It has been a perfect day for Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic / Vortex), four-time winner, each with a good lead and the fastest lap, so he is a strong leader after the qualifying heats of the World Championship. Young Lando Norris (FA Kart / Vortex) is in second position with two wins, followed by the defending champion Tom Joyner (Zanardi / Parilla). Felice Tiene (CRG / Parilla) and Gabriel Aubry 4th (Tony Kart / Vortex) are level on points ahead of Karol Basz (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Nikita Mazepin (Tony Kart / Vortex). In 8th was Linus Lundqvist (Tony Kart / Vortex), Matteo Vigano 9th (Top Kart / Parilla) and 10th for Niko Kari (Tony Kart / Vortex).
European Champion Callum Ilott is down in 11th after a DNF while Oliver Hodgson (Kosmic / TM) and Harry Webb (Tony / Vortex) are the last two qualified straight into the prefinal.
Still dominating, Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart / Vortex) has just completed a flawless effort which was rewarded with five victories. Mick Junior (Tony Kart / Vortex) has approached the feat with four wins, but his 4th place on Friday gave him 2nd position ahead of the French driver Jules Bollier (Kosmic / Parilla), who crystallizes the hopes of the Tricolor fans with his formidable 3rd place.
There was a good comeback in 4th for Max Fewtrell (FA Kart / Vortex), who had been 13th in qualifying. Noah Milell (Exprit / Vortex) continues to amaze in fifth position ahead of Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart / Parilla) and Casper Roes (Energy / TM). In 8th Artem Petrov (DR / TM) lost some ground in the B / C heat, as did Paavo Tonteri (ART GP / TM) in A / C, who is 9th ahead of Presley Martono (Tony Kart / Parilla).
Logan Sargeant (FA Kart / Vortex) remains consistent in 11th place, ahead of Benjamin Lessennes (Kosmic / Parilla), Juan Correa (Energy / TM) in 19th, Devlin Defrancesco (Tony Kart / Vortex) moving up from 35th to 24th place ahead of Lorenzo Travisanutto (PCR / TM). Alexander Vartanyan (Tony Kart / Vortex) has not improved his situation in 32nd position, and neither did David Beckmann (Tony Kart / Parilla) in 34th.
With 72 signed on, the KF drivers will be spared the cruelty of a Prefinal that cuts out half their number, but there will be a Repechage for those not in the top 28.
Forza Racing has swapped its TM engines for Parilla for Egor Stupenkov and Yan Shlom, while Wiktoria Pankiewicz is using a Vortex this time.
On Thursday Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic / Vortex) not only set the fastest time of the day with 49.392s but consistently led his group. Karol Basz (Tony Kart / Vortex) was also one of the fastest along with Martijn Van Leeuwen (Zanardi / Parilla) and Niko Kari (Tony Kart / Vortex).
With a time of 49.035s on Friday morning Nielsen was again the top performer in KF in the very last session, when the temperature began to rise significantly. Basz followed by a tenth.
It was a tight battle in the legendary Normandy sun over the three sessions of qualifying for the KF World Championship at Essay. There was no real difference in the track conditions: the top three were first in each session. Already fastest in free practice, Nielsen continued his dominance during qualifying with the fastest time of the class, 49.093s and 26 thousandths better than Lando Norris (FA Kart / Vortex) and 137 thousandths ahead of Callum Ilott (Zanardi / Parilla). Niko Kari (Tony Kart / Vortex) took 4th place ahead of Tom Joyner (Zanardi / Parilla) in 5th, Felice Tiene (CRG / Parilla) 6th, Basz 7th, Sasakorn Chaimongkol (FA Kart / TM) 8th, Gabriel Aubry (Tony Kart / Vortex) 9th then Nikita Mazepin (Tony Kart / Vortex) in 10th.
In contrast to some of the impressive performances, there was also 65th for Ben Hanley (ART GP / TM), 54th for Riccardo Negro (Top Kart / Parilla) after a shortened session, 41st for Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG / Parilla) and to a lesser extent the 26th fastest time for Alessio Lorandi (Tony Kart / Parilla).
89 drivers have signed on at Essay in KF-Junior so they will therefore compete in two prefinals before the top 17 in each race in the final.
There have been some last minute equipment changes: Julia Pankiewicz has dropped her LKE for a Vortex, while Ross Martin is new at Energy Corse and Ulysses De Pauw at ART GP. Marta Garcia Lopez is now using a LKE engine instead of her Parilla on her Zanardi and Christian Lundgaard is trying a PCR chassis.
The storm in the night rinsed the Essay track for the second and final day of free practice for the 2014 KF-Junior World Championship, and the weather remained uncertain in the morning before turning nice and warm again. Gabriel Sereia (Exprit / Vortex) is credited with the fastest lap of the class on Friday morning with 49.793s, faster than Kenny Roosens (Kosmic / Parilla) who set the fastest time on Thursday, the only driver below 50s, with his 49.932s set in the first session.
