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The informal public display of our plans that we held at Hollybush Garden Centre (in July) went reasonably well and nearly 50 people came to see us. Most expressed support for our proposals but those of our closest residents who did come (about 10 or so out of 25) were almost universally opposed and this made the two days a little fraught.
The Council’s online consultation was somewhat similar. Nearly 50 people registered views and those in support were quite good and made valid worthwhile points. These were entirely unsolicited by the Club so we thank those people.
However about 60% of the views were opposed to our application. For the most part this centred on concerns about traffic and noise, which is only to be expected. Whilst recognising their concerns these issues were obviously something that occupied our minds prior to making our application. We believe our traffic flows will be on the main Warstone Road and not on Wolverhampton Road where most of the residents live. We are quite happy to make Wolverhampton Road a “no go” road as only those people coming to us from Cheslyn Hay will need to drive down it.
The objections from residents of Shareshill (the majority of the opposition) puzzles us a bit. The village is the western side of the M6, the opposite side to us, on the A460 so only that traffic coming from the M54 and Shareshill itself will need to go anywhere near the village and this is likely to be less than 25% of our traffic. We can only see how the Planning Committee views the objections and support when they vote.
The Planners have asked us to clarify some points of our application and to supply some more information. We have now done most of what we have been asked for. But in order to give them more time to consider our application and prepare their report the Planners have asked us to accept a delay until the middle of November until the application is decided. We have little choice but to accept this.
Enaam Ahmed deservedly becomes 2014 KF-Junior World Champion and Mick Junior his Vice-Champion by over 7s on a damp track.
The rain had stopped and the track was a little slippery when the KFJs fired up to go out for the first Prefinal. Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart / Vortex) was ahead followed by Jules Bollier (Kosmic / Parilla) who very combative in his wheeltracks, but was soon replaced in second position by Sergey Travnikov (DR / TM) and Isac Valtonen (Kosmic / Vortex). Ahmed lost the lead to the benefit of Travnikov and Valtonen, while Anton Haaga (Kosmic / LKE) took 4th, then Alex Quinn (CRG / TM) was 5th ahead of Kush Maini (Exprit / Vortex). There was a big rise for Tom Leuillet (Birel / TM) who was in the top 10 after starting from 33rd position. Bollier had to yield to Haaga, Quinn and Maini. Noah Milell (Exprit / Vortex), Logan Sargeant (FA Kart / Vortex), Paavo Tonteri (ART GP / TM) and Ulysses De Pauw (ART GP / TM) were among the drivers who had paid the highest price early in the race.
Ahmed took the lead at the halfway point and immediately got away impressively. The gaps were increasing at the approach to the finish and the positions were frozen at the top of the table. Ahmed easily won the race ahead of an outsider, Travnikov, then Haaga 3rd, Quinn 4th, Maini 5th, Bollier 6th and the incredible Tom Leuillet in 7th after gaining 26 places, followed by Carrara who was also going very well, Della Coletta 9th and Novalak 10th.
The rain returned after the finish of prefinal 1 and a completely wet track awaited the participants in prefinal 2 for KF-Junior. Mick Junior (Tony Kart / Vortex) retained the lead of the race, but Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart / Parilla) stole 2nd place from Max Fewtrell (FA Kart / Vortex) who dropped to 25th position, while Alexander Vartanyan (Tony Kart / Vortex ) was down in 30th place. Benjamin Lessennes (Kosmic / Parilla) grabbed 3rd place ahead of Daniel Ticktum (Zanardi / Parilla). The leader made a small mistake on lap 3 and was passed by Lorandi, Lessennes and Ticktum. There was a big rise for Christian Lundgaard (PCR / Vortex) in 5th position ahead of Artem Petrov (DR / TM), Jannes Fittje (Kosmic / Vortex), Devlin Defrancesco (Tony Kart / Vortex) and James Pull (Tony Kart / Vortex).
Petrov returned to Lundgaard and passed for 5th place at the halfway point. Ticktum was on Lorandi’s heels and eventually moved into the lead on the ninth lap, with Lessennes soon ending up in a position to threaten Lorandi. The differences increased again while the finish was not far off, but Lessennes took 2nd place behind the winner Ticktum, who set the fastest lap. Lorandi was 3rd, Junior 4th, Petrov 5th, Lundgaard 6th, Fittje 7th, Pull 8th, Vips 9th, and Zendelli 10th from Beckmann.
