Great Battles in Portimao

KF Podium (Photo: Press.net Images)

Era show didn’t fall short of expectations in Portimao. On the Kartodromo Internacional do Algarve, the first round of the CIK-FIA European KF & KFJ Championship finished today. The best of international karting emerged in both the categories, with new names and new teams which played a leading role, giving a boost to the interest around the first out of three rounds of the Championship. The light wind which blew today on the Portuguese circuit made the climate slightly milder, with the temperature which never went above 20 degrees. However, the typical summer-like weather was a tough test for the equipment and for the drivers. The weather is going to play an important role also in the next appointment of the season, on schedule next 21st June in Great Britain at the PFI circuit of Grantham. Here, the perfomance of teams and driver could radically change. In the meanwhile, all the crucial moment of this first weekend will be available next week on Motors TV, thanks to the special report with a recap of the whole weekend in Portimao.

Hanley wins hands down in KF

Nothing could stop the British Ben Hanley (Croc-TM-Vega): his opponents, despite being very fast throughout the whole weekend, had no chance. Hanley won both the Prefinal and the Final. According to the result of the Prefinal, the main rivals of the Brit, who won both the races leading from the first until the last lap, should have been the German Hannes Jenker (CRG-Parilla-Vega) and the Dutch Martijn Van Leeuwen (CRG-TM-Vega). They finished the morning race in second and third position, not far from the winner. But in the Final the runner-up was another British, Tom Joyner (Zanardi-TM-Vega), who finished three seconds behind his fellow countryman. Joyner, thanks to a great start, recoverd five positions and beat the Italian Felice Tiene (CRG-Parilla-Vega) into third position. The driver from San Giuseppe Vesuviano (NA), who is racing in two categories this year, is at his second podium position of the season after the one achieved in Sarno, at he first round of the European KZ2 Championship.

Roosens is still the best in KF Junior

KFJ podium (Photo: Press.net Images)

KFJ podium (Photo: Press.net Images)

Among the several drivers who occupied the top of the standings during the weekend, the most consistent one was Kenny Roosens (Kosmic-Parilla-LeCont). He won both the Prefinal and the Final and gained the head of the Championship. The young Belgian driver didn’t have to fight hard in the Final: he managed to get the lead of the race immediately. He led until the chequered flag, while behind him many drivers battled for the two remaining steps of the podium. Eventually, the second position was scored by the Brazilian Caio Collet (Kosmic-Vortex-LeCont), followed by the Indian Kush Maini (Tony Kart-Vortex-LeCont). The Indian was then hit by a penalty for a contact during the last laps, and the third position went to the Danish Christian Lungaard (Tony Kart-Vortex-LeCont).

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