Four timed sessions were needed for the 89 competitors at Essay. The first group didn’t get track conditions as good as the others, starting after the break and the Handikart session with Mojo tyres. This may explain the 16th position overall for the leader, Benjamin Lessennes (Kosmic / Parilla). The fourth session was also not very fast with 9th place overall for its leader Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart / Parilla).
The European Champion Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart / Vortex) set the fastest time of the entire class with 49.725s, 62 thousandths ahead of Casper Andersen Roes (Energy / TM) and 65 thousandths ahead of Artem Petrov (DR / TM). Paavo Tonteri (ART GP / TM) took 4th position ahead of Presley Martono (Tony Kart / Parilla) in 5th and Noah Milell (Exprit / Vortex) in 6th. There was a beautiful 7th place for the French driver Jules Bollier (Kosmic / Parilla) ahead of Mick Junior (Tony Kart / Vortex) in 8th, Lorandi 9th and Marta Garcia Lopez (Zanardi / LKE) 10th.
There were a slightly disappointing performances for Juan Correa (Energy / TM) in 23rd, Alexander Vartanyan (Tony Kart / Vortex) 25th, James Pull (Tony Kart / Vortex) 26th, David Beckmann (Tony Kart / Parilla) 31st, Daniel Ticktum (Zanardi / Parilla) 32nd, Devlin Defrancesco (Tony Kart / Vortex) 35th, Gabriel Sereia (Exprit / Vortex) 36th and Kenny Roosens (Kosmic / Parilla) 46th.
The first new product from Birel ART will be the Ricciardo Kart, made in collaboration with F1 sensation Daniel Ricciardo.
Ricciardo Kart will be a line of karts which covers the whole range of categories, from Minikart, to Rotax and the CIK-FIA classes (KFJ, KF, KZ). It will be designed, manufactured and distributed globally by Birel ART, the new player in international karting, born from the merger of the Birel Group and ART Grand Prix.
In addition to distribution, Ricciardo Kart have an official racing team next year in major competitions throughout Europe.
Daniel has not only given his name to the different models, but will be involved in the complete design, production and development of the kart, giving Birel ART and customers all of his experience and his passion.
“I am very happy to be able to kick off this project,” – said Daniel – “I grew up racing karts, and even when I moved up to single-seaters I never stopped supporting this sport, always enjoying some kart racing in my spare time. Being able to follow the design and construction of a kart from a blank sheet to track debut is an adventure that’s very fascinating and I am glad to do this with a partner who is just as excited: Birel ART. I hope that many girls and boys can learn this discipline, have fun and win with the Ricciardo kart.”
The first Ricciardo Kart model will be presented to the public in late November, but a preview of the range of models, their technical details and exciting livery graphics, will be available early in October, as well as the race calendar and decisions related to young drivers who will race with the Ricciardo Kart chassis.
The CIK-FIA KF World Championship will take place on 21st September 2014 at Essay (France) and this date will represent for CRG the 30th year of a history full of success since its first participation in a direct drive World Championship which was won by the Danish driver Jorn Haase in Formula K on CRG-Kalì Kart/Komet/Dunlop. That race was held in Germany, at Liedolsheim on 16th September 1984.
Since then, a history full of success has made CRG the brand that it is today: a world reference point in karting. Regarding CIK-FIA World Championships and World Cups won with direct drive karts, CRG’s honours contain 25 titles secured from 1984 to 2013, with the last won by Tom Joyner on Zanardi made by Tinini Group, in other words CRG.
Some 11 more World titles came CRG’s way in shifter karting series, including World Championships and World Cups in Formula C, KZ1 and KZ2. This success story starts from Gabriele Tarquini’s title back in 1984 and to date concludes with the two titles won by Jordon Lennox-Lamb in the KZ2 World Cup of 2012 and by Max Verstappen in the KZ 2013 World Championship in 2013.
Direct Drive World Championships
Regarding the 25 titles won by CRG in the direct drive karts categories, following the victory obtained by Haase, the world championship record-holder, Mike Wilson (six titles during his career), won the title in 1985 and put his name under CRG’s second win on September 22nd in Parma in Formula K, on a CRG-Kalì Kart/Komet/Dunlop. Wilson repeated the feat for CRG twice more in Formula K, in 1988 at Laval and in 1989 at Valence. Meanwhile, the French driver Emmanuel Collard on CRG/Rotax/Dunlop also won the World Championship in Formula Super 100 in 1988 at Laval’s circuit.
In 1990, the Danish driver Jan Magnussen, who went all the way to Formula One, won the World Championship in Formula K at Jesolo on CRG/Rotax/Bridgestone. The same event held in Jesolo also started Danilo Rossi’s era, as he won the Formula A World Championship on CRG/Rotax/Dunlop.
Danilo Rossi and CRG repeated their success in 1992 in Formula K on CRG/Rotax/Dunlop at Ugento. In 1994, Alessandro Manetti won the World Championship in Formula Super A on CRG/Rotax/Vega in Cordoba (Argentina).