The weather was dry, but not the track, so most drivers chose wet tyres, probably influenced by the surrounding grey clouds. Ticktum lost out to Ahmed, and then spun and lost a lot of places. Lessennes was 2nd to Bollier and Mick Junior. Mick Junior fought with Bollier for 3rd and the French driver fell to 8th. Meanwhile Ahmed took off with a 1.3s lead on Lessennes on the second lap. There was a big gain for Mauricio Baiz (Kosmic / Parilla) in 7th place, 21 positions higher. Starting on slicks, Zendelli was currently struggling at the back of the pack, and Sun Yue Yang (FA Kart / Vortex) had retired.
Lessennes improved his time and returned to the leader from the 4th lap. Ahmed responded by posting a fastest lap just after the Belgian put his foot down on lap 6 and both drivers alternated the fastest laps. The difference was around 0.5s. Mick Junior was still third, peaking at 2.5s from the lead. Bollier and Leuillet dropped down the rankings. With great drama, Lessennes retired on the 9th lap apparently with a technical problem. Ahmed found himself alone in the lead 5.6s ahead of Mick Junior and Kush Maini (Exprit / Vortex) 3rd, Baiz 4th, Lorandi 5th, Vips 6th, Haaga 7th and Ross Martin (Energy / TM) 8th, an improvement of 23 places for the British driver.
The last third of the race saw a fastest lap set by Haaga, still in 6th position, four tenths faster than anyone. The track was improving, as Ahmed replied with another fastest time. Baiz closed on Maini, Haaga attacked Lorandi to gain 5th position before the Italian retired. Baiz managed to pass Maini. Ahmed did not drop the pace and he had a considerable lead of over 7s on Mick Junior, himself more than 4s from Baiz.
- Enaam Ahmed (GB) RFM – Alonso/Vortex
- Mick Junior (DE) Tonykart Racing Team – Tony/Vortex
- Mauricio Baiz (VE) Kosmic/Parilla
- Kush Maini (IN) RB Kart Technology – Exprit/Vortex
- Anton Haaga (SE) GRT Racing Team – Kosmic/LKE
Lando Norris has won the KF World Champion title in his first season in the category, while the RFM team has achieved a historic double in both categories.
While the weather had so far been summery despite some optimistic forecasts, the famous Norman rain which is as fine as it is tenacious, emerged over the circuit of Essay on Sunday morning. The question was whether the track would be completely wet for the finals of the World Championship and how it would impact the final outcome
The rain had stopped, but the Aunay les Bois track was still slippery for the repechage in KF. Daniel Lundgaard (Tony Kart / Vortex) retained the lead while a massive clash decimated the ranks. In third position, Paolo Besancenez (Tony Kart / TM) retired with mechanical problems on lap 3, probably because of his chain. Behind Lundgaard, Nikita Sitnikov (Kosmic / Vortex) gained over 14 positions for second in front of Diego Bertonelli (Birel / TM), Yan Shlom (Tony Kart / Parilla), Ville Mäntyllä (Kosmic / Vortex) and Sasakorn Chaimongkol (FA Kart / Vortex).
There were big surprises in the KF prefinal, while the Essay track was still very wet. Most importantly Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic / Vortex) spun when Tom Joyner (Zanardi / Parilla) tried to sneak inside at the first corner and then Callum Ilott (Zanardi / Parilla) went off at Turn 3 and gave up. Karol Basz (Tony Kart / Vortex) took the lead of the race from the first lap, followed by Joyner, Lando Norris (FA Kart / Vortex), Felice Tiene (CRG / Parilla) 4th, Nikita Mazepin (Tony Kart / Vortex) 5th, and Niko Kari (Tony Kart / Vortex) 6th. Gabriel Aubry (Tony Kart / Vortex) was steadily losing ground. Nielsen moved up to 25th.
Joyner took over control on the fifth lap and Norris took 2nd from Basz. Joyner was the fastest on the track and escaped irretrievably by almost 2s from Norris before the halfway point. Few changes would then occur, as the top three really were above the rest in terms of performance. Joyner won by 4.7s ahead of Norris, closely followed by Basz. Mazepin finished 4th, Daruvala 5th, Puhakka 6th, Kari 7th, and Tujula 8th.
