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26/05/14 - 10:37

CIK Euro: New Deal in Spain

There will be a change of scenery for the second Competition of the 2014 CIK-FIA European KF and KF-Junior Championship on the 28th May to 1st June. The spacious Spanish province of Zaragoza, Aragon, will host European competitors at the fast Circuito Internacional Zuera. Several parameters could shuffle the pack after the first Competition at La Conca which was won by two British drivers, Callum Ilott in KF and Enaam Ahmed in KF-Junior.


Much appreciated by the Drivers, the Zuera track is probably the most unusual on the 2014 CIK-FIA European calendar. 1,700 m long, wide and fast, the Spanish track makes great use of engine power and of slipstreaming. In contrast to La Conca, one of the most popular tracks in Italy, Zuera could allow drivers who haven't got a lot of races under their belts this season to get back into the Championship. Lastly, the weather conditions of the region are difficult to predict at this time of the year. Summer weather and temperatures of 30 ° C are just as likely as storms and rain. The thirst for revenge of some participants, determined not to miss the opportunity to score significant points in the standings, will complement data from a Competition that looks very promising, with entries up slightly: 71 in KF and 74 in KF-Junior.


Ilott - Norris duel in prospect in KF

Two Drivers got away from the pack in KF at La Conca. Lando Norris (FA Kart-Vortex-Dunlop) dominated the first part of the Competition, but Callum Ilott (Zanardi-Parilla-Dunlop) regained the lead in the closing stages. The two Britons are currently on the rise and it isn't possible to make any forecast of their supremacy. 3rd in the Championship, the Finn Niko Kari (Tony Kart-Vortex-Dunlop) could consolidate his position by mixing with the struggle for victory, while the Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG-TM-Dunlop) will have the the advantage of competing at home. But the race will be more than these Drivers, as other excellent Drivers are due to return to the forefront. Everyone remembers the incredible comeback for the Italian Felice Tiene (CRG-TM-Dunlop) in the Final at La Conca. Among the drivers to follow, we must not forget Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic-Vortex-Dunlop), Karol Basz (Tony Kart-Vortex-Dunlop), Martijn Van Leeuwen (Zanardi-Parilla-Dunlop), Gabriel Aubry (Tony Kart-Vortex -Dunlop), Tom Joyner (Zanardi-Parilla-Dunlop) or Alessio Lorandi (Tony Kart-TM-Dunlop).




KF-Junior: Revenge for Defrancesco on Ahmed?

As in KF, two Drivers shared the starring role in the KF-Junior Competition at La Conca. The American Devlin Defrancesco (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) dominated the battle until the Prefinal, while the British Driver Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart-Vortex-Vega) reacted at the start of the Final to come home the winner. There is every reason to believe that their confrontation will continue at Zuera. The American Logan Sargeant (FA Kart-Vortex-Vega), the German Mick Junior (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega), the Russian Alexander Vartanyan (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) and the Italian Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart- TM-Vega) have the potential to join in the battle for victory at Zuera. Not to mention the potential of David Beckmann (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) and Benjamin Lessennes (Kosmic-Parilla-Vega), who both had impressive climbs through the field in the Final at La Conca, or the remarkable performances of rookies Ross Martin (Tony Kart-TM-Vega), Juan Correa (Energy-TM-Vega) and Ulysse De Pauw (Kosmic-Parilla-Vega).


Meet at Zuera from Thursday, May 29th for the first Free Practice, and Qualifying Practice begins on Friday, May 30th at 4:40 p.m.



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Success shared by Camplese and Zanchetta in KZ2, Marco Maestranzi dominator of KF2, while Garofano and Mosca won the KF3. Hauger and Skeed one win each in 60 Mini.




The first round of the Italian ACI-CSAI Karting Championship took place at the International Circuit La Conca of Muro Leccese with a good lot of drivers and a good spectacle on track.

The opener of the Italian Championship has been run by 140 drivers coming from 13 different countries. The most represented nation was Italy but several drivers came also from Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Czech Republic as well as from some other oversea countries like United States, Brazil, Venezuela, Canada and Indonesia. Several high ranked brands and official teams were also present.

Very good participation in KZ2 with 51 drivers on track, as in the case of 60 Mini that had 52 drivers on track, while 14 drivers made it to the track in KF2 and 24 in KF3. These figures are destined to increase in the coming races that will take place in the center and north of Italy.

The KZ2 scene has been dominated by Lorenzo Camplese (who has also been the poleman) and Marco Zanchetta, both on Maranello-TM, the first racing for Maranello Kart while the second for Gerber Team Corse, as they have won one final each. The category lived also on a series of good duels showing a very high level of competitiveness. The first final went to Lorenzo Camplese (Maranello-TM) who led team mate Marco Zanchetta and Francesco Celenta (Energy-TM), as the latter two have always been among the pace setters. The second final witnessed Zanchetta's comeback - due to the grid inversion - who proceeded at the flag the very good Celenta, while the fight for the podium has seen the last two championships winner Alessandro Giulietti on Intrepid-TM securing the last available spot.




In KF2 the driver from Trento Marco Maestranzi (Top Kart-TM), has dominated the whole weekend with the best time in qualifying and the victory in two heats and in the two finals. Maestranzi took an easy win in the first Final proceeding the local hero Adriano Albano (Tony kart-TM) and Andrea Moretti (Exprit-TM), as the latter successfully completed a comeback race. Maestranzi recovered all the way from the eighth place handed him by the grid inversion in final two and won the race leading Moretti that hauled a good second. The third place was inherited by Stefano Villa Zanotti (Tony Kart-Vortex) in consequence to the 3 seconds penalty handed to Antonio Romanucci (Tony Kart-TM).

The success in KF3 has been shared by Remigio Garofano (Tony Kart-LKE), who has also been protagonist of the first part of the weekend, and Tommaso Mosca (Birel-TM) who won final-2 proceeding Garofano. The second place of final one has been clinched by the American Devlin Defrancesco (Tony Kart-Vortex) while the Canadian driver Kami Moreira-Laliberte (Tony Kart-TM) was third. The third place in the second final went to Davide Lombardo on Exprit-Vortex.


The very tight 60 Mini has seen the Norwegian Dennis Hauger (CRG-LKE) of team Gamoto taking the win from Nicola Abrusci (Tony Kart-LKE) of Baby Race to Mattia Michelotto (Top Kart-Parilla) of team Giugliano. The secodn final took place in two sessions due to a sudden storm that made organizers stop the race at lap 4. At the restart, the Italian Skeed (Top Kart-Parilla) got the win for team Giugliano, as in the sprint to the line he managed to top Hauger and the other quick driver of Gamoto Muizzuddin Mussyaffa Abdul.

In the week from 1 to 8 June several specials will be aired by RAI Sport2, Nuvolari, Auto Moto TV, San Marino RTV, Dinamica Channel and other 60 national channels.



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