The CIK-FIA KZ World Championship and the KZ2 International Super Cup took place this weekend at the Jean Brun Circuit in Varennes sur Allier, France. Praga steps on track with 7 drivers and places 2nd in the KZ2 with French driver Arruè.
In the KZ World title hunt, the weekend started off well for factory driver Patrik Hajek, who was 3rd in his timed practice and 9th in Superpole. After a contact in his first heat, the Czech came back with a strong 3rd place finish in the second. Then he went wild in Sunday’s pre-final: 10th on grid, he picked up 8 positions to close 2nd. This put Hajek 4th at the start of the final, but unfortunately a contact in the first lap spoiled his chances of a podium that was in plain sight.
In KZ2 Super Cup, Praga karts had a star role with Action Karting’s Alexandre Arrue. Best qualifier and very strong in several heats (twice 1st and twice 2nd), in the pre-final the French driver started from 9th place, overtook 6 positions, and finished 3rd. In the final, after a start from P5, Arrue fought hard to keep in the top 10 and with a final push managed a strong 3rd place finish that turned to the 2nd step of the podium after a rival’s penalization. Praga karts also proved to be fierce competition with French driver Julien Goupy, who collected some fast laps and some excellent heats (twice 3rd and 6th) and in the final author of a fantastic 9-place recovery to close 10th. Praga Racing Team driver Radim Maxa also showed great determination, with some great placements in the qualification phase (twice 5th and twice 6th) and 14th in the pre-final, until bad luck took him out on the fifth lap of the final.