Varennes sur Allier, World Cup for KZ1, European KF3-KZ2 Championship. On Sunday, the weather was cloudy but it didn’t rain, and the values on the racetrack were re-established sweeping away the chaos of the heat sessions. With a 1-2 each, CRG dominated in KZ1, Energy in KZ2 and Maranello in KF3, matching the values shown all season. Following Saturday’s “slaughter”, on Sunday disqualifications due to irregular clutches diminished considerably. Report D. Leone / Photos M. Voltini
Thonon World Cup winner
After the chaos during Saturday’s heats, where Ardigò alone managed to overcome the difficult rainy conditions – and his main rivals were stopped by several misadventures – CRG and Maxter came back in the final to take with the force what they seeded during the whole season. Thonon took the World Cup win and Kozlinski ended just off the podium behind Ardigò and Foré. The Frenchman in force with CRG was determined yet not fast enough, while Thonon put together determination and pace, being fastest on the racetrack. It was amazing to see how easily he managed to come back from a difficult position on starting grid resulting from Saturday’s bad weather conditions. On dry track, the Belgian driver took an almost effortless win. Ardigò finished second after a good performance, and Foré took the last step of the podium.
Energy bags KZ2
... taking the European Championship and the runner-up spot. Energy grabbed the most important KZ2 title of the season placing its drivers on top. Although the sixth and last race of the season ended in drama, Michele Panigada’s team proved strong, and his strategy - based on ‘the more drivers the more chances of success’ – winning. Dutchman Jansen is proof of it: he took the opportunity, grabbing both races without making a single mistake, unlike his teammate Lavanant - ahead of him by 24 points in the championship - who got stuck at the first corner. Nevertheless he still managed to end second, while his direct rival Demanse was out of the finals. In race 2, the Frenchman seemed too sure of himself, as he tried to take Hawksworth – 3rd in race 1 - back after getting past at the start, and ending his race at the first corner. No harm done: Lavanant managed to keep the lead in the championship and was crowned European Champion.
Unexpected champion in KF3
Great excitement at Maranello, which places two drivers on podium. Finnish driver Aaro Vainio was in a class of his own and took the European Championship. After starting from row 1 and keeping the lead for most of the race, he got past by his teammate Joni Wiman. Aaro kept his cool, and at the last lap he regained the lead taking the chequered flag first. Bravo! Russian driver Danil Kvyat in force with Morsicani Racing and with Italian licence finished third, ending his weekend with a brilliant performance.