The 34 drivers in KZ1 were less affected by the rain than the KF2 and KZ2 drivers as the three heats for the top category were held on a dry track, with just a few drops in the last race.
With two wins out of three, Jorrit Pex (CRG/TM) put in the best performance over the day as a whole, taking pole position for the Prefinal. But the young Dutch driver knows that he will have to be tough to beat some fine opponents. Arnaud Kozlinski (PCR/TM) will start alongside him on the front row and behind them will be the European KZ2 Champion Fabian Federer (CRG/Maxter), the four-time winner of the World Cup Jonathan Thonon (CRG/Maxter), up from 13th place after Qualifying, and the poleman and European Champion Paolo De Conto (Birel/BMB). Of the top five, Jorrit Pex is the youngest (at just 19 years of age), and also the only one not to have won a major international title.
But to reduce the list of potential winners to these five drivers alone would be to make a grave error. In a Final where anyone could win, the Belgian Rick Dreezen (Tony/Vortex), the Dutchman Bas Lammers (Praga/Parilla), who was only in 19th place after Qualifying Practice, his Czech team-mate Patrik Hajek (Praga/Parilla), the Italian Marco Ardigo (Tony/Vortex) and the British Ben Hanley (ART/TM) have not yet had their last say.
It will be more difficult for the former runner-up Yannick de Brabander (FK/TM), only 20th, and Armand Convers (Kosmic/Vortex), on the podium last year, 25th after being involved in two collisions.