Tiene and Aubry were not very comfortable in the wet. The Italian was ranked 14th and the French driver ended his ordeal in 23rd position. Nielsen was in 19th place in the end, but what a disappointment …
Regarding Nielsen’s incident, Olivier Maréchal, the Kosmic team manager, explained the position that he put to the stewards: “Starting from pole, so on the inside, Nielsen logically shifted slightly outward to negotiate the first right turn. He had no other choice of position. In any case, he did not leave a gap. Tom Joyner tried to go through where there was no room on a line where he could not turn without touching our driver. This is what happened and Nicklas went across. I regret that such behaviour will not be punished as it should be, especially as this is not the first time.”
The weather was still overcast and threatening but without rain for the final of the KF World Championship. The drivers were excited and the start was not the best that we have seen. Joyner didn’t take advantage of his pole position, and Daruvala and Norris overtook after the second corner. Mazepin was in 4th place ahead of Martijn Van Leeuwen (Zanardi / Parilla), then Ilott, which made one wonder how he could gain as many places at once, Pedro Hiltbrand ( CRG / Parilla) then Aubry, who made a splendid start. Daruvala escaped and Mazepin threatened Norris. Aubry retired on the third lap when he was 8th with the fastest lap. Joyner seemed troubled, Ilott took 5th ahead of Hiltbrand. Norris upped the pace to get closer to his teammate Daruvala.
Norris attacked and took the lead on the 10th of 25 laps. Mazepin, Van Leeuwen and Ilott returned to the Indian. Norris built a small lead as the laps went on. Now 6th, Basz gradually regained the delay at the start. The race then went on without major changes apart from Ilott taking Van Leeuwen for 4th place. Hiltbrand retired with two laps to go. Mazepin attacked Daruvala on the last lap and eventually passed on the outside of the hill to gain 2nd place.
- Lando Norris (GB) RFM – Alonso/Vortex
- Nikita Mazepin (RU) Tonykart Racing Team – Tony/Vortex
- Jehan Daruvala (IN) RFM – Alonso/Vortex
- Callum Ilott (GB) Zanardi Strakka – Zanardi/Parilla
- Martijn Van Leeuwen (NL) Keijzer Racing – Zanardi/Parilla
It has been a perfect day for Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic / Vortex), four-time winner, each with a good lead and the fastest lap, so he is a strong leader after the qualifying heats of the World Championship. Young Lando Norris (FA Kart / Vortex) is in second position with two wins, followed by the defending champion Tom Joyner (Zanardi / Parilla). Felice Tiene (CRG / Parilla) and Gabriel Aubry 4th (Tony Kart / Vortex) are level on points ahead of Karol Basz (Tony Kart / Vortex) and Nikita Mazepin (Tony Kart / Vortex). In 8th was Linus Lundqvist (Tony Kart / Vortex), Matteo Vigano 9th (Top Kart / Parilla) and 10th for Niko Kari (Tony Kart / Vortex).
European Champion Callum Ilott is down in 11th after a DNF while Oliver Hodgson (Kosmic / TM) and Harry Webb (Tony / Vortex) are the last two qualified straight into the prefinal.
Still dominating, Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart / Vortex) has just completed a flawless effort which was rewarded with five victories. Mick Junior (Tony Kart / Vortex) has approached the feat with four wins, but his 4th place on Friday gave him 2nd position ahead of the French driver Jules Bollier (Kosmic / Parilla), who crystallizes the hopes of the Tricolor fans with his formidable 3rd place.
There was a good comeback in 4th for Max Fewtrell (FA Kart / Vortex), who had been 13th in qualifying. Noah Milell (Exprit / Vortex) continues to amaze in fifth position ahead of Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart / Parilla) and Casper Roes (Energy / TM). In 8th Artem Petrov (DR / TM) lost some ground in the B / C heat, as did Paavo Tonteri (ART GP / TM) in A / C, who is 9th ahead of Presley Martono (Tony Kart / Parilla).
Logan Sargeant (FA Kart / Vortex) remains consistent in 11th place, ahead of Benjamin Lessennes (Kosmic / Parilla), Juan Correa (Energy / TM) in 19th, Devlin Defrancesco (Tony Kart / Vortex) moving up from 35th to 24th place ahead of Lorenzo Travisanutto (PCR / TM). Alexander Vartanyan (Tony Kart / Vortex) has not improved his situation in 32nd position, and neither did David Beckmann (Tony Kart / Parilla) in 34th.
