Easykart UK are delighted to announce Niki Richardson as Driver Mentor and Official Clerk of the Course for the 2015 Easykart UK Championship.
Niki starting racing back in 1990 in Cadets and was British Open Champion in 1992 and British Cadet Champion in 1994 as well as winning numerous club championships along the way. During his Cadet racing career Niki raced with Jenson Button, Gary Paffett, Antony Davidson and of course Lewis Hamilton and beat them all!
In 1992 and 1993 Niki was amongst the drivers that took part in private training sessions for Princes William and Harry at Buckmore Park when they tried out karting.
A familiar trend followed and sadly Niki ran out funds for his own racing, he certainly had an abundance of talent! But as we all know, funds can and do make a difference in motorsport.
Without doubt Niki, with the right sponsors, probably should and deserved to reach the hierarchy of the motorsport ladder like some of his fellow competitors of the time did.
Over the last 20 years Niki has been involved in and around karting and has worked with Club100 as a driver coach, test driver and clerk of the course. Niki has also worked as an observer in Easykart in 2013 and 2014.
As Easykart UK driver mentor Niki will attend all Saturday practice days at Easykart UK and observe practice sessions, giving where required, driving tips and suggestions to drivers as well as observing new drivers and groups ahead of race day on the Sunday.
On race days Niki’s role will be the Easykart UK Official Clerk of the Course, working alongside John Vigor.
Niki’s extensive racing background and knowledge of close racing, appraisal of incidents and fair play philosophy is something that we feel all drivers in Easykart UK will benefit from.
Round 1 of the Easykart UK Championship kicks off at Shenington on March 21st–22nd.
In KZ2 (17 participants), four drivers lapped in the same hundredths – Flavio Camponeschi (Tony Kart / Vortex), the pole sitter with 47.365s, Lorenzo Camplese (Formula K / Parilla), Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Jorge Pescador (Praga / Parilla). Jonathan Thonon (Praga / Parilla) took 5th place after a shortened session.
Heats: Thonon takes the lead in the intermediate classification
Camponeschi retains the lead in the first heat
Camplese made the best start, but Camponeschi, the pole sitter, was not long in recovering the lead, soon joined by Ardigo. Then the World Champion made an attack on his young teammate, but Thonon threatened and stole his 2nd place in a superb overtake on the left before the hairpin. The fastest man on the track was Thonon but he didn’t manage to reach the leader, who was busy controlling Ardigo, who was threatening for two laps. Camplese tried to regain 3rd place, but in vain, while Pescador retained 5th position, close to the back of Bas Lammers (Formula K / Parilla).
Thonon wins in H2
Ardigo took advantage of a hesitation from Camponeschi at the start to take the lead in the second heat, but Thonon, again the fastest on the track, passed Camponeschi, who missed a turn, then took the lead on the third lap by outbraking Ardigo at the Hairpin. Camponeschi attempt to close back up to his teammate, without success. Long 4th, Lammers was with Patrik Hajek (Praga / Parilla) at the end of the race.
…And also in the last
Thonon dominated the last race unchallenged, while the battle raged for 2nd place between Ardigo and Camponeschi. He attacked the World Champion, who didn’t give way, and it was only because of a small slip from Ardigo that Camponeschi, the fastest, was able to grab 2nd. We saw several strange mistakes. First Lammers spun then Hajek went off and was passed by Pescador, 4th and Stan Pex (Intrepid / TM) 5th.
Thonon led after the heats ahead of Camponeschi and Ardigo. Pescador and Hajek confirmed the performance of Praga in 4th and 5th places ahead of Lammers and Camplese.
Prefinal: Ardigo dominates the KZ2 prefinal
The duel was on from the start between Thonon (Praga / Parilla) and Camponeschi in the KZ2 Prefinal at the WSK Gold Cup at Adria, with Ardigo in ambush in 3rd. After Saturday’s heats, there didn’t appear to be team orders between the two drivers from the Tony Kart team, which could spice up the race. Indeed, Ardigo was the quickest to jump at the lights and Thonon managed to retain 2nd place ahead of teammates Jorge Pescador and Hajek. Camponeschi recovered and attacked Hajek. In a surprise on lap 4 Pescador overtook Thonon for 2nd place. Lammers dropped to 11th and Camplese took 6th position in front of Pex and Maik Siebecke (CRG / Modena). Thonon took 2nd place, followed by Camponeschi who also passed Pescador.
