Hajek wins finally in KZ
Patrik Hajek was totally dominant in European KZ R2 at Zuera despite the efforts of Marco Ardigo and Jeremy Iglesias.
The positions changed until the last minute of KZ Qualifying, the drivers completed between two and four flying laps each and no more. Late in the session, Patrik Hajek (Kosmic / Vortex) set the fastest time – 59.141s – ahead of Paolo De Conto (CRG / Maxter) and Bas Lammers (Sodi / TM), all three in the same tenth. Stan Pex (CRG / Vortex), entered with a wild card for this one event, was credited with the 4th fastest time in front of Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex), while his brother Jorrit was last.
Hajek and Lammers shared the two wins of the day after constantly clashing on the track. Although there was a tie, Hajek still leads using the ranking of Qualifying. Ardigo took 3rd place in Heat 1 ahead of Jérémy Iglesias (Sodi / TM) and De Conto, but the Italian champion was delayed in the second race and slipped back seriously. Highly reactive when the lights went out, Lorenzo Camplese (Parolin / TM) found himself sandwiched between the two drivers ahead of him and mounted Ardigo’s kart before giving up. Then Stan Pex took 3rd place in front of Iglesias, again 4th, leaving him with 3rd in the ranking in front of the young Dutchman. De Conto was ranked 5th in front of Flavio Camponeschi (CRG / Parilla) and Ardigo finally 6th.
Although Hajek lost the lead on the first lap of the KZ Prefinal, Stan Pex attacked Lammers after the second corner and both drivers got away very far back, as did Camplese, while Rick Dreezen (Ricciardo / Parilla) returned to the pits. Iglesias took up the baton in 2nd position ahead of De Conto. Ardigo accelerated the pace at the halfway point and passed Anthony Abbasse (Sodi / TM) to seize 4th position 2.2s off the leader. Jorge Pescador (Praga / Parilla) followed him in 5th place, while Lammers set the fastest time in his comeback. Hajek won by 1.370s from Iglesias, De Conto defended 3rd place from the return of Ardigo with Pescador 5th, Douglas Lundberg (Mach 1 / TM) 6th and Abbasse 7th ahead of Camponeschi.
The leader from start to finish in the KZ Final at Zuera, Hajek stood up to Iglesias and Ardigo to give the Kosmic team a victory. We waited until halfway to see Ardigo up the pace as he does so often, but in vain. The gaps continued to fluctuate within this trio without varying the positions. Meanwhile, Abbasse took hold of 4th place and his teammate Lammers managed a superb recovery of 11 places to finish 5th, enough to make him regret his clash with Stan Pex in the Prefinal even more. Simo Puhakka (CRG / Maxter) finished in the 6th position as the top CRG, while Jordon Lennox-Lamb (Birel ART / Parilla) reached 7th place with the fastest time of the race. Not bad so far, Camplese gained no less than nine positions, finishing 9th.