With 72 signed on, the KF drivers will be spared the cruelty of a Prefinal that cuts out half their number, but there will be a Repechage for those not in the top 28.
Forza Racing has swapped its TM engines for Parilla for Egor Stupenkov and Yan Shlom, while Wiktoria Pankiewicz is using a Vortex this time.
On Thursday Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic / Vortex) not only set the fastest time of the day with 49.392s but consistently led his group. Karol Basz (Tony Kart / Vortex) was also one of the fastest along with Martijn Van Leeuwen (Zanardi / Parilla) and Niko Kari (Tony Kart / Vortex).
With a time of 49.035s on Friday morning Nielsen was again the top performer in KF in the very last session, when the temperature began to rise significantly. Basz followed by a tenth.
It was a tight battle in the legendary Normandy sun over the three sessions of qualifying for the KF World Championship at Essay. There was no real difference in the track conditions: the top three were first in each session. Already fastest in free practice, Nielsen continued his dominance during qualifying with the fastest time of the class, 49.093s and 26 thousandths better than Lando Norris (FA Kart / Vortex) and 137 thousandths ahead of Callum Ilott (Zanardi / Parilla). Niko Kari (Tony Kart / Vortex) took 4th place ahead of Tom Joyner (Zanardi / Parilla) in 5th, Felice Tiene (CRG / Parilla) 6th, Basz 7th, Sasakorn Chaimongkol (FA Kart / TM) 8th, Gabriel Aubry (Tony Kart / Vortex) 9th then Nikita Mazepin (Tony Kart / Vortex) in 10th.
In contrast to some of the impressive performances, there was also 65th for Ben Hanley (ART GP / TM), 54th for Riccardo Negro (Top Kart / Parilla) after a shortened session, 41st for Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG / Parilla) and to a lesser extent the 26th fastest time for Alessio Lorandi (Tony Kart / Parilla).
89 drivers have signed on at Essay in KF-Junior so they will therefore compete in two prefinals before the top 17 in each race in the final.
There have been some last minute equipment changes: Julia Pankiewicz has dropped her LKE for a Vortex, while Ross Martin is new at Energy Corse and Ulysses De Pauw at ART GP. Marta Garcia Lopez is now using a LKE engine instead of her Parilla on her Zanardi and Christian Lundgaard is trying a PCR chassis.
The storm in the night rinsed the Essay track for the second and final day of free practice for the 2014 KF-Junior World Championship, and the weather remained uncertain in the morning before turning nice and warm again. Gabriel Sereia (Exprit / Vortex) is credited with the fastest lap of the class on Friday morning with 49.793s, faster than Kenny Roosens (Kosmic / Parilla) who set the fastest time on Thursday, the only driver below 50s, with his 49.932s set in the first session.
Four timed sessions were needed for the 89 competitors at Essay. The first group didn’t get track conditions as good as the others, starting after the break and the Handikart session with Mojo tyres. This may explain the 16th position overall for the leader, Benjamin Lessennes (Kosmic / Parilla). The fourth session was also not very fast with 9th place overall for its leader Leonardo Lorandi (Tony Kart / Parilla).
The European Champion Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart / Vortex) set the fastest time of the entire class with 49.725s, 62 thousandths ahead of Casper Andersen Roes (Energy / TM) and 65 thousandths ahead of Artem Petrov (DR / TM). Paavo Tonteri (ART GP / TM) took 4th position ahead of Presley Martono (Tony Kart / Parilla) in 5th and Noah Milell (Exprit / Vortex) in 6th. There was a beautiful 7th place for the French driver Jules Bollier (Kosmic / Parilla) ahead of Mick Junior (Tony Kart / Vortex) in 8th, Lorandi 9th and Marta Garcia Lopez (Zanardi / LKE) 10th.
There were a slightly disappointing performances for Juan Correa (Energy / TM) in 23rd, Alexander Vartanyan (Tony Kart / Vortex) 25th, James Pull (Tony Kart / Vortex) 26th, David Beckmann (Tony Kart / Parilla) 31st, Daniel Ticktum (Zanardi / Parilla) 32nd, Devlin Defrancesco (Tony Kart / Vortex) 35th, Gabriel Sereia (Exprit / Vortex) 36th and Kenny Roosens (Kosmic / Parilla) 46th.