Soleil et chaleur au rendez-vous en Ardèche pour les nombreuses séances d'essais chronos sur le circuit de Lavilledieu. En raison d'un plateau très riche en X30 Senior, les pilotes ont été répartis en cinq groupes. Champion de France en 2014 dans cette catégorie, Vincent Fraïsse (Sodi) a tout juste passé la barre des 57 secondes - 56"999 pour être exact - s'installant en pole position devant une autre valeur sûre de la catégorie, Victor Compère (Kosmic). Troisième, Benjamin Salvatore (Tony Kart) est le meilleur pilote de la CRK Rhône-Alpes, il devance David Beaumann (Kosmic) et Kevin Breysse (Praga). Avec plus de 30 pilotes groupés en moins de cinq dixièmes, les courses promettent d'être animées !
En X30 Master, ce n'est pas une surprise de retrouver Gérard Cavalloni (Sodi) en pole position, le talentueux pilote de la région PACAC a pris le dessus sur David Chenillot (Tony Kart), Jérôme Garayt (Kosmic) et le Champion de France en titre, Jesse Bouhet (Tecno).
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The chequered flag is about to mark the end of the European Championship. At the Kartodromo Internacional do Algarve, near the Portoguese town of Portimao, the first decisive battles for the European titles for OK and OK Junior are going to take place on the track which is hosting the last but one appointment of the European Championship. Today it was time for free practice, which teams and drivers will use to adjust the setup of their karts. There are 152 entrants to the event, which can also count on the drivers taking part in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy. Figures are, once again, outstanding: on the track set near the Atlantic Ocean, drivers are coming with their flags from 46 different countries from all the 5 continents. It is one of the many signals of the success achieved by this event in Portimao.
Don't miss Portimao on video.
The sprints to gain the top positions in the final standings can be enjoyed on video thanks to the live streaming on Sunday 26th. The streaming will start at 10:15 with the drivers' parade on cikfia.tv and cikfiachampionship.com. The following week, on Motors TV, the usual TV report with the recap of the whole Portuguese weekend.
All the battles in the Algarve region.
Karol Basz (Kosmic-Vortex-Vega) is the frontrunner in the OK, besides being the World Champion of the former KF category. Last year, in Portimao, the Polish driver was not lucky while, on the contrary, the British Ben Hanley (Croc-TM) won the Final. Maybe a battle between them will take place but also the American Logan Sargeant (FA Kart-Vortex), the reigning Champion of the KF Junior and second in the OK standings ahead of the British Tom Joyner (Zanardi-Parilla), is ready to play his cards to attack the leader. In the OK Junior, where the leader is the Danish Noah Watt (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega), the Brazilian Caio Collet (BirelArt-Parilla) has a very good memory of Portimao: he placed second in the 2015 Final. Now Collet is third in the OKJ, behind the Swedish Isac Blomqvist (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega). Also the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy is going to be uncertain: the current leader is the English Callum Bradshaw, ready to be challenged by the French Thomas Mialane and the Danish Mads Hansen (all on Exprit-Vortex), who are second and third respectively.
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Although Marta Garcia Lopez (Evokart / Parilla) set the fastest time in the final free practice session with 55''791, Martijn Van Leeuwen (Birel ART / Parilla) and Ben Hanley (Croc Promotions / TM) were not far off. Earlier, Karol Basz (Kosmic / Vortex) and Logan Sargeant (FA Kart / Vortex) showed brilliant form, and Tom Joyner (Zanardi / Parilla) and Hannes Janker (CRG / Parilla), as well as Alexander Smolyar (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG / Parilla). Jorge Pescador (Praga / TM) quickly regained his feeling coming from KZ.
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