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KF again took more time than KF-Junior to warm up the equipment and really get into the thick of things during their timed qualifying. Strangely, despite an entry of similar size to the younger participants, they have only two sessions to decide the order, with 34 or 33 on the track at once. It was not until the last three minutes of the first session that Karol Basz (Tony Kart / Vortex) went under  47''. After that there were fireworks which Felice Tiene (CRG / TM),  Jehan Daruvala (FA Kart / Vortex), and Lando Norris (FA Kart / Vortex) who were ahead of Callum Ilott ( Zanardi / Parilla) by more than a tenth. Nicklas Nielsen moved up into the top three, then Norris did even better than a tenth with a lap of 46'' 324 and Ilott was second with 46'' 567, Nielsen was 3rd, Basz 4th, Daruvala 5th,  Tiene 6th and Julien Fong (Tony Kart / TM) 7th.


The second session came gingerly out of parc fermé after two minutes of waiting, then a good two more minutes to reach a more consistent pace. It was only two minutes from the chequered flag when Pedro Hiltbrand dropped below 47'', replacing Gabriel Aubry (Tony Kart / Vortex) in the lead. Hiltbrand responded with 46'' 822 and there was no reply. Aubry was 2nd, Nikita Mazepin (Tony Kart / Vortex) 3rd, Alessio Lorandi (Tony Kart / TM) 4th, Marco Maestranzi (Top Kart / TM) 5th, Leonardo Pulcini (Energy / TM) 6th and Xia Yifan (Tony Kart / TM) 7th. The second group was visibly slower than the first, but the conditions has changed significantly between the two. We can see that the Vega KF-Junior tyres would make the track faster for those who go out straight after KFJ, than the next session after the Dunlop rubber.


The performance from Lando Norris in Session 1 resulted in the application of the 101% rule. Hiltbrand found himself 2nd overall, Ilott 3rd, Aubry 4th, Nielsen 5th, Mazepin 6th, Basz 7th, Lorandi 8th, Daruvala 9th and Maestranzi 10th.

 

 

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The weather was still beautiful at La Conca, with blue sky and a sea breeze, 22 ° C, conditions for sitting by the pool ... Which may be why the drivers in the first KF-Junior qualifying session didn't hurry  to get on track. After two minutes of quiet, in a crucial session of only eight minutes, the first engines were fired up. The fight turned out to be between Alex (DR / TM), Ulysses De Pauw (Kosmic / Parilla) and Sebastian Fernandez Wahbek (Kosmic / TM) lapping at around 47'' 4. Clement Novalak (Kosmic / Vortex) brought some new blood at the top with a lap of 47'' 355 that remained unbeaten in the group. Although on an equal time, Alex kept second place ahead of De Pauw, Fernandez was 4th, Benjamin Lessennes (Kosmic / Parilla) 5th and Mauricio Baiz (LH / TM) 6th.

 

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In the second group, first Devlin DeFrancesco (Tony Kart / Vortex) was ahead of Max Fewtrell (FA Kart / Vortex) and Charles Milesi (Tony Kart / TM). DeFrancesco improved on the third lap with David Beckmann (Tony Kart / Vortex) in his wake at 47'' 4. Logan Sargeant (FA Kart / Vortex) then posted less than 47'' 3. DeFrancesco responded with 30'' left with a time of 47'' 155. Beckmann took 2nd place at the last possible moment from Sargeant and Max Fewtrell (FA Kart / Vortex) by 2/10, Ross Martin (Tony Kart / TM) was 5th and Jules Bollier (Tony Kart / Parilla) 6th. Rasmus Lindh (Praga / Parilla) climbed up the rankings of the Third session and Mick Junior (Tony Kart / Vortex) followed Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart / Vortex) on the attack. Ahmed improved and Mick responded, with Marta Garcia Lopez (Zanardi / Parilla) in 3rd place. Mick Junior remained the leader of this group with 47'' 290, 6/100 ahead of Ahmed. Juan Correa (Energy / TM) put in the effort in the final meters to take third from James Pull (Tony Kart / Vortex), Anton Haaga (Lenzo / LKE) in 5th and Eliseo Martinez (LH / TM) 6th.


