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The French Varennes-sur-Allier track welcomed the first of two events of the CIK-FIA European KF3 Championship. As is often the case in this highly animated Juniors class (13-15 years), there was no lack of race incidents. Winner of the first Race, title holder George Russell was unfortunately involved in an accident in the first bend of the second encounter. The Spaniard Alex Palou took full advantage to clinch Race 2 and take the lead in the championship ahead of George Russell and Frenchman Dorian Boccolacci.

by CIK P.O.

George Russell, having dominated Race 1 had a perfect start in the second confrontation of the day. However this was without counting on Simone Cunati’s clumsiness, who braked on the grass just in front of the first bend, violently hitting the Brit. Even though Russell finally managed to extract himself from the sand trap, he was well behind the pack. His rival, Dorian Boccolacci was now hoping to make the break in the championship. But having taken the lead after a poor start the Frenchman was pushed off track by his … Russian team-mate Robert Shwartzman (Intrepid-TM), who had committed a completely missed attack. Having climbed back into 11th spot, Dorian managed to grabble a few championship points, but no way could he hide his disappointment. Because up front Alex Palou Montalbo did not waste any time. Following his fourth place in the first Race, the Spaniard has scored the maximum number of points to take over the reigns of the championship ahead of Russell and Boccolacci, tied in second.

This second race also enjoyed a fair amount of surprises. Starting out with the second place of the Rumanian Marcu Dionisios (Top Kart-TM), who had set off from 23rd place on the grid, ahead of the Brits Alex Gill (SWRD-Parilla), 19th on the grid, and Nathan Aston (Intrepid-TM). Fifth was the American Santino Ferrucci, who proved his top speed throughout the weekend and holding off the Brit Daniel Ticktum, who once again set best race lap time. We also noted the 7th place, as in Race 1, of the Belgian Amaury Bonduel, eighth in the championship.

At the end of this first meeting the suspense remains high and the journey over to Brandon, on a highly modified first part of the PF International track, will definitely be worth the trip. So as they say, “See you there!”.

Championship (provisional) : 1. A. Palou (ESP/CRG-BMB), 38 pts; 2. G. Russell (GBR/Intrepid-Vortex), 25; 3. D. Boccolacci (FRA/Intrepid-TM), 25; 4. M. Dionisios (RU/Top Kart-TM), 20; 5. M. Kodric (HRV/FA Kart-Vortex); 6. S. Ferrucci (USA/Energy-TM), 18; 7. D. Ticktum (GBR/Zanardi-Parilla), 18; 8. A. Bonduel (BEL/Kosmic-Parilla), 18; 9. A. Gill (GBR-SWRD-Parilla), 16; 10. N. Aston (GBR/Intrepid-TM), 16; etc.

Created by: - 30/04/12

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