BRP will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF) at Kartodromo Internacional Lucas Guerrero in Valencia, Spain from November 25th-29th, 2014.
After a quiet year in 2013, 2012 British Junior Kart Champion Alex Gill is campaigning Renault BARC with Fortec and has immediately made an impression at the opening round at Rockingham on 5th–6th April.
Alex had gear selection problems that held him back in qualifying and in Race 1 he was in 2nd but on last lap he got a puncture from debris on the track and had a DNF.
In Race 2 he had a poor start from grid 3 and dropped back to 7th, damaging his front wing in the process but he drove brilliantly and made some fantastic overtaking moves to move back up to 2nd.
In Race 3 he started grid 2 and fought with Matteo Ferrer who was in 1st place for about half the race. They both drove very well, very hard and the racing was exciting and clean. Alex passed Ferrer and gained a lead but the safety car came out and took his advantage away. He has never led behind a safety car before but his start when the SC went in was great. He managed to stay in front to cross the line in 1st place.
Fortec were very happy with his performance and Alex was asked to shake down Fortec’s third F3 car at the British GT/F3 media launch at Donington on Tuesday. He was driving to an installation programme and was very aware he had to bring the car home in one piece, but his times were still creditable, he was the fastest Fortec driver in sector 1 and only 0.5s off in sector 3.
The Formula K team have done a good job at the second round of the WSK Super Master Series at Castelletto. On the unusual twisty 7 Laghi circuit, Bas Lammers did well in KZ2 driving a very competitive kart, powered by a highly efficient Parilla engine prepared by RS Falcon (Tec-Sav Engineering) and he almost repeated his success from Sarno.
After the seventh in qualifying the Dutch driver demonstrated his speed in the heats and took a fastest lap and was second fastest twice. Ranked second and third, he crossed the finish line in front in the final heat before suffering a penalty of 5’’ for touching Marco Ardigo in battle, without any intention of harming his opponent. 8th in the intermediate classification, when he could have been third, Lammers took second position in prefinal-B, with the fastest lap.
The duel for victory in the final resumed, with Bas immediately moving in to the wake of the leader Ardigo. Although he was faster as evidenced by a new fastest lap, he never found the opportunity to overtake his rival despite several attempts, the Castelletto track and the 2014 tyres not facilitating overtaking. Finishing second in these conditions remains a very positive outcome for Formula K who are regularly playing a leading role this season with Lammers, especially as his second position in the championship makes him a serious challenger before the last round in two weeks at Muro Leccese.
The work done by Praga Kart Racing, in direct contact with the IPK factory, brings improvements at every event. The goal is to be ready for the CIK-FIA European Championships, and Praga recorded positives at Castelletto, both with drivers and equipment, but the racing has not always rewarded these efforts. In addition to the specific track at Castelletto, the team faced the first warm weather of the season, gaining valuable experience, particularly with the new tyres.
After a not very good start in qualifying, the KF drivers achieved respectable performance in the heats. Diego Bertonelli was one to watch with his sixth in the prefinal, a gain of seven places, while Karol Dabski was delayed by an incident on the first lap, as was Marino Sato later on. While he was on full attack in 9th position in the final Bertonelli had to retire on lap 5. Dabski succeeded in gaining back 15 places to get back into the top 10.
In KZ2, Jonathan Thonon and Patrik Hajek were in the top three several times in the heats, clocking fifth and sixth respectively in the intermediate classification, with three fastest laps to the credit of the champion from Belgium. A penalty in the last race put Jorge Pescador back in 16th. After a promising second place in his prefinal – with one of the fastest laps – Thonon was forced to hold on his air box during the latter part of the final, which was not conducive to a good result. Hajek was able to maintain a good pace and finish in 8th position while Pescador was struggling for 14th place.
The only representative of the Praga team in KF-Junior, the young Rasmus Lindh continues to learn in the category. This time he just missed out on qualifying for the final after a crash.
The young drivers in KF at the RFM team have progressed well since the beginning of the season. During the second round of the WSK Super Master at Castelletto, Lando Norris dominated early in the meeting and Jehan Daruvala emerged in the finals, taking his first victory in the category.
In KF-Junior, Logan Sargeant picked up the pace and was at the front for a long time before finishing in the top five of the competition which was marked by several incidents. More than ever, RFM is positioned as the No. 1 team in the CIK-FIA categories of KF and KF-Junior.
It was a great success for Jehan Daruvala on the twisty 7 Laghi circuit, with the first win of his young career in KF, and the first for the British team in the category this season. However it was Lando Norris who marked the beginning of the event by achieving a perfect score in qualifying with his pole position and in the heats with three straight wins. His time of 47’’ 824 was also never equaled. A collision early in the final wrecked his chances of victory. Meanwhile, Daruvala was gradually getting the measure of the track at Castelletto and won his prefinal thanks to a relentless ascent. He was then alone in the lead from the first to the last lap of the final by dominating the competition, without faltering, so it was an indisputable victory against the best specialists in the category.
The intensity of the races at Castelletto somewhat thwarted the plans for the RFM drivers in KF-Junior, and several race incidents prevented them from getting the desired results. However, Logan Sargeant did beautifully in the heats with a win and fastest lap, and took the lead in the intermediate classification and then his prefinal. Starting on the front row of the final Logan dropped back to 7th in the battle before finishing in 5th position.
Enaam Ahmed was less successful: in the Prefinal he was 5th with the fastest time of the race, but he lost time on the first lap of the final, although he managed to climb up to 8th position.
Max Fewtrell was not particularly inspired by the Castelletto track. Although he made a great comeback to 6th place in his prefinal he dropped to the back of the pack with his teammate Sun Yue Yang in the final.
The ABkC TKM Junior and Extreme O Plates at Shenington on 15th June will be televised on Motors TV, thanks to support from the club and Tal-Ko, as well as the ABkC Super 4 National Championship round for 250 National and the KZ UK club race thanks to support from Jade, AFR and MBR.
Other classes are still being decided, SKRC needs financial support as not all can be covered.
The SuperPrix will go to air for the first time on 7th July at 6.55pm
The FIA World Motor Sports Council had their quarterly meeting on 11th April and the following was decided regarding karting:
In order to increase safety in Karting, the World Motor Sport Council gave a strong mandate to the CIK Commission to consider the imposition of stricter penalties for dangerous infractions in the sport.
The Drivers’ Commission, with the support of its Chairman, Emerson Fittipaldi, has prioritised further visibility for the FIA anti-doping campaign, increased promotion of the work by volunteers and officials, and the further strengthening of karting as an effective entry point into other motor sport categories.
WOMEN IN MOTOR SPORT COMMISSION
The FIA Women in Motorsport Commission announced the renewal of its partnership with the CIK-FIA. Following a call for candidatures inviting ASNs to put forward a young female talent aged from 13 to 15 to be granted a kart out of the 51 allocated for 2014 in this year’s edition of the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy, the place has been awarded to a young Spanish driver, Ms Marta Garcia (ESP).