Overall, pole position went to DeFrancesco ahead of his teammate at Morsicani, Beckmann, ahead of Mick Junior 3rd, Sargeant 4th, Ahmed 5th, Novalak 6th, Correa 7th and Fewtrell 8th.

 

 

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As symbolic as it may seem, the fastesr time in KF free practice for the European Championship at La Conca was the work of Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic / Vortex) with a lap of 46'' 226 in the last session. Callum Ilott (Zanardi / Parilla) was 2/100 behind and Felice Tiene (CRG / TM) was within three hundredths. Alessio Lorandi (Tony Kart / TM) had long been the fastest, Lando Norris (FA Kart / Vortex) was lapping within a tenth, as was Gabriel Aubry (Tony Kart / Vortex) who seemed to have saved his best for the last session. Karol Basz (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Jehan Daruvala (FA Kart / Vortex) were more than 2/10 behind, close to Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG / TM) and Leonardo Pulcini (Energy / TM).

 

 

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Competitors in the European Championship for KF-Junior finished their six free practice sessions on the La Conca circuit. Logan Sargeant (FA Kart / Vortex) set the fastest time in the final session with 46'' 828, ahead of Max Fewtrell (FA Kart / Vortex) and Mick Junior (Tony Kart / Vortex). Other notable performers were David Beckmann (Tony Kart / Vortex), James Pull (Tony Kart / Vortex), Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart / Vortex), Alexander Vartanyan (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Ross Martin (Tony Kart / TM). Note the excellent performances for two female drivers, Marta Garcia Lopez (Zanardi / Parilla) with 12th and Sophia Floersch with 13th (Tony Kart / TM) fastest times.

 

 

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With five KF and five KF-Junior drivers make up the French delegation at the first of four rounds of the 2014 CIK-FIA European Championship. Apart from their levels, there are big differences between them as to preparation that may have happened since the start of the season, some have already competed in a half a dozen international races to date, and the others haven't. While the free practice of the Italian competition is under way, here's a quick overview of the country's talents.


In KF, based on results it's logical for hopes to rest on Gabriel Aubry (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Julien Darras (Kosmic / Vortex) who have often been at the top of the rankings this year. They are almost perfectly on the pace, running between one and two tenths slower than the fastest. Still faithful to the Kartronix International team, Paolo Besancenez (Tony Kart / TM) competed in the Winter Cup and one of the WSK Champions Cup events at La Conca in March with a very encouraging result. His times are steadily improving, and culminated on Friday morning at 3/10 off the best. It's the first year for Nicolas Gonzales (Tony Kart / Parilla) after his victory in the IAME final at Lyon in October. He has a deficit of a little more than 4/10 from the leaders. Remaining with VDK Racing, Alexandre Gadois (FA Kart / Parilla) us participating in his first European Championship in this category after four Winter Cups and a European KF3 round at Varennes in 2011. His times are still a way from the leaders by about 1''.

 

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KF-Junior is especially expected to be a good warmup for the French drivers. Now used to international races, Giuliano Alesi (Tony Kart / TM) perhaps doesn't have all the cards in hand to achieve the best results. At the moment he is 4/10 off the leaders. Charles Milesi (Tony Kart / Parilla), pictured above, working with Renato Merlin and Xavier Pompidou, and has consistently been within 2/10 of the best in free practice. Jules Bollier (Tony Kart / Parilla), at Ideal Kart, had the chance to work on the La Conca track at the WSK Super Master with good progression that led him to 13th place in the final. He is currently 4/10 off the best, but we can count on his sense of attack during the races. Tom Leuillet (Birel / TM) has hardly raced this year, participating only in the Margutti Trophy. He is learning the circuit and is approximately 7/10 from the front. Finally, the courageous Alessandro Brozzoni (Energy / TM), the least experienced of the group, who has raced at Lonato in the Winter Cup. He is currently a second off the fastest.

 

 

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