Danilo Rossi again won the World Championship in Formula Super A on CRG/CRG/Dunlop in 1997, at Salbris (France). Rossi continued his winning ways in 1999 in the World Championship for Formula Super A on CRG/CRG/Dunlop in Mariembourg (Belgium).
Vitantonio Liuzzi, who also later on competed in Formula One, won the 2001 World Championship in Formula Super A on CRG/Maxter/Bridgestone. That championship for the first time was run for the first time over five rounds at Montreal, Salbris, Sarno, Mariembourg, and Kerpen.
The following year, another CRG driver that afterwards went on to race in Formula 1, the Dutchman Giedo Van Der Garde on CRG/Maxter/Bridgestone won the World Championship in Formula Super A, at the end of a five-round campaign (Mariembourg, Alaharma, Braga, Salbris, and La Conca).
CRG won another world title, the third time in a row, in 2003 as the New Zealand driver Wade Cunningham on CRG/Maxter/Bridgestone secured the Formula A World Championship at Sarno (Italy).
The French driver Arnaud Kozlinski won the 2009 campaign of the Super KF World Championship hands down on in Macau on CRG/Maxter/Bridgestone.
A year later, the Dutch driver Nyck De Vries won the KF2 World Championship at Zuera (Spain) for Tinini Group on Zanardi/Parilla/Bridgestone. De Vries repeated this success in 2011, winning the KF1 World Championship with Tinini Group also on Zanardi/Parilla/Bridgestone. This edition of the championship was run again over five rounds (Wackersdorf, Zuera, Genk, Sarno, Suzuka).
The latest KF World Championship won by CRG is from 2013, with Tom Joyner on Zanardi/Tm/Bridgestone for Tinini Group after the two rounds at PFi and Bahrain.
Some further titles came CRG ways from the World Cups. The circuit of Suzuka (Japan) was the battlefield for the direct drive kart categories during the 1990s. In 1992 Danilo Rossi secured the title in Formula K, then Alberto Pedemonte won it in the same event but in Formula A on CRG-Kalì Kart/Rotax/Dunlop. Paolo Moro on CRG-Kalì Kart/Italsistem/Vega won the Formula A World Cup in 1993. Luca Casazza won it again in Formula A on CRG/Rotax/Vega in 1994. In 1999, Vitantonio Liuzzi secured the Formula Super A World Cup on CRG/CRG/Bridgestone.
In 2000 Lewis Hamilton, who also went all the way from CRG to Formula One, won the title on CRG/Parilla/Bridgestone in Formula A, at Motegi (Japan).
Finally, in 2012 Felice Tiene on CRG/Bmb/Vega won the KF2 World Cup in an historic triplet for CRG at Zuera’s race. On the occasion, Max Verstappen was 2nd and Jordon Lennox-Lamb 3rd.
Here’s the press release:
The “Pioneer’s of arrive and drive 2 stroke kart racing” – Club100 and the Easykart UK Championship are excited to announce a new concept of ‘arrive and drive’ racing for 2015.
Club100 ‘E’ Class will be a “concept of fusion” between Club100 karts and Easykart resulting in an ‘arrive and drive’ racing category that will exclusively run within the 2015 Easykart UK Championship.
The new formula will use a Club100 Birel N35 kart and will be powered by an Easykart IAME TAG racing engine as used in the Easykart UK Championship.
The Club100 ‘E’ class has been designed as a stepping stone for drivers aged 16 years + between the existing Club100 racing series and the Easykart UK Championship.
Club100 ‘E’ class will be restricted to a grid of 20 places on a first come first served basis. It will be run as a UK Championship over 8 rounds as part of the Easykart UK Championship. Practice will be on Saturday afternoons, qualifying will be on new Vega tyres and racing on the Sunday as per the Easykart racing format.
The Club 100 ‘E’ Championship winner will win a brand new Easykart 125cc racing kart worth £2800!
Club100 ‘E’ Class is around 1.5 seconds faster than karts in the Club100 Championships and will be TAG – touch and go – push button start! However the Club100 ‘E’ Class performance will only be around 3 – 4 seconds per lap shy on performance compared to an Easykart Senior Kart.
Easykart Importer Andy Cox on the new class:
“It’s something we have been thinking about for a while, it’s designed for drivers that are contemplating purchasing an Easykart and becoming an owner driver for the first time. Club100 ‘E’ Class will give them an opportunity to experience the format and atmosphere of an Easykart race meeting in a more powerful kart but will still be an ‘arrive and drive’ concept. Drivers in Club100 ‘E’ Class will gain confidence and experience before maybe deciding to move up to Easykart the following season.”
Club100 boss John Vigor on Club100 ‘E’ Class
“This is definitely something very new and unique. A great opportunity for drivers to be involved in an ‘owner driver’ environment but without the initial added pressure of transporting and maintaining your own Kart. As well as my current Club100 membership, this could also attract drivers back into the sport of Kart Racing”.
For more information and a general chat about the new class, talk to John Vigor direct on 01795 422455