At the halfway point, Ardigo led by 0.6s ahead of Thonon, Camponeschi, 0.4s further back, was the fastest on the track. He attacked Thonon and took 2nd on the 12th of 16 laps. The result was now fixed, Ardigo won the Prefinal ahead of Camoneschi, with Thonon in 3rd, Pescador 4th, Camplese 5th, Hajek 6th, Jorrit Pex (Intrepid / TM) 7th and Lammers 8th.
Final: WSK Gold Cup in KZ2 for Camponeschi
Camponeschi overtook Ardigo on the second lap of the KZ2 final of the WSK Gold Cup at Adria, while Thonon took 3rd place against Pescador. Camplese attacked Jorrit Pex to gain 5th place. Thonon attacked Ardigo on lap 4 and took 2nd, 0.4s behind Camponeschi. Camplese passed Pescador on lap 6, while Stan Pex passed his older brother. Camplese tried to do the same to the world champion who was not intimidated. He passed later, although Ardigo tried to close the doors.
At the halfway point, Thonon’s pressure on Camponeschi was increasing somewhat, but the Tony Kart driver had the resources to hold him off. Lammers then passed Stan Pex to take 6th position. The order was stable, apart from Lammers who overtook Pescador on lap 15.
Camponeschi won against Thonon, with Camplese 3rd. The final suspense came from Lammers, who set the fastest time in the wheeltracks of Ardigo but stayed 4th on the line. With one more lap, things could have changed.
Text originally by Kartcom.
Ward Racing’s Christian Lundgaard looks hard to beat this year with the RFM drivers and the factory Tonykarts racing to catch up.
The 52 KF-Junior drivers were split into two sessions, the second being faster overall than the first. The overall ranking was compiled according to their fastest time, not their place in each group. Clement Novalak (Tony Kart / Vortex) clearly dominated the category with a lap of 49.697s, almost 0.2s faster than his closest rival Ivan Shvestov (Tony Kart / Vortex). Artem Petrov (DR / TM) was 3rd ahead of Christian Lundgaard (Tony Kart / Vortex), Sebastian Fernandez Wahbeh (Exprit / Vortex) 5th and Sun Yue Yang (FA Kart / Vortex) 6th. The leader of the first session, Felipe Drugovich (Kosmic / Vortex), was only in 7th place, and the 2nd, Milane Petelet (Kosmic / Parilla) was 15th.
Two drivers were ahead of everyone in terms of pure performance in the heats of the WSK Gold Cup at Adria. They were Novalak and Shvestov, the top two in timed practice, each winning three races on Saturday. But as they also fell heavily once were they were in 7th for Shvestov and 8th for Novalak. This won’t undermine their chances for the Finals, especially as the qualifiers will be selected by Prefinals A and B.
This means Lundgaard leads the rankings: with two victories ahead of Petrov, winning once. Another DR / TM driver is in 3rd place, Zahar Slutskiy ahead of Ye Yi Fei (Exprit / Vortex) 4th, Milesi 5th, particularly lively this weekend and Logan Sargeant (FA Kart / Vortex) in 6th, both level on points.
Lundgaard took control of the KF-Junior Prefinal A ahead of Milesi, Slutskiy and Yue Yang. Slutskiy took 2nd from the second lap onwards, while Noah Watt (FA Kart / Vortex) was back up to 4th. David Vidales (Energy / TM) was fighting for 6th place with Drugovich. The Slow process was initialised on lap 4 to clear the track after a collision between three karts in the penultimate right turn.
The race resumed on lap 7 with no change of position in the top five, still led by Lundgaard. Watt passed Milesi, and Vidales and Drugovich fought with Yue Yang. Milesi took 3rd position in front of Watt, while Lundgaard, with the fastest time, increased his lead over Slutskiy. Milesi and Watt, now the fastest, closed on him, but the chequered flag fell signalling a win for Lundgaard ahead of Slutskiy, with Milesi 3rd and Watt 4th. Further back, Vidales finished 5th, Drugovich 6th ahead of Shvetsov and Nikita Volegov (Tony Kart / Vortex) who made up 13 places.
