Aperto de mão franco e largo sorriso da parte do Presidente da CIK-FIA, Cheikh Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa, para selar a parceria com Luca De Donno, no primeiro encontro em pista entre a CIK e a WSK Promotion em Wackersdorf.
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No. 9 – 18th May 2013
The CIK-FIA karting European championship is about to celebrate its first race winners in Wackersdorf (Germany), venue of the first round of the KZ and KZ2 championship. Tomorrow, on the Bavarian circuit, the final phase at the end of a long series of qualifying heats which took place today. 140 drivers coming from 22 different countries participated in today's races.
Max Verstappen is the driver to beat in KZ.
The Dutch Jorrit Pex (CRG-TM), reigning European champion, this year has found a tough rival: his fellow countryman Max Verstappen (CRG-TM). Verstappen, today, won in both the heats, responding to his teammate who set the fastest time in yesterday's qualifying. In tomorrow's pre-final, which is the first event of this category, we will see the two drivers in the front row, with Verstappen in pole position. Behind them the always consistent Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex), who managed to get the second row after the excellent 4th time set yesterday. Next to the Italian driver there is the Belgian Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter), who is going to try to attack seriously the first positions in tomorrow's race, pushed by the drivers immediately behind him in third row: the Italian Davide Forè (CRG-TM) and the Dutch Bas Lammers (Intrepid-TM), ready to join the battle for victory.
Zanchetta and Negro in pole in the two KZ2 Pre-finals.
To get the best result possible in KZ2, the Italian Marco Zanchetta (Maranello-TM) had to win five heats given that his competitors were as motivated as him. In fact, Riccardo Negro (DR-TM), born in Italy but racing with a German license, finished his qualifying session winning four heats. So, the two drivers are the two polemen in the two Prefinals the 64 drivers of KZ2 will take part in tomorrow (32 drivers for each pre-final). After these two races, the 34 qualified drivers will enter the Final which is scheduled in the afternoon. Great results also for the Dutch Ricardo Romkema (Zanardi-TM) and the Norwegian Emil Antonsen (DR-TM), who managed to win and achieve good placings behind the two top drivers. Good placings also for the Swedish Douglas Lundberg (Maranello-TM) and the Italian Nicola Marcon (Tony Kart-Vortex), who follow in the current standings.
Live on the web and recap on Rai Sport 2 from Wackersdorf.
Tomorrow, broadcasting live in streaming on www.cikfia.tv and www.cikfiachampionship.com. On Tuesday 21st May the pre-recorded broadcasting on Rai Sport 2 at 18.55. Finally, on Friday 24th May and always on Rai Sport 2, the recap of the whole event in Germany.
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The qualifying heats of the German round of the European KZ2 Championship have been completed on Saturday in bright sunshine. Although it is not raining for now, a lot of time penalties have showered down. Friday saw showers and noise sanctions (22 in six heats against 14 for jumped starts), while the weather changed on Saturday to be dry but still noise sanctions and some for jumped starts, not to mention the necessary sanctions for bad maneuvers.
Italians are on pole position in the two pre-finals on Sunday, Marco Zanchetta (Maranello / TM) with a very good score (five wins and a second place) which allows him to surpass his rival Riccardo Negro ( DR / TM) on 4 wins, tied with the Dutch driver Ricardo Romkema (Zanardi / TM). Norway's Emil Antonsen (DR / TM) has scored a great breakthrough result in 4th place ahead of the Swedish Douglas Lundberg (Maranello / TM) who would have been behind Felice Tiene (CRG / Maxter) without an exclusion for non-compliance his reed in the last race which put him down to 20th position.
In addition to his status as the leading French driver, Clement Da Silva (Birel / TM) retains a great opportunity to do well with his 14th place, while Charles Fiault (Sodi / Parilla) is 54th after a hand injury and a trip to hospital. These two are the only survivors of the hectic races. The racing will begin tomorrow with two separate pre-finals, where drivers will have to be 17th at worst to get in to the final.
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The win for Max Verstappen (CRG / TM) was even more pronounced in the second qualifying heat in KZ which he led without interruption from start to finish. Admittedly, Jorrit Pex (CRG / TM) had to fight against an offensive from Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex) who contested second position. Anthony Abbasse (Sodi / TM) secured 4th place while sparing his tires as much as possible. There was bad luck for De Conto, Hajek, Leclerc, Toninelli and Hanley, who moved a hairline on the grid and thus was given a 10 second penalty.
The intermediate classification is of course Max Verstappen ahead of Jorrit Pex, Marco Ardigo and Jonathan Thonon, with Davide Fore 5th and Bas Lammers 6th.
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