The first round of the World KF1 Championship - currently held at Suzuka in Japan – has already produced some verdicts. Although non-qualifying practices do not hold any real value as far as the racing weekend is concerned, they do tell part of the story of how the sessions that do matter might unfold.
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First and foremost, the fastest lap was set by local driver Daiki Sasaki (Kosmic/Vortex) with 47”756 during the 11.05 am session (likely the warmest). Second fastest was Denmark’s Christian Sorensen on LH/BMB who stopped 47”788 laptime, once again during the second non-qualifying practice session.
10 drivers managed to stop a laptime below 48” in second session only, and 4-time World Champ Davide Forè and 2009 World Champ Arnaud Kozlinski weren’t among them. The Italian (Crg/BMB) clocked 48”016 as his best lap, while the French (Pcr/TM) stopped a 48”390 PB laptime.
Also, according to these early sessions, the fight so far has been between Vortex and BMB engines, fielding almost an equal share of the 26 drivers out of the total 35 entries. Overall, 12 drivers went below the 48” mark in all sessions with an 8-to-3 advantage for BMB drivers. Dutch Max Verstappen proved the best TM powered driver of the day, stopping 47”819 as his best lap.
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