KF1 Victories for De Vries and Albon

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The second round of the CIK-FIA World KF1 Championship held on the Spanish circuit of Zuera once again confirmed the talent of Nyck De Vries (Zanardi-Parilla).

Clinching pole position and winner of Race 1 having led up front for most of the time, the Dutchman had to start out from the back of the pack for the second race of the day as his kart had refused to start during the warm-up lap. Carrying out a brilliant overtaking performance Nyck climbed back up into fourth place by the end of the race, having for a few hundred meters found himself up in second spot during the final lap. However the Dutchman was excluded from the second race for having received assistance from a mechanic on the staring grid, an unauthorised operation.

If on the one hand De Vries impressed the spectators with his brilliant climb-up through the pack, the name of another young driver was also on everyone lips at Zuera. Having won the World Cup and European Championship in KF3 (the Juniors category) last year, the Brit Alex Albon (Intrepid-TM) took full advantage of his Dutch rivals problems to grab his first world victory in the top karting category. Second during the practice sessions and second in the first race, the young protégé of the renowned energy drink which gives one wings, was back in form for the championship, where he presently holds 3rd place.

Already in brilliant form during the opening round at Wackersdorf, Karol Basz (RK-BMB) also experienced a pretty positive Saturday. Fourth in the first race, he held off the attack put in by De Vries in the final lap of the second race to clinch third place. This allowed the Polish driver to retain his provisional second place in the championship.

Third in the first race the Italian Ignazio D’Agosto (Tony Kart-Vortex) then fell back, leaving all the podium honours to his team-mate Flavio Camponeschi, second in the second race having taken full advantage during the final lap of the battle between Basz and De Vries. Amongst the top performers of the day we must mention the two top-5s of Felice Tiene (CRG-Maxter) as also the 7th and 6th places of the young Frenchman Rémy Deguffroy (Tony Kart-Vortex). Last but not least, having twice finished in 8th position the young Czech female Tereza Gromanova (Kosmic-Vortex) proved that the karting domain is not purely reserved for boys.

Press Release by: World Karting Championship - 25/07/11

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