After an exciting first round of the WSK Champions Cup, the second round of La Conca finished too early for Devlin DeFrancesco. Dropped to the back of the pack in the prefinal in KF-Junior, his access to the final was blocked this time. Unable to fight for success at the end, Devlin had to settle for 13th position in the final standings of the 2014 WSK Champions Cup.
Fortunately, the North American driver from Morsicani Racing had a contrasting experience at Sarno for the opening round of the WSK Super Master Series at the foot of Vesuvius. 2nd fastest in qualifying at the wheel of his Tony / Vortex front of more than 60 drivers, Devlin then added two wins and three fastest laps in the heats. In the rain, he managed to finish in 12th position with an acrobatic finish.
At the twisty Castelletto circuit, the second round of the WSK Super Master necessitated an adjustment period before Devlin could fight at the front. In the latest blow, he struggled to come through after a few ups and downs in racing. With better performance, he continued to gain positions in the final stages and took a hard-fought seventh position.
In less than a week, La Conca will host the third and final round of the WSK Super Master Series which is the last stage of preparation before the European Championship, where we will watch Devlin DeFrancesco with interest.
The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has awarded the contract to publish its quarterly magazine to Motor Sport, one of the industry’s most respected publications.
MSA was launched at the start of 2011 by London-based contract publishing house, Think Publishing, who brought a new approach to the magazine, which is delivered free of charge to the governing body’s 44,000-strong membership.
The editorial content features news, features, debate, regulatory information, performance tips and exclusive interviews across the full spectrum of UK motor sport, making MSA magazine a must-read for all motor sport participants.
Ben Taylor, MSA Director of Development and Communications, said: “We are very excited to begin this relationship with Motor Sport, without doubt one of the most prestigious names in our sector. We must pay tribute to Think for their work over the past three years; they have developed the magazine into an interesting and engaging title that now makes its way to the coffee table, rather than the recycle bin.
“We are now moving back into the specialist motor sport environment and this tie-up feels like a natural fit for MSA and the logical next step for the publication. The specialist knowledge and creative input of the Motor Sport team will help us to move the magazine forwards and offer an even better product to our members.”
Damien Smith, Editor of Motor Sport, added: “MSA members spend a great deal of their time and money taking part and following motor sport and are incredibly knowledgeable, so we hope this news will be well-received. We aim to use our wealth of knowledge and experience to enhance what is already an excellent magazine.
“Moreover, Motor Sport is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, so winning this contract is another cause for celebration. Hopefully, this will be a partnership which lasts for some time to come.”
The contract commences with the publication of the Summer 2014 edition, published in May.
All the forms and regulations for the ABkC IAME and Comer Cadet O Plate national championships are now available on the S1 site.
The date of 22nd June, the week before the MSA Super One round at Larkhall, offers a great chance to have some pre-S1 practice as well as the chance to hold one of very few MSA-recognised numbers for the year.
There will be a support race for Honda Cadets, Bambino time trials, and a one-hour feature on MotorsTV. Practice is available on Friday and Saturday.
James Pull put in consistent and convincing performances early on at Castelletto meeting for the second round of the WSK Super Master Series, but an unfortunate incident in the Prefinal cost him his qualification for the final.
The reverse situation had occurred at Sarno for the opening of the series. James started a long way back and regained ground gradually in the heats to get a superb 4th place in the prefinal, before being eliminated in the final after several incidents. On the 7 Laghi circuit at Castelletto, the official driver at Tony Kart Racing Team was immediately on the pace. With the 4th fastest time of his group in KF-Junior, he put together solid heats – 3rd and twice 4th – to take 8th position in the intermediate classification.
The prefinal-B started quite well, James fought within a few lengths of the leading group, keeping in mind that he needed to ensure qualification. The mission was on course until he was pushed with two laps to go, suddenly losing 12’’, 17 places and all opportunity to participate in the final. With this early form despite disappointing results we are seeing more and more evidence in favour of the young Briton in only the third international competition of the season.
The MSA is seeking nominations for individuals to join the Specialist Committees that represent the interests of the various disciplines of motor sport.
The Specialist Committees meet two or three times a year, normally at Motor Sports House, to discuss and debate new regulations
and other issues. The Kart Committee and the Kart Technical Sub Committee may have vacancies available for next year.
All applicants must be members of an MSA-recognised club or Regional Association, which must ‘sponsor’ the application. However, there are no formal qualifications required other than the benefit of experience in motor sport.
The role is entirely voluntary, although expenses will be paid to cover travel to meetings at Motor Sports House, and the appointment is normally for a three-year term.
How to apply
Applicants should submit a brief CV of their motor sport involvement and achievements, including any relevant qualifications, together with name, address and contact details
to the sponsoring MSA-recognised club or Regional Association. The sponsor will forward the application to Andrea Wren at Motor Sports House, Riverside Park, Colnbrook, SL3 0HG. This must be done as soon as possible as applications must be received before the end of June 2014 at the latest.
After a quiet year in 2013, 2012 British Junior Kart Champion Alex Gill is campaigning Renault BARC with Fortec and has immediately made an impression at the opening round at Rockingham on 5th–6th April.
Alex had gear selection problems that held him back in qualifying and in Race 1 he was in 2nd but on last lap he got a puncture from debris on the track and had a DNF.
In Race 2 he had a poor start from grid 3 and dropped back to 7th, damaging his front wing in the process but he drove brilliantly and made some fantastic overtaking moves to move back up to 2nd.
In Race 3 he started grid 2 and fought with Matteo Ferrer who was in 1st place for about half the race. They both drove very well, very hard and the racing was exciting and clean. Alex passed Ferrer and gained a lead but the safety car came out and took his advantage away. He has never led behind a safety car before but his start when the SC went in was great. He managed to stay in front to cross the line in 1st place.
Fortec were very happy with his performance and Alex was asked to shake down Fortec’s third F3 car at the British GT/F3 media launch at Donington on Tuesday. He was driving to an installation programme and was very aware he had to bring the car home in one piece, but his times were still creditable, he was the fastest Fortec driver in sector 1 and only 0.5s off in sector 3.