Marcus Amand finishes his European season in style and presents his world season

Marcus Amand finishes his European season in style and presents his world season

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Champion of France Minikart in 2015, Marcus Amand won a prestigious international title at the end of 2017: the Rotax Grand Final, against a plateau of pilots from thirty countries. This year, he has reached the OK Junior 12/14 age category, which opens on the official European and World Championships of the CIK FIA International Federation. His European campaign ended early August in Essay / Aunay-les-Bois, near Alençon and for his home race, Marcus had his best result of the season and his first points in the championship. The next few weeks will be well filled with the return to school at Le Mans at the FFSA Academy, the qualifying event for the Rotax Grand Final in Laval and the World Championship in Swedish lands!

A new universe

Marcus Amand approached this new stage of his young racing career with the KR Motorsports team (Kart Republic) and the chassis brand of the same name, created last winter by Dino Chiesa: the Italian is notably known for having made win Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the turn of the millennium. Despite the hard work he does in terms of physical training, Marcus is still one of the smaller guys in the peloton and he had to contend with a weight of about thirty kilos on his kart to reach the minimum weight. This factor and his status of “rookie” to build his experience, did not facilitate the task at the beginning of the season. However, in a four-round European championship, with an average of 74 participants, he was able to raise his playing level. With the exception of the inaugural event in Italy, Marcus has each time risen to the top of the list. 34 finalists.

For the first time this season, the Franco-Finnish prospect was coached in Normandy by Bertrand Péchon, the PB Kart team leader who accompanied him in the conquest of his finest success in the “Youth” categories. His course on the hilly track of Essay / Aunay-les-Bois began with a 17th time qualifying practice, despite the vagaries of traffic. What to include in the third row on the starting grid of the qualifying heats, but alas, four times out of five on the outside, which is very penalizing on this circuit. Marcus got his 22nd place on the starting grid of the finals. He turned it into 11th place at the finish of the longest and toughest race of the weekend. Incidentally, he finished the meeting in front of the other five KR drivers.

Back to school and races

On the horizon of the next weeks, Marcus has not planned to be bored, he has just taken the road to school! With the help of the National Technical Director Christophe Lollier and Olivier Strubel, Pedagogical Director, he will be able to continue his studies at the FFSA Academy in Le Mans. His schedules will be specifically adapted to take into account the constraints of his sports calendar. It includes three days of testing in Kristianstad on September 7, 8 and 9, to prepare for the OK Junior World Championship scheduled two weeks later. And between these two trips to Sweden, Marcus will play the Rotax France Challenge Finals in Laval, hoping to win a ticket for the Grand Final to be held this year … in Brazil! He has just won the preparation race after having scored pole and won both races!