Petrov retained his leading position on the first lap of Prefinal B, but Sargeant and Novalak passed Fei Ye. Sargeant captured the lead on the 3rd lap. There was a big gain for Gilles Magnus (Parolin / TM) close to the top 10, while Petelet was fighting near the fateful 17th place after losing ground on the first lap.
Sargeant and Petrov were neck-and-neck in the lead, far ahead of Novalak. Gleb Zotov (Tony Kart / TM) set consecutive fastest times and was back up to 7th with Kenny Roosens (Kosmic / Parilla). Petrov was back in the head at halfway as Novalak joined the open duel with the leading duo then passed Sargeant on lap 11. Kush Maini (Tony Kart / Vortex) attacked Yi Ye for 4th place, and was soon imitated by Lorenzo Colombo (Tony Kart / LKE). Novalak took control on the 12th lap, Maini went 3rd, and Zotov was 5th ahead of Milen Ponomarenko (Tony Kart / Vortex). Petrov lost another place on the penultimate lap. Victory went to Novalak ahead of Maini, Sargeant, Petrov and Ponomarenko, with Roosens 7th, Magnus 14th and Petelet just qualifying in 17th.
The WSK Gold Cup KF-Junior Final looked very promising with Novalak and Lundgaard on the front row. However Maini drove lap 1 ahead of Lundgaard, Novalak having surprisingly been pushed out at the second corner. After having problems getting his engine started, Petrov took 3rd position in front of Sargeant. Novalak then moved up to 5th position ahead of Slutskiy and Shvestov.
Lundgaard attacked Maini attack for the lead on lap 5 and Petrov followed in 2nd place on the next lap. Milesi lost places in the fight, while Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer (Tony Kart / Vortex) regained ground. Sargeant took 3rd and then 2nd behind Lundgaard. While Lundgaard took off, fighting raged for 2nd position between Maini and Sargeant, with Novalak stuck in 4th.
Shvestov joined in the fight in the final laps. Lundgaard won without disruption, nearly 4s ahead. Shvestov didn’t finish, Maini crossed the line in second position ahead of Sargeant, Petrov, Novalak, Slutskiy and Roosens.
Text originally by Kartcom.
The WSK Gold Cup saw similar entries to the Champions Cup but nowhere near as many as the classic Winter Cup. Nielsen and Basz continued their battle with Basz taking the Gold Cup but Van Leeuwen, Armstrong and Joyner showed their potential for the rest of the year.
Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart / Vortex) was top among the 26 KF with a time of 48.077s, followed by 0.04s by Casper Andersen Roes (FA Kart / Vortex), Nicklas Nielsen (Tony Kart / Vortex), Karol Basz (Kosmic / Vortex) and Max Fewtrell (FA Kart / Vortex). Tom Joyner (Zanardi / Parilla) was back in competition in 13th in Qualifying.
Basz wins the first heat
Lorandi was ahead in the first heat of the WSK Gold Cup at Adria, while his pursuers were fighting among themselves. Basz (Kosmic / Vortex) was able to take advantage from Nielsen, and Andersen Roes in 4th, ahead of his teammate Fewtrell. Basz came back to Lorandi and grabbed the lead with three laps to go and Nielsen tried to follow him, but Lorandi managed to keep 2nd place at the chequered flag. Martijn Van Leeuwen (CRG / TM) finished 4th in front of Roes Andersen and Fewtrell.
2nd heat: Nielsen returns to the lead
Basz had gone ahead on the second lap, but Nielsen was attacking Lorandi before halfway and then grabbed the lead two laps later. Van Leeuwen then challenged Lorandi for 3rd position during a duel over several laps, but Alexander Vartanyan (Tony Kart / Vortex), again the fastest, took the opportunity to overtake them both. Marcus Armstrong (Tony Kart / Vortex) continued his ascent which he began in heat 1 to take 6th place behind Lorandi. Joyner gained nine places and was in touch with the top 10.
3rd heat for Vartanyan
Basz had problems starting before rising to 13th from the bottom of the grid in the final heat, and Lorandi went back to the pits after the start. Vartanyan was quick to get the better of Nielsen who could not find a way to repass, while Van Leeuwen kept pace a few lengths off the top two. Roes was still ahead Fewtrell, up to 5th with the fastest time to Joyner who was now more effective. There was a big gain for Lessennes in 9th position, followed by Potty in the top 10. Richard Verschoor (Exprit / Vortex), 11th here, seemed less comfortable than at La Conca.
