2016 CIK-FIA Best-Of: European Championship CIK-FIA KZ: Fifth European crown for Ardigo

02.02.2017

 

The European Championship CIK-FIA KZ, class drivers and professional teams, this year included three competitions organized on very different tracks. After opening the twisty Essay (FRA) by wet or cold weather, the route both long and fast Zuera (ESP) demanded other qualities, while the outcome was in midsummer on the famous circuit Genk (BEL) to the well-known complexity.

Superb course of Ardigo in Essay (FRA)

The Spaniard Jorge Pescador (Praga / Parilla / Vega) took advantage of his pole position Qualifying Practice to maintain the advantage in both the Qualifying Heats. Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega) then asserted his dominance in the final stages by first winning the pre-final against the Belgian Rick Dreezen (Ricciardo Kart / Parilla / Vega). The French Jérémy Iglesias (Sodi / TM Racing / Vega) took control early in the final before giving in to Ardigo, indisputable winner and Flavio Camponeschi (CRG / Parilla / Vega), on the rise since his 21st lap, s 'seized the second position before Iglesias. The Czech Patrik Hakek (Kosmic / Vortex / Vega) and Briton Ben Hanley (Croc Promotions / TM Racing / Vega) completed the top 5.

Zuera (ESP) Hajek and Iglesias approach

Hajek has achieved the grand slam since his pole position in Qualifying Practice. Leader at the end of sleeves Quailficatives, he also won the pre-final. Ardigo seemed able to win over a rise which he has the secret. However, things are not exactly place well. The second pre-final, Iglesias kept his place in the Final while qu'Hajek clinched a victory and Ardigo was satisfied with the 3rd place. Anthony Abbasse (Sodi / TM Racing / Vega) finished 4th and Bas Lammers (Sodi / TM Racing / Vega) took up 11 places to reach the 5th.

Game, set and match for Ardigo in Genk (BEL)

KZ winning the title was more tumultuous than expected. The leader Ardigo showed his superiority in the fastest time in Qualifying Practice then winning both the Qualifying Heats. Abbasse was ahead in the pre-final, however, and Hajek, 3rd, was still at that time a pretender possible for the title. Ardigo then took the lead again on Abbasse in Finale and Hajek could not do better than seventh. Simo Puhakka (CRG / TM Racing / Vega) joined the leading end of the race, but Ardigo controlled the situation. He won and the victory and the title of European Champion KZ, Hajek finishing second ranking 3rd and Iglesias.

CIK-FIA European KZ Championship: Fifth European crown for Ardigo

The CIK-FIA European KZ Championship, the class for professional drivers and teams, this year included three Competitions organised on very different tracks. After opening at the twisty Essay (FRA) in wet and cold weather, the both long and fast track of Zuera (ESP) demanded other qualities, while the outcome was in midsummer on the famous circuit Genk (BEL) withits well-known complexity.

Superb racesfor Ardigo at Essay (FRA)

The Spaniard Jorge Pescador (Praga / Parilla / Vega) took advantage of his pole position in Qualifying Practice to maintain the advantage in both Qualifying Heats. Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart / Vortex / Vega) then asserted his dominance in the final stages by first winning the Prefinal against the Belgian Rick Dreezen (Ricciardo Kart / Parilla / Vega). The Frenchman Jérémy Iglesias (Sodi / TM Racing / Vega) took control early in the Final before giving in to Ardigo, the indisputable winner and Flavio Camponeschi (CRG / Parilla / Vega), on the rise since his 21st in Qualifying, who seized 2nd position ahead of Iglesias. The Czech Patrik Hakek (Kosmic / Vortex / Vega) and Briton Ben Hanley (Croc Promotions / TM Racing / Vega) completed the top five.

Hajek and Iglesias approach at Zuera (ESP)

Hajek achieved the grand slam since his pole position in Qualifying Practice. Leader at the end of the Qualifying Heats, he also won the Prefinal. Ardigo seemed to be able to win if he made the sort of comeback that he has the secret to. However, things did not go as well as he hoped. In the second Prefinal, Iglesias kept his place in the Final while Hajek clinched a victory, so Ardigo had to be satisfied with 3rd place. Anthony Abbasse (Sodi / TM Racing / Vega) finished 4th and Bas Lammers (Sodi / TM Racing / Vega) made up 11 places to reach 5th.

