Jorrit Pex is World Champion!
Located just outside the 24 Hours circuit, the new Le Mans International Karting complex, created in 2013 by the ACO, provided a unique setting for the 2015 CIK-FIA World KZ Championship which was won by the Dutchman Jorrit Pex on the last lap of the Final. The Frenchman Thomas Laurent dominated the Final of the CIK-FIA International Super Cup for KZ2. Despite his victory Spaniard Xavier Lloveras Brunet failed to beat his compatriot Marta Garcia Lopez in the standings of the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy.
Changing weather added an additional challenge although the rain was not as bad as had been feared briefly and the Finals took place on a dry track. However the grip variations offered a complex challenge on Saturday and Sunday. The new regulations concerning penalties for dislodging the front spoiler proved effective in the hotly contested races, which were more sporting.
World KZ Championship
It wasn’t until very last lap of the Final of the KZ World Championship that the winner Jorrit Pex (CRG-TM-B’stone Racing) made his decisive attack on Paolo De Conto (CRG-Maxter -B’stone) who had led until then. Meanwhile, Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart-Vortex-B’stone) joined the two protagonists after a stunning recovery after being heavily penalised in the Qualifying Heats. Three years after his European title in KZ1, Jorrit Pex was on to the top step of the World Championship podium to the applause of the audience. The Qualifying poleman De Conto masked his disappointment at having to concede the crown in the final metres, Ardigo lost his 3rd position because of a dislodged front spoiler and the Frenchman Arnaud Kozlinski (Sodi-TM Racing-B’stone) recovered this place of honour in front of his team-mates Jérémy Iglesias (Sodi-TM-B’stone Racing) and Bas Lammers (Sodi-TM-B’stone Racing), with a beautiful formation finish.
International Super Cup for KZ2
It was a long road to the final of the CIK-FIA International Super Cup. After Qualifying was dominated by Nicolas Gonzales (Sodi-TM-LeCont), the 96 drivers present then clashed during 15 Heats. The Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG-Maxter-LeCont) was formidable with a score of four wins from five races. After a subdued 12th time in Qualifying, Thomas Laurent (Tony Kart-Vortex-LeCont) was already back in 2nd position and confirmed his form by winning Prefinal 2 on Sunday morning, while the European Champion Joel Johansson (Energy-TM-LeCont Racing) took victory in Prefinal 1 from 47th in Qualifying Practice.
Laurent managed the race stunningly on his own to win the Final, 3s in front of Johansson. But the battle had been tight behind the leader. Johansson was threatened, and Gonzales controlled the chasing group for more than 15 laps until Hiltbrand attacked on the last lap. The Spaniard was later punished for his manoeuvre and the excellent Italian Alberto Cavalieri (Righetti Ridolfi-Engines-LeCont Modena) inherited a superb 3rd place in front of Gonzales and Stan Pex (CRG-TM Racing LeCont) , the younger brother of the new World KZ Champion.
The Spanish driver Marta Garcia Lopez drove a wise race to ensure her triumph in CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy at Le Mans. Assured of her title on Saturday night after the Heats which were dominated by the Russian Artem Slutskiy, Marta left the limelight to her compatriot Xavier Lloveras Brunet who won the Prefinal and Final, but is 2nd in the ranking. Of the 44 drivers present at the wheels of their one-make Parolin-FIM-B’stone karts, the Belgian Ugo De Wilde took pole position in Qualifying. Enzo Coursimault returned to 2nd place in the Prefinal, but the Brazilian Murilo Della Coletta was on the second step of the podium between Xavier Lloveras Brunet and Marta Garcia Lopez.