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Without ever lifting off Bryan Elpitiya led the second race from start to finish and scored a relatively easy victory from Anglo-Swiss Félix Hirsiger, and the hard-charging Australian Joseph Mawson who fought his way up through the field to clinch a place on the third step of the podium.


It was a sunny afternoon on the Le Mans Bugatti circuit even though threatening clouds hung around the track. The 23 trainee drivers prepared to do battle on a dry track as they waited for the lights to go out to start the second race of the weekend. Bryan Elpitiya, on pole thanks to the reversed grid, took advantage of his position to make a great start.  He came out of the Dunlop chicane in the lead closely followed by Swede Reuben Kressner and Anglo-Swiss Félix Hirsiger.


The first lap of the second heat was marked by Valentin Moineault’s spectacular shunt. Thankfully he got out unhurt but his participation in the third race is seriously compromised. In the meantime battle raged mid-field and there were several overtaking moves. Up front Hirsiger was just behind Kressner and tried to snatch second place from the Swede. Joseph Mawson from Australia and Frenchman Amaury Richard were also pushing hard, watched by Erwan Jule ready to pounce on the slightest mistake by his rivals.
Dorian Boccolacci and Dane Lasse Sorensen, who had had an entertaining scrap in race 1, were again battling in the mid-field without being able to get past their direct rivals.

Despite several warning from Race Control for not respecting track limits Erwan Julé and Richard both had to pass by the pit lane to serve drive-through penalties. After these hectic incidents the drivers seemed to have settled down in the closing laps of the second heat. Elpitiya began to pull away and controlled Hirsiger’s final charge as Félix went pedal to the metal. With two laps to go Swiss driver Paul Hokfelt Jr had to cope with the stunning comeback of the winner of the first race, Mawson, who was determined to score his second top-3 finish of the day. Boccolacci managed to extract himself from the mid-field scrap and fought his way up to fifth in front of Valentin Hasse-Clot in no. 7 who finished sixth with Kressner seventh. Finn Simo Laaksonen saw the flag in eighth place followed by two Russian drivers Vladimir Atoev and Denis Bulatov in ninth and tenth.  

Thus, Elpitiya scored a well-deserved dominant maiden victory in the 2014 French F4 Championship in the second race from Hirsiger and Mawson who overtook Hokfelt Jr on the last lap. Félix Hirsiger, who set the quickest time in qualifying, will be on pole for race 3, and he will share the front row with his main rival this weekend, Joseph Mawson.

Bryan Elpitiya: “As I had decided beforehand I pushed very hard in the first seven laps to try and open up a gap, which I managed to do. I’m really delighted to have won.
Race 3: Sunday 27th April at 11h00


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There is only one day left before the end of the WSK Super Master Series. The victories of the International Series of kart racing will be awarded in Muro Leccese, where the final round of the Series is taking place on the circuit La Conca. Today's qualifying heats said that the list of drivers who can aim at success - both in tomorrow's Final and in the final standings in all the four categories - has changed. Images of this thrilling phase of the event can be seen on the WSK official website the live streaming of the event will start tomorrow with the Prefinals at 10.50am. The delayed broadcast of the Finals will be aired by Rai Sport 2 on Wednesday 30th April at 03.30pm. The media coverage of the event will have its grand finale with the WSK TV Magazine, always on Rai Sport 2 on Friday 2nd May.

Thonon confirms the pole in KZ2.

After the pole he grabbed at the end of qualifying, Jonathan Thonon (Praga-Parilla-Bridgestone) confirms that he is the driver to beat in KZ2. The Belgian driver won two heats and, with the third place scored at the end of the day, he will be the pole-sitter of the Pre-final. In this race, the Belgian driver will have the Italian Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex-Bridgestone), leader of the current standing, by his side. Ardigò, was the runer-up in two heats: this result allowed him to have the upper hand over the Italian Mirko Torsellini (ArtGP-TM-Bridgestone), despite the latter's victory in the third heat. Torsellini will fill the slot in the second row, next to the other Belgian Rick Dreezen (Zanardi-Parilla-Bridgestone).

Hanley and Nielsen in pole position in KF.

