CIK-FIA European Championship, Alonso Circuit on 11 June, 2017
Preview Posted on June 6, 2017
The next CIK-FIA Competition will bring its participants to the new Fernando Alonso circuit, located in the Spanish region of Asturias, for the 2017 CIK-FIA European Championships. As the season has just begun, the positions are far from being definitive in the three categories in contention and bitter battles are expected at all levels in Spain.
Opened in July 2015, the complex of La Morgal, near Oviedo, was born from the will of the double F1 World Champion to create a venue dedicated to motorsport near his hometown of Oviedo. The Fernando Alonso karting circuit is integrated with a complex also including a driving school for youngsters and a museum retracing the career of the “bull of Asturias” as he is nicknamed by his fans. The 1390m long CIK-FIA-approved track features characteristic passages from several prestigious tracks such as the Suzuka “S” curves, the first curve of Jarama and the last curve of Valencia, as well as the chicane from the legendary Parma track, the epitome of karting which has now disappeared. Everyone is eager to enjoy these new features in race conditions.
The weekend of 10th and 11th June 2017 will be part of the CIK-FIA European Championships with 160 Drivers entered. This will be the third of the four European Competitions for the factory Drivers in KZ, while the OK and OK-Junior categories will compete in the second Competition of a busy season, which has five Competitions to decide the titles.
World Champion Paolo De Conto (CRG / TM Racing / Bridgestone) leads the provisional ranking of the CIK-FIA KZ European Championship with a strong lead thanks to his victories at Sarno (ITA) and Genk (BEL). Another success for the Italian would open the doors of the European title to him. He is currently followed by Stan Pex (CRG / TM Racing / Bridgestone) and Patrik Hajek (Kosmic / Vortex / Bridgestone). However, several Drivers are thirsty for revenge after a start to the season complicated by incidents on the track or mechanical problems. This is notably the case for Anthony Abbasse (Sodi / TM Racing / Bridgestone), Marijn Kremers (BirelART / TM Racing / Bridgestone), brilliant in Belgium, and Simo Puhakka (Kosmic / Vortex / Bridgestone), who have not yet been able to capitalise on excellent performance in terms of results. Moreover, the European season for the 2016 Champion Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex / Bridgestone) has been hindered until now by persistent injury that prevented him from participating in the battles.
In the first Competition of the CIK-FIA European Championship in Italy, the young Theo Pourchaire (Kosmic / Vortex / LeCont) / LeCont) made a strong impression, followed by Clément Novalak (Tony Kart / Vortex / LeCont) and David Vidales Ajenjo (Tony Kart / Vortex) in the top 3. The experienced Karol Basz (Kosmic / Vortex / LeCont) finished 4th in front of Pavel Bulantsev (Tony Kart / Vortex / LeCont). There is no shortage of talented drivers within a flattering field of 75 Drivers entered eager to change the situation in their favour as soon as possible. Pedro Hiltbrand Aguilar (Tony Kart / Vortex / LeCont), Flavio Camponeschi (CRG / Parilla / LeCont) and Tom Joyner (Zanardi / Parilla / LeCont) are among the most experienced. Surprises could also come from the numerous talented rookies.
There are also changes expected in the CIK-FIA European Junior Championship, where Drivers from 12 to 14 years of age have competed since this year. Jonny Edgar’s (Exprit / TM Racing / Vega) victory in Sarno allowed him to take the lead in front of Gabriel Bortoleto (CRG / Parilla / Vega) and Harry Thompson (FA Kart / Vortex / Vega), while Zak O’Sullivan (FA Kart / Vortex / Vega) and O’Neill Muth (Zanardi / Parilla / Vega) have made their mark in the top five. Many confrontations are expected in the Spanish Competition in the OK-Junior category, and the hierarchy is far from final.