Following the European title in KF and KZ, the young Dutch talent (Crg/Tm) grabs the third major title of the season after an intense KZ World Championship final to make the history of the sport.
The weekend on the French circuit in Varennes starts well for Verstappen. The Crg driver stops third fastest in the SuperPole behind 5-time World Champion Davide Foré (Crg/Tm) and Felice Tiene (Crg/Maxter) for a Crg 1-2-3!
Verstappen’s superiority seems less apparent than previous meetings, as the heat session shows well. Ardigò (Tony Kart/Vortex) is on fire and takes two wins out of two to start the prefinal 1 from pole, while Verstappen gets prefinal 2 pole start with one heat win and a 2nd place.
Tiene and De Conto (Birel/Tm) joined the two on the front row in the respective prefinals.
The Tony Kart star has some work to do keeping Leclerc (ART Grand Prix/Tm), Hanley (ART Grand Prix/Tm) and Tiene at bay, but at the halfway mark pulls off half a second gap that he keeps till the chequered flag.
Verstappen has more work to do with a De Conto on fire, managing to increase the pace and having the better of the Italian only with 5 laps to go.
The Final is very intense with the Dutch fighting hard with Ardigò first, then with Leclerc who nevertheless is not able to have the better of the Dutch and has to fight for the podium with Lennox-Lamb (Crg/Parilla) till the end.
Only the final round of the World KF Championship in Bahrain will tell us if the Dutch will be able not only to make history, but also to stand out in the CIK hall of fame as the only one to have won the European and World titles in both KF and KZ category in the same season…