CIK-FIA European Championship and the World Championship for KZ. In the later an advanced class where factories and professional drivers clash, switching to harder rubber was not always appreciated. To the contrary the even harder option tire worked very well in the Academy allowing competitors to do all their driving on just a single set of new tires. All in all there is a mixed feeling, Bridgestone has scrupulously complied with the new regulations and provided tyres that comply fully with the demands of the CIK-FIA. Unfortunately, this seriousness is not always recognised at a fair value. On the other hand as we are competitive people we do sympathise with the disappointment of the KZ drivers not being able to set the quickest laptimes during an event due to the lack of ultimate performance of our tires. It is clear that in years to come Bridgestone has to take a different attitude towards "Prime" tire design.

 

What are your wishes for the future?

- Karting needs to find a wider audience. It is currently heading towards greater simplicity and less spending. This is the right direction to follow in an economically difficult period. We prefer to sell more tires to more participants at competitive prices instead of high prices to a small elite group. It is therefore essential that all parties involved cooperate with the aim to grow this sport.

 

(Extract from CIK-FIA 2015 Best-of)

 

 

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Pilot > Dominik Goldschmied

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After his good performance in the finals of the WSK Champions Cup at Adria, the Energy Corse driver quickly headed to the South Garda Karting circuit in Lonato to prepare for the Winter Cup. There he had the chance to meet four-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel.

 

Vettel has always shown great interest in karting, which taught him the basics of his career in motorsport. The German champion takes the wheel of a racing kart whenever he gets the chance, looking for the unique sensations of the sport. Smiling and accessible, Sebastian Vettel willingly agreed to pose for a photo with the young hopefuls of karting, including Dominik. The young Slovak driver was both delighted and proud to be in the presence of one of his idols.


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Pilote > Charles Milesi

Sous le soleil comme sous la pluie du circuit italien d'Adria, Charles Milesi a fait preuve d'une belle régularité dans le peloton de tête de la nouvelle catégorie OK-Junior pendant la WSK Champions Cup, la course d'ouverture de la saison internationale 2016.

 

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Que de changements depuis le début de la saison dernière ! Charles est désormais capable d'exploiter pleinement les capacités de son Tony Kart/Vortex officiel en toutes circonstances. Déjà rapide lors de la WSK Final Cup disputée en novembre sur ce même tracé où il avait terminé second, le jeune pilote français est reparti sur des bonnes bases avec la nouvelle motorisation OK-Junior venue remplacer entretemps les anciens KF-Junior.

 

Très rapide pendant les essais chronométrés, il signait le 3e temps de son groupe à 24 millièmes seulement du meilleur. Hélas, la piste s'améliorait nettement pour le 2e groupe et Charles se retrouvait classé en 12e position. Ce léger handicap ne l'empêchait pas de réussir trois belles manches qualificatives sur le sec en remontant à chaque fois au 2e rang. Sous la pluie du dimanche matin, il retrouvait ses marques avec une 5e place dans sa dernière manche et repassait à l'attaque pour conquérir la 2e position de la préfinale B. Il partait le couteau entre les dents dès l'extinction des feux de la finale et occupait la tête le premier tiers de la course. Bien qu'il n'ait pas baissé le rythme, ses adversaires le remontaient ensuite, profitant sans doute de set-up mieux adaptés à l'évolution des conditions d'adhérence et Charles devait se contenter de la 4e position sur la ligne d'arrivée.

 

Le bilan de cette première course 2016 reste cependant largement positif puisque Charles s'est montré rapide et régulier du début à la fin de l'épreuve face à une concurrence des plus relevées, ne commettant aucune erreur pendant tout le meeting.

 

 

Info Kartcom / © Photo KSP


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