Kimber takes his first Euro win at Castelletto
Mark Kimber battled with Axel Charpentier and Glenn Van Berlo all weekend to take his first international win in Junior Max at the second Rotax Max Euro Challenge at Castelletto.
In the Juniors Mark Kimber (Strawberry Racing) was in his own league. With 50.889s the young Brit was the only one who managed to break the 51s barrier. The runner-up was Belgium’s Glenn Van Berlo (Hugo Motorsport) was ahead of the championship leader Axel Charpentier (Strawberry Racing). The latter ended up in 3rd place although he had been the fastest man in the first of the two qualifying groups. The German driver Dirk Seifried (Team TKP) surprised with a remarkable 4th place in his only second European race so far. His teammate Cao Zhou (Team TKP) from China completed the top five positions after the first day.
Kimber did not leave any doubt in the Junior category. The polesitter was totally in control and won each of his heats therefore staying at the top of the class. Behind him Charpentier was on good form too. The championship leader took two victories but had to be satisfied with 4th place in his last race. But the Frenchman’s effort was strong enough for the 2nd place of the intermediate ranking. In 3rd Van Berlo followed who finished each of his races consistently in 2nd position. Tom Canning (KR Sport) had mixed results in the heats but celebrated a win too. Consequently he took 5th place in the ranking ahead of Oli Caldwell (KR Sport).
Kimber, Van Berlo and Charpentier were the protagonists of the Junior Prefinal. Each of them was able to lead the race at least once throughout the race distance although a pack of drivers were on their heels too. While Kimber dropped back a few positions by halftime, Charpentier and Van Berlo seemed to arrange the win amongst themselves. But towards the end Kimber recovered, made his way back to the top three and crossed the finish line in 2nd place ahead of Van Berlo. At the front the championship leader Charpentier was in control. He made no mistake and took his third win in a row with a gap 0.118s. Caldwell and Winter Cup winner Adam Smalley (Coles Racing) completed the top five.
In the Final Charpentier repeated his success from the Prefinal. For the most of the race the Frenchman led the field while only Kimber was able to follow his teammate. Both left their opponents clearly behind and when the race approached the end, Mark Kimber broke the ceasefire and took the lead, finally taking his first season win. Charpentier finished in a secure 2nd place ahead of Van Berlo who retained another podium position. Smalley made his way up to 4th place while Canning crossed the line in 5th place.