Is Max Verstappen (Intrepid-TM) invincible in the KF2 category? During the Qualifying Heats, he certainly gave that impression to his adversaries. The very young Dutch competitor, son of the former Formula 1 driver, won his 6 Qualifying Heats, on each occasion with a comfortable lead. Whether the track was dry, damp or soaked, Max beat them all. So he will start in Pole Position for Race 1, scheduled for late Sunday morning. For the Dutchman as for his adversaries, it will be vital however to take a maximum number of points before returning to the PF International track, in Great Britain, the second and last meeting of the European competition.
But the game is far from over! Monaco’s Charles Leclerc (ART GP-Parilla) did no worse than 4th place in his Heats, so he will start on the front row. Only 53rd at the end of Practice, the Finnish Teemu Markus Petjoi (Tony Kart-Vortex) rose incredibly to 3rd position on the starting grid for Race 1. In particular, he got the better of the Czech Tereza Gromanova (Kosmic-Vortex), second in Practice, the British Tom Joyner (LH-BMB), the Finnish Niklas Tiihonen (Energy-Parilla), the Italian “Speedy”, alias Antonio Fuoco (Tony Kart-Vortex), the Danish Thomas Krebs (Maranello-TM), the Italian Felice Tiene (CRG-BMB) and the Norwegian Dennis Olsen (Energy-TM). Slated among the favourites, the Polish Karol Basz (Birel-BMB) and the Italian Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart-Vortex) will take the grid for the start of Race 1 in 11th and 12th positions, far from where expected.
It is impossible to close this account of the Qualifying Heats without highlighting the exploits of Benjamin Barnicoat (ART GP-Parilla). Disqualified in Qualifying Practice after an engine assembly error, the British Driver fought back from despair energetically. Starting in last position on the grid for his 6 Qualifying Heats and despite a technical problem as well as some jostling in the pack, the runner-up for the CIK-FIA Academy Trophy climbed from 106th to 22nd position in the intermediate Classification. On Sunday he could therefore seek to score points in the two Races before taking to the PF International track in Brandon (Great Britain) on 19 to 22 July next.
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