In the intermediate classification, Nielsen returned to the lead ahead of Van Leeuwen and Vartanyan. Basz was 4th, Roes 5th, Fewtrell 6th, Correa 7th, Armstrong 8th, Verschoor 9th and Lorandi 10th.
The weather was cooler on Sunday morning at Adria because of a veil of clouds preventing the sun from breaking through. Nielsen shared the front row for the Prefinal with Van Leeuwen with at his side, and Vartanyan and Basz on the second row. Van Leeuwen was the loser at the start as he dropped to 10th while Nielsen and Vartanyan got away. Basz, who was up to 3rd, started to hunt down the leaders. Roes and Fewtrell took 4th and 5th before swapping positions after halfway. Joyner retired early.
We watched Armstrong and Lorandi come through the field, followed by Verschoor, while Juan Correa, who started well, had to concede ground. The fastest driver on the track, Basz got close to the Nielsen – Vartanyan duel at the end of the race, but the positions didn’t change until the finish. Nielsen won ahead of Vartanyan and Basz. Fewtrell finished 4th, Roes 5th, Armstrong 6th and Lorandi 7th.
Vartanyan and Fewtrell crashed into the first right at Adria immediately after the start of the KF final. Nielsen led ahead of Basz and Armstrong, Roes was 4th and Van Leeuwen 5th. Armstrong dropped to 5th, Van Leeuwen passed Roes for 3rd. Nielsen and Basz got away. There was a big gain for Joyner who was already 10th on lap 5.
Basz attacked Nielsen in the eighth of the 20 laps of the race and took the lead, with Armstrong was fourth behind Van Leeuwen. Fewtrell was up to 15th, Correa 16th and Vartanyan 17th. Lorandi retired again. The top two had a 3s gap from their pursuers, and no let up from the pressure. Starting from the back of the grid, Verschoor was into the top 10 on lap 13. Despite his fastest time, Nielsen was unable to attack and Basz won. Van Leeuwen finished 3rd, Armstrong 4th, Joyner 5th by gaining over 21 places.
Text originally by Kartcom.
The German Championship organisers have published how they’re going to handle this year’s new bumper system:
In two months the new season of the German Kart Championship is going to start at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf. In the run-up to the races, the new homologation of the front spoiler is already causing discussions though. In 2015, all valid and homologated systems can be used in the DKM.
The lists of participants of the highest German kart racing series are filling up and there is a high international interest once again. The people responsible for the DKM are counting on continuity again: The races are going to be accompanied by a permanent organizational team, a modern race control and the familiar online live-stream again.
There are changes regarding the technical regulations though. Due to the start of a new homologation phase (2015 – 2020), there is a new holding fixture for the front spoiler (Front Fairing Mounting Kit).This provides that the front spoiler mechanism is activated by a collision with a speed difference of 7km/h and the front spoiler drags on the track. It still fulfills its safety function though.
While the driver in question has to drive into the pit for the reparation to avoid a 30-seconds-penalty at the CIK-FIA championships, this mandatory measure does not exist at the international races of the DKM for now. An activated spoiler mechanism prompts the spectators of the race control to an acute inspection. When a lack of sportsmanship is detected the guilty driver can get a penalty after the race.
Simultaneously three previous spoiler systems with a conventional fastening system are also homologated until 2017, which can be used in the DKM as well. These are systems by the manufacturers KG (1/CA/17), COMER (5/CA/17) and PCR (97/CA/17). All other body kits that have lost their homologation at the end of 2014 are not allowed in the DKM anymore. By using the previous system, possible lacks of sportsmanship can be clarified and given penalties by the race control as well. When using the newly homologated front spoilers (2015 – 2020), the fastening with the corresponding Front Fairing Mounting Kit is mandatory.
All in all, the DKM season is made up of five races in Germany and Belgium. After the start of the season in Wackersdorf, races in Genk (Belgium), Ampfing, Oschersleben and the big finale on the Erftlandring in Kerpen are going to follow.