The title of European KF2 Champion was not officially attributed on the evening of this second and last meeting, at the PF International Circuit.
by CIK P.O.
Although Max Verstappen (Intrepid-TM) left Great Britain with the greatest number of points, the Dutchman is still not assured the title. To recall, on Saturday Max Verstappen appealed a 10-second penalty imposed on him following a collision with Ben Barnicoat (ART GP-Parilla) during a qualifying heat. As his appeal is suspensive, Max could only start from 9th place on the grid for Race 1, but the results of the two Races scheduled for Sunday now depend on the MSA National Court of Appeal, which has 30 days in which to deal with the case.
As Charles Leclerc (ART GP-Parilla), forced to spend time off-track after contact with an adversary, and Dennis Olsen (Energy-TM), when leading, both saw their hopes fade with dislodged chains, the son of the former Formula 1 driver climbed through the field to take control mid-Race and, subject to the decision of the Court of Appeal, he could grab his second victory of the season. Let down by his engine, the Italian Flavio Camponeschi had already abandoned at the start of the Race, leaving the Britons Sam Snell (Energy-Parilla) and Ben Barnicoat (ART GP-Parilla) to finish as heirs apparent to Verstappen, the latter also posting the fastest lap of the Race. The Top 5 for this first Race was completed by the Italian Felice Tiene (CRG-BMB) and the Finn Niklas Tiihonen (Energy-Parilla), ahead of Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic-Vortex), the Italians Antonio Fuoco (Tony Kart-Vortex) and Damiano Fioravanti (Tony Kart-Vortex), the Briton Tom Joyner (LH-BMB) and the Italian Paolo Ippolito (Kosmic-Vortex).
The many spectators around the PF International Circuit had there money’s worth in Race 2 for the KF2 category. The battle for victory, with countless overtakes and four different leaders, was a thrill a minute. Three laps from the chequered flag, six Drivers were only a little over a second apart! But a collision forced the Britons Ben Barnicoat and Tom Joyner to abandon. At the same time, Felice Tiene took a decisive advantage over Antonio Fuoco, with the bottom step of the podium being decided in the very last round between Max Verstappen, Nicklas Nielsen and Niklas Tiihonen. The Japanese Nirei Fukuzumi (Kosmic-Vortex) took 6th place ahead of the Italian Damiano Fioravanti (Tony Kart-Vortex) whilst Charles Leclerc ended his climb from the back of the grid in 8th place. The Russian Vasiliy Romanov (Energy-Parilla) and the Italian Paolo Ippolito (Kosmic-Vortex) were also in the Top 10 for this second Race.
Now we have to await the decision of the MSA National Court of Appeal to know whether Max Verstappen or Ben Barnicoat will be heralded European Champion. Charles Leclerc, Felice Tiene and Antonio Fuoco will also be in the final Top 5 of the Championship.