Now confirmed by Malcolm Fell for racing, rather than just a tryout in practice.
A weekend of contrasts, full of twists and an incredible happy ending, summarises the second round of the WSK Super Master Series for Gabriel Aubry at the 7 Laghi circuit at Castelletto. It is also a good illustration of the potential of this amazing driver. On Saturday night, with a 42nd place in the intermediate classification, the Tony Kart driver was not tipped for a result, but …
With second fastest time in his group in qualifying, 4th overall, Gabriel confirmed the effectiveness of his very clean driving style, but the heats were to be catastrophic. At the first start on the outside lane, he went out at the first corner, stalled and set off again last with a considerable delay, even though he had started from the front row. Not discouraged, he attacked like a man possessed, and caught up with the pack and passed as much as he could. He limited the damage with a 16th place and fastest lap. The other two races ended in two retirements with mechanical problems while Gabriel had been in 4th and 2nd positions. Nothing to worry about for the competition.
Tony Kart Racing Team mobilized all their resources and experience to provide Gabriel with a competitive machine for the prefinals, as they had for the heats. The team’s work was bearing fruit, as the Vortex engine was at full power and allowed the driver to take full advantage of the Tony Kart chassis on the twisty Castelletto track. As motivated as ever, Aubry attacked from the start of prefinal-B, already gaining seven places at the lights, then nine more positions on his opponents without a pause to finish fourth at the end of the 16 laps, with a bonus of the second fastest lap time.
The final was similar: an impeccable start from 8th place to 4th on the sector of the first lap and up towards the front of the race, including overtaking his teammate Karol Basz. The gap to the leader decreased over the laps, but not enough to deny him victory. Gabriel finished an incredible second place, ahead of third by almost 3’’. The performance from the driver from the Equipe de France FFSA Karting was unanimously praised.
“It is of course a great pleasure to return to the podium positions,” Gabriel explained. “Since the beginning of my first season in KF, I was often fast, but could not get a really good result. I have the chance to race for one of the best teams, we work hard and it does pay off. Even though I had a lot of trouble early in the weekend at Castelletto, I was confident because I knew I could run at least as fast as the best. In my situation, the challenge was to avoid accidents and not to lose time in overtaking. I think I am on the way!”
After an exciting first round of the WSK Champions Cup, the second round of La Conca finished too early for Devlin DeFrancesco. Dropped to the back of the pack in the prefinal in KF-Junior, his access to the final was blocked this time. Unable to fight for success at the end, Devlin had to settle for 13th position in the final standings of the 2014 WSK Champions Cup.
Fortunately, the North American driver from Morsicani Racing had a contrasting experience at Sarno for the opening round of the WSK Super Master Series at the foot of Vesuvius. 2nd fastest in qualifying at the wheel of his Tony / Vortex front of more than 60 drivers, Devlin then added two wins and three fastest laps in the heats. In the rain, he managed to finish in 12th position with an acrobatic finish.
At the twisty Castelletto circuit, the second round of the WSK Super Master necessitated an adjustment period before Devlin could fight at the front. In the latest blow, he struggled to come through after a few ups and downs in racing. With better performance, he continued to gain positions in the final stages and took a hard-fought seventh position.
In less than a week, La Conca will host the third and final round of the WSK Super Master Series which is the last stage of preparation before the European Championship, where we will watch Devlin DeFrancesco with interest.
The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has awarded the contract to publish its quarterly magazine to Motor Sport, one of the industry’s most respected publications.
MSA was launched at the start of 2011 by London-based contract publishing house, Think Publishing, who brought a new approach to the magazine, which is delivered free of charge to the governing body’s 44,000-strong membership.
The editorial content features news, features, debate, regulatory information, performance tips and exclusive interviews across the full spectrum of UK motor sport, making MSA magazine a must-read for all motor sport participants.
Ben Taylor, MSA Director of Development and Communications, said: “We are very excited to begin this relationship with Motor Sport, without doubt one of the most prestigious names in our sector. We must pay tribute to Think for their work over the past three years; they have developed the magazine into an interesting and engaging title that now makes its way to the coffee table, rather than the recycle bin.
“We are now moving back into the specialist motor sport environment and this tie-up feels like a natural fit for MSA and the logical next step for the publication. The specialist knowledge and creative input of the Motor Sport team will help us to move the magazine forwards and offer an even better product to our members.”
Damien Smith, Editor of Motor Sport, added: “MSA members spend a great deal of their time and money taking part and following motor sport and are incredibly knowledgeable, so we hope this news will be well-received. We aim to use our wealth of knowledge and experience to enhance what is already an excellent magazine.
“Moreover, Motor Sport is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, so winning this contract is another cause for celebration. Hopefully, this will be a partnership which lasts for some time to come.”
The contract commences with the publication of the Summer 2014 edition, published in May.
All the forms and regulations for the ABkC IAME and Comer Cadet O Plate national championships are now available on the S1 site.
The date of 22nd June, the week before the MSA Super One round at Larkhall, offers a great chance to have some pre-S1 practice as well as the chance to hold one of very few MSA-recognised numbers for the year.
There will be a support race for Honda Cadets, Bambino time trials, and a one-hour feature on MotorsTV. Practice is available on Friday and Saturday.