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Two weeks before the start of the European Championships, the Gabriel Thirouin circuit of Angerville hosted during the weekend of April 6th and 7th, 133 drivers from more than 25 nations from 5 continents, including the best OK and OK-Junior come to prepare for the European competition. Nearly 90 of them proudly wore the pink butterfly Julie Tonelli.
The Julie Tonelli Foundation for Childhood has been supporting the FFSA for many years by supporting competition karting in France. The Julie Tonelli Foundation participates in the decoration of the track and provides the cups to the first three, in each category and also makes it a point of honor to highlight the drivers wearing the famous pink butterfly, in margin of its main action in favor of associations supporting children in difficulty around the world.
First title of French Champion for Doriane Pin
Crowned in 2018, Léonie Claude was a favorite for the conquest of the Women’s French Championship. However, it was the young Doriane Pin who took the orders immediately and did not let them go. She was crowned without dispute after winning all three finals. Léonie Claude was initially delayed by a technical penalty in the first run, then by a way out of the track in the final 3. She had to give the 2nd place to Madeline Boisson, very regular at the forefront. Very fast, Caroline Martel was late in the heats before returning to the top 5 in the finals. 6th in the final 1 on a very slippery track, Zoé Knebler then marked the step to finish in 9th position. Capable of great speed, Mathilde Habrant was less comfortable in the finals and ranked 12th while Alexandra Hervé took the 14th position.
The winning run of Juho Valtanen in OK
Genis Civico had nevertheless booked the 3rd places in the chrono and in the heats, but he was suffering on the damp track of the prefinal where the choice of the good tires was predominant. Juho Valtanen was faster and faster after his troubles in round 1. 18th Saturday night, he returned to the first place of the final of the Championship of France OK while Civico made a return of 15 places to climb on the 2nd walk the podium with the best time. Nicolas Picot obtained a superb prefinal victory in tricky conditions and ensured a superb 3rd place finish. Part cautiously, Ries Viverette gradually increased the pace and finally returned to the top 5. Female driver detected and supported by the Richard Mille Young Talent Academy, Maja Weug achieved a superb final to reach the 7th position with a gain of 11 places. Slightly distanced at the beginning of the meeting, Sebastian Ogaard signed two beautiful 9th places in the finals. Jasin Ferati and Kobe Pauwels followed the same path and finished respectively 12th and 13th. Joshua Dufek was among the many riders who fell in the prefinal, but he made up for it by going back to 16th place.
OK-Junior: Jamie Day intractable in the final
With a nice plateau of 64 drivers, the OK-Junior French Cup gave rise to many twists. Tymoteusz Kucharczyk first took pole position and remained in the top 4 of the heats before finishing twice seventh in the finals. Andrea Kimi Antonelli won the prefinal against Robert De Haan, but it was Jamie Day who won in the final in front of De Haan and Antonelli. The steady progression of Tukka Taponen led him from 29th to 4th place. Evan Giltaire managed a superb top 5, his best result to date in Junior thanks to a rise of 17 places on the slide in prefinal. Enzo Trulli was having a difficult start to the meeting. 37th after the heats, he owed his qualification only to a withdrawal. He then took advantage of his chance to return 13th in a rough prefinal (+24 pl) before finally finishing in a good 8th place. Enzo Peugeot was gradually making its mark and was 11th in the final stages. 4th in qualifying and 5th in the pre-final, Arvid Lindblad lost ground in the final. After a weekend sawing several technical incidents, Macéo Capietto managed to get into the top 15 final. 6th after the heats, Christian Ho gave up in the prefinal and came back 19th in the final. Finally, Alfio Spina was not rewarded for his efforts: 52nd of the times, he managed to do a good race, qualified 21st and reached the 6th position of the prefinal, but had to give up in the final.