Ardigo wins KZ again!
It was a suspenseful Qualifying session for the European Championship at Genk as the KZ drivers waited for the last moment to give the maximum. Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex) took pole – 51.216s – but Flavio Camponeschi (CRG / Parilla) moved up to 2nd position by only 0.03s, while Jorrit Pex (CRG / Vortex) finished 3rd by 0.017s. Anthony Abbasse (Sodi / TM) took a beautiful 4th place 0.036s thousandths from pole, closely followed by Patrik Hajek (Kosmic / Vortex), Paolo De Conto (CRG / TM) in 6th, and Bas Lammers (Sodi / TM) 7th within 0.05s. There was slight disappointment for Jérémy Iglesias (Sodi / TM) who would no doubt have done better than 11th with another lap.
Already poleman after Qualifying, the Championship leader Ardigo won the only two heats for KZ at Genk, further increasing his lead in the standings. Abbasse took 2nd position with a 2nd and a 3rd place against Pex, Hajek was 4th and De Conto 5th. Iglesias managed to come back to 6th position, while Lennox-Lamb found the performance and reached the top 10. Camponeschi dropped to 12th due to a breakdown in the second heat. Lammers had a lot of bad luck in 15th as did Lorenzo Camplese (Parolin / TM) in 19th, especially in Heat 2 when he was ejected from the track at the first corner.
No surprise at the start of the KZ Prefinal as Ardigo led ahead of Abbasse. Hajek got the better of Pex for 3rd place and Iglesias soon passed the Dutchman to go 4th. Abbasse attacked Ardigo and took the lead on lap 4. De Conto took 4th place from Iglesias, while Camponeschi was back in 7th and Lammers. Puhakka then seized 5th position and Lennox-Lamb 6th, ahead of Lammers. Abbasse increased his advantage over Ardigo and won the race, Hajek was 3rd, De Conto 4th, Puhakka 5th and Iglesias 6th having resisted Lennox-Lamb. Lammers, in 8th, was credited with the biggest gain (seven places).
Abbasse and Ardigo made the best start at the lights of the KZ Final. The best surprise came from the 3rd place occupied by Iglesias at the end of the first lap. Hajek was only 5th behind De Conto. Lammers and Camponeschi gave up, Pex dropped to last. De Conto overtook Iglesias under braking at the last right, while Puhakka took 5th position ahead of Hajek and Davide Fore (Righetti / TM).
Ardigo, who had been faster for some time, attacked Abbasse on lap 7 and took the lead of the race. Puhakka then passed teammate De Conto and then Abbasse. The Finn then set off in pursuit of Ardigo. Hajek’s situation was not getting better after Fore and Camplese overtook him. Iglesias came back to 4th and Abbasse and Puhakka joined Ardigo on the 17th of 23 laps. But the Italian did not let them intimidate him and continued to lead the race to secure the title of European Champion. Puhakka nevertheless took a beautiful 2nd ahead of De Conto, Iglesias and Abbasse with Fore 6th, Hajek 7th and Vice-Champion, while Iglesias was ranked 3rd in the European competition.