The British Ben Hanley (Art GP-TM-Dunlop) and the Danish Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic-Vortex-Dunlop) will be the pole-sitters of tomorrow's Prefinal A and B. Hanley won three heats and secured the pole position. Next to him, the Italian Alessio Lorandi (Tony Kart-TM-Dunlop), winner in one of the heats. In second row, the Russian Nikita Mazepin (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) and the Londoner Lando Norris (FA Kart-Vortex-Dunlop) - also the latter won once -. In the Prefinal B, next to Nielsen, winner in one of the heats, the Italian from Naples Felice Tiene (CRG-TM-Dunlop). In second row the English Tom Joyner (Zanardi-Parilla) and the Polish Karol Basz (Tony Kart-Vortex), who won once too. Niko Kari (Tony Kart-Vortex) despite winning twice, paid dear a poor result in one of the heats and will have to recover starting from the third row of the Prefinal A. Same situation for the driver from Singapore Julien Fong (Tony Kart-TM-Dunlop), who despite a victory will have to start from the back rows.

Beckmann's domination in KF Junior.

The KFJ heats will end tomorrow morning with the last two races. Only then we will know the names of the Pre-finals pole-sitters. For the time being, the favourite is the German David Beckmann (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega), who won three of the eight heats run today. Two victories for the English Enaam Ahmed (FAkart-Vortex-Vega), while the Swedish Anton Haaga (Kosmic-LKE-Vega), the English Max Fewtrell (FA Kart-Vortex-Vega) and Daniel Ticktum (Zanardi-Parilla-Vega) succeeded once each.

Serravalle on top in the 60 Mini.

The situation in the 60 Mini is so uncertain that today there were five different winners in the six heats. Only the Italian-Canadian Antonio Serravalle (Tony Kart-LKE-Vega) managed to win twice and now he leads the pack in the Pre-final A. Next to him, the Italian Francesco Pagano (Top Kart-Comer-Vega), winner of one of the heats. In second row Giuseppe Fusco (Lenzo Kart-LKE-Vega), winner in today's last race, and Danny Carenini (Top Kart-LKE-Vega). The pole of the Pre-final B was grabbed by the Italian Nicola Abrusci (Tony Kart-LKE-Vega), who will start in first row together with the Malaysian Muizz Abdul Gafar (Hero-LKE-Vega), both with a victo ry each. Behind them, the Italian Leonardo Marseglia (Lenzo Kart-LKE-Vega) and "Skeed" (Top Kart-Parilla-Vega).



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The British driver Ben Hanley (ART GP / TM) obviously welcomes his return to KF. Fast and experienced, he won 3 of his 4 heats and holds the leadership in the intermediate classification ahead of youngsters who have been competing since the beginning of the year. Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic / Vortex) and Felice Tiene (CRG / TM) are in the 2nd and 3rd positions ahead of Alessio Lorandi (Tony Kart / TM) and Nikita Mazepin (Tony Kart / Vortex). Still very fast but often heckled, Lando Norris (FA Kart / Vortex) was ranked 7th behind Tom Joyner (Zanardi / Parilla), after a stunning last heat. The championship leaders are some way off at the La Conca track as Karol Basz (Tony Kart / Vortex) is eighth and Jehan Daruvala (FA Kart / Vortex) 19th.



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Although the E group has completed its four heats, the other four groups in KF-Junior still have one each on Sunday morning. According to the Kartcom unofficial standings, David Beckmann (Tony Kart / Vortex) is in the lead with 3 wins, ahead of Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart / Vortex) and Daniel Ticktum (Zanardi / Parilla). Driving his Kosmic / LKE, Anton Haaga is in 4th place ahead of Juan Correa (Energy / TM) and Max Fewtrell (FA Kart / Vortex). Polesitter Davide Lombardo (Exprit / Vortex) is in 8th position, followed by Alexander Vartanyan (Tony Kart / Vortex) and James Pull (Tony Kart / Vortex). Rasmus Lindh (Praga / Parilla) and Logan Sargeant (FA Kart / Vortex), who have done 4 heats, sandwich Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart / TM) in 17th.



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With two wins and a third position, Jonathan Thonon (Praga / Parilla)  dominated the intermediate ranking in KZ2 at La Conca. Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex) ensured an excellent second place in his quest to win the championship, while several favourites were struggling. Paolo De Conto (Birel / TM) seemed to have broken something the last heat and was 9th instead of a possible second position. Arnaud Kozlinski (Intrepid / TM) gave the maximum effort, but still lacking with his 16th place. It was downright diabolical for Bas Lammers (Formula K / Parilla) in 23rd position. Mirko Torsellini (ART GP / TM) took advantage of a favourable situation to take 3rd place ahead of Rick Dreezen (Zanardi / Parilla), Davide Fore (CRG / TM) and Jérémy Iglesias (Lenzo / LKE).



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