Euro KF2: Verstappen takes command

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Fought over two Races, the European KF2 Championship began in Wackersdorf and will conclude in Brandon, at the PF International circuit, on 22 July next. Two Races are on the programme at each of these venues, and three results out of the four will be taken into account to determine the final classification.

Arch-dominator of the Qualifying Heats, Max Verstappen (Intrepid-TM) took the lead in Race 1, run on a soaked track, and rapidly escaped the pack. But although he was almost 5 seconds ahead, he made a mistake causing a high-speed 360° spin. Overtaken by Charles Leclerc (ART GP), Max was unable to get back in front of the Monaco Driver. The Dutchman took his revenge however in the second confrontation, this time on a dry track, with a lead of practically 6 seconds. That enabled him to leave Germany leading the competition. “I was really very fast all weekend,” Max explained. “I should have won both Races, but I touched the kerb in Race 1. It was the mistake of an amateur … but more importantly I scored the points and this evening I’m leading the Championship.”

In the provisional classification, Verstappen leads Charles Leclerc. Starting from pole position in Race 2, the Monaco driver struggled in the earlier laps and had to be content with 8th place, but not without recording the fastest lap. So he still has a chance of the title. The same applies to his team-mate Benjamin Barnicoat (ART GP-Parilla), fifth in Race 1 and then second in Race 2, after a splendid tussle with Dennis Olsen. The British Driver is therefore third in the Championship although he had been excluded from Qualifying Practice (and so relegated to … 106th position!) for an engine assembly error. Climbing steadily through the field, “Ben” knew that he had performed well and has already made his appointment to take on his adversaries on his favourite PF International track.

Behind these three, the amazing Danish Driver Thomas Krebs (Maranello-TM) and the Norwegian Dennis Olsen (Energy-TM), who each climbed onto the lowest step of the podium in one of the two Races, both lie in waiting. The provisional Top 10 is completed by the Italian “Speedy”, alias Antonio Fuoco (Tony Kart-Vortex), the French Anthoine Hubert (FK-TM), the British Tom Joyner (LH-BMB), the Danish Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic-Vortex) and the Polish Karol Basz (Birel-BMB).

Press Release by: FIA Karting - 11/06/12

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