Game, set and match to Ardigo at Genk (BEL)

In KZ the deciding of the title was more tumultuous than expected. The leader Ardigo showed his superiority with the fastest time in Qualifying Practice then by winning both the Qualifying Heats. Abbasse was ahead in the Prefinal, however, and Hajek, in 3rd, was still at that time a contender for the title. Ardigo then took the lead again on Abbasse in the Final and Hajek could do no better than 7th. Simo Puhakka (CRG / TM Racing / Vega) joined the leaders at the end of the race, but Ardigo controlled the situation. He won the race and the title of European KZChampion, with Hajek finishing 2nd in the ranking and Iglesias 3rd.

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Championnat d'Europe CIK-FIA de KZ : Cinquième couronne européenne pour Ardigo

Le Championnat d'Europe CIK-FIA de KZ, la catégorie des pilotes et des teams professionnels, comportait cette année trois Compétitions organisées sur des pistes très différentes. Après l'ouverture sur le circuit sinueux d'Essay (FRA) par des conditions humides et fraîches, le tracé à la fois long et rapide de Zuera (ESP) demandait d'autres qualités, alors que le dénouement avait lieu en plein été sur le fameux circuit de Genk (BEL) à la complexité bien connue.

Superbe parcours d'Ardigo à Essay (FRA)

L'Espagnol Jorge Pescador (Praga/Parilla/Vega) a profité de sa pole position des Essais Qualificatifs pour conserver l'avantage dans les deux Manches Qualificatives. Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega) assurait ensuite sa domination dans les phases finales en remportant d'abord la Préfinale face au Belge Rick Dreezen (Ricciardo Kart/Parilla/Vega). Le Français Jérémy Iglesias (Sodi/TM Racing/Vega) prenait les commandes au début de la Finale avant de céder face à Ardigo, vainqueur indiscutable, puis Flavio Camponeschi (CRG/Parilla/Vega), en pleine ascension depuis son 21e chrono, s'emparait de la 2e position devant Iglesias. Le Tchèque Patrik Hakek (Kosmic/Vortex/Vega) et le Britannique Ben Hanley (Croc Promotions/TM Racing/Vega) complétaient le top 5.

Zuera (ESP) : Hajek et Iglesias se rapprochent

Hajek a réalisé le grand chelem depuis sa pole position des Essais Qualificatifs. Leader à l'issue des Manches Quailficatives, il remportait aussi la Préfinale. Ardigo paraissait en mesure de s'imposer au cours d'une remontée dont il a le secret. Pourtant, les choses ne se sont pas exactement déroulées ainsi. Second de la Préfinale, Iglesias conservait son rang en Finale tandis qu'Hajek décrochait une belle victoire et qu’Ardigo se contentait de la 3e marche du podium. Anthony Abbasse (Sodi/TM Racing/Vega) terminait 4e et Bas Lammers (Sodi/TM Racing/Vega) reprenait 11 places pour atteindre le 5e rang.

Jeu, set et match pour Ardigo à Genk (BEL)

La conquête du titre KZ s'est révélée plus tumultueuse que prévu. Le leader Ardigo a montré sa supériorité en signant le meilleur chrono des Essais Qualificatifs puis en remportant les deux Manches Qualificatives. Abbasse le devançait cependant en Préfinale et Hajek, 3e, restait encore à ce moment un prétendant possible pour le titre. Ardigo reprenait ensuite l'avantage sur Abbasse en Finale et Hajek ne pouvait faire mieux que 7e. Simo Puhakka (CRG/TM Racing/Vega) rejoignait le leader en fin de course, mais Ardigo contrôlait la situation. Il remportait ainsi la victoire et le titre de Champion d'Europe KZ, Hajek terminant second du classement et Iglesias 3e.    

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