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The FIA Karting European Championship OK and OKJ continues the seasonal journey with the second round at the Circuit International d’Aunay les Bois. 62 drivers are presented at the start in the queen category of single-speed kart, while 82 are the drivers who compete in the Junior.
After free practice, Friday ends with the usual qualifications and the starting grids for the qualifying heats are established, which will take place tomorrow and continue until Sunday morning.
OK: Camara on pole, Antonelli chasing just 8 thousandths
- The hunger for success for Rafael Camara (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) has not subsided. The Brazilian driver, champion of the WSK Super Master Series and winner in Genk both in the Champions of the Future and in the FIA Karting European Championship, signs the pole position in qualifying with the best time of 46,300 in group 1.
- Andrea Kimi Antonelli (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) also shows up in the top positions of the standings. The Italian rider, after an uphill weekend in Belgium, is the fastest in group 2, but with a time exceeding Camara by just 8 thousandths of a second. Antonelli therefore obtains the second place in the combined ranking.
- Artem Severiukhin (Ward Racing – Tony Kart – Vortex) shines in Group 3 with a fastest lap of 46.286 and is third in the combined standings. Despite a much higher time than the other groups (46,434), Evan Giltaire (VDK Racing – KR – IAME) obtained fourth place, first in group 4.
- Second in the championship behind Camara, Arvid Lindblad (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) fails to precede the Brazilian in Group 1 and ends with a tenth of a second behind. For the British licensed driver the performance translates into a fifth place in the combined standings.
- After an excellent pace shown in Genk, Nikola Tsolov (DPK Racing – KR – IAME) is sixth at the end of qualifying, second in group 2. Martinius Stenshorne (Leclerc by Lennox Racing – Birel Art – TM Racing) is classified in seventh place, followed by Yannick De Brabander (Praga Racing Team – Prague – IAME) in eighth position.
- Juho Valtanen (SP Motorsport – KR – TM Racing), third in the championship, is “satisfied” with 10th place in the combined standings, behind Timoteusz Kucharczyk (Birel Art Racing – RK – TM Racing) in ninth position.
- No pole position for Ugo Ugochukwu (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) like in Essay. The American licensed driver, first in Genk in qualifying, is 14th in today’s ranking.
- For the moment Edoardo Ludovico Villa (Exprit Racing Team – Exprit – Vortex) is not in the top positions here in France. After surprising with the third place in the first round of Genk, the Italian driver ends 29th in qualifying. Further back Ariel Elkin (VDK Racing – KR – IAME), currently sixth in the championship, who takes 35th place.
- Joe Turney (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex), seventh in the drivers’ standings, is in 21st place. Matheus Morgatto (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM Racing), just behind Turney in the championship in eighth position in the championship, is 30th in qualifying.
OKJ: Pole position for the championship leader Slater
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- The streak of positive results continues for Freddie Slater (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – Kosmic – Vortex). After the two victories of Genk in the context of the Champions of the Future and the FIA Karting European Championship, the British driver is the author of the pole position with the best time of 47.937, obtained in group 4.
- If Slater confirms to be among the fastest in the OKJ class, Tomass Stolcermanis (Energy Corse – Energy Corse – TM Racing) turns out to be a nice surprise in these “French qualifications.” The Latvian driver is first in group 3 with a time of 48.020 and gets the second place in the combined ranking.
- William Macintyre (Birel Art Racing – Birel Art – TM Racing) is third at the end of qualifying, the fastest in group 2 with a reference of 48,058. In fourth position we find Arthur Poulain (Kosmic Racing Department – Kosmic – Vortex), at the top of group 1 thanks to a fastest lap of 48.126.
- Alex Powell (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) finishes behind Slater in group 4 and, as a result, is fifth in the combined standings. Maxim Rehm (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – Kosmic – Vortex) is sixth followed by Maciej Gladysz (Sauber Orlen Karting Team – KR – IAME) in seventh position and Kirill Kutskov (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) in eighth.
Fifth in the championship, Luka Sammalisto (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) gets ninth in the combined standings, while Rashid Al Dhaheri (Parolin Motorsport – Parolin – TM Racing) is tenth.
- Slater’s direct rival being second in the championship, Akshay Bohra (KR Motorsport – KR – IAME) does not go beyond 33rd place in qualifying and will have to recover several positions in the qualifying heats that will start tomorrow morning. Worse went to Ean Eyckmans (Kosmic Racing Department – Kosmic – Vortex), temporarily third in the championship, but at the end of qualifying even 46th.
- It didn’t go well even for Harley Keeble (Tony Kart Racing Team – Tony Kart – Vortex). Sixth in the championship, the British driver finished qualifying in 56th place. Higher Dion Gowda (Ricky Flynn Motorsport – Kosmic – Vortex), behind Keeble in the championship in seventh position: 23rd place for the Singapore driver.